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All Things Ampersand

Featured Artist: Jeanne Rhea

From a very early age, Jeanne Rhea thought of herself as an artist. And yet, as many do, she hesitated to call herself one. “Others should make that determination…my art should speak for itself.” It was only within the last ten years that she has felt comfortable assuming the title.
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Getting Started with Aquabord

When using watercolor, you have a couple of choices with Ampersand’s panels.  If you are a traditional watercolorist or gouache painter who uses very wet washes, try Aquabord. It behaves more like cold press watercolor paper and is more absorbent than Claybord. However, if you’re familiar working with watercolors or gouache on hot press paper to achieve high level detail, you may find working with Claybord very exciting. Our “product selection guide” is also a good resource for choosing the right panel.
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Featured Artist: David Somers

Seattle artist, David Somers recently started using Claybord™ for his laser engraving work and has shared his process and some of his work with us.  Below are two of his recent pieces in the process.  A big thanks to David for sharing so much of his learning and process with us.  This is such an interesting and original way to take on Claybord.  Continue Reading >>

Claybord Basics

Claybord™ is made using 1/8″ true artist hardboard and features Ampersand’s amazing kaolin clay ground formula similar in paintability to the clay gesso grounds used during the Renaissance. The surface is sanded to an ultra-smooth, highly absorbent finish so your paint colors remain true and brilliant.

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Featured Gallery Artist: Leslie Watts

Stefan, 23, 20″ x 16″, egg tempera on Claybord


Ontario artist, Leslie Watts is a portrait, landscape and still life artist, working in egg tempera on Claybord™.  She teaches privately in all age groups and there is a waiting list to get into her classes, to grasp not only the medium, but to get to know this Internationally recognized painter.  Leslie’s work has been at the National Portrait Gallery in the UK and this past fall she was awarded the Honorable Mention of the Kingston Prize for her work, Stefan, 23.  The touring exhibit of the Kingston Prize will be on view at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and will run until February 14, 2016. On March 16, 2016, it will travel to Galerie d’Art Desjardins in Drummondville, Québec. Leslie shares quite a bit about both her technique and her new work on her blogs at:  lesliewattsportraits.blogspot.ca  and at lesliewatts.blogspot.ca.  You can also find out about her graphite and conservator’s wax on Claybord:  new-work-in-graphite-and-conservators.html.

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

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