5/8/21 (Llano Quemado, N.M.) - A Toned Ground. Preparing to Paint. Mix in aluminum can (not plastic!) - I use Jerry's Gesso (Artarama), acrylic Payne's Grey and water - not too thck and not to thin. It usually takes two coats for a good ground. I like a medium grey. Apply second coat only after the first is completely dry. A good start today!!!!