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Four Artists, Twelve Months: Month #1 – “JOY”

And month number one is in the books!  We’re checking in with our four abstract artists who have started a year-long collaborative project using Ampersand Gessobord!  Each month the four artists will create a work of art on a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord with a defined theme. Then, at the end of the year, all of the artworks will be displayed in an exhibition. Refer to our original post for the details of this fantastic collaboration.

The first month’s theme is “JOY” and is to be interpreted using warm colors. Each artist was charged with creating a painting that shows “joy” as they interpret it, using their own unique approach and style.

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Project: Klimt-ify It!

I’ve always loved Gustaf Klimt’s paintings. They’re filled with elaborate patterns and endless tiny details, along with lots and lots and LOTS of gold! I thought it would be fun to design a panel that channels my own inner Klimt. I hope you’ll join me.

I started with a 12” x 16 Unprimed Basswood Artist Panel from Ampersand Art Supply. Instead of a painting, I created a collage using torn papers, outline butterfly and leaf peel-offs, iridescent Mylar (Shimmer Sheetz), glittery stickers, leafy branch stickers, and pens – Gold, of course, plus black and white. And for the large gold circles, I incorporated dollar store bangles!
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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 >>

Four Artists, Twelve Months – A Collaborative Project on Ampersand Gessobord!

A CALL TO CREATE:  ABSTRACTED STATES OF MIND is a year-long collaborative project between 4 abstract artists who describe themselves as being “connected by friendship and a call to create.” Each month the four artists will create a work of art on a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord with a defined theme. Then, at the end of the year, all of the artworks will be displayed in an exhibition.

The first month’s theme is “JOY” and is to be interpreted using warm colors. Each artist is charged with creating a painting that shows “joy” as they interpret it, using their own unique approach and style. Each artist uses different mixed media applications, so it should be an interesting outcome! Continue Reading >>