Monday, July 29, 2013

Ampersand Online Gallery

Lunch at Fanizzi's
24" by 24"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord
SOLD at The Red Inn

When I tell people who hire me to do commission work that I paint on cradled artist board, they usually don't know what that means. Here is a visual of a brand I use often called Ampersand Gessobord. They also make versions for watercolor and encaustic medium as well. I love the big sizes that they come in and they always make the painting feel so "substantial." What I also love about them is that, while they can be framed, they don't need to be framed because of the modern clean wood sides. On their website, they have some information about how you can stain the sides or put several sizes together if you want to. You can also order custom sizes as well.

Before I begin painting on them, I tape up the sides with painters tape to keep them free of stray paint. Then when it's dry and you pull the tape off, you have a nice clean edge.

Awhile back I submitted some work I had done to Ampersand and recently I got an email telling me that they included my painting (above) in their online gallery. Here is a link to the Ampersand Online Art Gallery. Take a look at all of the beautiful artwork included.

For smaller works, I also use a cradled board made by Blick Art Supplies. These come in a great variety of sizes and depths up to 18" by 24" and are very affordable. Click on this link to see the Blick Studio Artist Boards.


Dave Casey said...

I love the Ampersand boards. I generally use the flat boards and then frame them. I've tried the Blick boards and had a problem with them warping, even the cradled ones. Never had that problem with the Ampersands.

Roberta Warshaw said...

I love those boards. SO much easier than stretching canvas!

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