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Priming Wood Panels With Oil Grounds

Priming Wood Panels With Oil Grounds

A wood panel is a better painting substrate because it is less susceptible to expansion and contraction than flexible supports, like canvas. The movement of these flexible supports can result in cracks and damage to the artwork created on them.

Ampersand offers several ready to use sealed and primed panels, but for artists that prefer to prime their own painting panels, enjoy working with a natural wood texture, or need strong support for encaustic, collage, or mounting, Ampersand also offers three unprimed wood panel options: Hardbord, Unprimed Basswood, and Birch Wood Panel.

Commonly, artists ask us if unprimed wood panels need to be sized. The answer is yes.

All raw wood panels should be sized properly before applying ground applications, regardless of whether you use acrylic polymer dispersion “gesso” or oil painting ground.

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Q&A with Claybord artist Andrew Houle

Steve’s Quality Market” 24×36 oil on Ampersand Claybord

Q&A with Claybord artist Andrew Houle

We caught up with Beverly, MA artist Andrew Houle, who uses oil on Ampersand Claybord, for a Q&A session. Houle, recognizing influences from Hopper and Rockwell, has worked towards creating a personal narrative through his paintings connecting the viewer to his or her community. His work can be found all over the world in private collections and represented by galleries throughout New England.  Continue Reading >>

Artist Profile: Jane Hunt

Her work evokes a feeling of peace. With an impressionistic style and an illustrative base, the textural imagery in Jane Hunt’s sweeping landscapes skillfully merge a sense of immense wonderment with a tranquil feeling of warm familiarity. Her work is calming and ethereal, conjuring emotions of a familiar, yet undefined, location.

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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.

In order to try and learn a bit more about what makes Louise tick, we posed a few questions. Continue Reading >>

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 >>