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All Things Ampersand

Featured Video: Priming on Hardbord™

Now that you have your Hardbord™ or Artist Panel Unprimed sealed completely, you are ready for priming.  Whether you choose to use an oil based primer or a water based primer is up to you, and we have directions on both on our website.  

One of the advantages to acrylic primer or acrylic gesso is a quicker drying time, and a primer that easily accepts any type of paint or mixed media on top.  Below, I have outlined the steps for priming a sealed cradled Hardbord panel in this quick video using Golden Artist Colors Acrylic Gesso.  Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions in the comments here or on our YouTube channel.




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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Featured Video: Sealing Hardbord

One of our biggest questions here at Ampersand Art Supply is how to properly seal and prime a panel to accept paint.  This information is detailed on our website, but now you can also watch this video which outlines and demonstrates the process of sealing a panel.  In upcoming videos, I’ll share how to prime with either an acrylic ground or oil based ground.

We recommend using GAC 100 to seal wood or Hardbord panels.  In the video below, I demonstrate how easy it is to use the product and protect and prolong the life of the artwork.    After properly sealing a panel, it is ready to accept priming.

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

New Videos from Nancy Reyner

New Videos and workshops out by contemporary acrylic artist, Nancy Reyner,  working with gold leaf and acrylics on Ampersand Hardbord.  This video is a complete instructional tutorial on gold leaf, its properties and how to apply it to use as a painting surface.  Nancy’s exceptional instruction make this video a pleasure to watch and intriguing for even a beginning artist.  

How to Apply Gold Metal Leaf

Another full video for purchase by Nancy with a preview here:
Nancy will also be teaching workshops this year on Abstract Acrylic Painting in Santa Fe, NM and in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Arts Institute.  You can find more details on her website:  nancyreyner.com/work-with-nancy.

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.

Live Webinar with Lisa L. Cyr: Mixed Media on Gessobord

 

The Messenger, 48″ x 36″ x 2″, acrylic, oil, collage
& assemblage on masonite with wooden framework

Painting the Mythical Figure in Mixed Media, a new webinar through North Light featuring the work and process of Lisa Cyr, live on November 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST

This highly visual presentation will take the viewer on a fantastical artistic adventure! Utilizing innovative two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, the webinar will cover how to paint the fantastical figure in an imaginative environment. Topics will include character development using props, costumes and models, employing theatrical color schemes, painting skin tones of fantastical beings in dramatic settings, drawing techniques, rendering patterned cloth, using hair to create form and movement and adding bas-relief details and assemblage embellishments. In addition, conceptual development strategies will be discussed, including working in journals and sketchbooks, research techniques and reference gathering to create compelling figurative works that tell imaginative stories. With visually inspiring imagery, insightful tips and innovative approaches, artists will discover a plethora of image making strategies as well as exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques to employ in their own fantastical figurative works. For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this webinar will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration.  Bonus videos and other downloadable materials will be included, like step by step demonstrations, interviews, and articles.

You can register for the event here: www.northlightshop.com


Lisa L. Cyr (www.cyrstudio.com) is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr’s artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles.

Lisa’s blog, YouTube Channel, Facebook Page and Twitter Profile

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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.