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Nancy Hagin’s acrylic and watercolor paintings explore color symmetries and repeating patterns to deconstruct familiar objects into harmonious planes of color. In this free excerpt from The Artist’s Magazine (March 2013), she shares tips for acrylic painting.
Koo Schadler takes you through the process of making homemade gesso and gesso panels. Included in her instructions are supply lists, a gesso recipe and instructions on how to apply gesso on wood or hardboard panels.
Many pastel artists will awake on Tuesday morning to the thrill of opening presents. If in the past year, Santa Claus has deemed them to be nice not naughty, they will have undoubtedly received pastels instead of a lump of coal. While coal may produce some interesting drawing effects, it’s the prospect of adding additional sticks of pastel to one’s palette that thrills most pastelists. No matter how many brands, hues, chromas or values of pastel an artist may have, more is better. As any pastelist knows, the one with the most when they die – wins! Deciding how best to store, assimilate and record the pastels is when the three Ds of pastel organization arise.
This just in: the second edition of Inspired—the magazine dedicated to creativity! Whether you’re searching for art ideas or looking to refine your art projects, this creativity magazine will fuel your art project ideas.
If you haven’t checked out our sister site, IMPACT-books.com, lately, you might want to head over and see what’s up. We’ve been sharing some great how to draw and paint demonstrations on everything from fantasy art and science fiction to …
I’m frequently required to travel by air. As any pastelist knows, who has had to go through the strict TSA inspection routine at an airport with a pastel palette, it can be a stressful ordeal. Our palette is our means of creation. It’s filled with delicate, expensive sticks of pigment that often take days to select and organize. Handing it over to others—people who may not share our concern—is gut wrenching. Having gone through the inspection process repeatedly and culling tips from other pastel frequent flyers, I have a few tips to share that may make your airport experiences go a little more smoothly.
I love the composition of Bike Bridge, Amsterdam (watercolor with colored pencil and gouache on paper, 13×231⁄4). To help the bridge really stand out, I decided to make it purple. Originally, it was higher up on the painting, but I …
How to frame a pastel is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear during a painting workshop. Many painters find it superfluous to discuss the frame, feeling that the artwork should matter most. But it can’t be denied that the framing plays a major part in how the painting will be viewed. The frame is analogous to the clothing one wears for a job interview. It should be appropriate for the circumstances and flatter without distracting.
In today’s economy, a sensible artist must be as resourceful as she can. Where better to practice creative upcycling than in the art studio? We asked Watercolor Artist readers to share their best recycled art tools for watercolor, and were …