Painting with oil paint on wood - revitalizing tradition

Oil paint and wood have belonged together for centuries. The old masters never limited themselves to painting canvases, they always resorted to the more stable and rustic material. However, they always followed a few rules so that the paint would not flake off or peel off again later. Don't go haphazardly either, but follow our tips!

This is how you prepare the wood professionally

First of all, you need a surface that is as smooth as possible, absolutely clean, without grease and protruding fibers. So sand and clean the wood thoroughly, on both sides, because the back also needs a coat of paint so that the panel does not warp.

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Prime the wood, roughened with sandpaper and thoroughly cleaned, on the front and back to avoid uneven tension. For absorbent surfaces, first dilute your special primer and only then apply it. Then the undiluted coat is applied.

Less absorbent woods, such as chipboard, receive an undiluted primer immediately. Make sure, however, that the coating is suitable for a wooden substrate as well as for the subsequent oil paint. Professional advice before shopping is highly recommended!

Also remember the important principle that careful preparatory work with high-quality material makes the work much more successful - and increases durability. So you better invest a little more time and money so that the result will be really good!

Oil on wood works even better with a canvas!

In ancient times, artists used painting cloth to cover the surface before they applied oil paint to wood. The textiles compensate for the swelling and shrinking of the supporting material and give the painting a longer durability. In addition, there is an aesthetic structure. There are these possibilities:

  • Buy pre-laminated wood from an artist's supply.
  • You have the choice between canvas and synthetic fabric.
  • Make sure that the wood is not too thin and cheap.
  • Alternatively, you can cover a wooden panel with canvas fabric.
  • Or you can glue the entire surface of the fabric to the wood - use an oily adhesive for this.
Tips & Tricks Make sure that every material you use is of maximum quality so that your work will last as long as the panel paintings by the great masters of the past!