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Colored pencils are fun as crayons

When we were very young, we drew and colored with absolute confidence and joy.  As adults, we’d like to return to that level of enjoyment.  Many people have chosen colored pencils as their medium for that very reason.  Without the bother of mixing paints, setting up a palette, or dealing with tubes and brushes, we […]

October 2016 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

In Step with Nita Leland

September 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

A bold new face to paper marbling

Someone said: “Curiosity is the key to creativity.” However, whiskers and flour aren’t required to be creative using this method of paper marbling, but shaving cream and food coloring are the main ingredients.      To start this method, you will need a shallow pan or cookie tray or even a baking dish, a plastic ruler […]

June 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Illustrating your life

     Artists’ journals and sketchbooks are doorways into a secret world.  They are packed with drawings, paintings, and words — some polished, some rough, some never intended for anyone to see except the artist who made them.  There may be shopping lists and phone numbers written in the margins. The sketchbook cover may be scuffed […]

May 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

In Step with Pat Rayman

Watercolor paper collage Don’t throw out that old watercolor! As many watercolorists, I have a large portfolio of old discards and unfinished paintings. I wait for the right moment to breathe new life into them, however sometimes that moment never comes. One day, I decided to sort through my stash and tear apart each painting, […]

May 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

In Step with Joan Crawford Barnes

Stages 1-4 Daisy, Daisy        Inspired by color and high contrast in her paintings, Joan Crawford Barnes (www.joanbarnes-wc.com) walks us through “Daisy, Daisy” in this four stage process.      “This painting has a limited amount of color, but high contrast which caught my eye,” said Joan. Artist Barnes is grateful to Alice Schneider, a […]

December 2012 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

In Step with Pat Rayman

  Making Leaf Sun Prints      This is a fun technique that leads to a lot of creativity.      Tape a piece of watercolor paper to a board; hot pressed works best. Then spray the paper with water.      Drip, pour or brush on watercolors. I suggest two-three colors to maintain freshness. Lay leaves on […]

January 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,In the AAPJ Gallery | Read More »

In Step with Deb Henkener

     Please pass the salt!          Nature paints our trees with a broad brush of earthy autumn colors. Fall leaves are favorite subjects for many watercolor artists, and the perfect project to try a salt technique that produces texture and natural veining.      Painting leaves are also great for beginning students, who may be intimidated by larger complex subjects.       Do not […]

January 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Hands up!

     When it comes to drawing people, many artists do pretty well at getting the head, body, arms and legs to look natural,   But then they have to deal with hands and feet.  These are probably the hardest parts of the body to draw, and some people find it’s almost impossible to get them to […]

January 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Why and how artists sight off a pencil

      When an artist is shown in a cartoon, he or she is often shown with their arm stuck straight out, holding a pencil straight up and looking at it.  Just about everyone knows that this pose means “artist,” but not everyone knows that this really is a handy thing to know.      We […]

January 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Cartooning the New Year’s Baby

     Recently several people asked me how to draw cartoons.  There are a lot of good books with information on cartooning, but I thought you might like to see how I do it.  If you like some of the suggestions you can adapt them to your own work.  Remember that every cartoonist works differently!      […]

December 2011 | Posted in HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Quick, easy and fun art

     Have you ever used one of those Easter egg coloring kits from the supermarket, the ones that come with a small assortment of food dyes and a clear wax crayon?  You use the crayon to make invisible patterns on a hard-boiled egg before dipping the egg into the dye.  Half the fun is watching […]

December 2011 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Click it and paint it

     People sometimes ask if it’s all right for artists to use photos as reference for paintings or drawings.  It is as long as the photograph is taken by the artist him/herself.  Using someone else’s photo is an absolute “no-no” even if they give their permission.  You can adapt an idea, but you can’t paint […]

December 2011 | Posted in HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Keep it moving!

     Although still life, landscape, and portraits (which all show things that are NOT moving) will always be popular, artists also paint pictures that show action and movement.  This wasn’t always the case.      For hundreds of years, nobody really understood how to make things in a painting or drawing look as if they were […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Taking a line for a walk

     The act of drawing has been described as “Taking a line for a walk.”  Outline drawing is the best example of this description.        We all know that in real life, objects don’t have lines around them.  Light, shadows, and color let us see objects and detach them from their surroundings.  If you look […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Framing great-great-grandma, etc.

      Previously, we discussed framing paintings; this week we’re moving on to the challenge of framing photos.  Framed photos, including those old sepia pictures of great-great relatives and family events from the distant past can be wonderful wall decorations.       OLD PHOTOS – If you have old sepia-toned photos, don’t just stick them in a […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Framed! And lookin’ good…

All right, you’ve purchased an original painting – but it isn’t framed.  Now what do you do?  If you want your picture to look its best, please don’t think “Well, this is an 11 x 14 artwork, so I’ll just stick it in this 11 x 14 frame I have lying around.”  That method sometimes […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Toning it up – or down

     If you have access to a copy machine, it’s interesting to put a brightly colored picture into the machine and run a copy of it in black and white – and then compare the two images.  The black and white picture will make you considerably more aware of the fine distinctions of tone (the […]

July 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Fantasy art lets artists create worlds

     When I was a child, home computers didn’t exist, there were no cell phones, Ipads, or Blackberries, and my parents didn’t plunk me down in front of the television to watch cartoons on Saturday morning.  Sure, I had my fill of such programming too, but my mother would more likely hand me paper and […]

March 2011 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Drawing for a painting

     It’s fun to watch the late artist Bob Ross on television.  In a half-hour, he whips out a beautiful landscape painting and makes it look easy.  Not everyone realizes that in order to paint that well and that quickly you have to be able to draw.  Bob Ross was an expert at drawing with […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

What did the artist see in that?

     A contractor visiting a one-man art exhibit walked up to the artist, looking puzzled.  “Why on earth do you want to paint dilapidated farm buildings that are falling down, and old crooked fences?” he asked.  “In my opinion brand-new buildings and fences would look a lot better!”      There’s no doubt that artists look […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Black and white challenges

     One of the biggest challenges of watercolor is how to handle areas of black and white.   Although there are tubes of black and white watercolor, they don’t behave as you might expect them to.  Here are some questions we’ve heard at the Wassenberg Art Center, along with answers.      Q.  I heard that it’s […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

The picture you draw every day

     Do you think that you don’t draw at all?  Betty Edwards, author of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” points out that nearly every day almost all of us do a line drawing.  Perhaps you never thought of a signature as being a drawing, but it is.   Not only is it a […]

January 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Little people art projects

     For ages 3 and up, “Cinnamon Drawing” is fun, and it smells good too.  You will need cinnamon sticks, sandpaper and scissors.  Cut the sandpaper into any shape (star, circle, etc.) or use it as is.  Draw on the sandpaper with a cinnamon stick.  For more fun, cut little squares of cinnamon-decorated sandpaper, use […]

November -0001 | Posted in HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »







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