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Silhouettes on Primed Smooth

Silhouettes on Primed Smooth

Ampersand Primed Smooth works great for making silhouette paintings of your family or friends. Its smooth surface means that you’ll have excellent control of both the drawing and the painting steps in this project. Also, because it is a rigid panel, you can frame it without a mat or glass when you’re done for a lasting keepsake!

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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 >>