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Friday, May 30, 2014

Gessobord™: Top Five Reasons to paint on Ampersand's Gessobord panel

Gessobord™ is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel by artists for their work.  Why?
  1. The superior quality acrylic gesso ground does not dull colors and the wonderful lightly sanded surface provides exceptional brush control. 88% thicker gesso than other brands.
  2. Made with Ampersand’s 1/8" True Artist Hardboard™ and Archiva-Seal™ technology, the surface is acid-free, non-yellowing, and archival. Perfect for all painting styles with oil paints, acrylics and mixed media. 
  3. Only Ampersand builds their cradles by hand with premium grade 13-ply birch plywood for maximum stability and a clean, finished look from edge to edge. 
  4. All of our Gessobord panels and the Museum series panels are made in the USA.
  5. Only Ampersand™ uses true high-density hardboard made from US-grown and renewable Aspen wood fibers. Gessobord is archival, eco-friendly and formaldehyde-free. 
Click here to see the Standard Sizes we have in Gessobord.  

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

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Resources for Framing Panels

All Ampersand standard size panels generally fit into pre-made frames. If you are creating a piece of art specifically for a frame, be sure to measure carefully, because frame sizes and rabbet depths may vary.

Download this spec sheet that has a complete listing of profile depths for the entire product line. Framing can enhance the overall presentation of your work in creative ways. Sectional, plein-air, floater, canvas frames, all are viable framing options for panels. Cradled panels, of course, can be hung directly on the wall and need no additional framing. 
A list of online framing suppliers:
  • Dailypaintersframes.com -- Specialize in custom frames for panels; two types of frames with  a range of colors and styles.  Easy to order from website directly
  • Metroframe.com -- Has all sorts of frames, including floater frames for panels.  Their website contains LOADS of info on framing, including videos on all sorts of substrates, not just paper.
  • Ooks.com -- Museum quality hanging hardware
Also note that many art supply retailers will carry framing or hanging supplies, including your local brick & mortar store.  

Below is a video from Linda Sheets on framing Scratchbord in floater frames:


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

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Claybord Box Kits

Work by Joyce Hazen
Available in 5”x5” and 5”x7”, each box kit comes with Ampersand's signature Claybord™ surface on the lid and unfinished wood sides for a completely customizable fine art box. The Claybord top can be painted with any type of water-media, collaged, photo-transferred onto, and more! All sides are custom paintable and made with Ampersand's premium quality wood materials. Hinges are packed inside to attach later. Use the box kit to extend your art, for home decor, or to make someone an artful gift.

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

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Featured Artist: Linda Pearlman Karlsberg

Water Lilies XXIV, 16" x 24"
"Really excellent materials are the tools artists rely on, and they can either enable and enhance the process, or in their absence, handicap one's process" ~Linda Karlsberg

From an early age, Massachusetts artist, Linda Pearlman Karlsberg was passionate about drawing.  She began lessons in the third grade and had the amazing opportunity to study as a high schooler with the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Massachusetts College of Art.  Linda continued her studies in college, first working in a liberal arts program at a university so she could take both fine art and liberal arts.  However, Linda found the classes to be lacking, so she transferred to Boston University's School for the Arts program. "It was so exciting right from the first class and semester; there was so much to learn and the professors were great both with hands on instruction and as mentors," she explains.

October Dusk Pembroke, 14" x 21"
It was in college where Linda made the choice to pursue oils, as her major was painting.  She found the masters' works, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, and Sarget, compelling.  "I felt a drive to continue to work with this medium that they were able to create such magic with.  I wanted to try to achieve some mastery.  I think it is a challenge for a lifetime, to use the paint, to refine and develop my  mark making, brush strokes and application. I am still reaching for those aesthetic goals that those artists achieved and I see in their work," she shares.  


Morning Larz Anderson, 16" x 11.5"
With a commitment to working in oils, and a busy home life, Linda needed a painting surface that could fit her schedule and painting style.  Gessobord™ filled that hole.  "I discovered Ampersand many years ago when as a mother raising three children, I was searching for a painting surface. In addition to raising my kids, I worked with my husband to run our own professional photographic studio.  So the time I had to devote to my own artwork and painting was precious. I didn't want to spend the limited hours stretching and gessoing canvasses as I had done previously; I just wanted to be able to go into my studio and get right to the painting. I always enjoyed smooth surfaces, both in the paper I used for drawing and in the canvas I chose.  When I discovered the Gessobords at Boston art stores, I was thrilled.  They were durable, well made, beautifully gessoed - a well finished paint-ready surface!  Later, I discovered that if my painting required a specific format, Ampersand would make panels to meet whatever dimension I needed.  Gessobords were readily available, consistent, fine quality and flexible in meeting my personal requirements," she explains. 


Water Lilies XXII, 16" x 24"
Linda's work has garnered museums and galleries nationwide in addition to numerous awards and publication recognition, including The National Steinbeck Center Museum, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and Point Park University.  Linda will have work on display at the Whistler House Museum of Art and the Danforth Art Museum this summer.  Also, the summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly will feature her water lily paintings.  For more information on how you can see Linda's work in person or online, visit her website.

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

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Which Panel should I use? A Product Comparison



Media
Product
Discussion
Acrylics Claybord™
Gessobord™
Pastelbord™
We highly recommend using thin washes of acrylics on Claybord or try Gessobord for a less absorbent panel or Pastelbord for a surface with more texture and a toned ground.
Airbrush Claybord™ Claybord is ideal for airbrush.
Calligraphy Claybord™ Ampersand recommends Claybord.
Casein Claybord™
Gessobord™
Claybord and Gessobord are both appropriate for casein.
Egg Tempera Claybord™ Use egg tempera on Claybord.  Compare with panels you are preparing yourself.
Encaustic Encausticbord™ Encausticbord is made for the unique demands of encaustic painting.
Gouache Aquabord™ We recommend Aquabord for gouache.
Graphite & Colored Pencils Claybord™ Use graphite and colored pencils with Claybord.
Inks Claybord™
Scratchbord™
We recommend Claybord with inks because they can be easily erased and manipulated.
Markers Claybord™ Use Claybord with markers and frame without glass.
Oils & Oil Sticks Claybord™
Gessobord™
We recommend Gessobord with oils.  Claybord can also be used, but is very absorbent.
Pastels Pastelbord™ We recommend Pastelbord with all types of pastels.
Scratchboard Scratchbord™ Use Scratchbord as a professional alternative to scratchboard paper.
Watercolors Aquabord™ Use Aquabord, similar to cold press paper for very wet watercolor washes.

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.