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From the Italian for gypsum or plaster. This is used in the making of grounds for painting. The traditional gesso is made from a combination of hide glue and whiting, sometimes with pigment added. It makes a smooth, hard non-yellowing surface that is very absorbent. This ground is only for rigid supports because it is brittle. There are other gesso grounds made of half chalk and half oil. These can be used on flexible surfaces. The most common use of the term "gesso" today, is in the acrylic gessoes. They are not as absorbent as the traditional ones, but are very strong and flexible. They can be used on any clean surface. They come ready made in various sized containers.

 

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A PRESS
A.R.
A: PRIORITARE
AAA
AAMC
AAMS
AAPE
AAT
ABNC
ABNORMAL
ACCESSORIES
ACCUMULATION
ACID
ACID FREE PAPER
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ...
ACRYLIC WOOD
ACSC
AD COLLAR
ADD
ADD-ON CACHET
ADDITIONAL HALFP...
ADHESIVE
ADMIRALS
ADMIRALTY OFFICI...
ADSONS
ADVERTISED COVER...ADVERTISEMENT PA...
ADVERTISING COVE...ADVERTISING LABE...ADVERTISING POST...
ADVICE OF DELIVE...AE
AEF
AEROGRAMME
AEROPHILATELY
AFDCS
AGENCY
AGING
AIEP
AIJP
AIR LABEL
AIR MAIL BORDER
AIR MAIL FLIGHT ...AIR MAIL STAMP
AIR-DRIED
AIRGRAPH
AIRPORT DEDICATI...AIRWAY LETTER ST...
ALA
ALBINO
ALBUM
ALBUM WEEDS
ALKALINE RESERVE
ALL OVER CACHET
ALL PURPOSE CACH...ALTERATION
ALUM
AMBULANCE BAG
AMG
AMPERE
ANDREOTTI PRESS
ANILINE INK
ANNUAL GROWTH RI...
ANNULE
ANSI
ANT
AP
APEX
APO
APPROVALS
APS
AR
ARC ROULETTE
ARC TUBE
ARCHIVAL PAPER
ARMS TYPES
ARMY FRANK
ARROW BLOCK
ARROWS
ARTIST DIE PROOF
ARTISTAMPS
AS IS
ASCAT
ASDA
ASHRAE
ASSO
ATA
ATLANTA TRIAL CO...ATLC
ATM
ATTACHED CACHET
AUCTION
AUCTION ABBREVIA...
AUCTIONEER
AUGUST ISSUES
AUTOMATIC STAMPS
AUTOPEN
AUXILIARY MARKIN...AVG.

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