For many years all of my artwork was completed on standard surfaces: canvas for my paintings and paper or card for my drawings. But I was looking for something a bit different and I discovered aluminium!
It has the distinct advantage that it will not warp over time, even in warmer environments and the aluminium will not corrode. Perfect.
Into the Vortex
I originally purchased my first piece of aluminium as a painting surface, but soon realised (much to my surprise) that it is also suitable for graphite. Drawing or painting on aluminium is not easy and takes a lot of patience, but I really like the feel of the brush or pencil on the smooth surface and the luminosity effect that the aluminium gives the finished artwork.
Because the aluminium panels require a unique framing method, I frame them all myself. The panels will arrive framed, strung and ready to hang. The surface has been treated with fixative or varnish to preserve the finished artwork, but please refrain from touching the finished piece as any sweat, oil or dirt will transfer very readily to the surface and will likely spoil the artwork. You have been warned!
I purchase only the finest quality aluminium panels and for this reason I have included the manufactures product description, as follows:
“Aluminium panels make even, rigid and lightweight painting surfaces. They offer great value with a stable, conservation-quality support. Unlike canvases or wooden panels, aluminium panels will not release gases over time and will barely react to changes in humidity and temperature. The archival properties of the metal mean that aluminium panels can easily be stored in damp studios where traditional painting surfaces would warp. They are also lightweight, which makes them ideal for large artworks which may need to be transported.
The 3mm panel is an anodised aluminium surface, which is widely considered the best process for preparation of an aluminium surface for the application of paint. There is no residue from the process as it is a change to the structure of the aluminium face, above and below the surface. The process modifies the surface by creating aluminium oxide, an extremely hard, porous surface that allows fantastic adhesion of paints. It is also possible for artists to leave areas of the aluminium panels exposed, as the material won’t tarnish.
Aluminium Panels are the perfect solution for those who like to paint on ultra-smooth, hard surfaces. The smooth panel means that paint can be spread easily and that brushes never need to be scrubbed into the surface. Suitable for use with all types of painting media, including oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache and ink.”
Through Hell to Paradise
I have the Upper Hand