Arts

What to know when Learning how to Paint with Acrylics

Oil paints had a corner on the art materials market for hundreds of years, but in the mid-20th century, a formidable opponent arrived on the scene. Acrylic paints have since joined oil and watercolor as one of the most popular painting media in the world. If you love to paint, then you’ll love learning how to paint with acrylics. Acrylics are ...

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Liquid Pencil and Graphite in Your Mixed Media Art

I have always been fascinated with writing tools– pens of all types, markers, and crayons– but pencils were never that exciting. Always the same shade of gray. Going to the office supply store for new writing implements was always my favourite part of back to school shopping because I could pick out new pens in exciting colours for note-taking. As ...

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How to View Your Photo Reference for Accurate Drawings

One of the most common statements I hear in my classroom is, “Something’s not right, Lee! Why does my drawing look “off?”  Immediately, I’ll have an idea of what the problem is, often before I even see the student’s work. Sometimes it’s because she has misjudged a shape while drawing, but more often than not, she has an angle off and has ...

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How to Use Glazes to Create Luminosity in Your Oil Paintings

Do you love the luminosity of stained glass? Then you’ll be happy to know that you can achieve clear, glowing colors in your oil paintings with multiple transparent glazes. These radiant layers give objects depth and form, so they seem to lift off the painting surface. Below artist Arleta Pech demonstrates step-by-step how to do it. Enjoy! Luminous Glazes in ...

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Finish Your First Perfect Painting

Contemporary paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects—especially when the imagery is abstract. (Think Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler.) Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring ...

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Athens can become the New Art Capital of Europe

Earlier this year, the British artist Michael Landy was dining outside at a restaurant in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia – where the streets, home to anarchists, are thick with graffiti – when he was tear-gassed. “One moment, I was enjoying some vegetarian food,” he recalls. “The next, there were all these guys with masks and wheelie bins, and a ...

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5 Reasons You’ll Want to Try STABILO Right Now

From brilliant colors to long-lasting cap-off times, there are tons of reasons why we love STABILO’s products, and why you will, too! Check out some of their art-filled tips and tricks below, and get ready to let loose, unleash some creativity and have fun during your next art project. Enjoy! 1. It’s Freeing STABILO’s campaign for 2017 is “Free Your True ...

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The Joy of being Square by Mondrian

“Before you start to think about Mondrian’s paintings,” says the Dutch artist’s biographer Hans Janssen, of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, “you have to realise that he was born, in 1872, by candlelight in Amersfoort, a backward, economically undeveloped town in Utrecht. And he died, aged 71, beneath fluorescent lights, on the 6th floor of a skyscraper in New York. ...

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What You Need to Know before Drawing with Markers and Ink

Drawing with markers offers almost instant gratification—markers are simple to use, require little prep time and dry quickly. Because the marking material is fluid, the smooth marks are unlike those made by dry drawing mediums. Drawing with markers will offer you a range of brilliant colour that surely will excite your creativity. They’re ideal for creating loose lines, calligraphic designs and precise ...

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These Fanciful Microbes Need Your Colouring Skills

A vast microscopic world writhes around you. Now a colouring book lets you bring wee beasts and beauties to life. Jennifer Delaney isn’t a scientific illustrator by training. She’s a math teacher for Donegal Youthreach in Ireland, working with students who have dropped out of school. She never formally studied art, she’s never been interested in colouring, and her last science ...

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