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Friday, March 22, 2013

Understanding Aquabord™

Having a Ball with a Red Lily by Jennifer Redstreake Geary 
Aquabord™ is a clay coated hardboard panel that gives watercolorists unprecedented freedom and control. Comparable to watercolor paper, this multimedia panel simulates the absorbency and texture of cold pressed paper but allows color to be lifted back to white easily while also leaving the richest, most vibrant color possible. 


What sets Aquabord apart from watercolor paper?

❖ Watercolors and gouache, when used on Aquabord, are richer and more vibrant than when used on paper. 

❖ Aquabord is also very forgiving. If you make a mistake - just wash it off! 

❖ The surface is pH neutral and acid free and when sealed, it will last forever.

❖ Don't worry about lint residue, torn paper, or using masking fluid because Aquabord is very forgiving and durable and will hold up to repeated wetting and scraping.

❖ You can even add fine lines and details with a scratch knife or other Claybord Tools which will bring back the white of the board.

❖ To create natural looking highlights and bring the light back into your painting, use a wet sponge, cotton swabs, white erasers or a clean brush to lift and remove colors with ease. 

❖ Paint as heavily as desired because Aquabord won't warp, crack, or bend like paper when using heavy paint applications.   


How to Begin:
A Bunch of Gourds by Jennifer Redstreake Geary
This museum quality panel has a soft, absorbent, mineral coating with a unique granular texture. You may notice small "pin-like" protrusions once you lay down your washes and you will also see tiny bubbles forming on the surface. This is normal. We recommend “flushing out” Aquabord before beginning your painting by simply applying an even wash of water with a large brush over the entire surface. Let the air escape. Once the board is back to a damp stage, you can begin working on it. Beginning with this method will result in a more even wash. The sponge-like granules absorb the water and pigment allowing incredible control over color and washes. The surface's clay-base holds colors in suspension, allowing them to flow into each other to create seamless washes when the board is wet or dry. 

How to Seal:  
Seal finished watercolors or gouache with several light coats of spray varnish (or fixative), being careful to spray outdoors during warmer months or in a well ventilated and heated area during colder times of the year. We recommend the Krylon® UV Archival varnishes.  These spray varnishes offer advanced non-yellowing protection against fading, dirt, moisture and discoloration. The Krylon® UV Archival varnishes contain superior levels of UV light absorbers and are removable for conservation purposes. For additional protection against scratches during transport and also ultraviolet light, follow the application of Krylon® spray varnish with Golden® MSA UVLS or Golden® Polymer UVLS varnish. About 4 coats brushed-on, provides a very durable archival finish and is also removable for conservation purposes. 

Aquabord™, as well as Pastelbord™, Scratchbord and the Artist Panel canvas texture are on sale now at local retailers.  

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.

3 comments:

  1. Aquabord is my favorite surface to paint on. I have been using it for over ten years. I love the way my work looks sealed and varnished rather than under glass or plexi It seems richer and more vibrant.

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  2. So glad to hear Rene. Thank you for letting us know. How long have you been using it? What were you using before, just out of curiosity?

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  3. Your pineapple work is just lovely, what great texture!

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