Eco-friendly and natural non toxic vegan Gesso

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Natural Earth Paint eco-friendly and vegan gesso for artists

The natural non-toxic gesso is a professional, archival-quality kit that is perfect for earth and health-conscious artists.

This Kit Contains:

  • 900 gr. of premium, artist-grade powdered limestone
  • Two packets of methyl cellulose glue: a natural, plant-based glue (ca 1,8 gram)
  • mixing instructions

The full kit makes 1,5 litre Gesso, which is enough to prime about 10-15 medium-sized canvasses. It depends on the size of the canvas if you can prime more or less.

Directions: mix as much gesso as needed for each session. Once mixed, store in an airtight container at room temperature. Shelf-life is 2-3 months.

The History of Artist Primers
Historically, artists primed their painting surfaces with animal hide glues such as rabbit skin glue. Besides being hard on the rabbit population, these primers tend to be brittle and susceptible to cracking. With the invention of plastics in the early 1900s, petroleum-based, acrylic gesso became the most commonly used artist primer among artists. Acrylic gesso contains ammonia and formaldehyde as preservatives, which is why many professors at art schools recommend wearing a respirator when you prime your canvasses. 

What is Methyl Cellulose?
Methyl Cellulose is polymer derived from plant fibers and is a vegan alternative to animal glues. It is naturally archival. It is also widely used in foods and cosmetics, and it is non-allergenic.

Why is the gesso not pre-mixed and in liquid form?
Once these ingredients are mixed, they have a limited shelf life in a container. Natural Earth Paint has not discovered a non-toxic preservative that worksyet, and they refuse to use common petroluem based preservatives to extend the shelf life. By mixing it yourself you are eliminating the need for any additional toxins or preservatives.

Ingredients: Made with French marble dust, limestone powder, titanium dioxide pigment and plant-based binders (Methyl Cellulose), this gesso is superb quality, 100% non-toxic and vegan

You can also use Gesso on wood. Wood absorbs less than canvas. Our Gesso therefore works even more efficiently on wood.
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