Unprimed Basswood

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Artwork by Barb McCormick

Ampersand Unprimed Basswood is a smooth, uncoated panel that is free from plywood seams, knots, or troublesome raised fibers. We compiled our top ten reasons and advantages of painting on this surface.

Unprimed Basswood is handcrafted using a sturdy, non-flexible 4mm basswood top, sanded perfectly smooth and ready to seal and prime with the ground of your choice. Its minimal wood grain is straight and has a fine, even texture and a moderate natural luster.

Commonly, artists ask us if unprimed wood panels need to be sealed. Except for encaustics, the answer is Yes.

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!

Think all unprimed wood panels are the same? Think again! Watch this video and learn why Ampersand's Unprimed Basswood is the best choice for artists that love working on raw, uncoated wood.

Techniques for how to draw pigs using Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons on Unprimed Basswood. Demo led by Teaching Artist Deepti Menon and Art Prof Clara Lieu.

It’s hard not to get swept up in the work of John Cruz. His paintings are at once recognizable and yet abstracted. Not only abstract in the customary execution, but also in the range of feelings that his imagery evokes.

Mounting flexible supports like canvas, linen, or paper to an Ampersand wood panel preserves the painting qualities of the canvas or paper while gaining the archival benefits of a panel.