Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Board preparing time!

My favourite painting surface - 6mm MDF board

Economical, easy to prepare and store. My local wood merchants are very obliging and will cut perfectly MDF to any size. Sometimes they have off cuts available which they will cut to size for a donation to charity. I paint on:

  • 6mm MDF.
  • First sealed with Golden GAC -100, to protect the painting from discolouration.
  • Coated with 3 layers of gesso, each layer lightly sanded with fine sand paper. 
I allow 24 hours drying time between each layer. Newly prepared boards should be stored vertically rather than flat, as they have a tendency to stick to each other. Perhaps I should be a bit more meagre with my materials?

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