SourceTek Linen Panels
- We are proud to be the new Canadian distributor for SourceTek linen panels - by far the best panels for painting!
These professional-grade archival art boards offer a lightweight, portable, and durable surface perfect for use in the studio or in the field. ideal for use with pochade and wet panel storage boxes.
- Available in both acrylic and oil primed.
- All standard sizes are available up to 16x20.
- Larger sizes can be ordered.
Highest quality canvas panels available. Our lightweight, durable panels provide a superior archival base for your work and are ideal for use when painting en plein air or in the studio. All of our panel lines are available on the following substrates.
The Russian Baltic birch that we use is of superior furniture grade, and is very durable against possible rough handling or dropping. It resists warping when properly stored flat while not is use, or when framed after completion of your work. Once framed, any slight warping that may have occurred with the Baltic birch will be permanently eliminated.
The Gatorfoam® that we use is the strongest foam product on the market today. It is made of lightweight high density extruded polystyrene foam that is bonded on both sides to patented Luxcell facers. These facers are wood-fiber veneers impregnated with a proprietary resin for integrity, durability and strong moisture resistance. Gatorfoam® is very resistant to warping, and is not affected by humidity as wood can be. It is approximately 30% lighter than Baltic birch, even at 1/16 of an inch thicker. It is more fragile than the wood, so care should be taken not to drop the panels or subject them to rough handling.
The 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch archival hardboard we use is untempered so it will not cause the canvas to peel, which can happen with tempered boards that have a slightly oily layer (applied by the manufacturer creating the sheen). The hardboard we source is made with wood pulp, water and a small amount of paraffin sizing. These ingredients are placed in a high pressure heat press which essentially steams off most of the moisture content, and creates a uniform and smooth surface.
To handcraft our panels, we start by meticulously selecting and preparing the eighth-inch or quarter-inch Baltic birch plywood and hardboard, and 3/16-inch or 1/2-inch Gatorfoam® surfaces. We then mount the canvas to the substrate with Miracle Muck®, a non-yellowing, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) binding agent. The panels are placed in a non-heat press overnight (which doesn't affect the canvas weave) to ensure smoothness and continuity of the canvas surface. Finally, we cut the panels to size and sand all edges prior to packaging.
Standard sizes are: 6x8, 8x10, 9x12, 10x12, 11x14, 12x16, 14x18, 16x20, 18x24*, 20x24* and 24x30*. Please feel free to contact us for a quotation on custom sizes.
*Note: Sizes above 16x20 can be ordered.