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The ultimate mixed media panel!
Archival and acid-free, Claybord is created by applying Ampersand's patented, archival kaolin clay ground to a True Artist Hardbord substrate, then sanding it to a velvet-smooth, absorbent finish.
Claybord is ideal for ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, casein, egg tempera, airbrush color, collage, photo-transfer, pencil, and pen. The highly responsive surface is perfect for thinly applying and removing colors. You can even scratch through it to add contrast, texture, and fine details. Paint colors remain true and brilliant.
Made from sustainable forest products that ensure the protection of wildlife, plants, soil, and water, Claybord is formaldehyde-free and contains no harmful volatile organic compounds.
Choose flat panels or cradled panels in a variety of sizes and profiles. Cradled panels allow you to hang your work with no additional framing. The edges are smoothly sanded and ready to be finished if desired.
Mixed Media Value Pack
This exclusive value pack contains three 12" × 12" Ampersand panels, including one Claybord (3/4" profile), one Encausticbord (7/8" profile), and one Unprimed Wood Cradled Panel (7/8" profile). As a special bonus, receive a FREE 40 ml (1.4 oz) Turquoise R&F Encaustic Paint cake.
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I love Claybord
By Lolo the Painter
from Boston, MA
Comments about Ampersand Claybords:
I love Claybord panels. I paint with watercolor and acrylic on them, and have found them to be a very versatile surface that I find myself coming back to again and again. I am very particular about the quality of the surfaces in my artwork, and the smoothness of these panels allows me to create really gorgeous surfaces. I like the cradled versions because they can be hung immediately with very little effort, and it lends a very finished/polished quality to the work without needing to frame. I usually finish the cradles edges with a few coats of polyurethane and a quick buff with a little fine steel wool and they look great!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I love using this board with watercolours & gouache. It takes some getting used to but the end results are unrivalled by anything painted on paper. So much more vibrancy and detail and the added bonus of being able to easily remove mistakes. Although postage to Australia is very expensive, Dick Blick's competitive prices and fast processing/postage make it a worthwhile exercise.
Love Claybord, oversize packaging not so much
By Painter Pal
from Columbus, Oh
I have used this product for years and love the claybord on 2" cradle. The finished painting comes out right every time.I love the stability and presentation aspect of the final product. My only beef is in the packaging of the oversized products, specifically the 36x48. I've ordered many different sizes and they arrive fine but the last couple of shipments , 36x48, have smashed corners and crushed edges. I was on serious deadline and didn't return but wish they we're packaged better...packaging woefully flawed for weight, size etc. of product.
well crafted and exceptionally diverse surface
from akron ohio
I used the Ampersand Clayboard for a triptych and it was both challenging and sturdy. The surface allowed for many different approaches, as I used acrylic paints, wanter color crayons, the steel wool (made by Ampersand) and pencil. The paint dried rather quickly which made it more challenging as I was working on a large area. It was a sturdy surface which did allow me to rework the piece many times. I purchased it again and this time will be using watercolors.
from ST LOUIS MO
SHIPPING WAS QUICK
from West Jefferson, North Carolina
Claybord is also great for oils, speeds drying time on preliminary layer which I like. I used to paint on primed Masonite panels and will not go back. Also a great surface for sketching before painting.
Ampersand....Just the best.....
from Knoxville, Tn.
I use these instead of Encausticbords for my encaustic work....I like them just as much-actually better because they are easy to draw or watercolor on before the wax is applied whereas the Encausticbords have a rougher texture. You can't go wrong with any Ampersand product.
from Fernandina Beach, Florida
Very pleased with the lowest prices for claybord, quick delivery and no delivery charges. I tell all the art association to go to you for claybord. Wish you sold alcohol inks - the latest rage.
from Red Lake Falls, MN
Love the feel of clayboard and can't wait to start on a project using it. Colors stay sharp or can be made to disappear in background. Love the firmness of clayboard, won't buckle or wrinkle and can stand up to many techniques.
Good for egg tempera
from Stillwater MN
Mimics naturally gesso boards used in iconography. Great for practice
Ampersand's original and most versatile panel, Claybord, has an ultra-smooth kaolin surface that accepts a wide variety of media. The absorbent surface allows for quick drying time of inks and paint. The real advantage of Claybord is how the surface can be manipulated; ink can be completely erased without affecting the integrity of the surface using Ampersand's oil-free steel wool. Sgraffito techniques can also be used on Claybord, something that cannot be achieved on paper.
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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