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Canvas Stretching

Sizes & primers

For Canvases & Boards 

Rabbit Skin Glue

Rabbit skin glue makes a very strong glue solution that can be used as a size before applying oil primer to canvas or board. It is also used in many recipes including gesso grounds. CANVAS SIZING: Soak one part by volume rabbit skin glue granules with 13 parts water in a heat-proof container until the granules are swollen. Put glue pot inside pan of cold water & simmer gently until glue has dissolved. Do not allow to boil. The solution will keep for approximately one week if kept refrigerated. Allow the glue to cool to room temperature. Apply the size, while still slightly warm, to your canvas with either a sponge or brush. Note that linen should be loosely tacked prior to sizing as the glue will slightly shrink the linen as it dries. Ready prepared rabbit skin size is also available, made by Roberson. 

Rabbit Skin Glue Granules

1 kilo20.40

Roberson Prepared Rabbit Skin Glue

1 litre22.10

Acrylic Canvas Size


Roberson Acrylic Canvas Size

Universal canvas size. This can be used where a transparent primer is required. No other size required. Can also be used under a conventional acrylic primer, when solvent/oil based washes are used, to prevent penetration of the primer.
1 litre23.70

Traditional Glue Gesso For Panels

Creates an ivory smooth, brilliant white surface, ideal for egg tempera or meticulous rendering in oils. Use one part whiting to one part zinc white dry pigment to one part rabbit skin glue. Blend the dry pigments together in an enamelled pan, & add a small amount of warmed glue solution; work out the lumps before you add more glue. Let the finished gesso stand warm for half an hour before using. 

Roberson Whiting


Rowney Gesso Powder

Used with rabbit skin size to provide a primed surface for egg tempera or oil painting. (instructions on label)

Oil Primer

For use on glue sized canvas, untreated wood, hardboard & plywood before painting with oil colour 

Winsor & Newton Oil Primer

Oil modified alkyd resin pigmented with titanium dioxide
1 litre36.00

Roberson Oil Primer

Titanium & china clay, linseed oil & alkyd resin
1 Litre Tin24.00

Acrylic Primer

Acrylic Primer can be applied to a wide range of surfaces including unprimed canvas, wood, hardboard, card & paper. No previous sizing is needed. It dries rapidly after which it is ready to paint on It provides a flexible & non-yellowing ground, suitable for oil , acrylic & tempera painting 

Robersons Acrylic Primer

1 litre25.60
2.5 litre48.70

C. Roberson & Co Acrylic Gesso

Primes canvas, wood, hardboard, card & paper.It will give a matt, absorbant surface. 
robacrges.jpgWhite Acrylic Gesso Primer 500ml12.90
robblges.jpgBlack Acrylic Gesso Primer 500ml25.10

Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Primer


Liquitex Clear Gesso


Golden Sandable Hard Gesso

formulated with 100% acrylic polymer emulsion and can be sanded to provide surfaces that are smoother and more even than those created using regular gesso. 
sanhdges.jpg 237ml16.95

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