today we have multiple choices for watercolor supplies.
my watercolor story
When the paintings started running out of our extra bedroom, my husband suggested we start doing outdoor
My paintings were on traditional watercolor paper. They were matted and framed under glass.
At an outdoor festival on the Gulf Coast of Florida the winds started gusting up to 60 MPH. Some of the artist's tents on the end of the row started blowing down.
We were afraid to allow customers into the tent. If the tent went down with people inside, there was a chance they would be injured by broken glass.
- The paintings were in danger, too.
If paper watercolor paintings get moisture behind the glass, they could be
water stained or grow mildew. The painting could be damaged permanently.
i had to find another way
After we came home from the festival I started searching catalogues and magazines for watercolor art supplies. I came across Ampersand's Claybord. It is hardboard covered with pH neutral kaolin clay. It is an archival support.
Claybord has a smooth surface like hot press watercolor paper.
Then Ampersand started making Aquabord. It has a texture similar to traditional cold press watercolor paper.
These "bords" may also be used for any water based media such as; gouache, acrylic or ink.
what are the advantages of aquabord?
- Your paintings may be framed without a mat or glass.
are much lighter weight because they don't need to framed with glass. They are resistant to dirt, moisture and mildew.
is no glare from glass. And no danger of broken glass.
- No stretching is necessary. Unlike watercolor paper, the bord will not buckle or warp no matter how much water you apply.
- Your paintings shine with brilliant color.
You may paint without flooding the surface with water. Less water makes your colors more intense.
The light reflects off the bright white clay surface and shines up thru your watercolors. This creates bold, lively colors.
The color stays on top of the clay surface. Watercolors on paper sink into the paper and they lose their brilliance.
- You may remove paint from Aquabord or Claybord.
Lift wet paint off
with a damp, soft brush. If the layer of paint underneath has
dried, it will remain fixed when you take off the top layer.
Take dry paint off with a damp, stiff brush to remove paint all the way down to the surface. You may also use a knife, claybord tools or sandpaper to make highlights and remove paint.
- When the painting is thoroughly dry, apply 2-3 coats of UV
resistant Krylon spray.
Aquabord is an awesome choice!
- Today Aquabord is my go-to watercolor support.
I have been using Ampersand products for over 15 years. I am very pleased with them!
Oh, the beauty and ease of modern watercolor supplies
- Get your Aquabord today and paint your own lively, colorful watercolors!