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Ampersand's Value Series Artist Panels are crafted specifically for students, hobbyists, and budget-minded professionals. Manufactured to the highest quality standards, they have many advantages over stretched canvases and are a conservator's first choice for a painting support. They are less susceptible to moisture, never sag or stretch like canvas, and are simple to hang, framed or unframed.
When you're ready to step up to professional quality, try Ampersand Museum Series Panels such as Gessobord, Claybord, Hardbord, Aquabord, Pastelbord, and Encausticbord.
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).
Ready to paint with no extra preparation needed, this panel is crafted with a perfectly smooth 3 mm MDF top and a strong, stable, birch plywood cradle. It is coated on all sides with premium acrylic gesso, applied to simulate a canvas texture. This canvas-like surface provides a bit of brush drag for superb control, and results in brighter, truer-looking colors. This panel is able to support heavy paint layers in oil or acrylic, including palette knife painting and other vigorous techniques. It's also perfect for mixed media applications, collage, and assemblage. The finished sides give you the option of wrapping your work around the edges.
This panel features top-quality, high density fiberboard (HDF) coated with premium acrylic gesso, applied to simulate a canvas texture. This canvas-like surface provides a bit of brush drag for superb control, and results in brighter, truer-looking colors. Able to support heavy paint layers in oil or acrylic, including palette knife painting and other vigorous techniques, this panel is also great for mixed media applications, collage, and assemblage. Available in a 3/8" flat solid HDF panel with hanging slots on the back, as well as 3/4" profile and 1-1/2" profile cradled panels. The cradle support frames are handmade using birch plywood and are left unfinished.
Great for all painting styles, this panel is made with top-quality, high density fiberboard (HDF), coated on all side with acrylic gesso primer. The silky-smooth, semi-absorbent ground is excellent for painting in oils, acrylics, and waterbased media, as well as for drawing. It's also ideal for mounting papers, ink jet prints, photos, and canvas. Available in a 1/8" flat solid HDF panel, as well as 7/8" profile and 1-1/2" profile cradled panels. The cradle support frames are made using solid pine for maximum stability. With fully primed edges, you have the option of wrapping your images around the sides of the panel.
Smooth Surface Sampler with FREE Golden High Flow
Two fantastically smooth surfaces for fluid paint and pouring techniques, plus two FREE bottles of Golden High Flow Acrylic. The Sampler includes two 9" × 12" cradled panels — a Claybord (3/4" profile) and a Primed Smooth (7/8" profile) — and 30 ml (1 oz) bottles of High Flow Acrylic in Green Gold and Anthraquinone Blue (Indigo).
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from Gloucester MA
Comments about Ampersand Value Series Artist Panels:
I have used other "canvas surface" cradled panels; this does not compare. The surface is in no way similar to canvas---it is pebbly and unpleasant, with a quality more, I suppose, like leather, once a light coat of paint or underpainting (oil) is applied. All I can say for it is that at least it gets rid of the slipperiness or slickness of a simply primed panel of this type, with, at least, more tooth than that. I am away from my home, with limited access to art supplies, and ordered this thinking it would be like others that I had used from a different source. I was extremely disappointed.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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great little canvas boards
I love the textured boards.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
By Nancy P
Arrived timely in perfect condition, no dings or chips. Thank you!
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Love this board
from Hemet, CA
I love these boards. Super smooth great detail. Perfect for beginers and professionals alike.
from Rio Verde Foothills, AZ
Good for quick works if you want a cradled surface and don't have time to gesso your own. No problems so far, though the texture can be a but over the top if you paint thin. For textural works they're fine. I appreciate them for shows as I often don't bother to wire and velcro directly to the panel.
from long island
I have tried two other brands of panels (basically all the panels Blick carries), and I think these are the best of the three. They are a little slick for the paint I am using (Golden acrylics) and could use a little more tooth, but after one layer of dry paint they will be fine. One other brand is even more slick, and the third brand has an annoying texture. I felt the price was pretty good. I ordered 40, and I will definitely use them up.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect for what I bought them for I will buy them again.
from Lusby, MD
I was working on a series for a show called "Spectacular Sky's". I wanted to us ink and resin so I needed a stable surface. I wanted the effect of a canvas surface. If I had used a stretched canvas it would have slumped in the middle. I learned this lesson the hard way. This was the most logical choice. It worked great. I have used the birch cradled panels in the past with fabulous results but I didn't get that look of the canvas.
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from Central Illinois
I use these for oils. Have tried several other similar panels but these are the best so far. I love the feel of the canvas texture. Smooth ones don't fit my style. I've used these for both a layering technique as well as alla prima. They are fantastic for both. Blick has the best price that I've found for these and fast shipping.Very satisfied and I'll contnue to order them.
Great painting panel
By Damon Thompson
from Louisville, KY
I use acrylic, once it dries, I use oil paint. This surface exceeds my expectations. No sizing, sanding or gessoing required.A great product!
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Ampersand Gesso Panels
I'm using these for oil paintings. The surface is so smooth, great for my style of painting. I bought the 1/8 inch panels, which are so space saving. I will be buying these from now on, as I love the surface and they take up much less space than canvas. I do mainly portraits and this lends itself beautifully to that. I'm very pleased with these.
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