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Ampersand Artist Ambassador Micah Goguen demonstrates the monoprint process on Ampersand Primed Smooth.

Watch this fun and easy tutorial by Karen Vernon and make a sunflower on Aquabord.

To help us showcase our Floaterframes, we enlisted the help of Havi our gallery dog, plus the talents of many amazing Ampersand Artist Ambassadors.

Watch this fun and easy tutorial by Karen Vernon and make a flower bouquet on Aquabord.

We caught up with Ampersand Artist Ambassador Karen Vernon, a loyal Aquabord user, to find out about how she communicates through her watercolors.

Shawn Dell Joyce is a Florida-based plein air painter known for glowing sunsets, bold colors, dramatic scenery, and Florida wildlife.

Encaustic artwork

Encaustic artist and Ampersand Artist Ambassador, Julie Snidle shares a fun video explaining why Encausticbord is her favorite surface.

Ampersand Artist Ambassador Scott Gellatly is a landscape painter at heart, but his work has become more abstracted, with greater emphasis on pure color and gestural mark-making to evoke nature. As a plein air painter, Scott uses Ampersand Gessobord, Aquabord, and Pastelbord for his work.

Image Transfer

Ampersand Artist Ambassador Frances Tyler gives an excellent demonstration on how to transfer images onto Claybord Art Tiles.

With work that references teachings from Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism, the poetic traditions, and contemplative practices including yoga and meditation, Dietlind Vander Schaaf's artwork has been described as "the transformation of disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace" (Artscope).

Her work evokes a feeling of peace. With an impressionistic style and an illustrative base, the textural imagery in Jane Hunt’s sweeping landscapes skillfully merge a sense of immense wonderment with a tranquil feeling of warm familiarity. Her work is calming and ethereal, conjuring emotions of a familiar, yet undefined, location.

Ampersand Artist Ambassador, Jennifer Redstreake Geary, both a full-time mom and full-time graphic designer is also a prolific artist who is highly sought after for her work in watercolor and pastel.

Artist Micah Goguen teaches about 50 students atelier style in weekly classes in the Middle Georgia Area. His overall vision is to focus and rededicate back to a "buy-local, shop-local" mentality that strengthens community through unity and purpose. Here are a few stories Micah wanted to share with us.

Aquabord offers the ability to do more on the surface and to create effects easier than on other surfaces. It is an archival panel with a unique clay coating which includes a tiny mineral that helps to dissipate the water and pigment throughout the painting. Designed to work with water media, Aquabord can be used for other media as well.

For the past 20 years I have worked on Aquabord which allows me to do far more than I ever dreamed of doing on paper. Not only does it give me more luminous, vibrant color, but it allows me to present my works with no glass. I can create intimate 1x1 pieces up to large 42x90 paintings. Or pieces to be framed traditionally or to present cradled with no frame at all.