I work in acrylics, the love affair I've had with them goes way back to junior high when I took a painting class during the summer. I find the medium easy to use and clean up and incredibly versatile. I know that there is so much more to explore in acrylics and I haven't even scratched the surface. Since I work primarily with layers and layers of acrylic paint, and more layers of high gloss mediums and varnishes, I needed a support that would hold up to the weight of the paint. Some of my earlier large works were on canvas, but they began to sag and warp. It was an easy transition to panel for the security of having proper support and an archival surface. However, I've always liked the feel of working on canvas, even if the texture is covered up with layers of medium. So, I started working with Hardbord first, to test out how to apply fabric to the panel and work from there.
Once I started using Ampersand panels, I didn't look back. I haven't yet tried all of the surfaces, especially the newer surfaces that came out this year. However, I am thrilled with what each surface brings to my studio and art practice. I am continually working to develop my style and push myself, and these panels offer more and more ideas with each type of medium. I regularly use the Hardbord and Gessobord™ right now, but I've recently stepped into the Aquabord and Encausticbord, testing out more watercolor and mixed media. And who knows what the new year will bring?
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