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Timothy Joe, pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord

Artists ask us why they should paint on panels and specifically why Ampersand products over other brands. We compiled our top ten reasons and advantages of painting on rigid Ampersand panels.

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.

How to quickly apply a graduated background using PanPastel Colors on Encausticbord. The perfect base for mixed media or pastel painting.

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

We recommend all pastels be framed under glass. The glass protects the fragile nature of the pastels while also keeping their colors true to life.

Jane Hunt, oil on Ampersand Gessobord

Sealing and varnishing finished artwork on Ampersand panels is extremely important especially when framing without glass. See our list of suggestions for sealing and varnishing popular mediums using products we have successfully tested on our panels.

Thinking both about the versatility of wood and the creativity of art materials, we composed a list of ways to finish the cradled edges of our panels.

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.

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.