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I’m just starting folk art, and I don’t know how to paint on craftwood!

MM10 Gesso may be used as a primer, if desired, as it will give good tooth and a clean bright surface to work on. If using Matisse Background Colours, a sealer is not necessary except on the most porous of chipboards as these colours have a built-in sealer. If you find that after applying your first coat of Matisse Background Colours, the routed edges are still furry, apply a single coat of MM26 Transparent Gesso (pastel primer) over the area requiring attention, sand and then recoat with desired background colour. Although not originally designed for this purpose, many folk artists now use MM26 Transparent Gesso (pastel primer) as their preferred preparation on craftwood routed edges.
After the work is complete, a coat of MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish or MM6 Polymer Matt Varnish is recommended to protect the work. If the item is a utility item which may require a hard and heat- resistant finish, a coat of MM11 Poly-U Satin Varnish or MM19 Poly-U-Gloss Varnish would be recommended. If the chipboard or MDF piece is to be exposed to rain, it is recommended that all sides of the board be covered with paint and then the varnish with MM14 High Gloss Varnish (turps-based) or MM15 Matt Varnish (turps-based) to stop the board soaking up water, warping and disintegrating. Although the Matisse range of products when applied correctly will prolong the life of particle boards, alternative substrates should be sought if the work is to stand up to the elements over an extended period.