After trying different surfaces, Shane is using 1/4" thick masonite. He buys in by the sheet, cuts it to size then gessos the top and sides using a small, smooth roller. Then using a special sandpaper, he sands the gesso smooth, then tints the panel (top and sides) with a turpy burnt umber color. As they're 1/4" thick with finished sides, his paintings can be 'floated'.
For this project, I'm using both gessoed Ampersand and some 1/8" masonite panels I've gessoed - but I prefer a rougher surface than Shane's smooth panels, so I let some of the brush marks show in the gesso.
This is Shane's piece for today.
Shane Rebenschied - "Milling About"
5" x 7" oil on panel