Paint recipes

You can apply gold leaf to this primer.

Wheat paste glue 1 to 1** with

  • ​ gypsum (terra alba - raw gypsum - not plaster of Paris)

*I have been reading up on wall board mud and plaster.  10% Talc added to the mix in mud reduces cracking.  I think I might try talc in my next primer recipe.  

​**​Use a scale to be precise.

Gum Arabic:

This is a recipe I found on the internet.

The ratio is 1 part gum to 2 parts water. Boil water (or use distilled water) and allow to cool to about 140° F (60° C) and then add the powdered gum, stirring to make sure there are no lumps. Continue warming the mixture at that temperature and stirring to dissolve the gum arabic completely.

Watercolor binder:

  • 1 Tbsp gum Arabic (liquid as from above)
  • 1 tsp glycerine
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 drop clove oil (preservative)

Watercolor paint:


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pigment
  • 2/3 tsp wheat starch (filler to make a smooth texture)  [Wheat  starch  filler  -  2  Tbsp  wheat  starch  to  1  Tbsp  boiling  water  -  mix  until  smooth]
  • ​1/2 tsp kaolin clay  (Optional  -  to  make  opaque  color)
  • 1 tsp watercolor binder (add more binder as needed to make a good paste mix with the pigment)