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Preparing panels for oil paint

Posted On: Saturday 14th May 2011
Summary: How to prepare panels for oil painting

Blog Tags: Oil painting   Art equipment   Art techniques   Cambridge Art Academy   

Gesso primed boards for oil paintingYesterday I finished preparing 100 panels for oil painting. About 30 are 10"x12" on thin MDF board to fit in my pochade box. Most are 12"x12" thin plywood sheets. Mostly I'll use these for practising  and doing small studies in oil paints. Some of them I will cut in half.

I prepared them with two coats of acrylic gesso and I find this is quite enough. The first coat is thinned with water  very slightly to help it flow on a slightly absorbant surface. Second coat is neat from the tin.

The result is a slightly rough surface which works well for oil pastels, pastels and acrylics too.

I'm glad that's all over! This will keep me going in small boards for a year.


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