Inks

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

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.

RISD Adjunct Professor Clara Lieu and Art Prof Guest Teaching Artist Song Kang demonstrate and explain all of the art supplies and drawing techniques you need to create a detailed scratchboard drawing from beginning to end.

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

Watch this time-lapse of Shary Bartlett apply encaustic and India ink on Encausticbord. 8x8, Paisley Phrase

Claybord demo

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

Enjoy this fun multimedia on Claybord demonstration by Ampersand Artist Ambassador Micah Goguen.

In this step-by-step guide by Celia Buchanan, explore Marabu Alcohol Inks and acrylic pouring medium on Ampersand's Claybord Art Tiles.

Mixed media tutorial

Learn how to use alcohol inks in different ways to paint a textured mixed media art panel. Build raised areas with molding paste, distress the surface and mute the colors to create an interesting background, then draw on top with Graphix Aqua Inks.

Butterfly effect with inks

Work in progress to the final presentation of Butterfly Effect. Ink on oversized 48x60 Ampersand Claybord by Andrea Pramuk.

Watch the Scratchbord video to learn why it is the professional's choice for scratchboard.

An exciting video demonstrating the beauty of alcohol inks on Claybord Art Tiles.

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.

Butterfly Effect 48x60 Ink on Claybord
Artwork by Andrea Pramuk

Claybord's smooth, absorbent surface was designed for use with inks. Its smooth kaolin clay coating eliminates smudging, bleeding, and feathering. The pigments in most inks are only absorbed into the top layer of the Claybord surface allowing them to be easily erased and manipulated.

Artwork by Paul Jackson

Claybord is an ideal surface for fine drawings using technical pens. The smooth and absorbent surface will faithfully reproduce the desired line width without feathering or bleeding.

In this step-by-step guide by Celia Buchanan, you’ll find a fun and easy tutorial for fluid art. Explore with Marabu Alcohol Inks and acrylic pouring medium on Ampersand Claybord Art Tiles.

Andrea describes herself as an illuminator of surfaces, creating organic, drawing based abstractions. Even though she uses a simplistic subject matter and color palette, the ideas and spaces are complex and deep.