Notebook, 1993-

MATERIALS & METHODS - Painting - Oil Painting

Characteristics - Painting Methods - Materials and Equipment - Manufacture - Protection of the Picture

Supports and Grounds


Plywood is made by gluing several layers of wood together. The grain of one layer of wood usually runs at right angles to the grain of the next layer, thus reducing the risk of warping.

Plywood panels are obtainable in large sizes. They are stronger than solid wood of corresponding size and should be less apt to expand and contract than solid wood.

The most obvious defect of plywood is the possibility that its various layers may separate if the adhesive used to hold them together is not of superior quality.

Plywood used for pictures should be 1/4" to 3/4" thick. [p. 114]

[Kay, Reed. The Painter's Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.]



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