Best Clayboard in 2020



Ampersand Museum Series Claybord Panels for Paint and Ink, 1/8 Inch Depth, 6X6 Inch, Pack of 4 (CBS066) Review:


I'm never going back to canvas. I love these boards. I use them for watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Try this for cool textures on them...paint with acrylic or watercolor. Let it dry (or not if you want experiment.) Spray with water. Put another layer of paint. Then drop rubbing alcohol on top and watch the paint move exposing the under layer. You can do same thing on canvas but on this clayboard, it's on another level of amazing.



Ampersand Museum Series Claybord Panels for Paint and Ink, 1/8 Inch Depth, 5X5 Inch, Pack of 4 (CBS055) Review:


These Claybords by Ampersand are ultra-smooth and wonderful to use for just about any medium.

Even oil painting, which they aren't actually designed for, offers a different and interesting result because of the much higher absorbency of these panels. For some oil painting works, that high absorbency isn't beneficial because you'll end up with a duller oil finish rather than the high luminosity of oil paints on a more traditionally prepared surface.

Mixed-media projects are perfect for these panels. You can use inks, graphite, and paints -- and then scratch down through them with various tools to create different looks. You can even "erase" mistakes (or changes of heart). They're also easy to adhere stuff to which makes them ideal for mixed media displays.

The Claybord panels are coated with finely textured and very smooth white clay. The manufacturer lists the thickness of the clay as "7 to 10 dry-mils." I had no idea what that was to I googled a conversion chart and determined that they're somewhere between 0.178mm and 0.254mm (about 0.010 inches). You can use any variety of tools to apply medium and also to scratch down through the clay surface. Some options: hobby knives, razor blades, etching tools, sand paper, oil-free steel wool, erasers, and Ampersand Scratchbord tools. Claybord's clay coating allows for the use of sgraffito techniques to cut into the surface and re-expose the white clay ground.

This particular Claybord size is 16" x 20" and it's only 1/8" thick. However, Ampersand offers Claybord in many sizes as well as cradled options in three different thicknesses (0.75," 1.5," and 2").



Ampersand Museum Series Claybord Panels for Paint and Ink, 1/8 Inch Depth, 4X4 Inch, Pack of 4 (CBS044) Review:


These Claybords by Ampersand are ultra-smooth and wonderful to use for just about any medium.

Even oil painting, which they aren't actually designed for, offers a different and interesting result because of the much higher absorbency of these panels. For some oil painting works, that high absorbency isn't beneficial because you'll end up with a duller oil finish rather than the high luminosity of oil paints on a more traditionally prepared surface.

Mixed-media projects are perfect for these panels. You can use inks, graphite, and paints -- and then scratch down through them with various tools to create different looks. You can even "erase" mistakes (or changes of heart). They're also easy to adhere stuff to which makes them ideal for mixed media displays.

The Claybord panels are coated with finely textured and very smooth white clay. The manufacturer lists the thickness of the clay as "7 to 10 dry-mils." I had no idea what that was to I googled a conversion chart and determined that they're somewhere between 0.178mm and 0.254mm (about 0.010 inches). You can use any variety of tools to apply medium and also to scratch down through the clay surface. Some options: hobby knives, razor blades, etching tools, sand paper, oil-free steel wool, erasers, and Ampersand Scratchbord tools. Claybord's clay coating allows for the use of sgraffito techniques to cut into the surface and re-expose the white clay ground.

This particular Claybord size is 16" x 20" and it's only 1/8" thick. However, Ampersand offers Claybord in many sizes as well as cradled options in three different thicknesses (0.75," 1.5," and 2").



Ampersand Museum Series Claybord Panels for Paint and Ink, 1/8 Inch Depth, 6/8 Inch, Pack of 3 (CBS0608) Review:


I'm never going back to canvas. I love these boards. I use them for watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Try this for cool textures on them...paint with acrylic or watercolor. Let it dry (or not if you want experiment.) Spray with water. Put another layer of paint. Then drop rubbing alcohol on top and watch the paint move exposing the under layer. You can do same thing on canvas but on this clayboard, it's on another level of amazing.



