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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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Featured Artist: Susan Williamson

Susan Williamson

Susan Williamson has a passion for farm animals, getting to know them intimately through her painting.  She shares that she had an awakening during an encounter with a bovine and has never looked back.  "My goal is to depict these non-human animals as the sentient, beautiful beings that they are.  That's it."  Susan mostly paints cows, but she says all farm animals have a place in her studio.  She looks into their face, at their stance, or patterns in the coat and paints from her own photographs.

Susan Williamson
Susan WilliamsonSusan recalls a childhood full of drawing and painting, taking breaks for family and the corporate world.  Once she left her full time job at an engineering company, she began her own education, taking classes with artists like master watercolorist, Jim McFarlane, and reading art books to enhance her knowledge.  Early on, Susan explains that she chose her materials based on the instructor's materials list or articles in magazines.  "In the beginning, I tried to save money and cheap out on materials which made the process more frustrating and gave me less satisfying results.  Maybe it was a combination of poor quality materials and a learning curve, but most of the paintings were thrown in the trash.  Using high quality materials is so much more satisfying. . . more pigment, more tooth, effective brushes all make a difference."  

Susan WilliamsonIn her current work, Susan uses both pastels and oils, and often works on Pastelbord, which she discovered in a workshop with Stan Sperlak, pastellist and instructor.  When choosing her painting materials, she considers the final outcome of the piece and the subject.  "Pastels offer much more control for me and if the desired effect is more detail, I use pastels.  I use the largest brush possible with oils, which makes for much less control and more suggestion," she explains.  All of her work, however, requires an underpainting, which is where Pastelbord shines.   "I always do a wet underpainting on Pastelbord and what a relief it is to not worry about buckling or ripples.  The finished painting really glows on this surface.  The pastel pigment really sticks, too."  

Susan has a few upcoming shows including Historic Yellow Springs and a fundraiser for the local SPCA:  The Traditional Artists Show.  There is also much more of Susan's work and intimate animal portraiture on her blog:  Mud, Manure and Paint.   or through her website and store:  susan-williamson.artistwebsites.com

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 3, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Brigitte Waldschmidt

Work on Encausticbord in airbrush and watercolor

Brigitte Waldschmidt is one of our German artists and instructors, working on both Encausticbord and Claybord.  Brigitte works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, collage, and pastel as well.  You can find more of her work online:  brigitte-waldschmidt.de

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, March 27, 2015

Current Events with Ampersand Artists: Upcoming Workshops

The Encaustic Center in Richardson, TX, with Bonnie Leibowitz is holding a Mixed Media and Surfaces Workshop Friday May 29th - Sunday May 31st 2015, 10:00 to 4:00 each day.
This process oriented workshop will focus on a variety of techniques and materials which can integrate with one another allowing for a broader and more confident way of approaching your work whether you normally work in acrylic or oil. 

Ellen Koment
Ellen Koment at work

Ellen Koment & Franciso Benitez will be teaching a three day encaustic workshop, May 22-24 in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Fusing Ancient and Contemporary.  As different as each of their approaches are, technically, and as different as their paintings are, they each turn to the real world as a resource and inspiration..be it from the figure or the landscape. Each appreciates the beauty and versatility of the medium.


Ann Ranlett, California Scratchbord artist, will be teaching several new workshops this spring.  Ann was recently featured as an artist on Artsy Shark, a company devoted to helping artists develop their own business.  Click on each link below for more details:



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, March 20, 2015

Ampersand Stockists in Germany

Ampersand has had some international dealers for quite some time in Germany, Austria and Australia, and now in the U.K.  

To give our German audience a closer look at the stores around their country, I've listed them all below.
Lieferwagen vor Geschäft Eisenmannstr, 1911

You can also see the list of stores on our website or through our distributor in Europe at Art Select, where you can read more about Ampersand panels.  Many of these stockists ship both nationally and internationally, and all of them have websites where you can read more about our products in German.  Not all of these stores carry the full line of Ampersand panels, so check with a store beforehand to make sure they carry the boards you prefer before visiting in person.

We have 13 dealers in Germany including:
If you're a German artist and you would like to be featured on our site, using Ampersand products, please write and let us know.  You can comment here on the blog or write to us at gallery@ampersandart.com
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Ampersand hat schon seit einiger Zeit internationale Händler in Deutschland, Österreich und jetzt in Großbritannien.

Ich habe unsere Geschäfte in Deutschland aufgelistet, um unser deutsches Publikum die Möglichkeit zu bieten sie noch genauer anzusehen.

Boesner -Frankfurt
Sie können eine Liste unsere Geschäfte auf unsere Homepage anschauen. Sie können diese Liste auch von unserem Händler in Europa Art Select bekommen. Dort können Sie mehr über unsere Ampersand Tafeln lesen. Viele diese Händler versenden bundesweit und international, und jeder hat eine Webseite wo Sie mehr über unsere Produkte auf deutsch erfahren können. Nicht jedes Geschäft hat unsere ganze Linie Ampersand Tafeln auf  Lager. Deshalb sollten Sie vorher das Geschäft erfragen, ob sie die Tafeln, die Sie benötigen führen.

Wir haben 13 Händler in Deutschland:

·      Boesner mit 9 Standorte: Augsburg, Bad Reichenhall, Forstinning, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Mutterstadt, Nürnberg und Perl-Besch
·      Petersart – Berlin
·      Kunstpark – Bochum
·      Farbstifte – Rosendahl
·      Schachinger – Seit 1877 in München


Sind Sie ein deutscher Künstler und wollen auf unsere Webseite gekennzeichnet werden während Sie Ampersand Produkte nutzen? Wenn ja, schreiben Sie uns! Sie können uns gerne auf diesem Blog schreiben oder schicken Sie uns eine Mail an gallery@ampersandart.com.

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.