Burnishing on Black: Free Colored Pencil Demo with Gary Greene

Artist Gary Greene demonstrates how to effectively burnish colored pencil on a black background in five easy steps. The technique of burnishing layers a sequence of colors, mixing them together with white or other light colors, repeating the sequence until the surface is covered with pigment....

Studio Saturdays: Metal Embossing

No doubt you use metal in your mixed-media art—we all love a rusty key in a collage—but have you worked that metal? Today’s Studio Saturday is all about metal embossing, which is easier than it looks, a lot of fun, and guarantees great results. An embossed metal piece can stand on its own, or...

Studio Saturdays: Layering Stencils

I love layering stencils to create mixed-media art—there’s something about the look that always makes me linger over it. When I first saw art journal pages that featured layered stencils, I wondered what alchemy happened to create such beautiful complexity. Luckily there’s no magic, just a lot of fun and play with stencils and paint....

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Artful Doodling

Now that artful doodling has claimed its place, we can fully celebrate the incredible techniques artists incorporate to create their swirls, flourishes, patterns, and marks. Want to take your own skills even further? That’s as simple as following some of the inventive and easy ideas from doodle artists who have discovered unique ways to...

Drawing: What Kind of Paper Should You Use?

In my classes, there's a consistent question that comes up: “What paper should I use for this drawing?” There are so many varieties out there, and each one will create a different look. Here are some things to consider when selecting the paper for your project.