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.
Tools and equipment
The painting I'm making the cradle for is watercolour on 30x23cm hardboard, prepared with gesso and watercolour ground. I use masking tape to secure a protective layer over the front of the painting, to avoid damaging it while I attach the cradle
Measuring and cutting
2. Use the mitre box and saw to cut an accurate 45 degree angle.
Attaching the frame to the panel
The painting can now be hung as it is by attaching D-rings and picture wire to the back, or framed with a float frame.
If you would like to be supportive of my endeavours as an artist, so that I am able to continue with these explorations of materials and surfaces, please consider purchasing your art materials through the links below. It won't cost you anything more, but I get a small commission.
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I am Emily Wilson, a watercolour portrait artist, working in the UK. I have a particular interest in exploring alternative painting surfaces to paper.