The picture above is an example of a DIY painting board I’ve made. This is my first article on this blog. And as an opening, I’d like to share tips on how to make a DIY painting panelboard at the lowest cost as possible.
This is very useful especially for you who still in the first stage of learning to paint.
As you know the price for a piece of painting panel board is pretty expensive. While as a painter, doing color study and other painting practice is a must to develop your skill.
And using an expensive painting panel board just for practice, in my opinion, is wasteful of money.
I mean, if you make a painting for exhibition etc using a good quality panel board is a must for your “product qualities. But here we try to reduce the budget of the painting panel board for practice and study purposes.
So, to make your own painting panel board is a good alternative to reduce costs. Okay, below are stuff you need to make a DIY painting panel board.
Materials needed to make DIY painting panel board
Below are some materials you need to prepare;
- MDF board – 6 ml meters thick (For make it easy you can buy a board that already cut)
- Acrylic Gesso for priming the boards ( You can buy from the local art store, buy the cheap one)
- A bristle brush (For applying gesso to board usually in art store have a specific brush for gesso but using the 2-inch standard brush it’s okay)
- Water-based Wood Finish + brush (This is optional to coat the back of the canvas board to prevent fungus or wood bug attack)
- Sandpapers (Use the smooth one; 1000 grit is good )
Making the panel
First, you need to cut your MDF board to small pieces my recommendation is 30 x 40 cm or 20x 30 cm if you buy a board that not already cut (i.e 1.2 m x 2.4 m)
Unless you are good at using a hand saw it’s better to ask help from a carpenter you know to cut your board.
When your board is ready, sanding all boards with sandpaper to make the gesso stick properly on the boards and don’t forget to wipe it to clean the dust after you have done.
For the other side of the board (back-side), you can leave it as it is. And coating it with wood finish later.
Let them dry in about one-two hours. When it’s dry, apply to sand the first layer of gesso with sandpaper. This time do it more gently and then repeat three times for better results.
To make your brush flow easily you can be wetting it with water but it’s better not adding too much.
After you are done priming the top of the side of the panel with gesso. Now it’s time to coat the backside of the panel with Wood Finish. This is optional, but since the MDF board can be easily “attacked” by mold and mildew. By coating using wood finish will prevent the issue.
Apply the coat by using another brush than you’ve used for gesso. And for better results apply two layers coat on each board. Note! only apply the wood finish in the backside do not apply it to the gesso side.
And when your painting panel board has dried. Now you have a bunch of paintings board for your practice and study.
That’s it! when it comes to practice it’s not difficult as it sounds. Believe me! and surely it could save your budget.
If you want to make a commercial painting panel board for “Commercial” production purposes. You can use Masonite board with the same method and you will have a “premium” painting panel board.
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