I looked at local hardware stores (lowes, wolohan lumber and home depot) and no one sells masonite, let alone 1/8" masonite like I'm looking for.
I don't really want pre-gessoed because that's alot more expensive and I'll just do that myself.
I want to make color charts, and I need pieces that are 8x17 or 16x17 (17x17..).
Any ideas if I can buy this online?
you CAN find masonite @ lowes, but it's not labelled masonite for some reason. something like hardboard? not sure. but it's not w/ the wood. it's in the molding area, big boards of it... I just got some there the other day. They'll cut it up the way you want, too.
I believe you can get it at ACE hardware, as well.
I'm not a shut-in, honest. I just don't have a car.
I get my masonite from Home Depo in the wood section. And if your going to paint on it use 1/4" or even 1/2". That stuff can warp pretty easily.
like jrr said. Paint an X w/gesso on the back. That'll help the warping.
You can buy the boards in 4' x 8'.
Home Depot calls it hardboard
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
If you go with Masonite make sure you get the "untempered" kind. Tempered masonite has various oils in it that can eventually ruin your work. As for warping try Nailing or gluing some wood strips to the back of the piece along the edges that will permenently solve that problem. If you don't do this always store it flat (If it's not hung, that is) or warping will be innevitable.
I used to use masonite a lot. Way cheaper than canvas and I liked the smooth surface. Oh yeah make sure you sand it real good before applying gesso. Be carefull though masonite especially if your carrying several peices is surprisingly heavy.
Hope this helps.
i find masonite called "masonite" at Pearl's.. nice and sturdy.. cheap and in good sizes..