Tips for using Claybord

While Claybord allows the use of traditional pigments, tools, and techniques, it is also an ideal surface for experimentation. One feature that sets Claybord apart, is how its kaolin clay coating traps pigments in the top layer of the surface, allowing for scratchboard techniques. You can cut into the surface and expose the white clay ground as part of the creative process. Pigments can be manipulated to vary tonal value, create detail, develop highlights, and correct mistakes.

Charles Ewing, Ampersand Claybord


The unique characteristics of the clay ground allow the use of an abrasive like oil-free steel wool or sandpaper to remove pigment, erasing from the surface without damaging the finish.

Claybord’s combination of smoothness and absorbency means that it works wonderfully for fine detail work and exceptional brush control. It is extremely versatile and can be used with a wide range of media and processes from image transfers to egg tempera. It even behaves similarly to hot press watercolor paper with watercolor and gouache.

When finished, artwork on Claybord can be sealed with spray fixative or an appropriate varnish and displayed without glass.

Claybord accepts dry, water-based, and oil-based pigments including:


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