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Show off your colors like never before! An archival, acid-free textured clay surface that absorbs watercolors like a fine paper, Aquabord allows colors to retain their purity and vibrancy in a way that even the finest watercolor papers can't match.
Its unique surface is perfect for watercolors and gouache, needs no stretching, and will not tear, shrink, or buckle.
Endlessly glaze and lift to underlying layers of color — or completely lift back to white without damaging the surface!
Aquabord is also ideal for casein, acrylics, and more. Unlike paper, Aquabord can be sealed and displayed glass-free, keeping colors and textures true to life.
Aquabord is made in the USA.
Aquabord with FREE QoR Watercolor Sample Card
Receive a FREE six-color sample card featuring rich, vivid QoR Watercolors when you buy either a 11" × 14" or 16" × 20" flat profile (1/8") Aquabord. Touch the dried dots with a wet brush to experience QoR Watercolor's great flow and unmatched strength. The sample card includes the colors Indigo, Naples Yellow, Raw Umber (Natural), Sap Green, Transparent Brown Oxide, and Venetian Red, plus a square of watercolor paper.
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from Saint Paul, MN
Comments about Ampersand Aquabords:
I recently ordered some large Ampersand boards. They arrived in perfect condition because they were expertly packed. This is no small feat! I highly recommend D. Blick!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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More texture than I expected
It's more textured than I expected, but the gouache and watercolors that I tried glides on like butter on the Aquabord surface which I loved. I'll definitely use it again for watercolor paintings, but I won't try adding any outlines because they end up too bumpy.
I hated watercolors before I found this product.
If you're worried about needing to plan everything perfectly and having issues fixing mistakes, try this board. There is nothing ngg g quite like it and it has made me love watercolors. From Block, the product was well taken care of and shipped in great packaging. The corners can chip off if you hit them hard enough and that is usually what I see from other retailers.
Fantastic alternative to paper for any watercolor artist
from atlanta, ga
This panel is great. It takes a little while to get used to painting on it. It takes the paint differently than paper but you can pretty much erase paint off it with water and a hard brush too which helps with fixing mistakes. Once it's varnished they can be hung like that or put in floater frames and look fantastic.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great alternative to paper
By art by jen duran
from redlands ca
This is a great product. Works very well with watercolors. I love this option because it doesn't wilt like paper does. Try it!
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watercolor on ampersand aquabord
I continue to purchase Ampersand Aquabords
By Jeff near the Pond
from Boston, MA
For those of us given to multiple revisions and reworkings, this product is extremely useful, especially in the usually unforgiving medium of watercolor. I enjoy painting on these surfaces immensely.
Excellent for watercolor
I am loving this surface for watercolors. It's a great texture and I am able to achieve the watercolor affect the way I expect to. I also love how it doesn't warp like watercolor paper tends to do.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not the best for Watercolor
from Fort Mohave, AZ
I have used for watercolor only. The good thing about aquabord is the ability to erase or scrub back to near original white. The bad thing about aquabord is the ability to erase or scrub back to near original white. This does not make it good for layering watercolors. The original color gets reconstituted and mixes with the new color and creates mud. I think this product would be better suited for oils or acrylics but I haven't tried them.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Super smooth surface
from Dallas, TX
I have only played around with these aquabords. But now that I see how they work, I'll be using them a lot more for my illustrations.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
New Favorite Surface
from Waverly, GA
Wanted to give this 5 stars but the corners were a little mushed upon unpacking (though it seemed well padded) and subsequently the dents lost a little clay coating after being worked on. I love how workable this surface is and how so many different mediums can be used. I'm using Neocolor II on the one I'm currently working on and love the combination! No Glass = Fantastic! Ordering more.
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Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that there was some damage to the panel you received, and we'd like to help you with this. A member of our Customer Care Team will be reaching out via email to assist you.
Aquabord is an amazing acid-free surface for water media that won't warp, buckle or tear. This surface works similarly to a cold-press watercolor paper with several benefits: colors remain true and vibrant since the paint sits on top of the surface rather than absorbing into it. Multiple layers of clean color can be stacked one on top of the other, and lifting back to white is incredibly easy. You can scrub the surface without any damage — and once your painting is complete, you can frame without glass or backing!
Ampersand manufactures a wide variety of archival artist panels. There is a surface for every artist, every medium and every technique. Watch this video to learn which of these boards is right for you!
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