Gamblin Oil Painting Ground


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Gamblin Oil Painting Ground

Gamblin Oil Painting Ground makes a strong, bright, non-absorbent foundation for oil paintings. It is formulated from alkyd resin, titanium dioxide, and calcium carbonate. The titanium dioxide gives opacity, while the calcium carbonate gives tooth for strong adhesion.

Gamblin Ground makes a brighter and less-absorbent ground layer compared to acrylic gesso – meaning that oil paint layers on top will better retain their color saturation. In addition, the lower absorbency allows for reductive underpainting techniques when painters need to wipe back to the white of the Ground.

It can also be tinted with any traditional oil color to create a colored ground.

Because the percentage of pigments is so much higher than in acrylic gesso, painters need only apply TWO coats of Gamblin Ground instead of the recommended four coats of acrylic. Fabric supports should also be sized with PVA Size before applying Gamblin Ground. Also, Gamblin Ground can be applied on top of acrylic gesso for a brighter white, less absorbent ground layer.

Gamblin Ground is thicker than acrylic gesso, and requires different application techniques, which are demonstrated on our Video Demos page.


  • 8 oz
  • 16 oz


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16 oz, 8 oz

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