Last fall I had heard that the Ampersand Company was offering free samples of their newest product for encaustic painters, Encausticbord. I decided to visit the website and sure enough I read that if you sent an email request for free samples, they would send several small sample sized boards, free of charge. When is anything ever free, right? Well, within a week's time I received my samples along with a letter from Andrea, the Ampersand customer service rep. She said if I wanted to share with her via email what I used the encausticbord for, there might be a chance Dick Blick would want to use the artwork in one of their promotional catalogs. That was nine months ago.
The image I had sent - "Spring Pathway", 3.5" x 2.5", encaustic image transfer
Two days ago I received an email from Andrea, and to quote her,
"Hi Robin, I have some very good news! This lovely image that you emailed us last year has been selected by Dick Blick to be featured in their Holiday '11 sales flyer".
I have to say that I had completely forgotten about ever submitting a sample to her and the fact that they are using one of my paintings, (they are also compensating me financially), combined with the publicity of my name and website below the image in the catalog, has me thinking I could not have even paid for better publicity than this. After the holiday weekend I will be free during most of July and I am definitely inspired to continue exploring encaustics. Of course, I will be painting on Ampersand's encausticbords.