As an artist I am always looking for different materials, techniques and surfaces to paint on. Canvas are great, but they can get really expensive when painting large pieces.
Lately, I have been painting on hard wood panels. Here is an example of me painting on a giant wood panel.
Thinking Beyond the Canvas
I love the textures and imperfections that painting on wood can create. Some mediums require a little more prep work when painting on wood, but it is always worth it.
A couple of years ago I did a painting on a wood pallet and loved the texture that each wood board had. I have been wanting to create a piece using different slats of wood of different colors and tones. To create art, I not only need paints, brushes and art supplies… I also need a lot of supplies from the hardware store.
I picked up inexpensive wood panels from the hardware store. Then I laid out wood panels on a canvas drop cloth. I doesn’t seem to really matter if I use a drop cloth or not, I always make a mess.
I mixed a few colors of paint washes. In this case – the wash was made of house paint and water. I applied a thin coat on each board.
Here is what wood panels looked like once complete. I allowed the wood panels to dry over night.
Now for the fun part. I got out my Rockwell JawHorse Portable workstation and lined up the wood panels. I clamped the panels securely in place . The jawhorse has over 1 ton of clamping force so these babies were not moving. (Here is my husband, David, showing off if cutting skills.)
Then we trimmed the boards to fit the size I needed for the painting.
Now my vision is coming together.
We applied wood glue on the side of each panel.
After clamping the boards in place, I allowed the entire piece to dry and set over night. I could even use the jawhorse as an easel.
Now I can treat the wood panels and I would a any other surface that I would paint on. Ready set paint.
Here is the finished painting. “Socks” By Carmody Tisdale
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