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All Things Ampersand

The Many Colors of White with Karen Vernon

As an artist, I have enjoyed painting in the juicy, delightful medium of watercolor, enjoying the flow of the pigment as it passes across the surface. For decades I worked on paper as so many watercolorists do. But for the past 20 years I have worked on Ampersand’s Aquabord which allows me to do far more than I ever dreamed of doing on paper. Not only does it give me more luminous, vibrant color, but it allows me to present my works with no glass. I can create intimate, tiny pieces up to large 42” x 90” paintings. I can create pieces to be framed traditionally or to present cradled with no frame at all. Continue reading >>

Ampersand 101: Aquabord

Welcome to the first in our series of “101” articles about Ampersand Bords.  With so many new artists just now discovering our panels, this back-to-basics series will help to introduce our different surfaces, as well as provide a refresher course to you Ampersand veterans. And who knows, you just might discover something you didn’t already know!  Our first product is the Aquabord. 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 >>

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 >>