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Garden Journal Watercolor with Masking Fluid and Italic Calligraphy
When Molly Hashimoto creates studies in her journal of favorite flowers and plants, she looks to artists of the past for inspiration.
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.
Cityscape Drawing
I freehand everything to keep a sensation of whimsy and motion.
Colored Pencils and Juxtaposed Color
What I gain by applying colors side-by-side in a single layer is a net color effect that tends to have a simple ringing clarity that is almost impossible to achieve with deep layering.
Creating Shiny Metal with Colored Pencils
You can actually make any object look shiny by placing sharp-edged white highlights on any of its edges or surfaces nearest the light source. But to make the object look metallic you must include reflections.
Colored Pencil and Ambient Texture
Drawing and painting offer many chances for textural effects besides those that are drawn to represent the surfaces of objects.
Creating a Notecard Design with Pen and Ink
Creating a one-color notecard design is a fun way to learn a variety of pen and ink techniques.
Colored Pencils on Colored Paper for Quick Results
Layering the translucent pigments of colored pencils can take time, but you can speed up the process - and create dramatic results - by working on colored paper.
Silverpoint on Prepared Board
Changing your mind is considered a fundamental right and privilege that artists take very seriously. Silverpoint, the 'pencil' of an earlier time, respected no such right.
Creative Calligraphy Techniques
Letters can be used to adorn all kinds of objects or as an intriguing element incorporated into artwork.
Wax-based Colored Pencils
Control is the operative word for colored pencils. Clean, cheap, and portable, there are no surprises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graphite with a New Look
During the past decade, I have worked with many mediums and surfaces (supports). Claybord Smooth™ is the one surface I use almost exclusively. This support is unbeatable for my work in acrylics, inks, watercolors, oils and graphite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yarka Sauce
As a student of classical art techniques and a professional Portrait artist, I was intrigued after seeing a number of incredibly sensitive yet powerful drawing by the 19th Century Russian artist, Ivan Kramskoy. These breathtaking drawings were created using a Russian medium I had never heard of before, something called “sauce” (saw-oose).
The Art of Watercolor Journals
Artistic ideas take shape in sketchbooks and journals—they are ideal for recording experiences and practicing one’s craft.
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