Re: [MedievalSawdust] Uses for sand?
- Someone's gotten their art terms mixed up. Gesso is a plasterish
material that paint is applied to. The organic protein matrix used to
bind paint to its background is tempera.
Tim Bray wrote:
>>""Fragments from Ballatcare, Man suggest that the
>>leather facing of this shield was painted with
>>black and red patterns on a white background. It
>>was suggested that gesso (organic matrix, such
>>as egg yolk) paint was used (Bersu and Wilson 1966).
> This is confusing... I thought gesso was the substance used to prepare the
> ground before paint was applied, but this sentence seems to say that gesso
> is a type of paint. Can someone clear that one up?
> In any case, this is clearly not a case of paint applied directly to wood,
> but to a leather facing.
>>Traces of white paint were found on a wooden
>>from the Manx Cronk Moar shield(Bersu and Wilson
> So, was this paint applied directly to the wood, or on a gesso ground?
> We're constantly running into this problem with archaeological reports:
> they don't include enough information to answer questions that never
> occurred to the archaeologists.
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>Question When was French polish with rotten stone and pumis(sp) start being18th c. is the earliest I've seen reference to it.
French polishing uses shellac. The earliest English reference to shellac
appears to be a 1594 description by a fellow travelling in India, who saw
the locals using it. I have no idea if the Italians or other Europeans
were using it before then - it's quite possible, as the English were
notoriously backward about such things.
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