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Thanks, Clara.
I do have a table saw, but the students I'm introducing scratchboard to
aren't local. They will have to buy on line.
I cannot imagine cutting a *finished* piece!
Gretchen

Gretchen Halpert
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On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 8:18 PM, Clara Richardson <
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> Blick carries it, there are a great number of sizes to choose from.
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> And if you have a table saw function you can make your own smaller pieces
> - I got Frank to cut down a finished piece for me once, it was
> nerve-wracking but worked fine.
>
> -Clara
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> On Apr 12, 2015, at 7:34 PM, elockett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Trudy may have answer for you. I know she was working with ampersand
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> On April 12, 2015, at 6:27 PM, Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Sorry I don't have any Ampersand board on hand to measure.  But their web
> page states 1/8-inch.
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> http://www.ampersandart.com/claybord.html
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> K
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> On Apr 12, 2015, at 4:44 PM, Geoff Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
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> Thanks Karen,
>                      I’ve never seen this product here in Australia but
> then I haven’t been looking. I don’t draw much at work traditionally
> anymore and have plenty of old supplies. I’m about to run a small
> demonstration/workshop for friends in the Studio West End
> http://studiowestend.com/ and information on supplies is interesting.
> Can you tell us how thick the masonite backing is? I worry about masonite
> with acids leaching out of the lignin but looking at the Ampersand site
> their hardboard looks pretty good.
> http://www.ampersandart.com/tips/archivalinfo.html
> Essdee’s backing was not acid free anyway.
> Cheers,
> Geoff
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> mailto:[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>] *On Behalf
> Of *Karen Ackoff
> *Sent:* Monday, 13 April 2015 5:35 AM
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> *Subject:* Re: [SCIART] scratchboard
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> I use Ampersand - both black and white - for teaching. Consistent surface,
> and the coating is thick enough to allow for corrections. It's affordable.
> I'm not crazy about the thickness of the masonite, but the masonite backing
> does protect the work. When I used to use ESSDEE (I'd buy large sheets and
> cut into smaller pieces), students were not careful and the surface would
> crack or corners would be damaged. Or it would warp and wouldn't lay flat.
>
> I don't use it for my own work - there is something about the surface and
> the dust from from the Ampersand boards that makes my hands itch like
> crazy. I've never had a student have this problem - just me. I have a stash
> of old ESSDEE that I use.
>
> K
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> On Apr 12, 2015, at 11:28 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]>
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> Hi Gretchen:
> I used to exclusively use EssDee, and dry mount it to an archival foam
> core. But I have moved to the Ampersand Scratchboard.
> When I taught pen and ink (both I and II) I always introduced scratchboard
> on the last day. Some folks who struggled with pen and ink were really
> pleased with scratchboard.  The Essdee, after drymounting, cost nearly $40
> a sheet. The Ampersand is way less.
>
> The Ampersand was a dream come true. No prep. Consistent surface, various
> sizes. No dry mounting. I used the white background. However scratchboard
> has taken off down here at the Art Institute of the desert museum, and
> LOADS of people use the black Ampersand.
>
> That said, I think the surface is good and practical for different
> techniques.
> I think Frank Ippolito knows the inventor of Ampersand Scratchboard and
> may be able to give some information on the specifications. I don't know.
>
> Happy Spring!
> Linda
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> On Apr 11, 2015, at 7:21 PM, gretchen halpert wrote:
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> Hello all,
>
> What is your favorite scratchboard for teaching?
>
> I've used EssDee and Canson for my own work, and Clayboard and Scratch-Art
> for students to practice with.
>
> Scratch-Art was great because it needed no prep, was lightweight,
> inexpensive, and shipped anywhere. Very good for trying out the medium for
> the first times. *However*, when I received classwork from a distance
> student, I saw why she was having so much trouble; the board is so thinly
> coated with clay, there is nothing to scratch. I've tried to contact the
> company to see if it is a bad lot, or if someone else is making it poorly
> now. Neither their local nor toll free phone lines connect. They don't
> repond to written inquiries either. I believe the board was purchased
> through Amazon. This is the white scratchboard. So, I am now searching for
>  *good *(yields crisp lines), *lightweight, easily purchased on-line,
> inexpensive, white*, scratchboard.
>
> Thanks!  (PS I have a whole box of large sheets of Canson scratchboard I
> am not thrilled with either.)
>
> Best, Gretchen
> Gretchen Halpert
> Illustrator/educator
> Scientific Illustration Distance Program
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