Ampersand, creators of artist favorites like Claybord and Gessobord, got together with R&F Handmade Paints, makers of fine encaustic paints and mediums, to develop the first true support specifically designed to meet the unique demands of encaustic and mixed media painting. Ampersand's unique, oil-free MDF panels are made of certifiably sustainable forest products using eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and the revolutionary new surface of Encausticbord was designed after exhaustive research and testing.
Archival, absorbent encaustic ground is heat-resistant and has the tooth to hold encaustic paint and mixed media applications, bonding securely with layers of wax or collage without the risk of cracking or separation that can happen on more unstable grounds. The innovative Encausticbord surface is ready to use and requires no preparation. The bright and velvety ground is perfect not only for encaustics, but for mixed media applications including oil paints and sticks, collage, image transfer, incising and more, and the durable bond offered by the ground means that fantastic textures and thick layers can be built up on its outstandingly receptive surface.
Encausticbord is available in 4 depths for multiple display options: 1/8" flat panels, 7/8" and 1 1/2" cradled panels, and 2 1/8" DEEP gallery cradled panels for maximum support. Finally, from two leaders in the industry, a ready to use and archival support for the thousands-of-years-old technique of encaustic painting; one that is ideal for mixed media art as well!