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Monday, September 30, 2013


Vader, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Oil on Gessobord work by Kip Omolade, 18" x 24".

Friday, September 27, 2013

Featured Video: Demo from Linda Sheets

Linda's Scratchbord Kit
Scratchbord™  artist Linda Sheets is known for her original animal portraits and beautiful, fun books illustrating pets, their humans and their stories.  Her work can be found in several galleries around the country and through her Etsy store.

Linda shares some of her basic instruction on getting started in Scratchbord through the video demonstrations below.  She includes how to draw on the boards, how to transfer art and how to correct mistakes.  In the second video, Linda discusses basic tools and the strokes they make.  

To see more about Scratchbord in video, tune in to our Scratchbord playlist on YouTube.  

For more information on Linda's work, her books and Scratchbord Kits, visit her website:

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

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Demando Cat"

Demando Cat, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Jeff Leedy's work on Aquabord in oil pastel. From

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"It's Not You, It's Me"

Oil and encaustic work on Gessobord, 16" x 20", 2011 by Leslie Pierce. More of her work can be found on

Monday, September 23, 2013

"Hummingbirds in Garden"

Scratchbord work by Jessica R. Herrera, 2012. More of her work can be found at

Friday, September 20, 2013

Encaustic Artist Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch Paints on ATCs

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch is known for her dynamic encaustic approach and inspiring instruction.  When Ampersand first came out with Artist Trading Cards in Encausticbord™, Patricia jumped on board to try them and demonstrate a project for us.

Ampersand first won my heart when I began translating my creative bent from mixed media work into encaustic on Claybord™. The luminous white surface, solid foundation and delectable option of a 2" cradle all married beautifully with the ancient, yet contemporary feel of encaustic. Imagine my delight when I learned that Ampersand improved on this near-perfect relationship with new Encausticbord™ that offers the best of two worlds: R&F’s encaustic gesso paired with Ampersand’s expert wood panels and advanced coating technology.

The use of ATCs or “Artist Trading Cards” arose a few years ago as the next big art movement. Exploding on the scene, potentially as the next ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ trend, ATCs have managed to gain a permanent foothold. Ampersand has embraced this tradable palm-sized art form and I find myself embracing these miniature delights right back. I jump with both feet into Ampersand’s delicious Encausticbord ATCs! I adore R&F’s encaustic paints and mediums and put them to task here, along with Daniel Smith’s luscious oil paints. By choosing this triune of materials: Encausticbord, R&F Encaustic and Daniel Smith oils, I have assuredly set myself up for success!

To begin these paintings, and any paintings in encaustic, I first prime the board, though not in the traditional sense to which you may be accustomed. The priming is done with an initial layer of encaustic wax medium fused to the substrate with heat. Before applying this prime layer, I warm the Encausticbord first so that the wax will flow more evenly over the surface. This can be done by using a heat gun or by placing it on a hot plate/palette until the panel is warm to the touch. Use a natural bristle brush to quickly cover the panel with long smooth strokes that slightly overlap each other. Then, heat or “fuse” the whole surface to an even “wetness” and until there is a perfectly even film of wax covering the ground. Each layer of wax should be fused in this way before applying the next. For a few more basic tips on encaustic, visit:

For this project, I worked on multiple ATCs at once which gave me the opportunity to hang them as a multi-storied group or to hand them out as individual ATCs (fig.1). After applying the initial priming layer, I placed chip board die cut letters over the entire group of 12 ATCs and sprayed alcohol inks over them to create stencil effects (fig. 2). Once the ink dried, I removed the letters. Then, using a natural bristle brush, I applied a layer of R&F’s encaustic medium (made from beeswax and damar resin) (fig. 3).

I decided to paint stripes of R&F encaustic color across all the boards to unify them. I masked off the stripes with tape, painted them in with R&F color, then removed the tape while the wax was still tacky and then fused the layer (fig. 4). I collaged in Daniel Smith decorative papers (encaustic medium being its own wonderful glue) and then I fused again. For soft glazes of color, I rubbed on Daniel Smith oil paints and then wiped them away to show relief texture. Lastly, I dropped a touch of metal fleck glitter inside simple metal circles and melted them into place (fig. 1) This collection was inspiring to create. Enjoy!

