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Made with Ampersand's own True Artist Hardbord substrate, Gessobord is perfect for all studio and plein air painting applications. Its fine tooth finish is delicate enough for glazing, fluid brush strokes, and tight detail, yet tough enough to hold up to the most rigorous palette knife painting, collage, and masking techniques.
This premium archival surface is ready to use — no priming or prepping is required! Pre-primed with a professional-quality, acid-free Titanium White acrylic gesso ground for enhanced clarity of color, Gessobord is an ideal surface for traditional and water-based oils, alkyds, acrylics, collage, and mixed media.
Flat panels can be framed or mounted. Cradled panels can be hung on a wall with no additional framing. The edges are sanded, so you can apply your favorite ground to create an extra dimensional painting.
Made from sustainable forest products that ensure the protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water, Gessobord is formaldehyde-free and contains no harmful volatile organic compounds.
Gessobord is made in the USA.
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).
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So glad I found this stuff
Comments about Ampersand Gessobords:
Exciting product that has renewed and deepened my lifelong delight as a painter in oils. The smooth texture provides just enough tooth to grab the paint while still permitting the most minute detail. The absorbent surface allows quick drying. The application of glazes and scumbles is so much easier with this surface--you don't find paint from a glaze getting caught by the grain of canvas or linen. It's also good to know that the panel is not as delicate or as susceptible to damage as a canvas substrate, and for better or for worse it will be around when the fibers of canvas are weakened by age. Similar products do. Or have such a thick layer of gesso and may have little bumps on the surface that have to be sanded off. Highly recommended.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great plein air panels
These panels are sturdy and durable. For plein air and pochades you wont find much better for the price. If you like panels that allow for heavy direct paint application then this is the one.
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plein air in the Adirondack mtns.
A Little Smooth
I find this product requires layers of paint to gain any texture, and/or good coverage, with oils. The paint sort of slips on the first coat, as the surface is very smooth. It seems to be easy on brushes, and you can eventually get a nice painting, I just don't see it happening on a direct painting of the finished product.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I paint with Acrylics, it's perfect.
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By cp the artist
from Canberra Australia
I recently bought 12 Ampersand cradled gesso boards from BLICK after a complete sell out in my own country. I use this product for finely detailed work with pencil and i am working towards 2 solo exhibitions in 2017. I was very upset, when i could no longer source this product locally. As it turned out, it was just as easy to order from BLICK. I could not be happier and i am so relieved that I can now return to my work.My product arrived in 4 days in perfect condition. Customer service was attentive and thorough.
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Assembled Landscape - graphite board diptych
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Assembled Landscape 2 - graphite board diptych
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Very pleased with this board
from Spread Eagle WI
This board was well covered with gesso and ready for my work.
By art girl
The gesso boards came in perfect condition. They are the best on the market. Other brands I have to sand them down first, not with these. They are ready to go! Smooth as can be, on the surface, and the wood. And Dick Blick sent them super fast. I had them in 2 days!
Shipping was speedy and the boards came in perfect condition!
Best Cradled Boards Available
By Andrew the Artist
from Antioch, CA
Ampersand GessoBord is the best premium professional quality cradled board on the market. As a professional artist, it is important to me to use high quality, archival products that streamline my process. I like the 2" deep cradles. They are not inexpensive, but purchasing throug Blick, they are affordable. Additionally, with the thick gallery edge, I can save money on framing for some of my galleries who like the clean, simple presentation of the painting, unframed, on the wall. Whether I'm framing or not, the cradle gives each piece a great sense of depth, solidity, and modernity. When they first arrive, I do find that it can be easy to slightly chip or splinter the back edge or the cradle; it's a problem, but easily remedied by carefully sanding (very slightly rounding out) the back edges and corners of the cradle first thing. I mask off the edge during painting to keep it clean, leaving it ready for painting or staining when I'm done. My painting process involves a lot of punishment, and these are tough surfaces that can stand up to abuse. Additionally, having experimented with different brands, this is the best "out of the package" surface. It's just smooth enough to be smooth, just rough enough to grab paint or primer. Highly recommended!
Gold Stars for Blick
By My grandkids call me Lovie
from St. Louis< MO
Writer turned Painter. Have bought many art supplies from Blick. In fact I no longer shop for clothes. I simply shop Blick. Definitely I'm hooked on Holbein aqua oils and Ampersand gesso board, Looking over our charge bills my husband has wondered, "Who is this guy, Blick?" xxx
Gessobord is Ampersand's surface for oil and acrylic painting. These premium painting surfaces are made with a unique archival seal technology that provides a barrier between the wood substrate and the painting surface. A professional artist grade of acrylic gesso is then applied so the boards are ready to use -- no preparation is necessary.
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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