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Old 04-03-2012, 03:27 PM
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preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

Hello,

Looking for some help please. I'm new to oil painting. I want to paint on boards of about 120cm x 190cm. What's the best way to prepare them? Do they need to be framed? What's the best way to hang them once they're finished?

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Old 04-03-2012, 04:53 PM
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Re: preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

Welcome to wet canvas...... First off you should build a cradle for the back to support the plywood and help keep it from wrapping. If you're handy that cradle could give you a nice finished edge as viewed from the side so you may be able to get away from buying a frame if that is the look you're after.

For how to prepare the plywood for paint, there is a current thread called sizing "hardboard" that will tell you all you need to know.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:39 AM
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Re: preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

Excellent, thanks
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:08 PM
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Re: preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

I made one mistake with plywood that hit hard during a painting. Sinking. Don't forget to seal the plywood with some kind of primer sealer or I believe the plywood will suck the oil out of the painting, in blotches.

I've never had this issue with Masonite hardboard. A few layers of gesso on Masonite seems to be fine.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:20 PM
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Re: preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

I've been painting on panel, GessoBord, Masonite, etc., for years.

I've never had a "sinking" problem with anything but panels I've built which were primed with "traditional" gesso (RSG, gypsum, marble dust, Titanium Dioxide).

Panels primed with (at least) three coats of a good acrylic gesso have worked fine for (me) for painting in oils or acrylics, with no "sinking" when using oils.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:51 PM
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Re: preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

Yes, I should have said I prime my Masonite panels with acrylic gesso, not traditional gesso.

I have only had the sinking problem once in my life, and that was when I tried using a piece of plywood that was only primed with acrylic gesso.
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Re: preparing large plywood boards for oil painting

Plywood is very heavy to paint on, making it hard to hang later. Unless you are doing mural panels, it might be more useful to use a lighter weight painting surface.
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