Acrylic on Claybord

The combination of Claybord’s kaolin clay coating and smooth surface allows for free-flowing brush strokes, intense color, and the ability to remove paint from the surface with ease.

Claybord’s smooth surface is perfect for achieving fine details. There isn’t a texture to interrupt a brush mark, so it allows for excellent control. Glazing techniques are also ideal for Claybord. The smooth surface is the perfect surface for the movement of light within glazes for luminous results.

Jim Musil, Peggy's Cove, 16x16, acrylic on Ampersand Claybord

 

Brush marks are more pronounced on a smooth surface like Claybord. When painting on Claybord, the "artist’s hand" will show more in your work. If you prefer a flatter, more even application of color, try using self-leveling acrylic mediums with your paints. You can also incorporate a second application of color over an underpainting or use opaque colors.

Thin washes of acrylic can be scratched through with sgraffito or scratchboard tools to create detail and tonal values. Since acrylics dry to a singular, flexible film, this process is more difficult if the paint is applied too heavily. If you are using these removal techniques, you can also try oil washes and glazing over your initial acrylic work for added brilliance and luminosity.

 

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