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How to Get the Most Out of Your Watercolor Markers

Watercolor markers offer you the versatility of having watercolors and ink markers at the same time. This allows them to be highly versatile so that you can sketch or paint wherever you are. If you thought watercolors in pans were your most travel-friendly media, just wait until you try these out. These markers are great...

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A Brief History of Marbling and Five Fun Techniques to Try

Marbling is a long-standing and elegant art form, often used to decorate paper for calligraphy, bookbinding, collage, and stationery. With traditional marbling techniques, each paper created is unique, meaning that no two marbled papers are exactly alike. One of the beautiful draws of marbling is how it allows you to maintain control over the design’s...

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Hand-Lettering vs Calligraphy: What’s the Difference?

You may be wondering, if calligraphy simply refers to the art of beautiful writing, then why aren’t all words, when they’re beautifully represented, considered calligraphy? Hand-lettering and calligraphy are both expressions of artistic lettering. However, there is a very distinguishable difference between these different lettering methods. This distinction boils down to differing methods. Calligraphy relies...

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Fabric Painting: Do’s & Don’ts

Fabric painting gives you the chance to practice your art and creativity on the very versatile substrate of fabric and textiles. There are some great benefits to fabric painting. It allows you to customize clothes, wearable textiles, as well as fabric for upholstery and other crafts. The majority of fabric painting uses paint specifically formulated...

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Sculptors: Here are 5 Casted Statues to Inspire you!

Do you need some inspiration before you embark on your mold making and casting project (courtesy of this month’s Smart Art Box)? Whether you’re a beginner or more seasoned artist, travel around the world and through time with us now, to discover some of the most inspiring sculptures ever made! Have you ever seen them...

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History of Mold Making and Casting

Mold making and casting are central techniques in the history of art and design. But their uses and applications are longstanding and varied, and also play a vast role in today’s arenas of artistic production and industrial manufacture. In the world of art, the techniques of mold making and casting have served as tools by...

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Photogram Fun in this Month’s Box: All the Solar-Print Art Project Ideas You’ve Ever Wanted!

Are you ready to join the long line of artists who have worked with photograms, from Man Ray and Pablo Picasso to Imogene Cunningham? The magical ingredient in this month’s box is Purple Solarfast™ Dye, which can be used to create photograms of all types, from continuous tone images and detailed photographs to shadow prints...

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