Beth Krommes, winner of the 2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal achieves her signature look by applying wood engraving techniques to her scratchboard illustrations. She then colors images of those pictures with watercolors.
Feeling mischievous? Ask a group of painters what colors are best for a plein air palette—then sit back and enjoy the show! But, as Michael Chesley Johnson explains, there are some basic considerations when selecting a palette for painting en plein air.
Asian art papers—often called "rice papers"—are painting papers made in China, Japan and Korea for ink/brush painting. These papers are made from a great variety of plant fibers besides rice stalks. They come in various thicknesses and sizes, and have different degrees of absorbency.
Learn the difference between DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras, and the benefits of both for artists who combine photography and fine art.
Landscape Painting with Wax: It’s So Easy! Learn how to paint an abstract landscape using encaustics. If you’ve never painted with wax before, this medium has some exciting possibilities that makes it both fun (and easy) to work with, as well as creating some really cool effects. In Encaustic Adventure with Bela Fidel (Parts...
Let’s face it. Bodypainting is fun. It’s fun to be the one holding the brush as well as to be the "canvas." I know. I’ve done both.
Lee Hammond explains what scratchboard is and how to use it by drawing "in reverse" with tools that make it easy.
If you want to try your hand at creating fine art with crayons, here are a few pointers from artist Lee Hammond.
Mosaic art is fascinating to me. Mosaics are like handmade jigsaw puzzles, much like the ones my father and I loved to do together when I was a kid. It can become a relaxing task of placing small pieces together into a beautiful design.
Printmaking is a fascinating way to make marks in mixed-media art. And Traci Bautista fearlessly explores ways to use unexpected objects to create new designs.
If you're an oil painter who doesn't like to watch paint dry, then painting the alkyd oils is for you. Michael Chesley Johnson teaches the basics of this medium.