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Make Something Today, Even if it’s a Mistake!

Ampersand Panels are VERY Forgiving!

There are lots of reasons to love Ampersand panels. For example, they are archival, eco-friendly and formaldehyde-free. They can hold heavy applications of paint without the “bounce” of canvas. Colors are truer and brighter. You have enhanced control.

But one of the biggest benefits to using an Ampersand Museum Series panel is that it is very forgiving! You can play, experiment and create without fear of having to throw the panel away and start over.

How you ask? Below are just some of the ways Ampersand panels are designed to give you the advantage.


  • Make a mistake with ink? You can “erase” it with Ampersand’s Oil-Free Steel Wool and start over
  • “Mess up” with watercolor? Just use a damp cloth or paper towel and wash it away, then – when it has dried completely – use Ampersand’s steel wool to clean away any stains.
  • If your acrylic strokes aren’t quite what you had in mind, you can just paint over them!


  • Whoops! Did you make a scratch that you want to change?  Use Scratchbord Black Repair Ink in a dry-brush technique, to reapply the ink over the scratch.


  • If you want to make a change on a watercolor painting, use a damp cloth or paper towel and blot away the color. Just don’t scrub the surface. Repeat with fresh water on the cloth until the color is diluted/lifted away


  • Using soft pastels on Pastelbord and make a judgement error? Use a damp cloth to blot away the color.



  • If you make a mistake with encaustics on Encausticbord, reheat the paint and blot it away with a dry cloth or paper towel, until it is lifted away.

With the exception of encaustic paint and oil paint, you can gesso over a used panel and use it like a Gessobord!

Do YOU have any tips or tricks that you use when working with Ampersand bords? Let us know in the comment section below!

4 comments on “Make Something Today, Even if it’s a Mistake!”

  1. One technique I use on claybord if the rubbed oil color is too heavy or too flat is to “lift” the darker color with a lighter one, or tone on tone. I use am small amount of the oil color and run it gently into the deeper color. This is especially effective when creating shadows or balancing color tones.

  2. Avatar Michelle says:

    For very tiny scratchboard mistakes, I have found black ZIG Milllennium waterproof markers can be used and seem to blend in nicely with the existing ink, not showing up when sprayed afterwards.

  3. Is there a way to remove diffuser oil splattered across Scratchbord that has been sprayed with Clayboard preservative?

    1. Avatar Dana Brown says:

      Hi Sherry! If the Scratchbord has been protected with a fixative spray, you should be able to wipe the oil from the surface without damage to the surface. I would first try a soft cloth, dampened with warm water. If that doesn’t work, you can use a mild solvent (even 50% rubbing alcohol) and wipe the surface clean. If you have additional questions or if you have already tried these steps, and need other suggestions, please write to me at bords@ampersandart.com Thank you! Dana at Ampersand

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