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All Things Ampersand

Jodi Ohl and the Power of Positivity in Art (and in Life!)

When I first met Jodi, two things stood out. The first was her energy and her drive. It seems she was doing a hundred things all at once – teaching, creating art, publishing a book, writing blog articles. The second – and perhaps more significant – was her demeanor. To quote a song by REM, Jodi is a “shiny, happy person.” Her confidence and joy exudes from every pore of her being.

That joy is reflected in her art. Whether she is painting whimsical houses, joyful birds or practicing her Zen painting style, there is a positivity and playfulness that is very evident. Continue reading >>

Ampersand 101: Gessobord

Welcome to the second installment in our series of “101” articles about Ampersand Bords.  With many new artists beginning to use our panels, this back-to-basics series will help to introduce and distinguish between our different surfaces, as well as provide a refresher course to you Ampersand veterans. In this article, we are going to look at our most popular product – Gessobord. Continue reading >>

Top Ten Reasons Artists Should Use Ampersand Panels

We had a recent question from an artist who is brand new to panel painting.  She wanted to know why she should paint on panels and specifically why should she use Ampersand products over other brands.

We hear this a lot. With canvas being the “norm” and a plethora of cheap panels available, why would you want to specifically use Ampersand panels for your art?

Below are the top ten reasons and advantages of painting on rigid panels – specifically well-prepared Ampersand “bords”.  Continue reading >>

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 >>

Using Ampersand Claybord and Golden High Flow Acrylic Paints: A Project by Samantha Williams-Chapelsky

This month we are happy to feature our Smooth Surface Holiday Bundle! This collection features a 9×12, 3/4″ cradled Claybord and a 9×12, 7/8″ cradled Artist Panel Primed Smooth and includes two FREE bottles of Golden High Flow Acrylic PaintsIndigo and Green Gold. If you haven’t had a chance to try these paints yet, this is a great opportunity to do so! When used with either one of our smooth surface panels, you will experience a pairing that is sure to inspire and delight! Continue reading >>