If you want to prepare your own panel, start with an Ampersand Hardbord Panel and apply your own oil or acrylic primers. Hardbord is the finest pressed wood panel available anywhere. Made in the U.S. from quality hardwoods, this panel resists warping and moisture penetration. Hardbord accepts all types of commercial and handmade gesso grounds, and is also an excellent surface onto which paper can be mounted. The cradled panels can either be used to paint on directly or as supports on which to mount watercolor papers, photographs, fabrics, and prints. They will save you valuable painting time, as well as framing and carpentry costs!