Claybord

Learn techniques from professional artists, follow tutorials, videos, and more.

Chicago Claybord artist, Louise LeBourgeois, describes how her love of swimming in Lake Michigan carries over into her oil paintings.

Sally Maxwell has been working with scratchboard for over fifty-three years and has helped to define it as a fine art medium. Finding inspiration in animals and her own colorful garden; each piece is a snapshot of the intensity that nature can possess in its quiet moments.

Caroline Adams, an egg tempera artist, discovered Claybord for her abstract landscape artwork. Inspired by the many places she has lived, her work draws from the colors, shapes, and lines of each place.

Abby, Egg Tempera on Claybord, Mark Meunier
Artwork by Mark Meunier

Here are three recipes for egg tempera but there are many more. If grinding the dry pigments is not something you want to try right away, substitute gouache for the "pigment paste" in each of these recipes.

A quick video of Richey Beckett's pen and ink and scratchboard technique on Claybord.

Claybord demo

German mixed media artist and author, Brigitte Waldschmidt demonstrates techniques on Ampersand Claybord. (English subtitles)

large art panels

Gessobord, Claybord, and Unprimed Basswood are available in sizes up to 48x72. This fun video can give you a sense of just how big our big panels are!

bubble art

Have you tried bubble art on Ampersand Claybord? This is a great art project for the family that is perfect for all ages. You will be amazed at how easy it can be to create beautiful artwork using some household items. Claybord’s unique, absorbent surface is a perfect choice for this project!

Archiva-seal

Ampersand's exclusive Archiva-Seal™ ensures paintings won’t yellow over time due to support-induced discoloration. Learn why this critical process makes Ampersand panels the most-trusted surface among artists.

Learn why Claybord is the ultimate multimedia panel in this informational product knowledge video.

charles_ewing_scratch
Artwork by Charles Ewing

While Claybord allows the use of traditional pigments, tools, and techniques, it is also an ideal surface for experimentation. 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.

Jose Royo
Artwork by José Royo

Claybord is a wonderful surface for printmaking. It can be used for silk screening, intaglio, relief, and monotype printing. This ultra-smooth rigid panel will not stretch or swell during the printing process ensuring perfect registration.