Gessobord

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The gesso that I used on board (high-density hardboard) was an acrylic gesso (titanium white) and had a shiny finish. I found gesso to be an ideal medium, as its hard layer and high absorbency permitted the application of both oil paint and pencil. I had been warned that if I was to use any egg tempera in my work, an acrylic gesso may not sustain it, and instead I would need to make a genuine gesso (rabbit skin glue and whiting). If I use egg tempera in the future, I will be sure to experiment with the two different types of gesso to see which one aids my work. The primed gessobord proved exciting to use and the smooth surface stood in direct contrast to canvas. In some places, I applied oil-based pencils on top of the paint, this proved effective and worked in harmony with the paint beneath.