Art Mediums & Drawing

What’s your favorite fine art medium in which to work? Find what you’re looking for here, or discover something new! Our articles include works on pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, collage, mixed media, how to draw people and more. Learn a new art technique or enhance what you already know with our hundreds of art instruction resources.

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Plein Air Landscapes | Edward Kennedy Pastel Gallery

Edward Kennedy’s plein air pastel landscapes take viewers to many places—a shimmering river in Yellowstone National Park, the rocky coast of Maine and sleepy country roads in the Midwest. No matter the setting, though, the paintings by this mostly self-taught artist conjure a deeper place—that calm, meditative state of mind that can only be found...

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How to Mix Amazing Grays in Watercolor

Color mixing is something I’m good at. Watercolor, acrylic, encaustic: I can mix and match and get just what I’d been hoping for – sometimes something even better than I’d hoped for. I discovered this fact quite by accident a couple of years ago, and it’s come in quite handy. I can save money...

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Beginner Art Tips | Pastelist Ann Oram Shares Advice

Pastelist Ann Oram, who’s known for her mixed media work featuring florals and landscapes, shares eight beginner art tips to help you on your artistic path. Subscribe to Pastel Journal today!   Always begin by using your eyes. They’re your best tools. From there, your brain can start to interpret what you’re seeing, feeling and sensing. Work on subjects that...

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Mixed-Media Jewelry

Everyone likes to have new bling, and making your own doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Creating mixed-media jewelry can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Beads, wire, found objects, a variety of metals, and even paper can be manipulated and changed to create one-of-a-kind pieces. There are...

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Creative Year Kickstart | Pastel Journal Feb 2017 Preview

Start your creative year off right! The February 2017 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features ways to express yourself—through mixed media, dynamic strokes, texture and sketching. PLUS: Learn six practical ways to make more room for art in your life—and how to make it more meaningful, too. Featured artists include cover artist Jinghan Wu, as well...

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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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December 2016 Artist of the Month | Pastel Artist Rita Kirkman

Congratulations to pastel artist Rita Kirkman as our December Artist of the Month! Kirkman was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece 9 can be seen below. Read more about Kirkman and her process below. New Braunfels, Texas ~ ritakirkman.com     I began drawing portraits of family and friends when I was 11....