So happy because I am working on a huge painting on claybord, which will include gold and silver leaf too.I had to have it imported especially for me, as they don’t carry these sizes in Europe, it’s quite hard to ship such big formats and I had to wait a few months for it to arrive, 2 of them. Nevertheless I am so happy I have the boards here now and last week I started one of my new paintings for the exhibition in august. I can’t show anything yet, but all airbush and paintlovers out there, give Claybord a try if you haven’t just yet! Once you have figured out it’s possibilities you will be hooked. And they just look so pretty and solid, waiting to get painted…
Some info from Ampersand: Why Choose Ampersand?
No other panel on the market protects an artist’s work like an Ampersand panel. Every Claybord panel is protected by our proprietary Archival-Seal barrier technology, the most advanced formula for sealing wood that prevents support induced discoloration. Only Ampersand uses true high-density hardboard made from US-grown renewable Aspen wood fibers. Claybord is archival, eco-friendly, formaldehyde-free and made by hand in the USA. Read more about the hardboard we use and why we’ve found it to be a better substrate.
About painting on Claybord
Apply paint and ink using brushes, sponges, palette knives, paper towels, airbrush, technical pens and painting tools. Claybord is also an excellent printing surface and can also be used for image transfers.
With Claybord, paints and inks can be manipulated to vary tonal value, create detail and to develop highlights and correct mistakes. Various artist tools can be used such as Ampersand scratchboard tools, hobby knives, razor blades, etching tools, sand paper, oil-free steel wool, and electric erasers. Claybord’s clay coating allows for the use of sgraffito techniques to cut into the surface and re-expose the white clay ground. The coating is 7 to 10 dry-mils thick allowing for multiple cut-ins or erasers. The smooth finish and the absorbency of the clay ground allows the use of an abrasive like oil-free steel wool or sand paper to remove pigment without damaging the finish. Claybord’s inventor Charles Ewing demonstrates his process for using India inks in an additive and subtractive process here.
While Claybord allows the use of traditional materials, tools, and techniques, it is also an ideal surface for mixed media and experimentation. Details can be added, highlights created, and mistakes corrected.