In our last blog we introduced our new range of Artist’s Wooden Panels and in this blog we’re going to go a little more in depth with the reasons for using them as well as how to get the best results out of your wooden panels.
Firstly because of the superior stability they offer, the study cradled construction makes them highly stable and less prone to warping over time than canvases. In addition solid wood stands up better than fabric, making them an ideal choice to anyone concerned, ensuring their work will last.
As for techniques the uniform flat face of a panel gives you an ideal surface for painting highly detailed work, particularly if you have primed and sanded your panel you’ll be able to achieve some outstandingly detailed work. The robust cradled design works with with thick impasto techniques common to oil painting. Wooden panel are also ideal for pouring medium techniques, the smooth flat surface lets the fluid paint flow and spread freely while drying evenly. Wooden panels are a striking choice for digital flatbed printing and work brilliantly as a surface for screen printing similarly.
The panels that we stock are all ready to use with acrylics on but if you’re looking to paint on them with oil or to get the highest quality results then we have some advice for you regarding sealing and priming your panel for painting with acrylic and oil.
Make sure you thoroughly seal your panel, back to front and top too bottom.
We recommend that you use 2 layers of sealer before applying your primer of choice, rub the surface down with a soft cloth to remove and surface dust and apply your sealer in a few even coats allowing time to dry between each application. It's recommended to sand each layer gently between coats as the grain of the wood may rise slightly after sealing. Use a fine grit sandpaper for this.
We recommend the Galeria Gesso Primer as a standard primer, having a good balance between coverage, pigment load and surface “tooth” for strong paint adhesion. If you’re looking for a superior quality primer for use with artist paints, we suggest the Winsor & Newton Artists’ Acrylic Gessowhich comes in both white and clear translucent suitable for mixing with other acrylic colours to create coloured primer to suit your painting.
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