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All Things Ampersand

Project: Stampstracts Triptych

I’ve fallen in love with the 4” x 4” x 1.5” Ampersand Artist Panel Primed Smooth cradled panels. They’re an easy size to work with, and because of their depth, they have such a nice, assertive look to them!

Today’s project begins with another of my favorites, Stampstracts rubber stamps by Kae Pea for RubberMoon Art Stamps. The stamps are abstract, except for the moon-like face that has simple lines indicating the placement of eyes, nose, and mouth. As you’ll see, that’s where the fun begins…Each of the three faces is different because of the added pen doodling.

It’s up to the stamp artist to draw and doodle and color as much or as little as we choose. Note that I’ve called us ‘stamp artists’! We choose the stamps, the inks, the substrates, the colors and coloring medium and that is why the word ‘artist’ applies. Continue Reading >>

Project: Claybord Flower Power Panel

 

It’s always a bit risky to give ‘wall art’ as a present, but if you know the person’s taste and décor it’s a win-win! You get to enjoy the time spent making the gift and the recipient has years and years of enjoyment from it.

My Flower Power Panel is designed for an artist friend who loves flowers and gardening. She’s into mixed media, loves texture and pattern, and her favorite color is turquoise. I’m going to include a blank cradled Claybord and a package of air dry clay, along with a sheet of rubber stamps (the ones I used for the flowers!) as an extra surprise! Continue Reading >>

Mounting Photographs to Ampersand Panels and Finishing with a Floaterframe!

Did you know that Ampersand panels are great for mounting photographs?  And when you match that with one of our new floaterframes you have a BEAUTIFUL presentation that makes a wonderful gift for that special someone. How cool is that? Continue Reading >>

Project: Gessobord – Peace, Love, Joy

Prop this festive little Gessobord panel onto your mantel, surround it with greenery, and wait for guests to pepper you with compliments! And be sure to make several to send home with them – it’s an ideal holiday gift, easy to make.

Because the color palette isn’t the traditional red and green, and it features ferns rather than pine branches, this artwork can remain on display year-round. The message of peace, love, and joy resonates just as much in April and September, not just December. Continue Reading >>

Project: Show-Off Squares Claybord Box

When I saw the Claybord Box Kits from Ampersand Art Supply I knew just what to do with some of the star-shaped buttons, canceled stamps, found objects, pieces of dichroic glass and other small items I’ve been collecting over the years: Get them out of the drawer where they’d languished, paint some boxes, and show off the collectibles on the lids! Continue Reading >>