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These ready-to-paint, tempered hardboard panels are factory-coated with gesso. They're excellent for oils, acrylics, gouache, egg tempera, or pen-and-ink.
Panels have a smooth surface. Each panel is 1/8" (3 mm) thick.
Note — The permanence of tempered hardboard as a painting surface is unknown. Paintings are known to have survived intact from the 1930s.
® Speedball is a registered trademark.
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Worked well for our needs
from Elmwood Park, IL
Comments about Gessoed Hardboard Panels:
We used the boards for our ladies church retreat. I placed a Bible verse cut out of contact paper onto the board and then the ladies painted over it with acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry they removed the contact paper to reveal the Bible verse. These board were very economical they worked well over all. What I didn't like is that the paint can easily scratch off. Also we drilled holes for threading twine to hang. It flaked a little. Overall I would recommend if you need something economical for a craft project. I would use them again. They are very durable. The ladies loved the project!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Excellent choice for particular tehniques
from Miami, Fl
I use them for quick oil sketches ( studies for larger artworks ). I really love this panels for their quality and affordability. However, they are excellent just for particular techniques which requires a use of soft (synthetic or mink/sable) brushes and thin paint application. Artist who works with heavy body paint and bristle brushes may hate this support for it's 'slippery' property.
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The Best Gessoed Panels!!
from West Yellowstone, Montana
I just started painting on gessoed panels and I am so happy with the Speedball panels. They are well made... Smooth painting surface ......Sturdy panels.They are so light weight they work really well for plain air painting.Just cannot say enough nice things about these panels! Thank you, Speedball!
Great for daily painting
from Kansas City, Mo
I love that these store easily and are affordable. I bought many of these in 8" x 10" to do a small painting every morning for 30 days or as long as I can without breaking the chain. I love the surface for painting and it's a no fuss, low pressure way to just pull out a panel and get started painting.
Great price, great board, no-grip finish
By Volunteer Art Teacher
from N Minnesota
For beginner acrylic painters, the finish was disappointing. I will have to gesso the remainder of what I ordered in order to use them with my students.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that these panels aren't to your liking, and if you prefer to return them, we understand. One of our Customer Care Agents will be reaching out to assist you.
Good for practicing
I use acrylics and After reading the reviews I pretty much knew what I was getting. I used them to practice techniques and ideas. The surface is really slick, so I put a thin, tinted, gesso base down and it gave it more tooth. The acrylics will scratch off the surface really easy after they dry. But when I applied a sealer/Matt finish, it was fine. Best thing is the price. You can afford to try them out. And if you end up hating them, no big loss..
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LIKE PAINTING ON GLASS
from NEW JERSEY
priming just too slick for acrylic, to my horror paint scraped off finished paintings would be fantastic if manufacturer would use a real acrylic gesso ,the priming is like glass , still a bargain but you have to gesso the back of the panel with quality priming , please speedball fix it !!!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
You get what you pay for
The price is right but the surface is just too slick.Realizing I had a problem, I researched online and realized (too late) I had yielded to the temptation of price.The surface is simply too slick. Other uses suggest that one should sand it, then apply gesso or oil ground.That is what I will have to do.Next order, I will try the Ampersand brand. I understand (but have not tested) that Ampersand has a surface with more tooth.
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that these panels didn't have the surface you were looking for. One of our Customer Care Team Members will be reaching out to offer further assistance.
Better than you might think
from Daytona Beach, FL
Sometimes you want to use a firmer support rather than the bounce of a stretched canvas or the rougher tooth of a canvas panel. These panels are great for smooth blending with just enough tooth to pull the paint from the brush.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I'm very happy with these panels.
from Boulder, CO
For the price, I haven't found anything better or more versatile. After applying a light coat of gesso these panels are fantastic with watercolor as well as oil and acrylic. I have ordered them in various sizes quite a few times and they have arrived without damage. The only problem I see is that some people may not want to go to the trouble of applying gesso and I don't think they would be a very good surface for paint without it.
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