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Friday, May 15, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Jan Lowe

Feeding Frenzy, Scratchbord with watercolor & ink, 2015

Melbourne artist, Jan Lowe shares the story of her Scratchbord work, Feeding Frenzy.
"Feeding Frenzy is perhaps more appropriate to what was happening this day.  The bears were franticly searching for the honey berries hidden under logs and stones by the Rangers.  The Crows looked on for any leftovers.I wonder though if any of the crows end up on the meal table, the second bear looked pretty keen to explore this! This event was just amazing, a beautiful experience for all visitors, as the children were taken into the enclosure to place the food for the bears with help of the rangers - this is a unique experience that took part that Sunday.  What a great appreciation the children had, their faces lit up on their return to the parents anxiously waiting."  

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Videos from Nancy Reyner


New Videos and workshops out by contemporary acrylic artist, Nancy Reyner,  working with gold leaf and acrylics on Ampersand Hardbord.  This video is a complete instructional tutorial on gold leaf, its properties and how to apply it to use as a painting surface.  Nancy's exceptional instruction make this video a pleasure to watch and intriguing for even a beginning artist.  


How to Apply Gold Metal Leaf


Another full video for purchase by Nancy with a preview here:

Nancy will also be teaching workshops this year on Abstract Acrylic Painting in Santa Fe, NM and in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Arts Institute.  You can find more details on her website:  nancyreyner.com/work-with-nancy.

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Featured Artist: Steve Hanks

Another dear friend and member of the Ampersand community has passed away this spring.  On April 1, 2015, we lost watercolor painter, Steve Hanks in his hard fought cancer battle.  Steve was a critical part of our Ampersand team as he helped us on all our testing phases on Aquabord throughout the years.  We will be forever grateful for his contributions and all of us here at Ampersand are so deeply saddened by this loss.  We send our deepest sympathy to his family.  

Steve Hanks attended the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco and graduated from the California College of Arts & Crafts.   He practiced his art professionally since graduation, delving into oils, watercolor, pencil and acrylics.  Steve labeled his work, "Emotional Realism,"  and won the National Watercolor Society Merit award and the National Academy of Western Art Gold medal, along with having his work collected internationally.  


"I’ve tried to be responsible and put positive images out into the world. I hope that my work brings comfort, pleasure and insight into people’s lives.” ~Steve Hanks

We understand that throughout his treatment he was unable to paint, and medical along with life expenses piled up.  There is a memorial fund set up in Steve's name to help the family and cover expenses at GoFundMe.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness, help and assistance. 


~The Ampersand Family

Friday, April 24, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Frankie Morgan

Driving Dubbo to Sydney 2, pigment on Claybord, 2014

Frankie Morgan is an Australian artist living in Berlin, Germany. Awarded the prestigious Paris Studio Prize at graduation from the National Art School in Sydney in 2011, Frankie is now in the US completing a residency, Spreadart, in Detroit. Introduced to Claybord at Parkers Art Store in Sydney Australia, Frankie bought three panels for a residency at the Spinnerai in Leipzig,Germany.  She shares, "I was so excited to discover the results I had using Claybord with traditional pigments mixed with glue."

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scratchbord Tools

Ampersand Scratchbord Tool KitFor professional results with Scratchbord™ and Claybord™, try the Scratchbord Tools.  Use the Scratch knives for drawing and fine details, the Line Tool for cross-hatching, the Fiber Brush to remove large areas of paint or ink, and the Wire Brush to create grass and hair textures.  

The Scratchbord Toolkit includes one of each of the tools listed above.  Also, a sample of Claybord and oil-free steel wool are included free for experimentation.

Scratchbord Knife for Drawing and Fine Details
The scratch knife is the best tool to select when trying scratchboard for the first time. Comes with one nib each: point and curved.

Scratchbord Line Tool for Easy Crosshatching
Use the line tool for crosshatching, adding highlights and for softening sharp details.  It makes five parallel lines at once.

Scratchbord Wire Brush for Hair, Grass & Fur 
The curved stainless steel wires of the wire brush tool are perfect for creating random textures like grass and fur.  


Scratchbord Fiber Brush for Soft Tonal Values
Use the fiber brush as you would an eraser on the Claybord and Scratchbord surfaces to soften crisp edges and create gradual tonal values.   *Caution:  The fiber brush creates fiberglass dust particles that can irritate skin, not recommended for children.

All of these are designed by Ampersand for use with Claybord and Scratchbord, but they work equally well on other paper scratchboard products. 

For more information on the products above with other creative ideas, take a peek at this video from Scratchbord artist, Linda Sheets:



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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.