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Ampersand – Gesso Bord

Acrylic on Gesso bord 5 * 7 inches

Acrylic on Gesso bord
5 * 7 inches

This was the surface I thought I’d like the most and I saved it until last.

It didn’t feel too different from the Aquabord although it has an acrylic gesso ground rather than the aquabord’s clay surface.  I enjoyed this surface more than the finished painting would suggest (I struggled with those yellows!).

In conclusion, my favourite Ampersand surface is definitely the aquabord.  I will be buying a few more of the aquabord, gessobord and perhaps the scratchbord as I like that smooth India ink background.  I would also buy the canvas texture artists panel if it came in the flat profile.

Ampersand – Artists Panel

Acrylic on Artists Panel 5 * 7 inches

Acrylic on Artists Panel
5 * 7 inches

I rather enjoyed painting on this surface.  Not too dissimilar to a normal canvas panel, it’s been primed to give a medium canvas texture.

I liked it enough to consider buying the panel in a larger size but it turns out, other than in sample packs, they only come in 9mm thickness or cradled.

Ampersand – Artists Panel Smooth

Acrylic on Artists Panel 5 * 7 inches

Acrylic on Artists Panel
5 * 7 inches

I had initially thought this would be one of my favourites seeing as it’s marketed for all artists’ paints and I actually have a 16 * 20 inch version that I bought in anticipation of a pleasurable painting experience. 

But given what I now know of their smooth surfaces I decided I’d try this semi-absorbent surface next.

Yep, smooth and slippery, not looking forward to using that larger panel now!

Ampersand Board – Clay Bord

Acrylic on Clay Bord 5 8 7 inches

Acrylic on Clay Bord
5 * 7 inches

<sigh> the Ampersand surfaces are all so smooth and slippery!</sigh>  The claybord is apparently an “ultra smooth absorbent clay ground”.  But the reason I think I find their surfaces slippery is that they don’t absorb that well and the paint just slides around out of your total control.

Anyway this iris didn’t turn out too bad.  The black background is ultramarine blue & burnt umber.

Ampersand Board – Scratchbord

Acrylic on Scratchbord 5 * 7 inches

Acrylic on Scratchbord
5 * 7 inches

I decided I’d try the Ampersand boards starting with the surface I’m least likely to like, ending with the surface I think will be most enjoyable for me to paint on.

So, the smooth, black scrathbord!  They say it’s clay coated hardboard that’s been coated with India Ink.  Well I’ve never created scratchboard art and haven’t the equipment to start, it was my normal paints and brushes.

It was nice to have such a smooth, black background but I found the surface much too slick for my acrylics, I was really fighting with the painting and stopped before I considred it finished.