Airbrush on Claybord

Claybord's smooth, absorbent surface and rigid hardboard backing make it ideal for airbrush. The clay coating allows manipulation of the surface without affecting its integrity. Instead of using masking fluid, scratch in your details and apply a glaze layer for a whole new dimension.

Marissa Oosterlee, Olga I, 30x40cm, airbrush on Ampersand Claybord (Photo reference: Engin A.)


The ability to cut into the surface to create highlights, textures, and fine details saves hours usually devoted to masking and detail work. To create gradual tonal or textural values, use Ampersand's Scratchbord Tools or use Ampersand's fine grade Oil-free Steel Wool and gradually remove pigment from the board. The white clay underneath will show through, ready for another color to be airbrushed on top. By adding and removing color in several layers, you can create a wide range of textures unique to working on Claybord. Textures such as hair, animal fur, and feathers come to life using this technique.

You no longer need to add fine lines of white paint or go through the painstaking process of cutting stencils for detailed highlights - just use scratching techniques. To remove pigment from a larger area, use extra-fine steel wool or fine sandpaper (300+ grit). Sanding will not compromise the surface of the Claybord, making changes unnoticeable.

When finished with your piece, seal it with spray fixative and display your artwork without glass.


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