The next Ampersand board I tried is designed for encaustic painting. Like the scratchbord, I found this surface very smooth and slippery. Whilst the painting process wasn’t so enjoyable I’m quite pleased with the end result.
In my search for a surface to replace the Winsor & Newton Winton Canvas Paper, I came across a seller of polyester canvas. The surface has the same regular pattern as the Winton but it was unprimed. I had to give it a few good coatings of gesso.
The result was a delightful surface to paint on, it wasn’t expensive and if not for having to gesso it I’d have ordered some more.