In today’s video I will be sharing my favorite “do it yourself” oil painting panel. Since I am now uploading videos daily, I thought I would begin to share art materials videos as well. These panels are very cost efficient and develop a very nice surface after a few layers of oil paint. My absolute favorite surface for oil painting is still oil primed linen, but they are incredibly expensive. These panels are excellent for quick studies and highly finished paintings. The archivability of these panels is not known to me. If archivable paintings “paintings that will last as long as a Rembrandt” are what you intend to create, then it would be much safer to go with top quality linen.

Question: What are some of your favorite oil painting surfaces?

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Delofasht Buranasiri says:

These are my favorite kinds of panels to work on really, inexpensive, easy to make and customize. Masonite is a brand name version of Hardboard, which is HDF or High Density Fiberboard. Basically it is a strictly superior version of MDF in every aspect. Many HDF boards come sealed with a coat of linseed oil, they use around 5% by weight of added linseed oil and then dry these (sometimes less thoroughly than they should, give extra time for a tempered board that smells like oil to dry before priming). Fun thing is, you can use alkyd oil primers on these panels that can also be purchased at the home improvement store for an even cheaper panel, and it is less likely to warp (water and moisture cause wood panels like these to distort in shape just slightly, coat all sides and edges to reduce this tendency).

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