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Which panel is right for you?

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This page features product and media specific technical information to help you have the best experience with our panels. We encourage you to use this information as a resource guide. The navigation bar to the left can direct you to the appropriate topic or frequently asked questions. Also, below is a compilation of articles, books and more how-to driven information. Much of this information was shared by knowledgeable professional artists using our products.

You’re also welcome to contribute your knowledge and experience by giving us your feedback or if you can’t find the information you need, please contact us.

The panel comparison chart is a great place to start if you are not familiar with which panel to use. It cross references media to the type of panel we recommend using.

Wood Panel painting surface comparison
Which Media Works Best on Which Panel?
Media Product Discussion
Acrylics claybord
gessobord
pastelbord
We highly recommend using thin washes of acrylics on claybord. Or, try gessobord for a less absorbent panel or pastelbord for a surface with more texture and a toned ground.
Airbrush claybord Claybord is ideal for airbrush.
Calligraphy claybord Ampersand recommends claybord with this media.
Casein claybord
gessobord
Claybord and gessobord are both appropriate for use with casein.
Egg Tempera claybord Use egg tempera on claybord. Compare with panels you are preparing yourself.
Encaustic encausticbord Encausticbord is made for the unique demands of encaustic painting.
Gouache aquabord We recommend aquabord for use with gouache.
Graphite and Colored Pencils claybord Use graphite and colored pencils with claybord.
Inks, India Ink, Colored Inks claybord
scratchbord
We recommend claybord with inks because they can be easily erased and manipulated.
Markers claybord Use claybord with markers and frame without glass.
Oils and Oil Sticks claybord
gessobord
We recommend gessobord for use with oils. claybord may also be used but is very absorbent.
Pastels pastelbord We recommend pastelbord for working with all types of pastels.
Scratchboard scratchbord Use scratchbord as a professional alternative to scratchboard paper.
Watercolors aquabord Use aquabord, similar to cold press paper, for very wet watercolor washes.