June 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm #14873
My shop is painting several fine gauze panels and we haven’t painted on this material before. Does anyone have tips or cautionary tales to help us on our journey? It’s a loose, brushy ombre we’re trying to paint.
APT Scenic ChargeJune 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm #15658Former Member Content ArchiveAdminMember
Hi there! I asked Rachel Keebler about this and she said a few things. First was that she loved working with it. The warnings she gave were not to use starch, use thin size so you aren’t filling the holes, and keep your paint thin. The size we use is granulated animal glue. Hope that helps!June 19, 2018 at 7:39 pm #15659
We don’t have access to granulated animal glue and I personally like to avoid using animal-based products. Is there a different sizing we could use? The panels need to be traslucent.March 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm #15660
Looks like we’ll be painting gauze again this summer. We had mixed results last time, likely because we didn’t use the recommending sizing agent. Does anyone know where to purchase the animal glue recommended by Rachel Keebler? I received some great tips last time, but if anyone else has any further advice, please fill me in!
APT Scenic ChargeMarch 19, 2019 at 4:53 am #15661Former Member Content ArchiveAdminMember
The last time opera purchased animal glue, it was from a theatrical supply in Kansas City. I tried a quick search, but wasn’t immediately sure of anything, so I suppose it’ll require getting on the ol’ horn. It feels like yesterday, but I suppose it was…..16 years ago? (Eeee!)March 19, 2019 at 7:32 pm #15662
Were you able to “float” the gauze? It didn’t work for us last time, and I suppose due to the openness of the weave it may be impossible. Do you have suggestions for the best way to paint gauze? We really did it a back-assward way last time, even though it ended up working out alright. Looking for all suggestions and/or people to reach out to for more assistance.March 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm #15663Cobaltgosa
- Experience: 20+ years
- Scenic Status: Full Time Regular
The Cobalt supplier for granulated animal glue is Mutual Hardware/Alcone. We always call and there’s not a lot of info online. The number is 718-361-8373 and they call it scenic glue. The “part number” is SG49B. If it’s in stock, it takes about a day to get to Cobalt from the city.March 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm #15664
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