Category 1 - Australian Watercolour Muster 2020

Experimental Watercolour I

** Artwork to be Watercolour based mediums on primed Board - up to 16" x 20" (inch/imperial) = 40.64 x 50.8cm (metric) we are recommending Ampersand Aquabord for this Category.

Helpful Tips:

For best results, it is a good idea to first “flush out” the surface of the Acquabord panel with water using a large flat watercolour brush to release trapped air.

Once the surface is slightly damp, it is ready to use. Rewetting may be needed as you work. Note that heavy water applications may release more air. Use a blow dryer to dry and also to dissipate air if needed. Enjoy this unique paper-like finish and create brilliant watercolours!

Product Information

Aquabord is available in a 1/8in flat panel for standard framing behind glass.

Sizes available:

5” x 7”

8” x 10”

11” x 14”

16” x 20”

Ampersand Aquabord

Museum Series Aquabord is an acid-free textured clay surface that absorbs watercolours like a fine paper. Colours retain their purity and vibrancy in a way that even the finest of watercolour papers cannot match. When compared with watercolour paper, this multimedia panel simulates the absorbency and texture of cold pressed but allows colour to be lifted back to white easily while also leaving the richest, most vibrant colour possible.

This workable surface provides natural looking highlights, fluid glazes, transparent subtle layers, and the ability to lift colour while the surface is wet or even after it is dry.

Uniquely absorbent Aquabord is perfect for watercolours and gouache but is also ideal for casein and acrylics. Will not tear, shrink, or buckle even under heavy water application. Archival, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.


Experimental Watercolour I (con't)

Seal finished watercolours or gouache with several light coats of spray varnish (or fixative), being careful to spray outdoors during warmer months or in a well ventilated and heated area during colder times of the year. We recommend the Krylon® UV Archival varnishes.

These spray varnishes offer advanced non-yellowing protection against fading, dirt, moisture, and discoloration. For additional protection against scratches during transport and also ultraviolet light, follow the application of Krylon® spray varnish with Golden® Polymer UVLS varnish. 1- 4 coats brushed-on provides a very durable archival finish and is also removable for conservation purposes.


Some General Tips on Using Inks on Board

Inks are probably the most versatile of all painting mediums when used with Claybord. Claybord's smooth absorbent surface eliminates smudging, bleeding, and feathering. The pigments in most inks are only absorbed into the top layer of the Claybord surface allowing them to be easily erased and manipulated.

India Ink on Claybord

For best results, use an India Ink with a pleasing warm color undertone and a low acrylic content. Higgins water proof drawing ink, Black Magic, and/or Sumi inks are recommended. Or, try our already inked Scratchbord. To begin, paint, airbrush or wipe on washes applying heavier ink in areas needing more darks. When applied, India or Sumi ink does not dissolve like watercolor. The India Ink will not lift or mix with other media when painting over ink washes or drawings. India inks work especially well on Claybord in mixed media compositions. Try applying oil or acrylic washes over an ink drawing. It is truly amazing how the ink drawing remains intact and is enhanced by the washes of color.

Oil free steel wool or sand paper can be used to gently remove some of the ink to create soft tonal values. For best results, use a 0000 grade oil free steel wool or 400 grit sand paper. Using steel wool, India Ink and scratch tools, create a wide range of tonal values in your work. Painting and drawing techniques can successfully be combined using this method of adding and subtracting paint. Use our Claybord Tools or Xacto knives to cut into the surface to create fine white lines and sharp contrast where scratchboard effects are needed. Claybord can be coated with inks and used like a traditional scratchboard.

Colored Inks on Claybord

In many cases, the same techniques using India Inks on Claybord can be used with colored inks. However, some colored inks contain a high dye content making them difficult to remove using steel wool. Test all colored inks on a small piece of Claybord to determine their staining properties before using them in a composition. Seal Work as recommended above with the Krylon® UV Archival varnishes.

These spray varnishes offer advanced non-yellowing protection against fading, dirt, moisture, and discoloration. For additional protection against scratches during transport and also ultraviolet light, follow the application of Krylon® spray varnish with Golden® Polymer UVLS varnish. 1- 4 coats brushed-on provides a very durable archival finish and is also removable for conservation purposes.


Find Your Closest Stockist Below - for purchase and advice!

