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October 2016 | Posted in Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Shape up a painting

     For beginning artists, the most difficult part of a painting or drawing is often the beginning.  When you look at a subject, it’s hard to decide what should be included in the artwork.  There are usually a lot of complicated things that beginners (mistakenly) think must be drawn and painted with perfect accuracy.  You […]

December 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Suggestions for watercolor beginners

     If you’re just getting started with watercolor, you might find that it’s difficult to know how to start a painting, and then how to keep it going.  Perhaps you’ve struggled with paintings until they look like something you put under the car to catch oil drips.  Remember that almost all paintings go through stages […]

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

Creativity is ageless

     When you think of yourself, does the word “creative” come to mind, or do you reserve that word to describe people who “make art”?   Creativity is actually what we do with our abilities.  You probably take your creativity for granted, but if you have planned a party, decorated a room, or organized a business […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Be your own critic

     If you are an artist you probably know when you’ve done a good painting.  It just “feels right.”  But sometimes you feel there’s a problem and you don’t know what is wrong or even whether the picture can be saved.      You could ask an art instructor or another artist whom you respect.  But […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Personal references for memory jogging

     Most artists can’t just pull a picture out of their heads on short notice.  Unless they are painting a completely abstract picture, they usually have to have something to help them come up with things like shapes, colors, and composition.  This is where personal reference material comes in.      Reference material comes in a […]

February 2011 | Posted in Archives,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Use a soft pencil to make easy, unique prints

      To make a unique greeting card or even small frameable gift art, try offset tracing, also known as tracing-paper transfer.   With this technique you can make one or several prints of the same design in a short time.  All you need is tracing paper, soft lead pencils (6B-8B), a soft gum eraser (if […]

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

Selling tips for artists and photographers

     Many talented people are thinking of pursuing a professional career as a fine artist or photographer artist, but aren’t sure how to begin putting their work before the public and selling it.       The first thought of many artists is to sell their work through a commercial fine art gallery.  This really isn’t the […]

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







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