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.


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...


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 ~     I began drawing portraits of family and friends when I was 11....

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Studio Saturdays: Paper Clay Holiday Tags

I used to think paper clay was something that only 8-year-olds played with because “real” clay required serious supplies, like glazes and a kiln. Guilty as charged. What turned my head around was seeing what the clay could become in the hands of skilled artists like Rogene Manas and Darlene Olivia McElroy. Some new products...


2 Christmas Art Projects in Mixed Media Assemblage

If you need a little push to get in the holiday spirit this year, here are two fun Christmas art projects that feature mixed-media techniques you can use year round! Altered Berry Basket Gift Box Mixed-media artists are known for altering anything they can get their hands on, sometimes quite extravagantly. But if assemblage and altering...


Warming Up to Painting in Winter

As we approach the start of the official winter season in the northern hemisphere, it's time to embrace what the season has to offer the landscape painter. Different regions provide variety, but the farther north you are, the more pronounced the personality of winter becomes. The leaves have fallen from the trees, exposing the...