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Create Bright Interior Murals
Joanne Wasserman explores her ideas and techniques for creating bright, large-scale interior murals
The Difference Between Mixing and Visual Complements
With the right complementary color pairs, the color in your paintings will be more exquisite and dazzling than ever before.
A Direct Approach to Acrylic Painting
My love for the medium of transparent watercolor is best expressed by painting spontaneously and very direct.
Engraving and Painting Animals on Claybord with Acrylics
Each of my pictures on Claybord Black starts with a pencil sketch on paper, since it's easier to correct mistakes on paper than on Claybord.
Extreme Contrast with Acrylics
A step-by-step demonstration by Rock Newcomb showing the many advantages of working with Daniel Smith Ultimate Acrylics on Ampersand Claybord
Celtic Knotwork With Gouache
Early illuminated manuscripts from the British Isles contain beautiful examples of ornamental knotwork and zoomorphic creatures.
Shimmering Shells - Daniel Smith Luminescent Paints
Hilary Page Shows How She Creates Shimmering Shells Using Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors
Painting Outside the Box
Sometimes it's fun to try something a little different and step outside the box by pushing yourself in a totally new direction. I took an ordinary photograph, lackluster in color and produced a collage by drawing first on white paper, then tearing various colors from magazines into different shapes, gluing them to the drawing. This creates a whole new look and allows the artist to create rather than copy.
Golden Glazing Techniques
This project is a great way for you to learn three different ways to use Acrylic Glazing Liquid (AGL): to smooth the application of paint, to blend the paint and to create a glaze. Soft synthetic bristle brushes work well for these techniques.
Bright, Beautiful Interior Murals with Golden Acrylics
Golden Acrylics are ideal for interior mural painting (exterior murals, too, but that's a different story). They come in a breathtaking range of colors, adhere to nearly any surface and dry quickly.
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.
Add Texture to Your Paintings
Here, we show three of the many ways you can add texture to your paintings.
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
Easy Steps to Painless Acrylics
One of the biggest difficulties for any painter trying out acrylic for the first time is the rapid drying time of the paint. Dianna Shyne demonstrates an easy approach to address the issue.
Get Rid of the Glass - Increase the Value of Watermedia
Three Leading Artists Share Their Success Stories with Ampersand Claybord Products
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.
Creating a Community Mural
David Genszler Orchestrates Symphonies of Vivid Acrylic Color
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.
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.
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
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.
Making Egg Tempera
Making egg tempera consists of two steps, preparing the pigment and mixing it with an egg yolk emulsion.
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.
Oriental Brush Care
Brush parts, common brush hairs, brush construction, removing the starch, brush usage, brush cleaning and brush drying & storage.
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.
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.
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.
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