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    Plein-air panels

    For doing plein-air work, any good recommendations for panels? I would like to try out different ones to see what I like. I'm not really happy with the Dick Blick ones.
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    I use SourceTek panels They are kiln fired birch and they offer different thickness for the panels and grades of surface from oil primed linen to polyflax.
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    I make my own which are basically the same as SourceTek's. I just buy 1/8" birch ply, cut it up into my usual sizes, buy a roll of Claasen's double oil primed linen and glue it down with a PVA glue. Takes maybe two days but produces 150-200 panels depending on sizes. I have some pics of the process I'll try to track down and upload.
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    You can certainly just cut up masonite and gesso it.

    This company also makes a variety of nice panels etc.
    http://www.newtraditionsartpanels.com/
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    Thanks, guys... I'll take a look at the sites. Jeff, I was also thinking of making my own... which will probably be a lot cheaper.
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    Here's a post from Stapleton Kearns blog on making panels.
    http://stapletonkearns.blogspot.ca/2...ng-panels.html

    If you type panel into the search bar on top of his site it will also pull up several other posts about panels etc.
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    Check out Ray Mar panels. They have canvas, linen, oil primed, acrylic primed, etc and they're REALLY nice to paint on.
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    Not that I'm an expert or anything, but I use gessoed masonite. I make little 9x12 panels I can carry in a backpack. I apply 3 layers of diluted gesso, sanding as the desire takes me, and away I go. They seem to hold up reasonably well.

    I can't stand canvas texture so I skip that step.
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    Personally I hate Ray Mar panels...I've had many de-laminate...hate their surface, etc. Just me.
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    I like the Fredrix linen panels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    I make my own which are basically the same as SourceTek's. I just buy 1/8" birch ply, cut it up into my usual sizes, buy a roll of Claasen's double oil primed linen and glue it down with a PVA glue. Takes maybe two days but produces 150-200 panels depending on sizes. I have some pics of the process I'll try to track down and upload.
    For these 150-200 panels you make this way what's the cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ezion View Post
    For these 150-200 panels you make this way what's the cost?
    Hard to break it down ezion to anything exact - mainly because a roll of Claasen's linen is a few hundred bucks, but it will make a few hundred small to medium panels easy. The other materials are inexpensive...then again a good table saw is $400-500. In the end I know I'm making them for maybe 10 - 20% of the price of a SourceTek panel. That's just a rough estimate though.
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    Here's the linen I use, from Utrecht: Claasens double oil primed.

    Another really good support, if you don't want to go the birch plywood/table saw route, is to use Gatorfoam. Makes for a nice, lightweight, non-warping panel which is easily cut with a mat knife - just not as durable as the ply.

    A few shots of how I prepare the panels:

    A stack of panels and linen cut ready to mount
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    I use a pencil to outline the panel, then bring the glue right to the line with the putty knife
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    Then trim the excess
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    Some pics didn't upload for some reason....anyway, you get the idea. I stack them up overnight and put extra weight on to press them...then trim out the next day.
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