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Featured Video: Elizabeth Schowachert with Encausticbord

“I have explored many different media over the years, including mosaic, acrylic and oil paint. Currently I am working primarily with the encaustic medium. It has incredible fluidity and allows me to achieve balance between color and form.”

Dallas artist, Elizabeth Schowachert came to encaustics through The Encaustic Center in Dallas run by Bonny Leibowitz.  She explains, “I had always been interested in the medium, loved the look of encaustic paintings and decided to give it a try.  I took a beginning class, and several studio days working with Bonny. I had been painting with Acrylic and Oil in the past, once I started painting with wax I never looked back. I just love the medium.”  In using Encausticbord, Elizabeth found that the surface, being made especially for wax has terrific absorbency and doesn’t produce bubbles, and the panels look professional.  


Below, Elizabeth demonstrates her work and process on Encausticbord™ with encaustics and R+F pigment sticks.


To see Elizabeth’s work in person, she has work at the Texas Visual Arts Association Gallery, “Driven to Abstraction” and she will have pieces at the encaustiCon 2014 Miami Melt in October at the Bakehouse Art Complex.  You can also find Elizabeth online at her website and YouTube channel.

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

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Featured Video: Hazel Rayfield on Encausticbord

“The quality of the Encausticbord products is great, the panels and cradles are made for the purpose and this shows, I really enjoy working with these supports. . . makes Encaustic even more fun!” ~Hazel Rayfield

Self taught painter, Hazel Rayfield, has been enjoying working with encaustics for the past several years and recently took some time to share her technique with us on Encausticbord™.  

Hazel has been working in a variety of media throughout her painting career, including oil, acrylic and watercolor, but she has found a passion for encaustic.  “I find working with wax as a painting medium can be a challenge but I just love to see what I can do with it, it is very versatile, from thin layers on card to deep layers on solid supports.  The texture and the sheen of the wax is amazing and it has endless possibilities,” she explains.

In the following videos from our YouTube channel, Hazel demonstrates both our Encausticbord and R+F encaustic paints.  She works in several ideas on the Artist Trading Card size of Encausticbord and completes an entire piece on a cradled board.




To follow Hazel’s blog, check her out online at:  www.artinwax.co.uk.

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Featured Video: Demo from Kendra Ferreira

Artist Kendra Ferreira has a full background in drawing and portraiture and a range of skills using all types of media, but her love is colored pencil.  

After joining the Colored Pencil Society, Kendra came upon Ampersand products and has been working on Pastelbord™.  With a modern technique using solvents or water and brushes, Kendra is able to work the soft pigments of the pencils into the Pastelbord, layering color upon color.  Many people find her work to look like paintings.  In these videos, Kendra shares her technique and you can get a close up view of her teaching style.




Kendra also teaches workshops regularly in Rhode Island; upcoming workshops include Colored Pencil at the Providence Art Club and Colored Pencil Drawing at the Newport Art Museum.  You can find out more information at her website:  www.kjfdesign.com

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Featured Video: Demo from Linda Sheets

Linda’s Scratchbord Kit

Scratchbord™  artist Linda Sheets is known for her original animal portraits and beautiful, fun books illustrating pets, their humans and their stories.  Her work can be found in several galleries around the country and through her Etsy store.

Linda shares some of her basic instruction on getting started in Scratchbord through the video demonstrations below.  She includes how to draw on the boards, how to transfer art and how to correct mistakes.  In the second video, Linda discusses basic tools and the strokes they make.  




To see more about Scratchbord in video, tune in to our Scratchbord playlist on YouTube.  

For more information on Linda’s work, her books and Scratchbord Kits, visit her website:  www.blue-eyedponystudio.com




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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Lisa Goesling demonstrates Scratchbord

Featured Artist, Lisa Goesling, was recently interviewed by Enid Silverman on Artist to Artist.  During the thirty minute interview, Lisa demonstrates how to work on Scratchbord™.  She explains how the surface works, how it takes color and what tools to use.  You can see a glimpse of Lisa’s demo here on our YouTube channel.


Artist to Artist credits: 
Co-producers  Enid Silverman/ Mitzi Soskich

Director: Mitzi Soskich

Host: Enid Silverman

Lisa’s work from the show is on her blog:  lisagoesling.com


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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.