Graphite on Claybord

Claybord’s rigidity, soft tooth finish, ability to be scratched or manipulated, and archival qualities make it a fresh alternative for pencil work. Graphite pencils and powder graphite both pair perfectly with Claybord.

Its non-yellowing kaolin clay surface will take your pencil work to a whole new level. You can even use colorless marker blenders for loose, painterly effects and to soften edges. Claybord is sanded smooth which provides an excellent avenue for highly detailed pencil work. If you need a surface with more texture, try Aquabord which can either be used without any modification or sanded to your desired “tooth.”

David Bjurstrom, African Queen, 48x36, graphite on Ampersand Claybord


To erase or vary the tonal values of your marks, use a soft abrasive such as fine sandpaper or 0000 grade oil-free steel wool. Erase using a circular motion. You can also use a soft white eraser for complete cleanup and removal. Sharp white lines and textures can be created using scratchboard knives or etching tools by cutting directly into the panel. Repeated erasure and manipulation of pencil marks will not harm the surface. Paper lint residue and surface tearing are not a problem with Claybord as they can be when using paper surfaces.

When your graphite artwork is complete, seal it with spray fixative and present your artwork without glass.


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