I have been painting for years and I always use traditional pre-stretched & prime canvas,
prime canvas panels and
But after I have lost some of my painting due to wind teaching my painting to fly, having my painting falling from my cart to the ground, and just plain traveling with my canvas from site to site this is what sometimes happen.
I was so frustrated that I started using prime canvas panels but I did not like them either for if ya got your panel wet, than ya would have a warped & ruin painting.
So I went on the net to see what the plein air artist used to paint on but what I found was it is just a preference with each artist.
Here is a youtube video where Roger Bansemer talks about Canvas V Masonite Board
If you have watch Roger Bansemer video, he said that he like to uses prime Masonite board. I don't.
11"x 14", 8"x 10", 5"x 7" and 3"x 4 for a total of 42 pieces for just under $14.00 Now y'all can't beat that. (*v~)
After my hubby cut the board I lightly sand the edges
and then I gesso my board three and sand them to take any rough edges.
So I went home from my paint out with the girls and the next day I went back to my studio to prepare more Masonite board to paint on, but this time I place 4 coats of gesso and 1 to 2 coats of a tint color like
and a light pink tint.
Now u mite be asking yourself, "Why are you adding tint to your canvas"? Well that's a good question and I'm glad y'all ask. I like to add some color so that when I paint I don't see a white canvas and it gives some nice color to my background.
Try it ya mite be surprise how your painting glow...