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Scratchbord-Claybord Inks

Scratchbord-Claybord inks are specially formulated for adding color to Ampersand’s Scratchbord, Claybord and other paper scratchboards.  These transparent inks leave vibrant color in only the white areas of scratchboard drawings and can easily be scratched through back to white when adding fine details and highlights.  When painting over back areas, these remarkable inks do not leave a heavy ink residue.



Our inks are pigmented, permanent, and water-based with a bit of shellac to prevent dissolving. For best results, build up the color in diluted washes following the directional lines in the drawing. Other brands of ink can leave heavy residue on the black surface and can be difficult to scratch if not quickly wiped off.  It’s easy to mix a wide range of colors with only the six base colors in this set.  Each bottle allows the ink to be measured out by the drop.

For final touch up, apply Ampersand Black Repair ink around the edges of the subject matter to cover any left over residue and over-painting. Once all the color is in, go back and scratch out the highlights. This will give the forms in your drawing volume and dimension. Add more color where needed and repeat this process until you are totally satisfied with the results.

Group of Columbines by Lisa Goesling

“Everything is about value when I draw with Scratchbords. Ampersand’s boards are created so well that I am able to develop nuances that I could never accomplish with any other variety of scratchboard. Their inks are water based, I mix them just like I would mix paint. Two steps make the color really pop off the boards, painting with colored inks at full strength, (not mixed with water), and scratching away enough black ink from the Scratchbord, making a pure white surface to accept the inks.” ~Lisa Goesling

Current Events with Ampersand Artists

Ranjini Venkatachari has a new exhibition opening at the Roby King Galleries, the DRAWING exhibition, an invitational show in Bainbridge Island, WA.    The exhibition opening is on March 6 from 6-8 pm and the show will run through March 28th. She will be showing two of her lovely origami pieces, colored pencil works on Pastelbord.

Sandra Duran Wilson
Acrylic by Sandra Duran Wilson

Sandra Duran Wilson will be teaching a workshop on How to Master the Mediums at the Art And Soul Retreat in Portland on March 8th.  Kit fee of $25 includes panels!  

Lisa Goesling will be giving an interactive artist talk at the Neiman Center in Chicago, IL on March 13th from 5-7 pm on Scratchbord, presented by the Student Art Therapy Association, refreshments and materials will be provided.  

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.

Current Events with Ampersand Artists

Upcoming Workshops

Karen Vernon
Heading Home,
watercolor by Karen Vernon

Color Expressions Oil Painting Workshop with Karen Vernon 
January 26- March 23rd, at The Gallery at Round Top, TX

Enjoy yourself in this painting workshop with internationally recognized artist, Karen Vernon.  Learn the basics and beyond in this class.  Students will be introduced to water soluble oils, the safer, more economic method of working in oil.

Watercolor Workshop with Karen Vernon 
April13-15, Murfreesboro, TN

The participants will develop expertise in color management, composition, improve their watercolor skills and experience new materials. This is a fun workshop filled with vital information for achieving more successful paintings and delving into your own creative vision.


intricacies: an Exhibition of Scratchboard Art by Lisa Goesling
TaKohl Gallery in Chicago, IL
Lisa’s work will be on display through January 2015

Ways of Making:  LINE (group exhibition featuring Lisa Goesling)
Jan 5-30, 2015 at GSU in University Park, IL
This exhibition brings together four artists working in dissimilar ways but who all have line as a primary component in their artistic expression.  

Andrea Pramuk

Luminescence featuring Andrea Pramuk
Jan 8-29 at NSU in Natchitoches, LA
A two person exhibition at NSU’s Orville J. Hanchey Gallery featuring the art of Tony McDonald and Andrea Pramuk

Inside/Outside featuring Lisa Pressman
Feb 2- April 18 Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY
Lisa’s bold, mature, expressionistic work makes abstract references to landscape, personal possessions and the inner workings of the mind.

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.