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New Gessobord/FloaterFrame All-In-One Bundles

Just in Time for the Holidays!

Gessobord is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel and is the perfect art panel for all painting styles with oil paints, acrylics, and mixed media. Floaterframe is the only do-it-yourself frame specifically designed for wood panels. Put them both together and you have the perfect all-in-one kit for your next artistic masterpiece! Continue Reading >>

Featured Artist: Shalese Sands

… create what you want, not what everyone else wants.  Why create something if it’s not what you love?  Isn’t that the reason you started doing art in the first place?”

Scratchboard artist, Shalese Sands, says she has been drawing since she could hold a pencil.  I’ve always wanted to be an artist.   While she currently works at a full-time job other than her art, her dream is that of becoming a full-time artist.

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Scratchbord 101

Many artists are just now learning about Ampersand’s extraordinary surfaces. This back-to-basics series was created to help differentiate between our various panels, as well as to provide a product review for the experienced Ampersand user. In our previous “101” post, we looked at Claybord. Today, we will look at Claybord’s sister surface – Scratchbord. Continue Reading >>

Featured Artist: Andrea Pramuk

I think of myself as a painter. I love art materials, painting and making pictures, always have. The most important thing as an artist is to do the work and do it every day. Ideas evolve more quickly and in order to master the craft, you have to practice, just as you would with a musical instrument, same thing, same kind of discipline.

Andrea describes herself as an illuminator of surfaces, creating organic, drawing based abstractions. She states, “Painting feels as natural to me as breathing, allowing the light to determine the composition, the sense of space can be ethereal, airy and soft. Even though I use a simplistic subject matter and color palette, the ideas and spaces are complex and deep.” Continue Reading >>