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All Things Ampersand

Featured Artist: Jeanne Rhea

From a very early age, Jeanne Rhea thought of herself as an artist. And yet, as many do, she hesitated to call herself one. “Others should make that determination…my art should speak for itself.” It was only within the last ten years that she has felt comfortable assuming the title.
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Karyn’s Last Blog Post

To all the amazing artists that use and support Ampersand,

It has been a wonderful part of my journey to spend time here with you on the blog, on Facebook, on Youtube, Twitter and Pinterest over the past several years.  This has been the most thoughtful, passionate and skilled audience I have ever met online, and I will miss talking with you regularly.  It is time for me to move along to other art ventures of my own, and I thank you so much for joining me here online with Ampersand.
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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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Honoring Scratchboard Artist Diana Lee

Diana Lee, internationally known scratchboard artist and dear friend to Ampersand passed last Wednesday evening.  She was surrounded by family and passed peacefully after a long struggle with many ailments, according to her adoring husband, Steve Bockman. Continue reading >>