Colored Pencils on Claybord
Using Claybord with Graphite or Colored Pencils
rigid pH-neutral support will take your pencil work to a whole new level.
For the first time, see your pencil drawings framed without glass! Claybord surface coating is lightly sanded smooth. The surface texture
and clay coating reduces smudging and smearing and provides an excellent
new avenue for highly detailed pencil work. Lint residue or tearing will
no longer be a problem like when using paper or mat boards. Since Claybord is very rigid and durable, repeated erasure and manipulation
of the pencils won't harm the surface. If you need a little more texture
to work on, try using Aquabord.
You can use the surface
as is or sand to the texture you desire. There are many ways to work these
surfaces with pencil. Here are a few to get you started. To erase or vary
the tonal values of your pencil, use a soft abrasive such as fine sandpaper
or 0000 grade steel wool. Erase using a circular motion. Or, use a soft
white eraser for complete clean up and removal. For more loose painterly
effects and to soften edges, use colorless marker blenders. Sharp white
lines and textures can be created using scratchboard knives or etching
tools by cutting directly into the panel. Maggie Toole's piece shown above
is done entirely with circles in a style she refers to as "circulism"
on Claybord. This is quite an extraordinary example of what you
can do with colored pencils and Claybord. Maggie recommends coating the
panel first with a thin acrylic wash. She says the pencil "grabs" the
surface more easily than with no treatment. Colored pencils and graphite
should be sealed with spray fixative like Krylon® UV Resistant Clear Coating #1309 (Matte) or #1305 (Gloss) when
finished. Finally, view your artwork without that annoying glass reflection!