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All Things Ampersand

Hand-made Craftsmanship – Because Your Art Matters!

There’s something going down in the little town south of Austin, Texas… Buda to be exact (pronounced “bee-yoo-da”). The home base of Ampersand Art Supply.

When artists come to visit our manufacturing facility they are quite surprised to learn that we aren’t a huge company with hundreds of people.  We are just a small, home-grown company started by an artist with a passion for panel painting – Charles Ewing.  Each panel that you paint on is hand-crafted by one of our 35 artisans. Continue reading >>

Make Something Today, Even if it’s a Mistake!

Ampersand Panels are VERY Forgiving!

There are lots of reasons to love Ampersand panels. For example, they are archival, eco-friendly and formaldehyde-free. They can hold heavy applications of paint without the “bounce” of canvas. Colors are truer and brighter. You have enhanced control.

But one of the biggest benefits to using an Ampersand Museum Series panel is that it is very forgiving! Continue reading >>

Getting Started with Aquabord

When using watercolor, you have a couple of choices with Ampersand’s panels.  If you are a traditional watercolorist or gouache painter who uses very wet washes, try Aquabord. It behaves more like cold press watercolor paper and is more absorbent than Claybord. However, if you’re familiar working with watercolors or gouache on hot press paper to achieve high level detail, you may find working with Claybord very exciting. Our “product selection guide” is also a good resource for choosing the right panel.
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Scratchbord Basics

Ampersand Scratchbord has a smooth, absorbent kaolin clay ground evenly coated with black India ink. Scratch the black ink away with ease and control to crisp white fluid lines.
Backed with Ampersand’s true artist hardboard, Scratchbord will not tear, crack or bend like other paper scratchboards and can be sealed with spray fixative to eliminate fingerprints for perfect glass-free presentation.  Continue reading >>

Gessobord Basics

Jennifer Philips
Starting Point
mixed media on Gessobord by Jennifer Philips


Museum Series Gessobord™ is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel by artists for their work. The coating is 88% thicker than other gessoed panels on the market.
The superior quality acrylic gesso ground does not dull colors, and the wonderful lightly sanded surface provides exceptional brush control. 

Made with true high density hardboard, from US-grown and renewable Aspen wood fibers, and coated with Archiva-Seal™ technology– the surface is acid-free, non-yellowing, and archival. Every panel is protected by our proprietary Archival-Seal™ barrier technology, the most advanced formula for sealing wood that prevents support induced discoloration. Gessobord is archival, eco-friendly and formaldehyde-free, it doesn’t get better than that! 

These panels are perfect for all painting styles with oil paints, acrylics and mixed media. We build our cradles by hand with premium grade 13-ply birch plywood for maximum stability and a clean, finished look from edge to edge. The cradle can easily be painted or stained to complement the artwork or primed with gesso to wrap the image around the edges. 


All things Ampersand, 

Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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