Ampersand Original Smooth Claybord 16 in. x 20 in. each Review:


These Claybords by Ampersand are ultra-smooth and wonderful to use for just about any medium.

Even oil painting, which they aren't actually designed for, offers a different and interesting result because of the much higher absorbency of these panels. For some oil painting works, that high absorbency isn't beneficial because you'll end up with a duller oil finish rather than the high luminosity of oil paints on a more traditionally prepared surface.

Mixed-media projects are perfect for these panels. You can use inks, graphite, and paints -- and then scratch down through them with various tools to create different looks. You can even "erase" mistakes (or changes of heart). They're also easy to adhere stuff to which makes them ideal for mixed media displays.

The Claybord panels are coated with finely textured and very smooth white clay. The manufacturer lists the thickness of the clay as "7 to 10 dry-mils." I had no idea what that was to I googled a conversion chart and determined that they're somewhere between 0.178mm and 0.254mm (about 0.010 inches). You can use any variety of tools to apply medium and also to scratch down through the clay surface. Some options: hobby knives, razor blades, etching tools, sand paper, oil-free steel wool, erasers, and Ampersand Scratchbord tools. Claybord's clay coating allows for the use of sgraffito techniques to cut into the surface and re-expose the white clay ground.

This particular Claybord size is 16" x 20" and it's only 1/8" thick. However, Ampersand offers Claybord in many sizes as well as cradled options in three different thicknesses (0.75," 1.5," and 2").



Ampersand Original Smooth Claybord 9 in. x 12 in. each Review:


These Claybords by Ampersand are ultra-smooth and wonderful to use for just about any medium.

Even oil painting, which they aren't actually designed for, offers a different and interesting result because of the much higher absorbency of these panels. For some oil painting works, that high absorbency isn't beneficial because you'll end up with a duller oil finish rather than the high luminosity of oil paints on a more traditionally prepared surface.

Mixed-media projects are perfect for these panels. You can use inks, graphite, and paints -- and then scratch down through them with various tools to create different looks. You can even "erase" mistakes (or changes of heart). They're also easy to adhere stuff to which makes them ideal for mixed media displays.

The Claybord panels are coated with finely textured and very smooth white clay. The manufacturer lists the thickness of the clay as "7 to 10 dry-mils." I had no idea what that was to I googled a conversion chart and determined that they're somewhere between 0.178mm and 0.254mm (about 0.010 inches). You can use any variety of tools to apply medium and also to scratch down through the clay surface. Some options: hobby knives, razor blades, etching tools, sand paper, oil-free steel wool, erasers, and Ampersand Scratchbord tools. Claybord's clay coating allows for the use of sgraffito techniques to cut into the surface and re-expose the white clay ground.

This particular Claybord size is 16" x 20" and it's only 1/8" thick. However, Ampersand offers Claybord in many sizes as well as cradled options in three different thicknesses (0.75," 1.5," and 2").



Ampersand Aquabord Panel for Watercolor and Gouache, 1/8 Inch Depth, 18X24 Inch (CBT18) Review:


Enjoying a break from my watercolor papers with their need for special prep to prevent rippling and buckling and the irreversibility of the stains.....Claybord wins over both points....the boards , cradled or not, never ripple or lose their shape and the paints are removable if need be. A companion spray finish protects the watercolor from damage so no frame or glass is needed. And the finish is removable if need be to make changes or restore. It is such fun to play with the layers, too! Each wash complimenting the other, till a really fine finishing effect is won. Thanksomuch ! Will buy more.



Ampersand Aquabord 6 in. x 6 in. pack of 4 Review:


Enjoying a break from my watercolor papers with their need for special prep to prevent rippling and buckling and the irreversibility of the stains.....Claybord wins over both points....the boards , cradled or not, never ripple or lose their shape and the paints are removable if need be. A companion spray finish protects the watercolor from damage so no frame or glass is needed. And the finish is removable if need be to make changes or restore. It is such fun to play with the layers, too! Each wash complimenting the other, till a really fine finishing effect is won. Thanksomuch ! Will buy more.