Feb
20
2014

The Brand Trusted by Professionals, Which Panel is Right for Your Art?

Why Trust Your Art to Anything Less?

For a surface that will accommodate mixed media better than others, Ampersand's panels can handle any job! Ampersand Panels are perfect for everything from encaustic paints and collage to oil and water-miscable paints, inks, graphite, colored pencils, casesin and even egg tempera. You name it, Ampersand can take it. And right now, only at Jerry's Artarama online, you can find a wide selection of Ampersand Panels at an unprecedented 60% off while supplies last during our 60% Off Ampersand Panel Sale

Why Should You Really Use Ampersand Panels for your Art?

No other panel on the market today has the archival properties that protect artist's work like Ampersand. Their panels are protected by Archival-Seal barrier technology, an advanced formula that prevents discoloration and yellowing.

Are they good for the Environment?

Ampersand natural-wood panels do not harm the environment or the artists that use them. Each panel is made from hardwood from sustainable forests and are FSC certified forest products. That means they comply with the highest levels of environmental protection. They are also formaldehyde free and do not contain any material compounds that generate harmful gas emissions. 

 

Last Years 2nd Place Jerrys Artarama Ampersand Contest Winner

What do you really need to know before you try Ampersand?

Whenever you use any sort of unprimed wood panel, you should seal it first to prevent any discoloration later on. After you seal it, it should be coated with an oil or alkyd primer or acrylic dispersion ground. To mount paper or any sort of textiles, you should probably have a barrier seal between the fabric or paper and the bare wood panel. Seems like a lot of hard work to do before you start making your art. However, Ampersand Panels come pre-sealed, pH neutral and are completely ready to use. You can start your art immediately!

 

Great for Encaustics and Texturing

Which Panel is Right for Your Art?

  • Encausticbord- Perfect for the unique demands of encaustic painting and mixed media. It has a smooth, velvety surface that is not only heat resistant and highly absorbent and can hold tight layers of wax and collage that allows you to perform without the fear of it cracking or separating. 
  • Natural Wood Panels- Warp and moisture resistant, these panels are the high quality, modern version of the preferred substrate of the old masters. Strong panels can support heavy layers of paint, encaustic, and collage. 
  • Claybord- Made using 1/8" hardboard and an amazing kaolin clay ground formula, Ampersand's Claybord is sanded down to be extra smooth. Its perfect for work with paint or ink. A fun feature of this type of panel is that you can scratch into the claybord to add contrast and texture.
  • Gessobord- Ampersand's Gessobord is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel used by artists. It features a superior quality acrylic gesso ground that doesn't dull colors and the lightly sanded surface gives you excellent brush control.
  • Hardbord- A hardboard that accepts all kinds of commercial and handmade painting grounds. It has a high density fiber core for dimensional strength and long term sustainability. 
  • Value Series Artist Panels- Ultra smooth surface consists of multiple layers of acrylic gesso, ready for painting and creating in acrylic oil colors, alkyds, dry or mixed media and collage.
  • Aquabord-  Archival and acid free, this clay coated 1/8" hardboard panel provides a durable and forgiving surface that performs like fine paper, but has all of the advantages of hardboard. 

Artist Testimonial

 

"Aquabord" has truly revolutionized watercolor painting! Colors come out richer; darks are darker; and there is a consistency in quality that I have never found with watercolor paper. Watercolors can be varnished when the painting is completed, eliminating glass altogether- Steve Hanks

 

 Get Yours Today!

 

Right now, you can find Ampersand Panels at amazing savings up to 60%, a Jerry's Exclusive. Jerry's Artarama also now has in stock many new sizes of your favorite panels included in our Exclusive Online Sale. So you better act now, you may not find prices like this again on such an impressive line of products! Jerry's has worked with Ampersand to offer never before seen prices on Ampersand because your deserves the best! Shop the 60% Off Ampersand Panel Sale and stock up today!

Feb
18
2014

A Proportioner is a Great Tool for Resizing Drawings

 

Resize Images Quickly and Accurately with No Math Involved!

