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aquabord - Ampersand wood panel with a watercolor painting surface
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The Amazing Watercolor Surface!

Museum Series Aquabord is an acid-free textured clay surface that absorbs watercolors like a fine paper. Colors retain their purity and vibrancy in a way that even the finest of watercolor papers can never match. When compared with watercolor paper, this multimedia panel simulates the absorbency and texture of cold pressed, but allows color to be lifted back to white easily while also leaving the richest, most vibrant color possible. This workable surface provides natural looking highlights, fluid glazes, transparent subtle layers, and the ability to lift color while the surface is wet or even after it is dry. Uniquely absorbent Aquabord is perfect for watercolors and gouache, but is also ideal for casein and acrylics. Will not tear, shrink or buckle even under heavy water application. Archival, eco-friendly and made in the USA.

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.

Product Information

Aquabord is available in a 1/8in flat panel for standard framing behind glass and in a 7/8in or 1.5in cradle profile for either frameless presentation or for use with floater frames. The 2in Deep Cradle eliminates the need for framing altogether. Stain, paint or wax the cradle edges and eliminate the cost of framing altogether!

Helpful Tips:

For best results, it’s a good idea to first “flush out” the surface of the panel with water using a large flat watercolor brush to release trapped air. Once the surface is slightly damp, it is ready to use. Rewetting may be needed as you work. Note that heavy water applications may release more air. Use a blow dryer to dry and also to dissipate air if needed. Enjoy this unique paper-like finish and create brilliant watercolors!

More info on using Aquabord

wood panel cradle detail'Moon Goddess' by Karen Vernon

Standard Sizes Available

1/8" flat
4x4-­4pk
5x5-­4pk
5x7-­3pk
6x6-­4pk
8x8
8x10
9x12
11x14
12x12
12x16
14x18
16x20
18x24
22x30
24x36
7/8" cradled
6x6
8x8
8x10
11x14
12x12
16x20
18x24
24x36
1 1/2" cradled
6x6
8x8
8x10
11x14
12x12
16x20
18x24
24x36
2" cradled
5x5
6x6
6x8
8x8
8x10
11x14
11x15
12x12
15x22
16x20
22x30

For information about custom sizes please contact us at bords@ampersandart.com

Artwork in the banner at the top of this page is a detail of  "Moon Goddess" by Karen Vernon, watercolor on aquabord, 22x30