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Featured Artist: Lynnette Shelley

Pennsylvania artist, Lynnette Shelley’s unusual and culturally charged artwork has won numerous awards and found its way into collections across the world.  Her mixed media pieces are a conglomeration of her drawing passion and the collection of interests she has pulled from Celtic art, wildlife, archetypal symbology and art nouveau.  Lynnette explains, I’ve been fascinated by artwork from native cultures from all around the world, and also by the folklore and mythology from those cultures. This was natural as when I was a child, Greek mythology and fairytales were some of my favorite reading material. So, my current style is an amalgam of things I have picked up over the years as well as my love for patterns and stylized shapes. These sort of all meld into the pictures I am creating now.”  Continue Reading >>

Five Ways to work on Hardbord™

John Mercado
Landscape Series by John Mercado, 6″ x 6″
There are numerous ways to use our boards that are unprimed.  Our museum grade unprimed panel is Hardbord™, a beautifully smooth surface finished with our without cradled edges.  For artists that want the satisfaction of finishing their own panels and the affordability of getting museum quality surfaces that are unfinished, then Hardbord is the best choice.  
 
Below are some of our favorite ways to work on Hardbord, but by all means there are many more.  Hardbord can be prepped to work with almost any medium, more resources on Hardbord here including instructions on sealing and priming.  If you’re concerned about making the right choice for a panel and preparing it correctly, just give us a buzz or an email.

1.  Mixed Media– Mixed media does extremely well on Hardbord; like the collage work of John Mercado, a Texas artist who recently exhibited with GenerousArt.org and is exhibiting later this month in Galveston, TX.  He seals the board first with Gamblin PVA size before applying pages from recycled books and painting and drawing.  

2.  Acrylic– Acrylic is so versatile as a medium and plays well with other media that it can be used easily on several of our boards, (Gessobord, Pastelbord, Claybord, Aquabord), with no prep whatsoever.  However, if you’d like to work on Hardbord, we recommend at least sealing and priming for a more stable surface.  

Scott Gellatly
work by Scott Gellatly

3.  Oil— With a little preparation, Hardbord is easy to seal and prime to accept oil paints, like the work of artist and technical director at Gamblin, Scott Gellatly. Or Hardbord takes well to the pressure of oil sticks, like some of the work of Aida Schneider.

4.  Mounting paper or canvas— Hardbord works well as a panel to mount paper, fabric or canvas with art already created or before painting.  It can be sealed and primed if needed, or just sealed before attaching work.  

5.  Encaustic– Hardbord is not quite absorbent enough to hold encaustic on its own; for solid adhesion, we recommend a sealer and then a coating of R+F Encaustic Ground.  

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

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Featured Video: Priming on Hardbord™

Now that you have your Hardbord™ or Artist Panel Unprimed sealed completely, you are ready for priming.  Whether you choose to use an oil based primer or a water based primer is up to you, and we have directions on both on our website.  

One of the advantages to acrylic primer or acrylic gesso is a quicker drying time, and a primer that easily accepts any type of paint or mixed media on top.  Below, I have outlined the steps for priming a sealed cradled Hardbord panel in this quick video using Golden Artist Colors Acrylic Gesso.  Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions in the comments here or on our YouTube channel.




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.

Featured Video: Sealing Hardbord

One of our biggest questions here at Ampersand Art Supply is how to properly seal and prime a panel to accept paint.  This information is detailed on our website, but now you can also watch this video which outlines and demonstrates the process of sealing a panel.  In upcoming videos, I’ll share how to prime with either an acrylic ground or oil based ground.

We recommend using GAC 100 to seal wood or Hardbord panels.  In the video below, I demonstrate how easy it is to use the product and protect and prolong the life of the artwork.    After properly sealing a panel, it is ready to accept priming.

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.

New Videos from Nancy Reyner

New Videos and workshops out by contemporary acrylic artist, Nancy Reyner,  working with gold leaf and acrylics on Ampersand Hardbord.  This video is a complete instructional tutorial on gold leaf, its properties and how to apply it to use as a painting surface.  Nancy’s exceptional instruction make this video a pleasure to watch and intriguing for even a beginning artist.  

How to Apply Gold Metal Leaf

Another full video for purchase by Nancy with a preview here:
Nancy will also be teaching workshops this year on Abstract Acrylic Painting in Santa Fe, NM and in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Arts Institute.  You can find more details on her website:  nancyreyner.com/work-with-nancy.

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.