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Would you prime a small panel with gesso or heavy duty acrylic?


(Patricia J. Powers) #1

I have a couple of small wood (Balsa) panels for painting (3"x3"). They need to be primed and I am wondering if using heavy duty white acrylic paint wouldn’t work just as well as gesso? Since it is now 12 degrees outside, sanding 3 coats of gesso is out of the question. I will probably use oil for the actual painting.


(Sunny Avocado) #2

I had used acrylic gesso on wood panel and then painted oil on it and after a time iI discovered cracks in the oil paint. Here is the discussion I started about this topic: Cracked oil paint

@Jacqueline_Davis replied to me:
Sunny on that subject I actually wrote to Gamblin a few weeks ago. For oil painting they recommend this oil painting ground, which can be used on both boards and stretched canvas.


(Patricia J. Powers) #3

Thanks Sunny and Jacqueline,
After looking at your painting Sunny, I think I’ll stick to Ampersand or canvas. My
3x3’s of Balsa wood will be useful for ‘what if’s’ and not selling. Thanks again.


(Lynda Davison) #4

Here’s an idea for the little 3x3s - I used them for Christmas ornaments one year and
all sold well. (You may need to drill a small hole for hanging before painting and sand
edges smooth).
I painted them with black gesso; painted some Christmas scenes…
dressed up snowmen, holly with berries, a little pup in a stocking, small church in the snow,
and etc… On the backs of all, I painted string lights in different colors. Then I sealed them with a couple coats of polyurethane. Used embroidery floss through the holes for hanging.
Sold them at $8 each…not a lot, but they were fun to do!
One nice thing is that the ornaments are “non-breakable”…heh


(Lynda Davison) #5

Oops, should have mentioned I painted with fine art acrylics…


(Dana Chester) #6

Priming is so very important, but can differ depending on the surface (substrate) and the materials you’ll be using to paint. While I haven’t watched the entire video and am not sure if your specific surface is addressed, here’s a link to the Jerry’s Artarama YouTube channel, where this topic was recently discussed and demonstrated:


(Jacinthe Rivard) #7

Thank you so much Dana for posting this!!! I was having some issues with my wood board and this answered it! I went out today and bought the Gac100 like the women in the video suggested and I think it will solve my problem!!!