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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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Nice textured finish
Comments about Ampersand Aquabords:
It doesn't handle like watercolor paper. It took sometime to get used to handling and layering the color without lifting it out. But I am very pleased with the textural finish. Would use it again, just for that, despite some initial difficulty with absorption , drying and layering requirements of product.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great product for watercolors...
from Asheville NC
allows for bright colors in one pass
I would not recommend this product for watercolors
By The Art Guy
from Duncansville, Pa
I found this material difficult to use for watercolors. If your technique is glazing layers, it doesn't work.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: With the right brushes, a light touch and some practice, these boards can in fact take many layers. Our Product Information Department is happy to discuss the use of this surface to its best advantage, and to suggest other options that may be more suited to your needs and technique. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-800-933-2542 between the hours of 8 am and 5:30 pm CST M - F. We're happy to help!
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I would purchase these again
By Happy Customer
I enjoy painting on aquaboard. I love how the mediums work on them and how they allow play in what I am painting. I have purchased many of them.
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Great service and even better delivery service!
from Oceanside, NY
My purchase arrived exactly on the day specified in the email sent to me AND in perfect shape. And boy was I fretting about that, but no need because my Aquabords arrived fully intact and without a nick or scratch. I feel better about ordering my supplies on line from now on. Great service, Blick!! Thank you!Pat
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..and the work is done!
Aquabord is my go-surface for watermedia
By Rene Lynch
from Tallahassee, Florida
I have been using Aquabord almost exclusively. For 15 years. I love the way it keeps colors vibrant, and how easy it is to achieve the level of intensity I want in my tropical watermedia paintings.
from Saint Paul, MN
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!
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.
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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