Until this past year I always painted on stretched canvas. I was classically trained in traditional oil painting and stretching, sizing with rabbit glue and gessoing were all part of the old school deal. Then I tried panels, a few different kinds, this year. Gessoboard is too slippery for me as are some finer linen ones. Then I heard about oil priming homemade masonite panels and adding marble dust to the primer. I also tint the primer with raw umber to knock down the white so now I don’t do much of an under painting either, more alla prima. The marble dust is fantastic! It gives enough tooth to grab the paint but not so much that you can’t move it around. The best of both worlds Try it, you’ll like it!
Pam_Lendi (Pam Lendi) #42