Technique Tuesdays: Background Techniques

Facing the blank page—we’ve all done it, but we haven’t always enjoyed it. What helps artists break through all that white space is learning background techniques to spark ideas, develop a palette, and discover the beginnings of an image or two to build on. These 10 easy mixed-media background techniques from top artists are designed...

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From Grisaille to Color: Oil Demo with Dan Thompson

As seen in The Artist’s Magazine’s March issue, Dan Thompson walks us through his oil demo with a deep concentration on grisaille. FROM GRISAILLE TO COLOR by Dan Thompson 1. Open grisaille: I had the honor of painting Jack in Studio Six of The Art Students League of New York. This was the room of...

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Planner

What better time to get organized and start a new planner? I was so taken by the planner featured in the article “Creative Days Ahead” by Dawn DeVries Sokol in the January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine that I had to make one for myself. It seemed like the perfect project for Studio Saturdays. If...

January 2017 Artist of the Month | Oil Painter Julia Eva Bacon

Congratulations to oil painter Julia Eva Bacon, our January Artist of the Month! Bacon was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece Soul Mates can be seen below. Read more about Bacon below and how meeting the love of her life helped inspire the work below. Battleboro, Vermont ~ woodrabbitarts.com   When I choose a...

Studio Saturdays: Metal Embossing

No doubt you use metal in your mixed-media art—we all love a rusty key in a collage—but have you worked that metal? Today’s Studio Saturday is all about metal embossing, which is easier than it looks, a lot of fun, and guarantees great results. An embossed metal piece can stand on its own, or...