Caring for your artist hardboard

Handling Advice for Artist Boards

Artist boards are versatile surfaces for artwork. To ensure your artist boards remain in the best condition, follow these guidelines:


Store your artist boards flat, not leaning on a wall where they can warp. 
When storing unpainted or completely dry boards, place them back-to-back and front-to-front.
Be cautious when leaning smaller boards against larger ones to prevent denting.

Environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity, and exposure to UV radiation, can impact the longevity and appearance of artwork created on our panels. Users should take these factors into account and consider protective measures if necessary.


Understand that wood is a natural product with variables that are affected by environment and treatment. Preparing the surface to work on helps mitigate issues that can occur over time if not handled well. For example, expansion of the wood can cause cracking or delamination of paint films.

It is recommended you test your artistic materials and techniques on these panels to assess compatibility. Be prepared to adjust your process to achieve desired results.

Remember that proper care and handling can prolong the life and quality of your artwork on artist boards. If you have any specific concerns or questions, consult with experts in the field for guidance.

By using cradled panels, you acknowledge the inherent properties of wood and its potential impact on the artwork. Fitzroy Stretches disclaims any responsibility for issues related to wood expansion, cracking, or delamination of paint films on these panels.