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Friday, February 27, 2015

Scratchbord-Claybord Inks

Scratchbord-Claybord™ inks are specially formulated for adding color to Ampersand's Scratchbord, Claybord and other paper scratchboards.  These transparent inks leave vibrant color in only the white areas of scratchboard drawings and can easily be scratched through back to white when adding fine details and highlights.  When painting over back areas, these remarkable inks do not leave a heavy ink residue.  



Our inks are pigmented, permanent, and water-based with a bit of shellac to prevent dissolving.  For best results, build up the color in diluted washes following the directional lines in the drawing. Other brands of ink can leave heavy residue on the black surface and can be difficult to scratch if not quickly wiped off.  It's easy to mix a wide range of colors with only the six base colors in this set.  Each bottle allows the ink to be measured out by the drop.  

For final touch up, apply Ampersand Black Repair ink around the edges of the subject matter to cover any left over residue and over-painting. Once all the color is in, go back and scratch out the highlights. This will give the forms in your drawing volume and dimension. Add more color where needed and repeat this process until you are totally satisfied with the results.

Lisa Goesling
Group of Columbines by Lisa Goesling
"Everything is about value when I draw with Scratchbords. Ampersand's boards are created so well that I am able to develop nuances that I could never accomplish with any other variety of scratchboard. Their inks are water based, I mix them just like I would mix paint. Two steps make the color really pop off the boards, painting with colored inks at full strength, (not mixed with water), and scratching away enough black ink from the Scratchbord, making a pure white surface to accept the inks." ~Lisa Goesling

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Current Events with Ampersand Artists


Ranjini Venkatachari has a new exhibition opening at the Roby King Galleries, the DRAWING exhibition, an invitational show in Bainbridge Island, WA.    The exhibition opening is on March 6 from 6-8 pm and the show will run through March 28th. She will be showing two of her lovely origami pieces, colored pencil works on Pastelbord.

Sandra Duran Wilson
Acrylic by Sandra Duran Wilson
Sandra Duran Wilson will be teaching a workshop on How to Master the Mediums at the Art And Soul Retreat in Portland on March 8th.  Kit fee of $25 includes panels!  


Lisa Goesling will be giving an interactive artist talk at the Neiman Center in Chicago, IL on March 13th from 5-7 pm on Scratchbord, presented by the Student Art Therapy Association, refreshments and materials will be provided.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Featured Artist: Amy Lindenberger

Lindenberger
Early December Morning
Colored pencil artist, Amy Lindenberger has a unique and thoughtful approach to her work, considering that she is using one of the smoothest surfaces possible and colored pencil usually requires a bit of grit to stick in place.  Having worked in colored pencil for more than thirty years, Amy knows the idiosyncrasies of the medium and the tweaks she needs to make to work on a particular surface, like Claybord™.

It was high school where Amy discovered colored pencil, but college at the University of Akron where Amy was able to really experiment with other media.  She came back to colored pencil because of her love for the translucency of the medium and the layering process that fits her working style and personality.  "Not long after graduating, I went back to colored pencil and learned that by varying the surfaces and techniques used, I could achieve results that mimicked the look of other media, in addition to creating the look of colored pencil.  I've worked exclusively in graphite and colored pencil since 1981, and have never regretted my choice," Amy explains.
Lindenberger
Fog at the Angle

Amy discovered Claybord while looking for a surface that wouldn't require her to frame her pieces under glass.  She shares, "I've tried a variety of things, but started doing some very small portraits in graphite on Claybord because I liked the bright whites produced by the smooth board surface as well as the fact that the graphite erased very cleanly. One day a customer asked if I could produce a piece on Claybord that was primarily graphite but with a tint of color. I told him I wasn't sure, due to the fact that the surface is very smooth and colored pencil generally requires a little more tooth to hold the grains of color. But I found that if I applied a layer of workable fixative to the graphite, the fixative provided enough texture for the colored pencil to adhere. Once I made that discovery, more experimenting took place, and it just sort of took off from there."  Amy finishes her pieces on Claybord with Golden Archival Spray Varnish and chooses the finish depending on her subject matter.  
Lindenberger
October Morning, Fog Receding

Amy is a long time Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and the founder and President of the DC101 chapter in Canton, Ohio, which has since disbanded.  Along with five other artists, Amy founded the Drawing Room Gallery in Gettysburg  PA, formerly known as the Civil War Fine Art Gallery.  

Amy currently teaches about her soft technique with several upcoming workshops.
Soft Focused Landscapes:  Colored Pencil on Claybord -- 
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Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Karen Popp


Karen Popp
Water-soluble oil on Artist Panel by Karen Popp, 18"x 24"

Lifetime artist Karen Popp finds time to paint daily, amidst raising her two girls.  She works in a variety of media and paints landscapes, florals and portraits.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Williams A. Suys, Jr.



William A. Suys, Jr.
Perceptions, 24" x 18", oil on Gessobord

Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, William A. Suys, Jr. has always been an artist, but moved to full time painting in 1995.  In 2013, his work won Best in Show at the Salon International at the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art.  His work is in collections worldwide and you can view more of his work online or visit one of the many galleries that represent him.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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