Marathon panel prep finally done!
Quantities - 10 @ 9x24, 5 @ 18x24, 10 @ 8x12, 8 @ 9x12, 5 @ 12x16, 10 @ 8x20, 6 @ 16x20
Grand total 54 panels of which 39 have linen laid over.
This 2-week process made me question my sanity but the average price of less than $3 each eases my worry!
DAY…umm…3 or 4
Preparing panels en masse - #art, #painting
Got 23 nearly done. The reason I wanted to mount linen to the panels was because I had a roll of lower-grade linen that I wanted to use up, not let go to waste. Well, I now understand the significance of different grades of linen. But darn it, I will use this up! Now that I have, may I modify my lofty goal of 70 linen panels to 50-70ish panels, some with linen, some without??
Notes for those keeping track -
If using Gamblin Oil Painting Ground (which I also had a good amount of on hand and wanted to use up), it is easier to work with if the initial coat put on the support is an acrylic ground. Then follow up with a coat or two of the Gamblin, preferably thin a little bit with OMS. Just is. And a bit cheaper.
Considering the time this is taking me, I may need some time after I have been painting on these to say once and for all if it is all worth it. I will also go back and do the math. So far I am estimating that the panels averaged out will have $2 to $3 each. This doesn’t count that old roll of linen I wanted to use up.
We shall see…I am learning a lot…
Preparing 70 panels for future painting! DAY 1 -
Using Ampersand Hardbord (yes, that is how the brand is spelled) except for the handful of cheaper panels I have had on hand and need to use.
Step 1 - Cut panels with circular saw for custom sizes, if needed.
Step 2 - Lay out boards on linen and cut to size. I want to wrap edges due to the floating frames I like to use,so I allowed for an extra margin of linen.
Step 3 - Brush front side of board with rabbit skin glue (prepared according to instructions).
Step 4 - Place linen on front of board, adhering with the wet glue and use a roller to ensure a tight, smooth bond. Turn over, coat edges with glue. Wrap linen around and press as well. Be sure to coat entire back panel with the glue, not just the margins where the linen wraps around.
Step 5 - Back on the front side, brush one more coat of glue on top of mounted linen, using roller again.
Step 6 - Allow to dry, stacking and using weights if necessary to prevent warping.
Today, I got 15 panels completed to this stage.
To follow - Once dry, coat with desired ground according to manufacturer’s instructions.
These panels measure 18” or smaller so I have not reinforced them by cradling them. I may cradle the larger panels to follow.