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The Quality of Color | A Tonalist Approach

Many painters are drawn to color like bees to honey. The kaleidoscopic array of intense color choices available today is due in large part to the introduction of new organic pigments, such as Anthraquinone, Dioxazine, Hansa, Napthol, Phthalo and Quinacridone. These pigments are capable of retaining a high chromatic intensity …

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A Simple Tool For Printmaking

Printmaking is a fascinating way to make marks in your art, whether it’s mixed media, abstract, or beyond. Traci Bautista, author of Printmaking Unleashed, knows it inside and out, as she fearlessly explores ways to use unexpected objects to create new designs. Scroll down to learn how to create your own …

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5 Tips for Drawing Faces, Including What Not To Do

Drawing techniques in general are very repetitive. Artists can basically use the same procedure to draw anything. Those of you who have taken classes from me or have read my books, know firsthand that I use the same approach to drawing, whether it’s a face, an animal, or a tennis …

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Pastel Drawing and Painting: An Intro for Beginners

If you’re new to pastel, I hope you won’t be intimidated by the term technique. A reassuring definition, according to Webster, tells us that technique is simply “an artist’s special method of execution used to obtain a certain result.” shows methods that work for me, and I’ll be right alongside you to …

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A Mixture of Awe, Inspiration: The Drawing Basics

If you’re like most new artists,” Sarah says, “you see a beautiful finished sketch or drawing and you think, I want to do that! But you may have no idea just how that was achieved. A host of questions need to be answered to be able to create something like that yourself, …

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Texture and More Texture: Pastel Painting Close

Get an exclusive up-close look into the making beautiful pastel paintings in this excerpt . For a complete Q&A with the artist, plus a step-by-step pastel demonstration. The following “Close-Up” column gives you insider knowledge. I plied the canvas with Golden acrylic modeling paste; I wanted the surface to resemble an old …

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Premixing Your Paints: Pros and Cons

A lot of painters have strong opinions about whether or not it is helpful to premix colors on the palette or ‘set’ a palette before painting. I’m not talking about making your paints from scratch but rather about mixing a few colors, or even just one, after you’ve identified what …

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Q and A: What can You Use Acrylic Paint On?

The medium has to go onto something, though, and so it’s no surprise that one common question is: “What can you use acrylic paint on?” Q: Will acrylic paint adhere to any surface? How will acrylic perform on a variety of surfaces? A: In general, acrylic paint can adhere to a wide …

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What You Need to Know About Watercolor Pigments

Watercolor artists who take their craft seriously will know the different classification of the paints and how to exploit them. In my last tutorial I indicated the differences in the watercolor paper. Now we will analyze what goes on the paper and how these pigments behave for watercolor painting. Classification …

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Discover a Powerful Painting Method

William Zorach is a well-known 20th-century sculptor who participated in the Armory Show of 1913 and whose work is held in numerous public collections. But as his career unfolded and he found his way as a sculptor, watercolor paintingwas always part of his practice. “I have continued to paint watercolors all …

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