Whether the watercolour painting I’ve done is on an Ampersand panel (Aquabord, Encausticbord, etc) or a homemade wooden panel (likely prepared with a watercolour ground), I usually finish the piece in the same way. I get a few questions about how I do this, so here I will go into some detail about finishing.
Some ready made artist panels can be bought already attached to a wooden cradle, giving the overall panel a nice deep edge of an inch or more (link HERE to Ampersand panels). I personally prefer painting with the panel flat on the table, so I tend to attach a wooden cradle when the piece is finished. I do not own any appropriate power tools whatsoever, so the process I've had to use is VERY low tech! In the future I very much hope to invest in a mitre saw, which will make cutting the pieces much quicker, easier and more accurate.
I am Emily Wilson, a watercolour portrait artist, working in the UK. I have a particular interest in exploring alternative painting surfaces to paper.