A Detailed Guide for Ensuring the Right Foundation for Your Artwork


Using the right materials to prepare a fine art piece will not only ensure a beautiful result, but one that is also durable. Picking the right substrate, prepping it correctly and adding gesso is key for creating a great beginning. You can gain the confidence to prepare your fine art on wood panels.

You may be wondering: 

  • Why would I use a wood panel and how do I pick the right one? 
  • What kind of materials should I use? 
  • How do I gesso before beginning to paint? 


Here's what we'll cover. 

By the end of this course, students will be able to pick, prep, and gesso a wood panel in preparation for their artwork. You’ll learn how to pick, prep and seal a wood panel for, receiving tips on picking the best panel, using the proper brush strokes and keeping a masonite panel from warping. The class also covers how to gesso the panels post prepwork, with key techniques on creating a canvas-like feel with the gesso or keep it smooth, depending on your particular art style. All the steps are fully explained and demonstrated. 

Catherine's award-winning artistry has been featured in gallery shows and art exhibitions. She’s created this course to share and teach the techniques needed for you to gain the confidence to ignite that creative joy of painting. 

This course is for you if: 

  • You want to learn how to pick, prep, and gesso a wood panel, but you aren’t sure where to begin. 
  • You don’t have any experience painting, but you’re excited to learn an essential art process! 
  • You’re looking for a fun and transformative creative outlet. 


Let's Get Started!

Hi, I’m Your Instructor, Catherine Mills


Artist Catherine Mills shows how to pick, prep and seal a wood panel for artwork, giving tips on picking the best panel, brush strokes and keeping a masonite panel from warping. She also shares how to gesso the panels post prepwork, with key techniques on creating a canvas-like feel with the gesso or keep it smooth, depending on your particular art style.

Happy Students Are Buzzing


"It is always rewarding to see a pro using materials confidently, yet with patience in describing their use. The small detail of using tape, for instance, is a really lasting tip, and the approach of showing alternatives for different styles is thoughtful, acknowledging different strokes for different folks!"

- Kirsty


"I came from a tech background and did not know how to paint or draw. Following her processes and lessons I find myself producing quality paintings that I am proud of sharing with family and friends, receiving outstanding feedback!”

- Rafael

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$9

How to Pick, Prep and Gesso a Wood Panel

A Detailed Guide for Ensuring the Right Foundation for Your Artwork

LEVEL: BEGINNER

TYPE: PROJECT

RUNNING TIME: approx 13 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions


What if I’ve never done this process before? 

Then this class is perfect for you! This course is intended for total beginners or anyone interested in a guide to tracing and transferring. 


What if I’m not very artistic? 

We’ll walk you through the process, step by step. If you are artistic, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative, but anyone can take this course and end up with a beautiful result. 


How long do I have access to the course? 

After enrolling, you have unlimited access across any and all devices you own. 


When does the course start and finish? 

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. 


Can I really take this entire course in one afternoon? 

You can! BUT, we do recommend buying your supplies and materials ahead of time, or even following along and practicing the techniques as the class happens. 


What if I am unhappy with the course? 

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.