New South Wales

Amanda's of Mogo
41 Princes Highway
Mogo, NSW, 2536
+61 (02) 4474 3453
www.amandasofmogo.com.au

Adamstown News
259 Brunker Road
Adamstown, NSW, 2289
+61 (02) 4957 1050

Art Scene West Ryde
912 Victoria Road
West Ryde, NSW, 2114
+61 (02) 9807 6900
www.artscene.com.au

Artshop Mona Vale
Shop 12/20 Bungan Street
Mona Vale, NSW, 2103
+61 (02) 9979 6559

Sydney Art Store
11 Salisbury Street

Botany, NSW, 2019
+61 (02) 9699 2162
thesydneyartstore.com.au

ARTSUP
Shop 7, 98 Manning St,
Kingswood, NSW 2747
(02) 4736 5866
artsup.com.au

Eckersley's Art & Craft
Unit 1, 65-75 Captain Cook Dr
Caringbah, NSW 2229
02 9524 7878
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Eckersley's Art & Craft
L213B, Level 2, Chatswood Chase
Chatswood , NSW 2067
02 9411 8222
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Eckersley's Art & Craft
73 Tudor St, Hamilton
Newcastle, NSW 2303
02 4962 5266
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Eckersley's Art & Craft
2/28 Macquarie St
Parramatta, NSW 2150
02 9893 9191
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Eckersley's Art & Craft
21 Atchison St
St. Leonards, NSW 2065
02 9439 4944
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Dural Art Supplies
286-288 Newline Rd, Unit 7
Dural, NSW, 2158
+61 (02) 9651 3546
www.duralartstudio.com.au

Levers
30 Flinders St.
Wollongong , NSW, 2500
+61 (02) 4228 8866
www.levers.net.au

Parkers
3 Cambridge St
The Rocks Sydney, NSW, 2000
+61 (02) 9247 9979
parkersartsupplies.com

Victoria

Artshop.com.au
Unit 12/ 21 Power Road
Bayswater, VIC, 3153
+61 (03) 9758 3266
theartshop.com.au

Melbourne Art Supplies
916 Nepean Highway
Hampton East, VIC, 3188
+61 (03) 9553 3663
melbourneartsupplies.com.au

Melbourne Art Supplies
34-36 Little La Trobe Street
Melbourne , VIC, 3000
+61 (03) 9639 6622
melbourneartsupplies.com.au

Senior Art Supplies
1310 Malvern Road
Malvern, VIC, 3144
+61 (03) 9804 3404
www.seniorart.com.au

Senior Art Supplies
21 Degraves Street
Melbourne , VIC, 3000
+61 (03) 9639 6662
www.seniorart.com.au

Senior Art Supplies
4/72 Dandenong Road West
Frankston , VIC, 3199
+61 (03) 9783 6044
www.seniorart.com.au

Eckersley's Art & Craft
97 Franklin St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 9663 6799
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Eckersley's Art & Craft
120-126 Commercial Rd
Prahran, VIC 3181
03 9510 1418
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Tasmania

Artery
137 Collins Street
Hobart, TAS, 7000
+61 (03) 6234 3788
www.arterydirect.com.au

Adart
Rear 279 Elizabeth St
North Hobart, TAS, 7000
+61 (03) 6231 6992
www.adartsupplies.com


ACT

Eckersley's Art & Craft
21 Colbee Court
Phillip, ACT 2606
02 6260 4444
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Framing Pieces
44-46 Grimwade Street
Mitchell, ACT 2911
02 6255 7033

South Australia

Art to Art East
69 Glen Osmond Rd
Eastwood, SA, 5063
+61 (08) 8271 8444
www.arttoart.net

Art to Art West
Shop T114 Harbour Town

727 Tapleys Hill Road
Adelaide Airport, SA, 5950
+61 (08) 8353 4261
www.arttoart.net

 

The Paintbox
100A Mount Barker Road
Hahndorf, SA, 5245
+61 (08) 8388 7776

www.thepaintbox.com.au

 

Queensland

Artshed Westend
274 Montague Rd
West End, QLD, 4101
+61 (07) 3846 1330
www.artshedbrisbane.com.au

Oxlades Art Supplies
82 Merivale St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

+61 (07) 3846 0611
www.oxlades.com.au

Oxlades Art Supplies
136 Wickham Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
+61 (07) 3252 8238
www.oxlades.com.au

Oxlades Art Supplies
192 Newell Street
Cairns , QLD, 4870
+61 (07) 4054 6555
www.oxlades.com.au

Oxlades Art Supplies
28 Eenie Creek Road
Noosaville , QLD, 4566
+61 (07) 5474 1046
www.oxlades.com.au

Eckersley's Art & Craft
42-44 Compton Road
Woodridge, QLD
07 3084 6222
https://www.eckersleys.com.au/

Western Australia


Art & Craft World
Unit 1/12 Boag Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

+61 (08) 9328 4833

Jacksons Drawing Supplies
76 Erindale Rd
Balcatta, WA, 6021
+61 (08) 9240 1795
jacksons.com.au

Jacksons Drawing Supplies
103 Rokeby Rd
Subiaco, WA, 6008
+61 (08) 9381 2700
jacksons.com.au

Oxlades WA
Unit 2/49 Guthrie Street
Osborne Park, WA, 6017
+61 (08) 9446 3233
www.oxlades.com.au

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