I ordered an aluminium panel offcut tester which is just 13 x 13 cm so I could basically see if I would like it! I do! It has a specially treated surface for paint to adhere to and ready to use with all sorts of painting media. It does have many advantages than canvases for example. I tried on it acrylics and ink sprays and different gels, so I did a mixed media on that panel. The surface is, well quite slippery if I could use that word and I wouldn't just paint a still-life with acrylics only on it (maybe I am just not aware how to do it on that panel!) but I bet oils would work gorgeously. I liked leaving the aluminium still showing and I also did some extra scratches (the panels already have an industrial finish too!) My aim was to create an abstract piece! The other thing I really love is that you can just scrape off the paint from the panel with a painting knife for example! With this you can create interesting looks and also if you decide to start all over again.
Stencilling was done with acrylic paint + Light Modelling Paste + Texture Powder; splatters with Acrylic Ink and on top Golden's Tar Gel 'wonders'! Three different pinks all together!
I am interested in getting some bigger sizes to experiment even more as I think the aluminium panels are so unique!
Linking my project to Stamps and Stencils - Think Pink