Tutorials, videos, tips & techniques

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

See ideas and learn the best practices to paint, stain, or wax Ampersand cradles.

Only Ampersand builds their cradles by hand with premium grade 13-ply birch plywood for maximum stability and a clean, finished look from edge to edge.

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

Many artists ask about the differences between HDF (High-density fiberboard) and MDF (Medium-density fiberboard). We have compiled some information below that helps to explain these differences.

Artwork by Kylee Kryklund

The word "Masonite" is a brand name for hardboard. Ampersand uses a tempered hardboard as the base for its Museum Series panels. After extensive research and testing, we chose a hardboard that is made through the Wet/Dry method.

Ampersand Floaterframes are the perfect solution for displaying artwork. However, if you prefer to display your panel without a frame, we have some helpful tips.

Leslie Giuliani, Cage, 10x8, mixed media on Ampersand Encausticbord
Artwork by Leslie Giuliani

Professional encaustic painters attest to how exceptionally well Encausticbord works when used alone with encaustic paint or in combination with a wide variety of mixed media techniques including collage, oil paints and oil sticks, image transfers, and incising.

Elise Wagner, Night Moves, 8x8, encaustic on Ampersand Encausticbord
Artwork by Elise Wagner

Only Encausticbord has a ready-to-use surface formulated for the unique demands of encaustic painting and mixed media. Encaustic gesso is applied to Ampersand's sealed Hardbord panel to form a bright, smooth, and velvety surface that is ready to use with the ancient technique of encaustic painting.

Shana Rowe Jackson, In the Shade, 11x14, acrylic on Ampersand Primed Canvas Texture
Artwork by Shana Rowe Jackson

The Artist Panel Primed Canvas Texture is a perfect choice for acrylic painters that want all the benefits of a panel but enjoy painting on a surface with a traditional canvas texture.

Larry Preston, Wild Apple on a Box, 14x24, oil on Ampersand Primed Canvas Texture
Artwork by Larry Preston

The Artist Panel Primed Canvas Texture is a perfect choice for oil painters that want all the benefits of a panel but enjoy painting on a surface with a traditional canvas texture.

Misty Segura-Bowers, William, 20x16, watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord
Artwork by Misty Segura-Bowers

Developed for the unique demands of watercolor painting, Aquabord has a wonderful texture similar to cold-pressed watercolor paper. Watercolorists and gouache painters love painting on Aquabord for many reasons.

Joe A. Oakes, Morning Stroll, 36x24, acrylic on Ampersand Aquabord
Artwork by Joe A. Oakes

Aquabord is a great surface for acrylics. Its heavily textured surface offers great adhesion with washes and layering. Because of the high absorbency of Aquabord, acrylic paint soaks in and dries very quickly when painting in thin washes.

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

Justin Vining specializes in landscapes and cityscapes. He studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended law school, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full-time and hasn’t looked back.

An informational video showcasing the features and benefits of the Ampersand Birch Wood Panel featuring a fun collage project.

Watercolorists and gouache painters love painting on Aquabord because colors are more vibrant than on paper and it allows for exciting techniques simply not possible on paper. Watch this video to learn more about this amazing watercolor panel.