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Getting Started with Aquabord

When using watercolor, you have a couple of choices with Ampersand’s panels.  If you are a traditional watercolorist or gouache painter who uses very wet washes, try Aquabord. It behaves more like cold press watercolor paper and is more absorbent than Claybord. However, if you’re familiar working with watercolors or gouache on hot press paper to achieve high level detail, you may find working with Claybord very exciting. Our “product selection guide” is also a good resource for choosing the right panel.
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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 

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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 

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Top Ten Reasons to paint on Unprimed Basswood

Artist Panel
1.  No preparation needed in order to start with Encaustics.  If you’re looking to try encaustics or need a dependable, solid panel for your artwork, look no further.

2.  Wide open to accept any type of ground: glue size, acrylic gesso, and oil-based or alkyd primeres.  Raw wood panels should be sealed first, however, before applying any ground to preevent support induced discoloration.  

3.  Free of seams, large knots and raised fibers.  Each panel is selected from the finest premium basswood.

4.  Smooth finish with limited wood grain, sanded to perfection.

5.  Available in sizes up to 18″ x 24″ and in two profiles 7/8 in and 1.5 in.  

6.  Great for mounting canvas, paper, giclees.  The smooth finish is perfect for mounting other art, prints or canvas and readily accepts most adhesives.  

7.   Ideal for intricate wood engraving, mixed media, painting, altered art and more.

8.   Superior dimension stability sturdy 4 mm plywood with solid pine cradles outperforms all other brands of plywood panel.  

9.  Easy to hang and frame!  Attach hanging hardware and you’re ready to go!  For ideas on how to treat the edes of the cradle, consult this article on hanging and framing.

10.  Like all Ampersand products, the Unprimed Basswood is fully tested for durability and also for best performance with artists’ paints.

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.