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Friday, November 30, 2012

Featured Artist: Patricia Seggebruch

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, encaustic artist, experimenter extraordinaire, inventor, camp director, author, instructor, and a mom of four boys is possibly one of the busiest artists I know. She is truly a presence in the encaustic community and a leading instructor on this medium, with several books and DVDs out to instruct people on how accessible this medium can be. She makes encaustic possible and reachable to those that are hesitant to start the medium or to work in the arts at all.

Trish has always been creative–sewing when she was younger, creating her own designs and trying everything new in different mediums and techniques. When her boys were younger, she was working in mixed media for an artistic outlet, and wanted to get more texture in her pieces. While starting with paraffin on her own and doing some research, she came across encaustic and took a workshop. There was no going back.  

Since Trish was already familiar with Ampersand panels for her other mixed media work, primarily Claybord, it was a given that she would want the perfect surface for heated wax. In communicating with Elaine Salazar, Ampersand's President/CEO, Trish began to discuss what was needed in a panel for encaustic. Soon after, Elaine started collaborating with Richard Frumess at R&F Handmade Paints to create the perfect panel.  to create just the right panel for encaustic. Watch the story of Encausticbord™ as told by Elaine and Richard on our YouTube Channel.

There are so many advantages for an artist to work with Encausticbord. Besides the heat resistent surface, the board is ideal for mixed media, and even accepts watercolors and acrylics, a unique attribute of this surface.  And with the encaustic medium itself, there is no varnishing. Only a light buffing is needed from time to time to remove dust. Also, like all Ampersand panels in the cradled profile, no extra framing is necessary.

Trish has created a unique workshop retreat just for encaustic, a week long experience starting from the basics up to all sorts of mixed media and advanced techniques. You can sign up for Encausticamp which is taking registrations until Dec 19th for 2013. It will take place outside of Seattle on a beautiful retreat, with instructors from all over the United States. Samples of Encausticbord will be included for you to try.

Trish advises new artists starting in encaustic to just go for it. The medium can be intimidating, as it is unique in using heated tools, but Trish is working to make it affordable and tangible for artists. She explains that her purpose as an instructor is to educate the next generation of people who can bring the medium back to students. To see more of Trish's work, signup for her workshops, see her products and check out Encausticamp, peek at her website:  www.pbsartist.com

For those of you living close to Seattle, WA, you can catch a new opening of Trish's work at the Hanson Scott Gallery, opening December 1, with a gallery talk on December 15.  

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

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Catalyst Tools on Ampersand Panels

Jenny Lerner
Princeton Brush has innovation and customer service at the top of the list.  They are continually reaching to improve tools that artists can use, hence the Catalyst tools came along.

"The Catalyst design team realized a need for both tools and brushes that worked especially well with heavy paint.  We wanted to give artists tools that answered this problem in a durable, yet elegant, way," explains Virgina Cofer, Catalyst Production Manager.

The Catalyst tools do just that.  They are a FDA approved silicone shaped and molded in 6 different tips, sequential sizes and wedges in each.  Since they are heat resistent up to 450 degrees, they work very well with encaustic and won't scratch hot palettes.  And, since they are silicone, they work quite well with acrylic, allowing the artist to leave the paint to dry on the tip before peeling off and tossing.  No need to wash.

Rebecca Crowell
Since many of the Ampersand panels work beautifully with innovative techniques, mixed media and heavy bodied paints, these tools are a perfect choice.  Encausticbord especially is structured for mixed media application and hot wax, so the blades and wedges can move easily on their surface.  And since panels hold the weight of gels and mediums unlike canvas or paper, Catalyst tools can be used to pile on the paint.  The pairing of Ampersand panels and Catalyst tools is a perfect match.

Rebecca Crowell

Even though the tools were designed to be used with any type of heavy medium in mind, they can be used with anything -- even cooking and cake decorating if you're so inclined.  To see some innovative techniques with the unusual tools, peek at the Catalyst YouTube channel.

Janice Mason Steeves
To see the Catalyst blades and wedges in person, you can purchase via Dick Blick, Utrecht, Cheap Joes and Sax Art Supplies as well as many local art supply stores.  You can also learn more about each shape from the Princeton Brush website.



Ampersand's Warmest,
Andrea Pramuk
Marketing Director
Ampersand Art Supply

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Scratchbord™ Glows on Spike TV's Ink Master

In April, Spike TV's network producers for their popular show, "Ink Master", contacted Ampersand about featuring their product Scratchbord™ in a flash challenge episode airing this fall.