Remember that Encausticbord, along with Claybord, Hardbord, Gessobord and ALL the Artist Panels are now on sale through the end of September.  Find a participating retailer near you:

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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Mottled, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Colored Pencil work on Pastelbord. Won 2nd place in the still life category of The Artist's Magazine's 28th annual competition. More of her work at

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"Crimson King"

Crimson King, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Hand inked scratchboard technique on Claybord by Tre Dilday.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Can It Happen?"

Can It Happen?, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Work by Nancy Wolitzer, ink on Claybord, 16" x 20", 2012. More of Nancy's work can be found on her website at

Friday, September 13, 2013

Online Gallery

"Peach Petals", watercolor on Aquabord by Linda Aman

We have been showcasing work from our Online Gallery here on the blog now for several weeks.  Our online gallery is made up of artists who have sent in their work on Ampersand Products for us to "approve" and include in the best of Ampersand Artists.  We are always taking new submissions, but only update the gallery a few times a year.  Please know that if you submit your work to our gallery, we will share your work and website with our blog audience and all of our social media networks, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  When you send it in, please mention the medium, the panel type, the size and your website.  If you are interested in submitting to our gallery, please email

Don't forget that the fall sale is still going on.  Claybord, Hardbord, Gessobord and Encausticbord + ALL of the Artist Panels are on sale from 20-50% off at select dealers.  You can find a participating dealer near you on our Dealer Locator web page.

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

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Chloe, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Watercolor on Aquabord by Denise Weston. More of her work at

Friday, September 6, 2013

Mounting Watercolor Paper on Panel

A post from New Hampshire artist, Dustan Knight:

I am a true believer in watercolor and I wanted to give my watercolors the size and presentation that would allow them to compete with works on canvas. However, when I considered the glass and framing costs for my large size paintings it was truly daunting. Ampersand Art Supply has helped me solve this dilemma by offering an acid-free cradled panel that I use as a support and frame for my watercolor paintings. Golden has a range of acrylic gel mediums and varnishes that allow me to finish the watercolors without the need for glass. The results have elevated my traditional watercolor paintings to a new level of intensity and accessibility.

Here are the steps I follow:
  1. I use Ampersand’s Claybord because the surface is acid-free and will not affect my paper when mounted. This rigid smooth surface has a beautiful birch frame glued flush to the back edge of the panel. It gives my watercolors a whole new look!
  2. I cut my watercolor paper a bit larger than the panel size.
  3. I soak the paper just enough to give it a cloth like flexibility.
  4. Next, I layer Golden soft gel medium on the Claybord panel as evenly as possible.
  5. I then lay the wet watercolor paper on the gel coated Ampersand Cradled Smooth Claybord panel, working bubbles out gently.
  6. As the paper begins to dry, I begin painting into it using wet into wet watercolor techniques.
  7. I let my piece dry completely (I usually wait a couple of days) before carefully laying Golden’s soft gel medium over the painting. I concentrate on lighter areas first and darker areas last, paying close attention to avoid smearing. I let it dry and repeat this step a couple of times.
  8. I then trim the edges of the paper and decide whether I wish to paint or stain the edges of the cradle frame or leave them in their natural birch color.(9) As a finishing step, I varnish the piece with Golden’s UV resistant medium. 
Dustan Knight has an MFA from Pratt Institute and an MA from Boston University in Art History. She is a working artist, winning awards and exhibiting throughout New England. She also offers workshops, writes regional reviews for Art New England and teaches as an adjunct professor at several local art colleges. Please visit her web site to see a monthly updated selection of her current artwork.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Amazing Beauty"

Amazing Beauty, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Oil on Gessobord by Cees Penning;

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Jack, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Acrylic work on Gessobord by Cynthia White Anderson, 8"x10".

Tuesday, September 3, 2013