There are a variety of finishes you can choose for your panel. At Trekell, we offer pre-primed panels to save you time. Trekell offers eight different finishes for panels that you can choose from. From acrylic gesso to watercolor ground, there is a wide range of choices for you. Let’s explore the eight different types of finishes Trekell offers for panels!
- Gesso is very similar to white acrylic paint but thinner. It dries hard, primes your surface for paint and has a slightly toothy texture. You can easily manipulate the texture by sanding for a smoother finish or applying thicker amounts of gesso with no sanding for a rough finish. Gesso is ideal for acrylic paint but can be used with oil as well. Typically white, gesso can now be found in black, clear, neutral gray tone and more!
- Trekell offers Claessens Linen #13, that has been primed for acrylic or oil paint with two layers of titanium white and bound with glue. This fine weave linen is what is considered “portrait grade” and offers a smooth surface with little texture. Linen tends to be stronger than cotton canvas so the fibers can be woven tighter for a more stable surface to paint on.
- This fine-weave Belgian linen has been primed with 1 coat of Titanium White and 2 coats of Crimnitz White. The surface of this linen has little to no texture, making it ideal for showcasing fine details. Use Lead Primed Linen Panels with oil paint for best results.
- Gamblin Oil Ground is a great alternative to gesso for oil painters. This ground is less absorbent, allowing the oil paint layers on top to retain their color saturation. Gamblin Oil Ground can be applied to fabric (linen/cotton) or on top of acrylic gesso for bright-white, less absorbent ground layer. When applied properly, this ground should have a slightly toothy texture.
- This particular line of linen, Claessens #13, has been primed for oil paint using one layer of zinc white bound with linseed oil, then, after drying and sanding, a coating layer based on titanium white. This fine weave linen is what is considered “portrait grade” and offers a smooth surface with little texture. Linen tends to be stronger than cotton canvas so the fibers can be woven tighter for a more stable surface to paint on.
- Renowned for its smoothness, the Artfix L64C Quadruple Oil Primed Linen has been sized twice to completely seal the fine-weave, Belgian linen. Four coats of an oil primer is then applied. This primer is meant to look and feel like a lead primed surface without the toxicity. Use this surface for oil portrait and fine detail work.
- QoR Watercolor ground is a soft, absorbent primer with a silky texture. This primer is flexible, acid-free, and compatible with watercolors, acrylics, and drawing media. This fluid acrylic primer creates a porous surface similar to cold press paper. It dries to an absorbent, lightfast, and flexible surface that withstands repeated lifting and scrubbing.
- Perfect for watercolor painting, these panels feature Fabriano Artistico paper. This mould made, 100% cotton paper is acid and chlorine free. Watercolor paper is thicker, stronger and more absorbent than regular paper and come in different finishes. Try hot-press paper for a smooth surface or cold-press for more texture.
Between these eight different finishes for panels, there is something that will meet your painting needs. Each finish offers something unique for your art so choose the best fit for what you are looking for. Trekell provides top quality finishes for each and every panel that can bring your painting to another level!