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X-Panels offer artists a new alternative to traditional cradled panels, stretched canvas, and warped boards. They are relatively light weight and non-warping. Artists enjoy increased framing options, and slim profiles for easier storage, transport, and shipping. With a thickness of 1/8 to 3/8 inch, they occupy less studio space and can be stored in a smaller area. The panels' strength protects them from damage during shipping, which also allows a thinner package and reduced mailing costs. Since they don't have a thick cradle, framing options become more plentiful, clients can handle the artwork more easily and the perceived quality of a work of art on an X-Panel is much higher.

X-Panels are a joy to paint on offering a firm surface that feels strong and gives the artist a more precision feel.  Panels can be prepared like other panels.  You can simply prime them, or attach primed canvas, linen or paper.  One thing to note is if very wet glue or gesso is used it can expand the surface it is applied to causing a temporary warp.  The surfaces are sealed by X-Panels to minimizes this issue but very watery glues can still cause a temporary warp.  Both oil and acrylic can be used on X-Panels, and by applying a product such as Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, watercolor artists don't miss our either!

The composite core on Series 2 panels provides both structural support and a waterproof barrier between front and back. The Plein Air Series is finished with non-toxic marine grade sealer to enhance waterproof properties, and the Series 1 and Series 2 are finished on one side with the non-toxic marine grade sealer on one side and a natural oil sealer on the other.

Go ahead, try an X-Panel, and Happy Painting!

X-Panel Models

Plein Air

The Plein Air panels are made from 1/4 inch birch plywood.  These panels are sealed to reduce warping. There is no added structure like the Series 1 and 2 panels.  These panels come with wood surfaces, with acrylic primed canvas, or oil primed linen. These panels are ready to use or have canvas, linen paper, or any other substrate you desire to work on attached.  They also can be primed and painted on directly.  Suitable for studio or plein air painting. 

Series 1

The Series 1 panels are 3/8 inches thick and are constructed with Luan hardwood plywood. These semi-hollow panels are strong and lightweight. A structural foam is added to the core on larger sizes. The panels are pre-sealed with an oil based sealer on the back and a non toxic water based sealer on the painting surface to reduce the effects of moisture in the environment and mediums used on the panel.  These panels come with wood surfaces, with acrylic primed canvas, or oil primed linen.Panels are ready use or have canvas,linen, paper, or any other substrate you desire to work on attached.  They also can be primed and painted on directly.  The sealer is dry and will be receptive to oil, acrylic, watercolor and any other primers.  Suitable for studio or plein air painting but especially useful for plein air painting due to their light weight. 

Series 2

The super light panels are 1/4 inch thick and are constructed with Luan hardwood plywood sandwiching a composite core making them strong and lightweight. The panels are pre-sealed with a non toxic sealers to reduce the effects of moisture in the environment and mediums used on the panel.  The composite core creates a waterproof barrier between the front and back of the panel.  These panels come with wood surfaces, with acrylic primed canvas, or oil primed linen.  Panels are ready use or have canvas,linen, paper, or any other substrate you desire to work on attached. They also can be primed and painted on directly.  The sealer is dry and will be receptive to oil, acrylic, watercolor and any other primers.  Suitable for studio or plein air painting.

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