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The Artist Panel

Original Artist Panel

As 2013 opens, many of you, myself included, are setting artistic goals.  It is a great time to review what worked well in the last year and what you want to accomplish this year.  It is sometimes eye opening to see how well things went or what could be done better.  What a great time to reflect on how to improve one’s work or what to change in approach, style, materials, etc. 

On that note, I wanted to share more about the new products Ampersand introduced last summer, two new Artist Panels in different finishes. Some of you might already be familiar with the Artist Panel in the canvas finish.  It is an MDF panel with an acrylic gesso finish, textured like canvas.  I’m a fan of these myself, having tried several over the years.  In light of their popularity, we’ve come out with two new finishes. . .. the Artist Panel primed smooth on all sides (yes, all sides!) and the Artist Panel unprimed basswood.

The primed smooth panel gives artists the opportunity to finish the sides in any desired effect such as wrapping a painting around the edges with oils or acrylics.  It has a super smooth, semi-absorbent finish.  An acid free ground, it also works great for mounting giclées, prints or drawings.  The panels are 1/8″ MDF, fully primed with an acrylic gesso on the surface and sides, and cradled with solid pine strips, ready for hanging in either a ⅞” or 1.5″ cradled profile. 

The unprimed basswood panel can be used for encaustic, collage, mixed media or wood engraving. It also accepts all types of painting grounds for those who like to prepare their own.  The surface is sanded perfectly smooth, with no seams, knots or raised fibers.  The cradles are prepared with solid pine strips for a stable panel, easily finished with paint or stain.  All unprimed panels should be properly sealed and primed before applying paint:  www.ampersandart.com/tips/priming.html

One of the main benefits of the Artist Panel series is that they are made to Ampersand’s high quality standards, but designed for everyone’s budget.  Something to consider if you’re looking to alter your spending or if you just want to try something new.  Let us know what you think of the different Artist Panel finishes.  We’d love to hear from you!
All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
Ampersand Art Supply

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4 comments on “The Artist Panel”

  1. Avatar eagle says:

    About a year ago we special ordered 10 qty – 30×40 Gessobord with ¾” cradles and 3 cross-braces. Is there any chance you will be carrying these as a regular item? I would prefer to order 2 or 3 at a time rather than 10.

  2. I LOVE Pastelbord. It gives my work such a different feel with the ability layer pastel in infinite layers and the finished piece has a look closer to an oil painting.
    Thank you for making such a wonderful product!

  3. Thanks for writing!
    Judy, It would be best to contact Dana at bords@ampersandart.com for that particular question. He'll have those details quicker than I and can best advise.

    Our pleasure, Susan! So glad you're enjoying the panels. I will go look at your site and work.

  4. Avatar eagle says:

    Thanks Karyn; Dana is the person with whom I dealt last time, so I do have his contact information. I'll check with him, thanks!

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