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Created as the result of a collaborative effort between Ampersand and R&F Encaustics, Encausticbord features a ready-to-use surface that meets the unique demands of encaustic painting and mixed media.
Encausticbord's acid-free archival ground is highly absorbent and holds tight to layers of wax and collage without cracking or separating. It can be used with any combination of mediums to create incredible textures, colors, and patterns.
Encausticbord is available in a variety of sizes and profiles. Every Encausticbord begins with Ampersand's 1/8" Hardbord, the finest pressed wood panel available. Made in the U.S. from quality hardwoods, Hardbord resists warping and moisture penetration. The cradled panels are made with Ampersand's beautiful signature baltic birch cradles that are ready to paint, stain, or use in their natural state.
Bonus Value 3-Pack
A Blick exclusive! This value pack with bonus includes three 6" × 6" Ampersand Panels (one each of Claybord, Gessobord, and Encausticbord) plus a FREE Holbein Heavy Body Acrylic Sampler (sample-size tubes of Pyrrole Red, Imidazolone Lemon, and Phthalo Blue).
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.
Encausticbord — a creative collaboration between Ampersand and R&F Handmade Paints
The creative collaboration that gave birth to Encausticbord began in 2008 when Ampersand and R&F Handmade Paints, both authorities in their respective fields of wood painting panels and encaustic paint colors, started working together to develop the perfect surface for encaustic paints. The ultimate goal was to provide a surface that would give encaustic artists the opportunity to expand their artistic voice. The marriage of Ampersand's archival panel coating technology and R&F's expertise in encaustics resulted in a unique wood panel with the tooth to hold encaustic and mixed media unlike any other surface. Months of exhaustive research and testing ensured that Encausticbord was the most archival and dimensionally stable panel available, and that encaustic paints would adhere exceptionally well to the painting ground.
A new, archival panel for the unique demands of encaustic painting
Only Encausticbord has a ready-to-use surface formulated for the unique demands of encaustic painting and mixed media. Encaustic gesso is applied to Ampersand’s sealed Hardbord panel to form a bright, smooth, velvety surface that is ready to use with the ancient technique of encaustic painting. The ground is not only heat-resistant and highly absorbent, it holds tight to layers of wax and collage without cracking or separating. It can be used with any combination of mediums to create incredible textures, colors, and patterns.
Ideal for all types of encaustics, oils, image transfers, and collage
Professional encaustic painters attest to how exceptionally well Encausticbord works when used alone with encaustic paint or in combination with a wide variety of mixed media techniques and materials that include collage, oil sticks, image transfer, incising, and more.
About encaustic paint
What makes encaustic uniquely different from all other mediums is its use of heat. The paint, comprised of beeswax, damar resin, and powdered pigment, is applied molten and then reheated. Encaustic reaches its permanent state upon cooling. This process allows for a dazzling array of effects and textures not possible with any other medium.
A bit of history
Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C.E. practiced encaustic painting. The word "encaustic" is derived from a Greek work that means "to burn in," referring to the process of fusing the paint. Perhaps the best-known encaustic works are the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. In the 20th century, the availability of portable electric heating implements and the variety of tools has made encaustic a far less formidable technique. This factor has created a resurgence of encaustic painting, and it is once again taking its place as a major artists' medium. Alfonso Ossorio, Jasper Johns, Lynda Benglis, Robert Morris, and Nancy Graves are just a few of the prominent artists who have turned encaustic into a modernist and cross-disciplinary medium.
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Another use for the trading cards...
By em the painter
from Gig Harbor, WA
Comments about Ampersand Encausticbords:
The encausticbord surface in general is beautiful and wonderful to paint on. I find that the little trading card size boards are perfect for making color and texture samples.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Tampa, FL
I've bought the 2" 36x48, 2" 24x36, and 1/8" 5x7 versions of the Gessobord and they were excellent. All you had to do is open the box and you're done.These Encaustic ATCs, however, were packaged in a loose and cheap bag... packaged like those cheap candies you buy by the grocery cashier; so they move around when shipped.To make things very worse, I bought a full box of these, and Blick shipped them with only pillow cushion bags on top... that's it! That, and knowing there is a full box of little but heavy wooden panels inside!I'm still sorting them through, because I bought so many... but I say over 80% of them had been damaged in one way or the other... such as multiple gesso chipping, dented corners, dented sides, etc., and probably over 10% of them are unsellable because the damage cannot be covered by extra gessoing - like wood damage. So I bought these for the extra "elegance" factor of using hardbord on ATCs and the thought of Ampersand's archival sealing process and substrate preparation not giving me extra work and my excellent previous experience with Ampersand products... but NO, these things will take extra gessoing, and the chips go all the way to the wood so it will probably compromise the archival seal. So you will have to inspect each of the cards to make sure there is no damage, and then you have to call Blick again to complain, and your product is likely inferior to what it will be when they don't have defects before painting.Bottomline, if you don't want to deal with the extra headache dealing with these cards - stay with paper ATCs.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Blick attempts to send out every order free from damage or defect. However, these types of issues do arise occasionally. We apologize for this. Customers who receive damaged or defective items should contact our Customer Service department via email or by calling (800) 723-2787 and we will work with you to rectify the situation.
Dream come true
from Adelaide, Australia
Took ink, paint, glue, stamping, everything I wanted to put on it went on well. It was a delight to use.
from Naples, FL
Nice product, cannot make comparisons. Blick needs to protect them better in the shipping box - some came with edge dents.
Merchant response: Blick attempts to send out every order free from defect or damage. However, these types of issues do arise occasionally. We apologize for this. Customers who receive damaged or defective items should contact our Customer Service department via email or by calling (800) 723-2787 and we will work with you to rectify the situation.
Ampersand has combined their panel technology with R&F's pioneering expertise in encaustic paint to create the most archival and dimensionally stable board for use with encaustics. Encausticbord is a ready-to-paint highly absorbent surface that can handle many layers of wax and heat. There is no fear of cracking or warping. Watch this video for just a few examples of what you can do with this incredible board.
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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