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Artist Panels 101: Primed Smooth and Canvas Texture

Ampersand Artist Panel Series panels are a wonderful way to experience panel painting on high-quality, durable surfaces. There are three distinct panels in this series, each with a unique surface and quality to help artists engage in their own creative process.

Earlier this year, we delved deep into the Unprimed Basswood Artist Panel. Today, we will conclude the Artist Panels 101 educational series by exploring the Primed Smooth and the Primed Canvas Texture Panels.

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Artist Profile: Shana Rowe Jackson

Shana Rowe Jackson was very young when she knew she wanted to be an artist.  She started teaching herself how to paint at the age of eight and by ten, she was calling herself an artist. Currently pursuing her Bachelors in Fine Art Degree at the University of Maine at Augusta, Shana has always enjoyed experimenting with many different styles and media and is continually looking for new ways to grow and learn.

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Project: Stampstracts Triptych

I’ve fallen in love with the 4” x 4” x 1.5” Ampersand Artist Panel Primed Smooth cradled panels. They’re an easy size to work with, and because of their depth, they have such a nice, assertive look to them!

Today’s project begins with another of my favorites, Stampstracts rubber stamps by Kae Pea for RubberMoon Art Stamps. The stamps are abstract, except for the moon-like face that has simple lines indicating the placement of eyes, nose, and mouth. As you’ll see, that’s where the fun begins…Each of the three faces is different because of the added pen doodling.

It’s up to the stamp artist to draw and doodle and color as much or as little as we choose. Note that I’ve called us ‘stamp artists’! We choose the stamps, the inks, the substrates, the colors and coloring medium and that is why the word ‘artist’ applies. Continue Reading >>

New Ampersand Products for this Spring

6″ x 8″ flat panels

A few weeks ago, we announced the new sizes, 6″ x 8″, in our Museum Series panels, packed in 3’s.  They are a fun new addition to our product line and will be immensely helpful to those who travel with panels or who work plein air.

But now. . . 


We are also carrying new profiles, 7/8″ and 1.5″ cradles for Aquabord™ and Hardbord™!  

And larger sizes for Encausticbord™ and Hardbord 2″ cradled panels, including 10″ x 10″, 16″ x 16″, 30″ x 30″ and 36″ x 36″ square plus 24″ x 36″, 30″x 40″ and 36″ x 48″.  

New Hardbord Cradles


And new 10″ x 10″ sand 16″ x 16″, flat profiles for both Claybord and Gessobord.  Seriously great stuff to build up your studio supplies.

And now, you can find Aquabord, Pastelbord, Scratchbord and Artist Panels on SALE!!!

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

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