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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.
Colorful Shadows with Oils
A painting comes to life when there is a strong and confident use of shadows. Many wonderful paintings can lose their sense of light when the shadows lack a range of values and color.
From the Dust of the Earth II: Oils
Natural pigments have great benefits for artists, especially portraitists and figure painters, for four reasons.
Enhancing Photographic Art with Daniel Smith Original Oils
Charlie Harris demonstrates his technique for enhancing photographic art with Daniel Smith Original Oils
How to Pack Ultralight for Oil Painters on the Go
When traveling light is a premium, it's worth considering how to reduce your painting kit to a functional minimum.
Oil Pastels - A Demo of "Toccoa River Reflections"
In this demonstration, I'll share several of the techniques I use when creating an oil pastel painting and give some options for supports and applications which can be used for any style or subject.
Combining Daniel Smith Luminescent Oils with Metallic Leaf
"The Window" combines my favorite media-regular oil paints, Daniel Smith Luminescent Oil Colors and metallic leaf.
Favorite Daniel Smith Oil Colors
Unique colors are found throughout the Daniel Smith paint lines. Our chemist, Ron Harmon, has worked with the whole spectrum of pigments, including some not typically used in artists' paints.
Make Your Own Two-Sided Masonite Panels
Two-sided masonite panels provide durable, warp-free supports for artists who prefer painting on a rigid surface.
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.
Create an Antique Surface on Ampersand Gessobord
Experimenting with Daniel Smith Gesso, I hit upon this easy layering technique which gives the effect of an aged patina or old gold leaf.
Packing to Paint
So you've gotten the trip of your dreams arranged to Tibet, Italy, or maybe just across the state; then comes the dilemma-what kind of painting equipment to bring?
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.
How to Stretch Cotton Canvas
Every art materials reference book contains a slightly different method for stretching cotton canvas. They vary according to the preferences of the authors, but only in the details. What follows is a brief summary of the fundamentals.
Make Your Mark in Oils
Oil painting is an ever evolving intersection of inspiration, skill and the discovery of more perfect instruments to channel your expression. Reaching out to new tools, however, can be daunting. Select and get the most out of your oil Brushes
Gorgeous Oil Glazes
Creating oil paintings with rich and intense glazes of transparent paint doesn't have to be a complicated task.
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.
Three-Dimensional Color and Interference Pigments
Imagine a blue that is rich, vibrant and three-dimensional - a blue that actually changes colors when viewed from different angles. As Carmi Weingrod demonstrates, you can obtain this kind of blue and other dazzling effects by combining interference pigments with conventional pigments.
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.
The Evolution of Oil Color
A Brief History of the Development, Origins and Characteristics of Oil Paint.
Painting Flesh Tones on Claybord Textured
Lifelike flesh tones are not merely a matter of color. They are also a matter of texture.
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.
Brush Care
Brush parts, brush construction and do's and don'ts of brush care.
Brush Glossary
Brush hair and bristle types and brush shapes explained.
Daniel Smith Pigment Chart
An Examination of the Properties and Characteristics of Pigment Used to Manufacture Daniel Smith Artist Paints
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.
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.
Stretching Unprimed Linen
Canvas has become the generic term applied to the coarse-fibered, closely woven materials used by artists as flexible supports for painting. The most common types of canvas used are linen and cotton.
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.
Ampersand Hardbord and Daniel Smith Oil Gesso
A Demonstration of the Best Way to Prepare Ampersand Hardbord Using Daniel Smith Oil Gesso
Backpacking With Paints
To really see a landscape, you’ve got to paint it. That’s why I’ve enjoyed introducing nature lovers to the art of painting. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors because it adds a really important dimension to the experience.
How to get more out of your Painting Surface: Oils on Gessobord
Working with Oils on Gessobord: Artists Jennifer Phillips walks through the creation of her painting 'Starting Point' while exploring the contrast between hard and soft edges in her work.
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