Author Archives: Christina Richards

How To Unclog Technical Pens (Hint: Don’t Shake!)

Have you ever been deep in the throes of a drawing and suddenly found yourself desperately trying to figure out how to unclog technical pens? Rest assured you are not alone. Many artists prefer technical pens for drawing because they’re easy to use and provide smooth movement. The one drawback of technical pens, though,...

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Mixing Watercolors

Many purests will tell you never to use secondary or intermediate colors from tubes when mixing watercolors. Instead, you should always mix your blacks, neutrals (browns) and grays from primary colors. Phoenix artist Julie Gilbert Pollard recommends choosing a selection of watercolors that are mostly warm and cool versions of the primary colors, with no...

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Fundamental Drawing Strategies

Whether you emphasize line or value in your drawings (or both), applying some fundamental drawing strategies to your process will help you enrich your drawing skills and improve your results. Leading figurative artist Jon deMartin offers some tips and tricks you can use regardless of subject or medium…   Choosing Your Orientation Before you begin drawing, you...

Adult Coloring: 5 Tips to Enhance Your Pages

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. No longer an activity just for kids—coloring can be relaxing, meditative and a great way to get in touch with your creative side, especially for those who don’t have advanced artistic skills or a lot of free time on their hands. But what if you want to...

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Pouring Acrylic Paint, Tips and Tricks with Nancy Reyner

Contemporary acrylic paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects. Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring is a relatively simple technique, it...

Incite 4 Art Competition Winners!

Incite 3: the Art of Storytelling North Light Books is pleased to announce the winning artists and artwork selected to be featured in Incite 4: The Best of Mixed Media! We look forward to learning more about the stories behind each artwork. Winners Listed alphabetically by artist’s last name. Winners have been notified by...

Journeys to Abstraction by Sue St. John

Editor’s Pick: Journeys to Abstraction by Sue St. John

In Journeys to Abstraction, by Sue St. John, fifty-eight artists share their process and inspiration on 100 abstract paintings covering a variety of mixed media. Find your own inspiration and develop your own techniques with this great gallery of abstract art from top abstract artists. The popularity of creative abstract mixed media art continues...

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Free Watercolor Demo: Discover Shapes Within a Composition

  Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow, an encore presentation of North Light artist Jan Kunz’s best-selling book, shares simple step-by-step demonstrations for capturing that celebrated “glow” in watercolor. Kunz explains how composition, color theory and other important elements of painting apply to painting flowers, distilling years of experience into key techniques artists can take...

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Preview an Excerpt from The Successful Artist’s Career Guide

      In her new book, The Successful Artist’s Career Guide, artist and author Margaret Peot offers experienced advice and empowerment to art students, aspiring artists and longtime hobbyists for taking that next step toward mapping out the creative life of your dreams. Along with advice on practical matters like promoting your work...

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Paint an Autumn Tree in Acrylic With Lee Hammond

Learn how to paint an autumn tree in acrylic with this free demonstration from North Light’s Paint Landscapes in Acrylic With Lee Hammond. Materials Paints: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ivory Black, Prussian Blue and Titanium White Brushes: 1-inch (25mm) flat, no. 2 flat bristle, no. 2 liner, no....