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Monday, December 30, 2013

"Las Pampas"

"Las Pampas", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

8" x 8" oil on Gessobord work by Greg Skol.

Friday, December 27, 2013

"La Soldadera"

"La Soldadera", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Oil on Claybord work by Elias San Miguel, 18" x 24",

Friday, December 20, 2013

Insights from the World of Scratchbord™, Part 3

Lisa Goesling shared an article, Insights from the World of Scratchbord, with us earlier this fall.  Below is another portion of the article.  

Scrub Jay, 12" x 16"
"I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple of other key players in the world of scratchboard, [like] Rick Wheeler,

I am a big fan of Rick’s art. His overlapping contour shapes are a great example of the level of fine art achieved with Scratchboard. Rick’s printmaking background is evident, fooling his admirers into thinking that his landscapes and wildlife scratchboards are woodcuts and engravings.

“Scratchboard is first and foremost a drawing medium. It is every bit as much a drawing tool as a pencil, pen or charcoal” explains Rick. “I like to experiment with combining watercolors, inks and oils into my scratchboards, and Ampersand’s boards are really accepting of that.”  Two of his Scratchbord/Watercolors, Scrub Jay and Gray Hawk, were selected to be part of Artist’s Magazine’s 30th Annual Art Competition’s December 2013 issue.

Gray Hawk, 16" x 20"
Rick’s art is in permanent collections at Patagonia, the Grand Canyon Association, the St. George Art Museum, Utah, and Sonoma State University, CA. Some of his past clients are Abercrombie & Kent/Sheri Griffith Expeditions, Arches National Park, U.S. Marine Corps. Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Division, National Geographic Society, the Oregon Zoo, just to name a few. Rick is a published artist and Mentor at Prescott College, Tucson where he teaches drawing, painting and illustration."

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Thursday, December 19, 2013


"Autumn", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Acrylic on Aquabord, 11" x 14", work by Stephen Quiller.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Dichter blue"

"Dichter blue", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

work by Nick Patten. Oil on Gessobord, 25" x 25".

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Cerulean warbler"

"Cerulean warbler", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Oil on Gessobord work by Deirdre Murphy, 20"x20", 2006.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Scratchbord™ in Highschool Art Classes

Maria Calamia, 2016
"I would first like to begin by extending a sincere and huge 'Thank You!' for donating Ampersand Scratchbords for our Art and Design students to use.  Each student was able to create an amazing image because of their creativity and skill, as well as the use of a quality product."  ~ Rachel Bartlett

Karen Contreras, 2017
Earlier this fall, Scratchbord™ artist and instructor Lisa Goesling demonstrated scratch art to a group of high school students at Palatine High School.  The students had no prior experience in scratchboard art, but as you can see, good instruction and encouragement goes a long way.  

Marisa Engberg, 2017
The students worked from photographs for the main subject and their imaginations for the backgrounds, while a few took the project further and added color as well.  Palatine teacher, Rachel Bartlett shares, "I did prepare the students by having them create practice value scales using cross-hatching, stippling, and other mark-making techniques to create the illusion of value and texture.  The students also created miniature versions of their animals for practice before Lisa Goesling came in to share her process and expertise with them."  Students worked into their boards with Exacto knives, "transferring" the image by observation.  Ms. Bartlett also instructed the students on Lisa Goesling's work and artist statement, so students were given a full picture of the artist's perspective as well as a chance to try the technique themselves.
Sydney Wynter, 2017
These students range in age from fifteen to eighteen, and Ms. Bartlett shared that at least one of her students purchased more Ampersand board on her own because she enjoyed the project so much.

Each piece is listed by the artist and their tentative graduation date.

If you have students working on Ampersand panels, let us know.  We love to hear of your teaching projects and success stories.

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

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Mary Kate Healey, 2017
Meghna Kumar, 2017
Mona Lisker, 2017
Melissa Martinez, 2014
Luz Mateos, 2017
Tess O'Brien, 2016
Yovany Perez, 2017 
Michelle Prochownik, 2017
Jackie Rilloraza, 2017

Caty Ruddle, 2017
Angela Ruiz, 2017
Maria Sardina, 2017
Kierstin Wohlgemuth, 2017

Skylar Russell, 2017

Missa Guss, 2017

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Ocelot, originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Amazing work by Heather Lara on Scratchbord, 24" x 36",

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


"Echoes", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Acrylic on Pastelbord, 40"x 50" work by Ken Muenzenmayer.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


"Abby", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Egg tempera work on Claybord by Mark Meunier.

Monday, December 9, 2013

"Mobius transformation II"

Work by Jacqueline May; oil, encaustic, aluminum leaf on Gessobord, 2003.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Insights from the World of Scratchbord, Part 2

Gold Ring,  20" x 16"
Part One from artist Lisa Goesling:  Insights from the World of Scratchbord

The man responsible for the beloved Scratchbords is Renaissance man, Charles Ewing. He’s lived all over the world, immersing himself in diversity and allowing it to saturate his art, Charles served in the Peace Corps as an artist documenting wildlife in Chile. Someone suggested that he might enjoy scratchboards, so when he returned to the states, he checked them out.

He didn’t like the existing material. “It had limitations in terms of size, and strength, and had to be preserved under glass.” A costly mishap with the mediocre scratchboards of the day, forced him to lose a sale. The glue holding the cardboard scratchboard to the Masonite softened in the sun creating a bubble that couldn’t be flattened. Frustrated, he set out to create a better substrate.
Humility II,  20" x 16"

His first attempt was a success. Charles applied clay with a binder to a hard board, and added some ink; the medium could get wet but never dissolved, it was perfect!

At the time, he was living in Colorado, a few farms away from Elaine Salazar. She was working towards her MBA at the University of Texas and looking for a good product to feature for a business project. Charles invited her to his workshop to see his new invention and she fell in love with the idea.

She wasn’t the only one. Elaine stood before a board of investors whose sole purpose was to critique each product. After she finished, one of the investors stood up and said, “Ok, I am in!”

Cleaning God's House,  24" x 18"
That is how Ampersand Art, and its signature Claybords were born. The white porcelain boards covered in black ink are now called Scratchbords and the plain white porcelain clay boards are still referred to as Claybord™. Charles works with the latter. “The black and white pieces seen on my website were done using India ink on the Claybords. I start drawing with soft graphite easily erasing with fine steel wool as I change the composition. When satisfied, I begin applying ink washes, gradually going darker as the image progresses. At any time in the process, I can scratch or abrade the ink off of the white clay surface, creating sharp or broad highlights.”

Kale Vendor,  20" x 16"
Charles continues to work with this medium; “A lot of people find my art intriguing because they have never seen anyone work like this before. It has a certain mystique to it.” Charles has sold his Claybords, Oil Paintings and Bronze Sculptures through many galleries, but now also runs his own. He explained that after years of having someone else sell his art, he has learned that it is so much more rewarding to actually know the person who is buying it. “I really enjoy talking with folks who come by my shop and making a connection. That is what art it is all about, making connections, it’s a really nice experience.”

You can see a lot more of Charles' work on his website, along with his bio and upcoming events:

Written by Lisa Goesling

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


"Elizabeth", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

by Luana Luconi Winner
Pastels on Pastelbord™, 2005

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Going home"

"Going home", originally uploaded by Ampersand Art Supply.

Powerful watercolor work on Aquabord by Linda Loeschen, 24" x 36".