Make your Artwork Presentable with Gator Board

Gator Board or Gatorfoam is a sturdy board built with pieces of resin impregnated paper on each side of the board, laminated on a core composed of foam. Such boards are readily available at in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses. Gator board is an easily transportable art supplement that has gained a lot of popularity in a very short span of time, owing to its sturdy yet lightweight property. This foam board substrate can be used in a variety of applications and is an effective surface for painting if done properly.  Both sides of the gator should be painted to equalize tension on both face surfaces.  Make sure to not over saturate either side.  Otherwise warping will occur.  You can always check out an artist’s blog to get more info on painting and gesso coating gatorfoam.

One of the most important features of foam board is that it is easy to cut.  Depending on the thickness you choose you can cut gatorfoam with an Olfa knife for the 3/16” thickness all the way up to a scrolling orbital jigsaw or a router for any thickness up to 2” thickness.  Writing and drawing on such material is effortless! It is always the first choice for craftsmen and commercial workers due to the fact that it resists warping and is easy to cut into any shape. With all these properties, trying to use other materials for similar purposes would be expensive when compared to foam boards

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There are a few things you need to collect beforehand to get through the innovative artwork: gator board, Olfa utility knife or appropriate cutting tool depending on the thickness chosen, or other appropriate cutting tool, a pencil, gesso, and a good straight edge if required,  similar to a Big Blue or Sooper Edge straight edge safety ruler.  The safety rulers are available at  Painting the piece of Gator board can be simple if the following steps are followed:

Step 1:  Select the thickness of Gator board as needed for the painting you want to create. A thinner board is recommended if you are not planning to transport the artwork. You can also embed it into a frame as it offers an extra protection to the artwork. Moreover, it adds grace to the painted piece. For a more dimensional look, opt for a thicker foam board. 

Step 2:  Once purchased, cut the Gator foam into the desired size and shape using a straight edge like an Olfa knife Scooper Edge, or one of the other cutting tools mentioned above. Ensure that you use a sharp blade, because if it is dull it will result in jagged edges taking away the smooth edge of the product.  It may take 2 – 3 strokes of the knife to get through the 3/16” gator using the Olfa knife.

Step3:  Prime the board on both sides with a neutral base material like gesso. Ensure that the gesso applied is suited for the type of paint you have planned to use. For example, if you want to use acrylic paints, choose acrylic or soy gesso. Once it is completely dried, with a pencil, draw the desired design. If you aren’t confident about drawing, use a stencil instead. 

Step 4:  Paint the drawing and avoid adding water or else it might get too wet or take a longer time to dry. 

Your product will be finally ready for display. Exhibit the painting in your living room or gift it to someone special, or friends or family to flaunt the creative side of you. As per your needs, different kind of foam boards are available at 

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