Preparing Panels

Recently, I have been preparing panels for painting plein air by gluing pre-primed linen to Ampersand panels. The linen is a great surface to paint on and the hardboard panel provides a rigid and durable support. 

 

I begin by sanding the panel with 220 grit sandpaper. This roughens the surface to allow for a stronger bond with the linen. The panel is ready to take glue, a ph balanced PVA used for book binding.  

I begin by sanding the panel with 220 grit sandpaper. This roughens the surface to allow for a stronger bond with the linen. The panel is ready to take glue, a ph balanced PVA used for book binding.  

The glue is down and ready for the linen to be rolled out on top. I try to be especially mindful of putting enough glue down on the edges and corners.

The glue is down and ready for the linen to be rolled out on top. I try to be especially mindful of putting enough glue down on the edges and corners.

The linen is rolled on top and firmly pressed down. 

The linen is rolled on top and firmly pressed down. 

I put a wooden board and weight on top of the panel and let it dry.

I put a wooden board and weight on top of the panel and let it dry.

Ready to be cut out and painted on. 

Ready to be cut out and painted on.