Why I prefer to paint, ink on Ampersand Claybords.

Ampersand Museum Series Claybord is made using 3mm true artist hardboard and features Ampersand’s simply amazing kaolin clay ground formula similar in paintability to the clay gesso grounds used during the Renaissance. The surface is sanded to an ultra-smooth, highly absorbent finish so the paint colours used, remain true and brilliant.

No other panel on the market protects an artist’s work like an Ampersand panel. Every Claybord panel is protected by a proprietary Archival-Seal barrier technology, the most advanced formula for sealing wood that prevents support induced discolouration. Only Ampersand uses true high-density hardboard made from US-grown renewable Aspen wood fibres. Claybord is archival, eco-friendly, formaldehyde-free and made by hand in the USA.

Email from Ampersand 19/11/2019 – “All of Ampersand’s products qualify as vegan. Even the ink used to cover the Scratchbord surface is a water-based ink and does not contain a shellac binder. We do not use any animal products or by-products in our raw materials nor do we perform any animal testing. Our materials are mostly tree-based, synthetic, natural clay, plant-based or derivatives thereof. There is also no use of gelatine in any Ampersand product”.