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05-11-2000, 07:39 AM
I recently read how some watercolorists are using textured scratchboard...spraying a fixative (matte finish) on the final piece.
It seems you do not need to use glass over these pieces. Anyone here have experience with this? The article also described a greater ability to mix colors without the absorbtion, on the board itself. Any input on this would be appreciated http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

05-13-2000, 05:19 PM
Hi Olecc,

I'm guessing you are talking about Clayboard Textured which is the surface I use for all of my watercolors. I think it is fantastic. The colors are richer on the board and more forgiving for mistakes I may make.

I like all of Ampersand's panel products and have used them all with the exception of the hardboard (plain board for those who want to prepare their own surface for paintings).

You can get small packs of 3 for the textured which I recommend so you can try it out without spending a lot of money. It lets you frame and hang your finished paintings without protective glass.

Ampersand sells a watercolor video (which I own) called Watercolors: Unleashing Dynamic color with Karen Vernon. It is a good video and provides a pattern so you can paint the same picture she demonstrates on the video.

If you really ARE referring to Clayboard Black scratchboard or some other product post it. I've only used colored inks on the Clayboard Black and Smooth panels but there may be other folks here who have used watercolor on one of those surfaces.

05-13-2000, 11:10 PM
Thanks mudmunk... yes, I guess the correct name is Clayboard textured - I will try it !
The richer colors are what appealed to me in that article, and I am glad to hear that is your experience also. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol