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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.
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.
Enhancing Photographic Art with Daniel Smith Original Oils
Charlie Harris demonstrates his technique for enhancing photographic art with Daniel Smith Original Oils
Celtic Knotwork With Gouache
Early illuminated manuscripts from the British Isles contain beautiful examples of ornamental knotwork and zoomorphic creatures.
Encaustic: 20 Questions
Joanne Mattera, Author of Encaustic Painting, Has the Answers to 20 Questions about Encaustics
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
In My Studio - A Few Words with Dixie Parker-Fairbanks
With collages, the possibilities are endless.
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.
Gold Gesso with Watercolor
Allison Agostinelli demonstrates using DANIEL SMITH Gold Gesso to recreate the glow reminiscent of Renaissance-era work.
Making A Journal
Erin O'Toole Demonstrates Her Technique for Making a Journal
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.
Fresh Paint, Fresh Approach
Creative painting is an intellectual endeavor. For a painter, the introduction of a new pigment encourages change, which in turn stimulates artistic growth.
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.
The Secrets of Paper Marbling Revealed
Although 19th century books contain some of the best examples of marbled papers, the history of marbling began several centuries earlier. Suminagashi, a Japanese form of marbling, dates back at least to the 1100s. Ground sumi inks were floated on water, then lifted onto paper. The random patterns formed were revered for the way they emulated natural phenomena such as the waves created by wind in fields of grain
The Most Versatile Surface for Watermedia
In the last few years, I have been working with a fairly new support called Claybord Texture™ and am now using it for many of my studio works, including some large paintings.
Painting Flesh Tones on Claybord Textured
Lifelike flesh tones are not merely a matter of color. They are also a matter of texture.
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.
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.
Airbrush Basics
The Basic terminology and equipment of airbrushing
The Basics of Encaustic Painting
Encaustic is a painting process in which pigments are bound in a hot wax mixture and applied to the support with heat from an external source.
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 Metallic Watercolors
Daniel Smith Metallic Watercolors are made from genuine metal powders-microscopically flaked particles of brass, copper, aluminum-specially coated to delay the tarnishing effects of air and moisture.
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.
Gouache has a greater proportion of binder to pigment than is found in transparent watercolors; for this reason, gouache produces a continuous paint film of considerable thickness and is not as suitable for washes.
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.
Metallic Leafing Techniques
Canvas, wood, Masonite, paper, matboard, glass, plastic, metal and any other surface which can be made non-absorbent are suitable for metallic leafing.
Oriental Brush Care
Brush parts, common brush hairs, brush construction, removing the starch, brush usage, brush cleaning and brush drying & storage.
Printmaking with Solarplate™ Copper
An Explanation of Printmaking Techniques Using Solarplate™ 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.
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.
Watercolor and Gouache on Claybord
Since the late 1960s, I have been painting in watermedia. By nature, I am fairly experimental, painting with watercolor, gouache, acrylic and casein applied to a variety of supports including paper, canvas and Masonite.
Ampersand Hardbord and Daniel Smith Oil Gesso
A Demonstration of the Best Way to Prepare Ampersand Hardbord Using Daniel Smith Oil Gesso
Stained Paper Collage - Watercolor Demonstration
Brenda Swenson demonstrates how to as add brilliance and depth to your watercolor paintings with this stunning technique.