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« on: February 16, 2018 07:52:31 AM »

I got my daughter some jars of gesso, and she's used them a couple times.  But the other night she opened the white and there was gross, thick, orange stuff on it and it smelled.  Has anyone seen this happen?  Is it just separated or can gesso grow mold?  Should we just throw it away or can it be saved?  I really know very little about paint.


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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018 07:58:31 AM »

Ugh, send pictures to the manufacturer and the shop you bought it from and then throw it out. Mold is not something to expose yourself too, it's unhealthy to touch or inhale. They will likely send you a coupon to replace it.

There are lots of recipes for making your own gesso online, this site has one and links to more:
http://www.ourdailycraft.com/2015/02/10/gesso-make-gesso/
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018 08:42:59 AM »

Mold...throw it out...latex paint can also grow mold...if it looks or smells bad, it probably is!
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2018 09:56:54 AM »

Gesso isn't the best smelling stuff but I agree, if it smells really bad (and definitely does not look good) its best to err on the side of caution and not use it.  Jars of paints and gesso can get contaminated easily so the best way to work with them is to take out what you need into a small container with a clean spoon (I use plastic spoons)instead of re-dipping your brush into them constantly.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018 11:43:00 AM »

Good tip!  I buy gesso in large quantities and would hate for a large jar to go bad!
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018 01:56:14 PM »

Thanks everybody.  It's in the trash.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2018 02:43:20 PM »

alteredmommy you've given me one of those "duh" moments. Of course it makes sense to take out just what you need and not contaminate the entire jar. Thanks!
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