 

With a new ingenious tool at their disposal, artists can now resize images the way that artists have struggled to do for centuries. In the past, correctly enlarging, reducing, and transferring images without ruining the proportions has been a nightmare. Artists have tried getting results from everything from grids to calipers, expensive cameras made for measuring and even lasers, however none of those tools offer the promise of getting and transferring the right proportions like the Acurit Proportioner!


The Acurit Proportioner is an innovative new tool that can correctly transfer proportions between drawings or between objects and drawings, and without any math involved. No rulers or real measuring involved. The Proportioner works by consisting of two moveable indicators on a scale. By rotating a knob, you can move the indicators to find the appropriate proportions. The proportioner can be easily set to any proportion ratio!

 

 



The Acurit Proportioner can:

  • Quickly resize images with the right proportions
  • Great for working in the field
  • Does the work for you- stores the proportions you set with no math required
  • Perfect for drawing from reference photos or from real life!

How to Use the Proportioner:

 

Use in the Field

Proportioners are much more accurate than grids or compasses when finding the right proportions. From there, resizing images is easy, quick and precise. And the proportioner is great for field work too. Plein Aire artists can greatly benefit from using the Acurit Proportioner by taking it into the field and drawing and creating artwork from real life. The best part about it is it requires no electricity or math to measure out the proportions. It' so simple to use and artists are guaranteed to get perfect proportions every time.

 

School and Workshop Use

Art teachers and instructors should buy these for classes and art students. Remove the guesswork, freehand drawing, and use of clunky equipment: ensure all your artwork proportions are exactly to scale with the new Acurit Proportioner! The Acurit Proportioner can be easily set to any proportion ratio by rotating the knob (without depressing) until the reference indicators line up with two fixed points — say, the eyes in a portrait image

What tools do you use to measure out your drawings?

Have you tried using the innovative Proportioner? If you have, tell us about how it's changed your drawing experience!

Feb
15
2014

Win the trip of a lifetime to Australia in the Matisse Derivan Create Your Color Contest

You can still enter through March 30th online!

If you're an artist who has dreamt of painting their way through the outback, you're dream has never been closer to becoming reality! We are still accepting submissions in our Create Your Color Contest with Matisse Derivan. The rules are simple, show us a color you've invented by mixing on your palette and tell us what you used and what you use that color for. All colors will go through a period of voting, and if selected as a finalist, Matisse Derivan will make your color we will set it online through Jerry's Artarama. If you're color is the most popular, we'll send you to Australia for the trip of a lifetime. Matisse Acrylics are still looking hard for the next color to add to their already wonderful acrylic colors and needs your help!

So far, we are about halfway through this year's contest and we have already received hundreds of new color submissions so far. People are pumped to get their colors out there and win a fantastic trip to Australia. But don't worry, there is still plenty of time to enter.


How to enter:

Make sure you have all of the following items prepared, then enter the art contest here and fill out the contest entry form.

1 Photo of the color swatch for your created color.

1 Photo of whatever inspired you to create your color

1 Photo of a piece of artwork you painted using your color.

A brief description of why this color is important and what inspired you to create it (see example below)

A detailed list of all colors used to mix your custom color. Please include brand name, color name and any pigment numbers or other identifying features found on the paint tubes.

Optional: A video that shows you mixing/making your color with an explanation of how and why it was created. Upload your video to youtube, then copy the link to the video and paste it into the contest entry form. 


How are the winners determined?

After all entries have been submitted on the Jerry's website contest page (art contests), the color swatches will be posted to Facebook where our fan community will have the chance to vote for their favorites. 10 colors will be chosen by our fans and your friends on Facebook. 10 other colors will be chosen by jury. From there, a separate jury of professional artists who will narrow it down to the top 5 colors which will be manufactured and will be excitingly put up for sale exclusively on Jerrysartarama.com.

We will then feature the top 5 winning colors on our website. Whichever color sells the best over the first 8 months of availability will be the grand prize winner of the trip to 2 to Australia! 


Sample Entry:

To learn more about Matisse, Check out Matisse Derivan: The Company, The Acrylics, The Vision!


For a full list of contest rules, check out the Create Your Color Contest Page.

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