Seeing this as an irresistible opportunity and creative challenge, Ampersand agreed to custom-build 10 - 7ft x 7ft Scratchbord panels supported with 2in deep cradle frames specifically for the show.  And, there was another stipulation; the producers said the drawings had to glow under black light.  Not only are these the largest custom-built scratchboards that have ever been created in the history of Ampersand and possibly ever in the history of scratchboard art, but also, this unique collaboration between Ampersand and "Ink Master" produced a highly exclusive scratchboard product that has never before been seen or used.  Scratchboard aficionados/artists Sally Maxwell and Rodman Leisure helped provide expert technical advice in this endeavor.

For the flash challenge, competitors teamed up in pairs to create huge wall-size 7 ft x 7 ft scratchboard drawings.  The drawings were then critiqued and judged under black light, quickly exposing each and every tiny flaw.  The main criteria, gradation technique or the artist's skill at shading, was used to determine a winner for the challenge.

How well did the artists do?  Did the boards really glow under black light?  Who won the competition?  Well, you will have to see for yourself!

Watch:  Next episode of Spike TV's "Ink Master", entitled Holy Ink
Date:  Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10/9c

Watch as top tattoo artists work their magic on Scratchbord in this clip from next week's episode

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About Ink Master
16 of the country's most skilled tattoo artist compete for $100K and the title of "Ink Master" when Spike's top rated tattoo competition returns for its second season in this high-stakes elimination competition, hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by tattoo icons Christ Nunez and Oliver Peck contestants are pushed to their limit.
Andrea Pramuk
Marketing Director
Ampersand Art Supply

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Collective Sense Opening Tour

Andrea Pramuk
Andrea Pramuk
Collective Sense presented by Generousart.org opened this past weekend during EAST.  I thought it best to show you how beautifully these three artists came together with their styles, all on Ampersand panels, I might add:  Ampersand's Andrea Pramuk working on Claybord, Artists Panel and some Encausticbord.  Kerry Schroeder working on Gessobord and Judith Simonds 2D work on Claybord.

Ampersand and Jerry's Artarama  co-sponsored this event to benefit several Austin area non-profits.  In turn, 40% of each purchase of art will go to the non-profit of the collector's choice.  For more information on the whole show, you can view the "Ampersand is Generous" post.
Andrea Pramuk

Collective Sense will continue through this weekend during the East Austin Studio Tour,  both at the Center61/PeopleFund building in Austin and online at:  Generousart.org.  Take note that you can make a purchase online as well as in person, so you don't need to show up in Austin to see the whole show and support your favorite non-profit.  Show ends Sunday 11/18.

To view all of the works online, have a look at the Generousart.org website:
Generousart.org

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

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Kerry Schroeder

Kerry Schroeder
Judith Simonds work


Judith Simonds

Judith Simonds

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ampersand is Generous during EAST

Shadows in the Ash by Andrea Pramuk

Ampersand Art Supply is proud to co-sponsor a special exhibition entitled Collective Sense that opens during the upcoming East Austin Studio Tour. This initiative is part of a new outreach program designed to give back to the local Austin arts community. Organized by Generous Art, an online gallery that supports both artists and non-profits, the exhibition features three of their artist members:  Andrea PramukKerry Schroeder, and Judith Simonds. These artists present a cohesive look at how the power and fragility of life can be seen and expressed from three unique points of view, each drawing inspiration from the natural world.

All three artists are contributing members of GenerousArt.org and eagerly accepted the invitation to participate in this show. Founded by Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth as a way to bring collectors, artists and non-profits together, Generous Art donates 40% of each sale to the collector’s non-profit of choice and another 40% goes to the artist.

All three artists created work on a variety of Ampersand panels including Claybord and Gessobord specifically for this fundraising event, a good number of which are presented in frames provided by Jerry's. Both the panels and frames used in the exhibition are available for sale at both the Jerry's store in Austin and online.

By purchasing a work of art from Collective Sense through Generous Art, 40% of the sale will benefit these fantastic non-profit organizations. Artwork can be purchased both in person and online, either option will benefit the participating non-profits listed below.

[Preview the art here]

Collective Sense is jointly being sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, PeopleFund and Center61. Jerrys Artarama is an art supply store for painting supplies, picture framing and more at discount prices. Jerry’s can be found both locally in Austin and online. PeopleFund provides small business loans as well as business assistance and education to people with otherwise limited access to such resources such as artists and creatives. Center61 serves Austin-based nonprofits and social entrepreneurs through access to collaborative workspace and professional facilities.

Still No Rain by Kerry Schroeder
You are invited to see the exhibition, meet the artists, and enter to win great raffle prizes from Ampersand and Jerry's like free custom panels and art supplies.

Exhibition Details:

November 10-11
November 17-18
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
both weekends

Center61
2921 E 17th St
Austin, TX 78702
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Andrea Pramuk
Marketing Director
Ampersand Art Supply

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