Art Craft Tools, Material Supply Tips & Recommendations

Artists know that you need more than just a great subject or inspiration to create art. The right art tools, art supplies and art materials can give you the freedom to bring your artistic vision to life. Hear from our authors & artists as they discuss their favorite art materials such as brushes, palettes, pastel primers, art studio lighting, knives, canvases and substrates – helping you bring your most to your next piece.

Art challenges

Studio Saturdays: Art Challenges

Taking part in art challenges is a big—really big—trend in the art world, including mixed media. Artists challenge themselves to complete a creative endeavor each day for a month, several months, or a year, such as draw, paint, make a collage, or do an art journal page. Have you been tempted to take on...

Tips for assemblage

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Assemblage

Mixed-media artists are notorious collectors: papers, paints and mediums, tools, castoffs, and lots of “bits.” These artists know how to turn those bits into assemblage art—dimensional, cohesive pieces that often incorporate found objects, both man-made and natural, and tell a story. To create something that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts it’s helpful...

Best brushes for oil painting |

Oil Painting Basics: Brushes 101

There’s no need for beginners to be intimidated by oil painting, especially when you have the basics laid out for you from an artist such as Julie Gilbert Pollard. Following is her overview of some of the materials you’ll need, including brushes for oil painting and tips for cleaning them. Brushes For Oil Painting...