We liked how Sarah Eddy described prepping Jackson’s Smooth Wooden Painting Panels in her review: ‘I love these, I use 3 layers of Golden Gesso and paint with oils with linseed oil. They are wood panels so you can sand them more if you wish but I find the oils grip the wood so much better like they are. I just brush the wood down before the gesso.’ We asked Sarah to explain her process and also awarded her a £25 Jackson’s Gift Voucher for writing the most informative and useful review of the month.
Painting with Oils onto Jackson’s Smooth Wooden Panels
By Cornish artist Sarah Eddy
The very first thing that drew me to Jackson’s Smooth Wooden Panels, was that they come in a large variety of sizes. Most companies I’d researched online often didn’t offer large panels, or they were very expensive. I wanted to paint larger scale landscapes and so I spent a lot of time and money trying things out. I was using MDF at the time, but it’s incredibly heavy to ship, to frame and can get easily water damaged. I’ve also tried wood panel boards that came ready primed, but found them to be too smooth and I ended up putting a layer of gesso on them anyway.
I have been incredibly happy with Jackson’s panels and subsequently, they are currently all I use to paint on. The panels arrive smooth and sanded and ready to prime. I do wipe them down. It’s not recommended to get them wet or wash them, as you could possibly make the wood swell or warp before they’ve been sealed. You only need to check there are no bits that can get trapped in the gesso. The more time you take making sure it’s dry and clean the better the gesso is going to look and therefore the paint you apply.
I use Golden Gesso as the quality is fantastic and I’ve tried quite a few other gessos on the market. I always paint three layers, so the oil paint doesn’t get absorbed into the wood. I sometimes paint a coloured acrylic background again, before I paint with oils on top.
I paint the gesso horizontally and vertically, similar to a canvas. It’s important to remember that when your oils or acrylic is applied, the condition of the gesso will affect the look of the paint, especially if you paint thinly. I paint with a palette knife but I still want the gesso to be applied as best as it can be. I think it makes a big difference. Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next one. I always wait a few hours or overnight before I actually use the wooden panel. Some people like to sand between each layer, but with Jackson’s Smooth Panels I don’t think this is necessary when you paint the gesso correctly. Also, I choose not to because I really like the finish I get with good quality gesso. Most importantly, because Jackson’s Wooden Panels are smooth, sanded plywood, they never seem to need a sand if you paint the gesso on nice and evenly.
About Sarah Eddy
Sarah Eddy is a Cornish Artist. Once a founder member and performer with the show ‘Stomp, she’s now back in Cornwall, walking the Cornish coastal path, painting land and seascapes using oils on wood panels.
You can see more of her work and find out about upcoming exhibitions on her website here.
You can view our Jackson’s Smooth Wooden Panels online here and Golden Acrylic Gesso here.
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