Painting doesn’t always have to be on a canvas as we all know. Wood is a good alternative. “Wood panels have been used for paintings since before fabric supports were invented. Many early icons, from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, and many Renaissance paintings, were created on solid wood panels. 


In the 16th century, artists in Britain and Northern Europe often chose to paint on wooden panels because the hard, even surface allowed them to apply paint smoothly. This was especially suited to painting the costumes and jewels worn by the kings, queens, and people of high society.” (Gemini AI Overall Quote) 


There are some things you probably need to know before embarking on wood painting. The historical painters knew how to treat wood for painting, and it might behoove you to know these tips as well. First of all, the wood you purchase to use will probably be in the raw stage. It is a good idea to sand the surface down with a fine grit sandpaper. After it is sanded, make sure you have all the dust removed. After the surface is smooth as you like, coat the surface with a smooth grout. If need be, you could coat it twice by sanding between each coat, and dusting off. Make sure the grout is completely dry before sanding. 


If you are using Masonite, be sure to use the smooth side. Otherwise, your paint will have too much of a texture to it. If you plan on using a palette knife to paint that may or may not be an issue. But I would still use the smooth side. 


One thing to be aware of is painting on wood will wear your brushes down faster than on canvas. If the piece is large, you will of course notice this more. If you have a lot of brushes that aren’t extremely expensive this may not be an issue. But I would refrain from using your best brushes on wood. 


The feel of brush strokes is very much different than painting on a canvas. You will notice a satiny feel to the paint as you apply it. The surface will be smooth unless you use thick paint. If you haven’t experienced wood, try it! It’s wonderful!

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