After reading everything there is out there (and there is a lot) on making canvas panels I finally took the plunge this weekend. I decided to use MDF board (other choices are Masonite, Dibond, birch panels). Instead of messing with glue or Miracle Muck I simply gessoed the canvas cut to size to the 12" x 16" boards. I did this by applying a coat of thinned gesso to the board, then laying the canvas on top. I smoothed it out with a damp sponge pressing firmly to work the gesso through the canvas. I let them dry for several hours. Then I sanded them and applied a couple of more thinned coats of gesso and trimmed the excess off flush with the board (the photo below shows it before trimming). Worked perfectly. I love the tooth on these panels...it really grabs the paint and I was able to be pretty exact with laying down marks. No slipping and sliding. This is huge cost save with a much superior product. I'm quiet pleased.
And this is what I painted today on one of the panels I made with some close ups to appreciate how this canvas handled the paint. It's not done.....some finishing touches and bling later.