As an artist, you may already be aware you can make your own paint, but have you ever actually engaged in this tactile process? The notion of making my own acrylic paint appeals to me as an artist’s experience in the same way I’ve wanted to learn how to make my own paper in...
Tips from top colored pencil artists on the best tools, creating luminous drawings and utilizing unusual techniques to create vivid and compelling effects.
Try these 10 watercolor tips when choosing and mixing colors and pigments for your palette: Choose colors you love. Some people add all sorts of pigments to their palettes because someone they admire loves them. If you don’t enjoy them yourself, they won’t get used. Choose colors that are useful alone and in mixes. For example,...
The cardinal rule of color mixing in painting and drawing media is, “Don’t mix too much.”
We all make mistakes once in a while, but isn’t it nice when we can avoid them in advance? When it comes to watercolor painting, you can save time and money by learning from a pro such as Soon Warren.
Color is the key element for creating harmony, mood and expression in a painting. Learn how to avoid having disconnected colors in this article by Stephen Quiller.
In the June issue of Pastel Journal (on sale here), master pastelist Albert Handell shares his approach to painting adobe buildings, one of the essential elements of the Southwestern landscape. Vital to his technique is the use of lively, but harmonic color. To do this , he stresses the importance of using colors that...
An exclusive excerpt about color and value from the new book "Watercolor Techniques" by Michael Reardon.
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.
Create your own color-mixing charts to save time finding the right color mix when you're painting and to keep a record of the color mixes you want in your painting arsenal.
The first use of yellow pigments goes back to ancient times and, through the ages, artists have found additional pigments for yellows.