Traditional Gesso Flemish/Italian Ground Levkas, Icon gesso

 

Traditional Levkas Gesso

 

'Levkas' is derived fromo a Greek word meaning 'white'.

 

· Heat 1 Liter of Rabbit Skin Glue prepared the day before in a bain-marie; never boil.

 

· Incorporate into it 2 pounds of alabaster powder. Use a wire wisk to get the lumps out.

 

· Add 1/2 teasponn of linseed oil for flexibility.

 


· Apply it to your panel warm in even crisscross layersand let it dry overnight.

 

· Apply several more layers. After which the mixture can be applied with a putty knife. Add a bit of water if the Levkas becomes too thick to avoid cracking.

 

· Sand to an egg shell finish.