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Add Structure to Organic Imagery
In the past few years I have been using multiple Ampersand 2" Deep Cradled Gessobord panels fastened together to achieve visual contrast in my work. I love the way the geometric shape of the panels adds structure to what is otherwise very owing organic imagery.
Innovations in Digital Printmaking
The carrier method is ideal for printing on thin surfaces, such as rice paper or Thai Unryu, which either do not feed well through the printer or do not have a surface able to receive a print. Our carrier demonstration uses a polyester sheet to help your desired paper through the printer, then releases the paper easily after printing.
The Magic of Etching
Two bonuses of etching are that one can make multiples and share prints with others, yet keep a for one's own; and the excitement of pulling the first print of each new subject or edition compares to opening a present.
Give the Gift of Handmade Cards
With our step-by-step instructions, you can easily create one-of-a-kind relief-printed holiday cards. Clear off the kitchen table, grab the kids and have some fun!
Spontaneous Color Blends with Monotypes
Whether my inspiration is alive and in front of me at the printing room or in one of my photos, I begin each 3-color monotype with a simple line drawing on newsprint.
Gyotaku: The fish print
In gyotaku printmaking an actual fish is used as the relief printing block. Instead of carving a design in a woodblock or linocut, the artist meticulously prepares the fish to accept the ink for the printing process.
Watercolors as a Background for Safety-Kut Prints
Start with an original drawing. If it's drawn in soft pencil, you can turn it face down on a Safety-Kut Soft Printmaking Block and transfer it by rubbing.
Making Reduction Monotypes with Createx Monotype Colors
Createx Monotype Colors offer a different kind of experience from the printing inks and oil paints I've traditionally used to make monotypes.
Framing with Nielsen Frames
Framing with Nielsen Frames in Four Easy Steps
Create Your Own Custom Look with Daniel Smith Raw Maple Frames
Learn How to Create Your Own Custom Look with Daniel Smith Raw Maple Frames
Cut Professional-Looking Mats with Ease
Vivian C. Kistler's How to Cut Mats Video Shows You How to Cut Professional-Looking Mats with Ease
Metal Leafing the Easy Way
This Metal Leafing method reduces the number of steps required and gives a very good effect. It's ideal for leafing large areas or complicated surfaces quickly.
Studio Safety
In recent years, artists have become much better informed about the potential hazards of the materials with which they work. Many artists, especially those who have had allergic reactions or health conditions caused by certain materials, are switching to less toxic media.
The Benefits of Archival Matting and Framing
Whether you're a professional artist or a collector looking towards the future, archival-quality framing is the best way to preserve and display your artwork.
Printmaking with Benny Alba
Benny Alba explores printmaking and offers tips, tools and approaches that will help to ensure printing success.
Earth Pigments: The Artist
Fourth generation miners pick at an open vertical mine, exposing a layer of crude sienna. It is an awesome sight. They stand on ladders, carefully secured into the earth, and as they work, bright chunks of sienna roll down the slope and rest at my feet.
Paper and pH
When discussing artists' papers, the primary concern is with permanence, because paper is more than just a work surface-- it's an integral part of the whole creation.
Watercolor Intaglio
I have developed an intaglio process that uses watercolor pencils instead of traditional etching inks to color the recessed lines. The plate is "inked" by coloring the recessed areas with watercolor pencils.
Direct Fish Printing
This article is concerned with the direct method of fish printing, in which ink is applied directly to the body of the fish.
A Basic Guide to Artist Pigments
What are pigments? Pigments are dry, powdery materials which happen to possess color. They come from many sources and they vary greatly in their characteristics.
Daniel Smith Pigment Chart
An Examination of the Properties and Characteristics of Pigment Used to Manufacture Daniel Smith Artist Paints
Deterioration of Paper: Causes and Prevention
The assumption is often made that if a paper is 100% rag, it is also acid-free and permanent But this is not necessarily so.
The Healthy, Safe Studio
This leaflet addresses some of the health and safety concerns associated with the use of artists' materials and ways of protecting yourself and your studio from potential hazards.
How to Organize an Artist Cooperative
Germantown, Tennessee has few art galleries and artists in the area did not have adequate representation locally. Some of the galleries are excellent, but were not able to properly represent all the qualified local artists. In order to exhibit on an ongoing basis, we needed an alternative.
Matting Your Art Work
A mat is like a sandwich. The bottom, called the backing boards, holds the picture. The top is called the mat window. The window and backing board are hinged together with acid-free gummed tape (water-activated) along one of the long sides, opening like a book.
Printmaking with Solarplate™ Copper
An Explanation of Printmaking Techniques Using Solarpla™ Copper
Solvents Used by Artists
A solvent is a substance that dissolves or makes a solution of another substance. In oil painting and printmaking, organic solvents are used to dissolve oils, resins, inks, waxes, varnishes, paints and lacquers, as well as to clean brushes and tools.
Useful Paper Terms
Terms, the value of cotton fiber and common misnomers about paper.
Using Art Materials Safely
In recent years, artists have become much better informed about the potential hazards of the materials with which they work. Many artists, particularly those who have had allergic reactions or health conditions caused by certain materials, are switching to less toxic media.

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