Essential Tips and Tricks on Colored Pencils

Colored pencils are one of the most approachable artistic media. In most cases, all you need to get started drawing with colored pencils are the pencils themselves and a piece of paper. What actually is a colored pencil? Colored pencils are composed of a core of colored pigments protected by wood casing. While graphite pencils...

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Chinese Art vs. Western Art

There are many complex factors that go into the ways that an artistic tradition develops, including the philosophies and histories of the artists involved. When examining the differences between traditional Chinese and Western art, we see differences in composition, medium, use of color and tone, perspective, and the list goes on. While much of traditional...

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Charcoal vs Graphite: What's the Difference?

Graphite and charcoal are two of the most user-friendly media for drawing. Not only do they allow for expressive lines, but they also help to render values through blending. For many people, this can be a much easier learning curve than working with layering. As far as drawing goes, both charcoal and graphite have a...

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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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6 Ways to Blend Watercolors Like A Pro

While they are beginner-friendly, water colors can also be very tricky to nail down. Most professional watercolor artist have once thing in common: They have great control over their blending techniques. However, there isn’t only one way to get to this level, since everyone eventually develops their own approach to blending. As you get started,...

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How to Carve Your Pumpkin Like a Pro

October is a great time to get your creative juices flowing with Inktober challenges and pumpkin carving. Just about any carved pumpkin has a creepy-cute vibe going for it, but some pumpkins can transcend jack-o-lantern status to become short-lived works of art. These more intricate works use very clever cutouts, a combination or cut-outs and...

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