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  • Make your own wrapping paper

    Let's get creative with Christmas wrapping.

    I remember as a kid wrapping prezzies in old engineering blueprints from my dad's office, and then spray painting them, taping suckers on them, gluing paper snowflake cutouts to them - aided and abetted by my mother (or was it the other way around?)....Read more

  • Not an Open and Shut Case? An Exciting New Paint from Golden

    Golden OPEN Acrylics

    In all the time that I have spent helping people with their questions about art materials, one of the most commonly asked questions about acrylic paints is “How do you stop them from drying so fast?”

    Well cue the trumpet fanfare! Golden Artist Colors has produced a new line of acrylic paints that dry slowly, resist forming a “skin” on the surface and can be re-activated when tacky.

    Created in 2008, and called Golden Open Acrylics, they are formulated to give you more time to work on blending, gradating, softening, fine detail, feathering and wet-in-wet techniques....Read more

  • New choices for Pina Zangaro Presentation Books

    The same great product and sleek presentation, but with an easier à-la-carte system of mixing and matching. Their new system is both flexible and convenient, allowing you to choose your preferred size and cover style. Complete the package by choosing the refill option you desire: from inkjet papers to polyprolene or polyester sheets, to adhesive strips you can attach to your artwork! Variable choices mean you can customize your presentation to best suit your needs.

    Pina Zangaro inkjet paper refills are pre-scored and drilled so that you can print on them immediately and then just insert them into your book. Made of double-sided, smooth, bright white, heavy-weight (235 gsm) matte paper, and available in packs of 25 in 5 sizes. ...Read more

  • Tips on Keeping a Sketchbook

    Here are some ideas Ken O'Connell uses with his students to help newcomers and veterans in creating a sketchbook:...Read more

    • Feel guilty if you haven't made a mark in your book in seven days. We spend a lot of time trying to avoid guilt in our lives, he says, but guilt can also be a healthy motivator. Use it.