These brushes are delicate and on a coarse textured canvas they would wear in no time at all. I have stuck to shop bought materials. An oil painting should be done on canvas, right? First is birch wood, which is often used by canvas makers. Different brands produce differently canvases, not only in quality and weight but also in texture and priming. Glad you find it helpful. If wood is not sized or sealed properly before applying the oil painting ground, it can slowly disintegrate over time depending on the type of ground you are using. You might well find you like your own the best! Many artists choose to paint over an unwanted and unfinished oil painting. Throwing straight turpentine into your oil paint could cause it to separate, so a 50/50 mix will do the trick. I am working on stretched linen and cotton most of the time, but you have encouraged me to try Dibond. PS: for those reading along: Natural Pigments oil paint is called Rublev Oil Paint. There is much more cotton canvas on the market than linen, and cheaper student grade canvas is usually cotton. Hi Pam, I would use an archival PVA glue. No matter what, there’s a way to apply art to literally everything in your life. Acrylic primers will always have some absorbency and I am afraid you will have to try and see which ones you like the best. When dry, trim the sides of the canvas off with a knife. She paints portraits and still life and specialises in painting drapery and lace. Do let me know if you can add anything to the list, if you have experience with a particular support or just want to add some pleasant comment. But I have found oil primed stretched linen to be stiff and have a tendency to sag over time. Next is maple, which is a nice, rigid and hard wood. Modern ‘Gesso’ is usually acrylic primer and no sizing is required. I've ordered some wood board but forgot to order the primed stuff. Hello Sophie, thanks for the informative read. I am thinking of using hardboard with acrylic primers (mostly due to easy availability and rigid surface quality). Good luck! I think you can use the same glue for any primed linen, it makes no difference. Some love the bounce of a stretched canvas, others prefer less movement. On oil priming I love the fact you can move the paint around and it keeps it oily glow. I am glad my post made you think about trying out linen. Do try lots of different brands, because they are all so very different! It saves me so much time. Your paint might have a satin finish to it which would make the canvas kind of “shine” but if the clear gesso is a matte finish, it might make it less of a satin. Depending on the size of your wood surface (such as if you’re painting on an interior wooden wall), you might be better off buying a commercial grade gesso in a high volume for budgeting purposes. Ampersand claims the boards are completely archival (meaning they will stand the test of time) but the high price might put many artists off. Liquitex Professional White Gesso. This means that I earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase through these carefully chosen links. I must admit I am a tad concerned about the formaldehyde in it but on the other hand so many art materials manufacturers and artists use it, so perhaps… ugh. Oil-based household paint would be a worse solution as a primer as that means oil … I hope this overview of supports that are generally available here in the UK can be useful to you. Reader Question: I'm interested in using acrylic on wood without priming with white gesso. For studies and other stuff that won’t end up on a gallery wall there is as much (perhaps even more) choice in supports. Afte… It has a varying degree of absorbency which you will notice while painting. Experimenting with budget materials is fine, but I don’t think you can ask anyone to pay money for that. You may also know linseed oil by something else: flaxseed oil. Sophie. EVA? Miracle Muck claims their glue creates a barrier, so you don’t need to prime the wood first- but I prime/seal it sometimes anyway. I have found that different brands use different materials and the absorbency varies enormously! Sophie Ploeg uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Turpentine comes from a mixture of different tree gum and sap, which when mixed creates a strong-smelling resin that’s often added to wood varnish, paints, and paint thinner. MDF is just so incredibly practical. Gamblin Oil Painting Ground is the top choice for a new generation of painters looking for a convenient, non-toxic alternative to traditional lead oil grounds. This extra-thick Gesso is excellent for oil and acrylic painting. If Jackson’s says they can be painted on as they are I would definitely take their word for it and when I use them (hopefully soon) I will do just that. You might prefer the ‘feel’ of one support over another one. The choice of supports is incredibly large and growing all the time. The gallery that I show my work at in group exhibits does not seem to have a preference when it comes to supports, but I am hoping to get gallery representation in the future. To apply canvas to a wooden panel always use an archival PVA glue or gel, smear it out with a spatula or brush so that every inch is covered, and place your canvas on it, smoothing out any remaining air bubbles. But Jackson panelss seem to be different as they are pure aluminium (I’ve just bought a small sample) and have received a special treatment, so I don’t know what to do. It also provides a good surface texture for receiving the paint. After trying oil primed linen I was frustrated with the slippery surface. That’s great! Hi Kim, thanks for your comment! Acrylic Gesso – This is a modern alternative primer and allows you to paint an acrylic ground and a thin acrylic under-painting before moving onto an oil paint layer. No mention was made of sizing. I’ve just ordered some dibond after reading this. Artist grade gesso is basically a super concentrated version of student grade gesso. You can buy either of them from multiple online sources. If you use acrylic gesso, it will suck the oil from overlayers of paint and create flat spots _ the dreaded suede effect. In fact, it is extremely important to properly seal any and all un-primed wood substrates to prevent support-induced discoloration that can cause your paint film to yellow over time. Hi Elizabeth, sounds like you’re doing really well. Hi Jo, thanks for your comment. I look forward to hear about your experiences in the world of painting supports! Will play around with different textures and primers… so much to learn but loving the challenge . 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