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Artist Profile: Doris Vasek

Ask Doris Vasek about what inspires her, and you’ll immediately hear her passion for creating intense, beautiful, and custom color.

“I feel as though color is like music. In music, there are only so many notes to work with, but look at the variety that you can create.”

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FALL SALE! Gessobord, Claybord, Scratchbord, and Value Series Panels and Fantastic Back-to-School Prices!

We have some exciting deals happening for Fall Back-to-School at participating retailers!

Gessobord – Claybord – Scratchbord
Primed Smooth – Canvas Texture
Unprimed Basswood 

All on Sale at up to 50% off!

CLICK HERE TO FIND A PARTICIPATING DEALER NEAR YOU!

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PROJECT: Vases, Vases, Vases – Stenciled Cradled Claybord Artist Panel

What do you get when you mix together an 8” x 8” x 1.5” cradled Claybord Artist Panel from Ampersand Art Supply with two stencils from StencilGirl Products, plus inks, a black pen, along with black, white and Emperor’s Gold paint?

Well…You get an afternoon of fun and a panel that can be the starting point for collage and more layering or to hang on the wall with no further additions.

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Artist Profile: Louise LeBourgeois

Louise LeBourgeois paints waterscapes like no one else, on Claybord, with oil.  The water brings her back to the places she found magical as a child, and the paintings she creates are pure magic made from pigments, oil, and Claybord.  Very few oil painters gravitate towards Claybord, but for Louise, nothing compares.

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Painting with Oils on Claybord

Ampersand’s Claybord is designed for use with inks, graphite, acrylics, and other media. But what about using Claybord with oil paints?

For some artists, Claybord’s unique absorbency and the detail that they can achieve on its smooth surface offers them unmatched advantages in their painting. Many oil painters are using Claybord straight from the package, with beautiful results. One of these artists is Chicago painter, Louise LeBourgeois. Her process on Claybord involves painting in glaze layers, building her painting through several passes on the Claybord surface. By the time that she is beginning to hone in on the details of a painting, she has applied three to four applications and the absorbency has been greatly reduced, slowing the drying time and allowing for longer blending of colors. Continue Reading >>