|Forest Trail, 11x14, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
If you want to make a good use of the summer plein air painting season, it's important to be well prepared. Ample amount of art supplies and equipment is essential. So are light-weight, quality painting supports. I will explain in a few easy steps how to make them, and show you an example of the end result.
But before I get to that, let me share this with you. If you collect art and like my paintings, please consider joining my circle of art friends at this time. I am planning a summer giveaway which may interest you. I explain all about it in my newsletter. I am looking forward to sharing my art with you!
How to make light-weight plein air panels
I like to use 1/4 inch thick plywood which my hubby cuts for me into standard, easily frameable sizes (8x10, 9x12,11x14, etc.).
I paint all sides with a layer of white gesso (which prevents warping) and let it dry before mounting a gessoed canvas on one side of the board.
Place your panel on the gessoed canvas (good side up), outline its shape and cut out the marked rectangular piece with scissors. Remember which side of the canvas goes up.
Spread any kind of acrylic medium evenly over the side of the board facing you. Cover the surface completely, including corners.
Place the canvas piece on the wet side of the board. Remember which side goes up. Although you have a rectangle and it shouldn't matter, there are slight imperfections in the cut which may make the rectangle wider on one side. It's nice to have the shape of the canvas match perfectly the shape of the board.
Press firmly to affix the canvas to the board and to get rid of any air-bubbles.
Make several boards at the time, stack them up and press with something heavy. I leave them to completely dry overnight.
The next day, you have a nice surface for your backyard plein air painting session or for any other project you can think of.
I had to capture these glorious white peonies which last too short, but at least I have a memory of them. Taking time to keenly observe their colors and shapes was a valuable lesson.
In my last post, I invited you to join me for the opening of the West Coast Homeland group show. I am pleased that some of you showed up and I also made some wonderful new art friends. A great time was head by everyone!
Happy Summer my artful friends!