Art Project: How To Mount Canvas Onto Ampersand Boards

Learn how to mount canvas, paper, and other flexible supports onto Ampersand boards!

Do you love the texture of canvas or paper, but prefer the stability of painting on board?  You can get the best of both worlds by following along with Ampersand's Andrea Pramuk as she outlines an easy and archival method of mounting flexible supports onto Hardbord, Gessobord, or Claybord

Mount your favorite linen for oil painting, 100% rag paper for watercolors, or shake it up a bit and try out decorative papers and fabrics for fun mixed media effects.  The possibilities are endless, and you can find everything you need to complete this project right at Jerry's Artarama!

Project Supplies:

  • Ampersand Hardbord, Gessobord, or Claybord
  • Primed or unprimed cotton or linen canvas
  • Watercolor , printmaking or decorative paper (optional)
  • 2" wide Creative Mark primer brush
  • Golden Soft Gel Gloss Medium or Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive
  • Golden GAC 100 to seal Hardbord (if necessary)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Speedball rubber brayer or plastic squeegee
  • Damp cloth for clean up
  • Heavy weights or water jugs for pressing

Click here to view and print the below image from a PDF

Product demo courtesy of www.ampersandart.com

Also, don't forget there's a special promotion going on for Ampersand Aquabord from June 16th to August 21st!  If you just can't wait to paint, or don't feel like mounting paper, Aquabord is the ideal surface for watercolors, gouache, inks, light acrylic washes, and more.  The toothy, absorbent clay surface is highly receptive and best of all, requires no framing when finished!

So stock up on boards and have fun painting this summer! Feel free to post your own Ampersand board tips and techniques in the comments below. 

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susan copley

I would like to print the instructions you provide.  Please make a print option available.  the print us currently too small to read.  12 pt is better.

thank you
susan copley


Hi Susan,

The instructions above are actually an image of a .pdf document -- if you click on the instructions, it will bring up a larger .pdf version that you can manipulate and print as you would like.  Thanks!

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