Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
On Sale Now @ Art & Frame of Sarasota!We started carrying Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush Pens in the store this summer. This week they are on sale for 40% off the list price! Watch the video below to see them in action!
- flexible, nylon brush tip
- water-based ink
Ideal for: illustration, journaling, sketching, rubber stamping, architectural drawings, and manga/comic art
Find Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush Pens here!
Find Koi Coloring Brush Pen Sets here!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
These videos show just how far the people at Faber-Castell will go to test their products. Check them out--and don't forget to swing by our Faber-Castell wall next time you are in the store!
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Have you ever applied varnish to a finished piece only to discover that your painting looks worse than before? A bad varnish job does not have to ruin the work you spent hours, days, or weeks completing--some issues can be fixed! Check out this video from Golden Artist Colors about how to correct "varnish frosting".
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
There are a number of ways to create transfers. In these videos from Golden you will see how to use Golden Digital Grounds to print images from your computer onto fabric, acrylic skins, foil, etc. The first video demonstrates how to create and print on Acrylic Skins with Golden Digital Ground and the second video demonstrates how to print on specialty papers with Golden Digital Ground. Check out the videos and tell us what you think by commenting on this post!
Introducing Strathmore Toned Paper Sketch Pads & Journals!
Strathmore 400 Series Toned Sketch Hardbound Art Journals & Sketch Pads feature 80lb., acid-free paper that is great for experimenting, quick studies, sketching, life drawing and journaling. The toned sketch series comes in two varieties, Warm Tan or Cool Gray, tones that are great for creating white highlights and dark shadows. The paper has a medium texture, which is suitable for graphite, chalk, charcoal, sketching stick, markers, china markers, colored pencils, pens and white gel pen applications. The 100% recycled paper features kraft and bark fiber inclusions for visual interest. The pads are wire-bound and the sheets are micro-perforated for easy removal. The journals feature a lightly-textured, matte cover in dark chocolate brown with a durable Smyth-sewn binding that allows pages to lay flatter.
Have you already tried Strathmore's Toned Paper Sketch Pads & Journals? Let us know what you think by commenting on this post!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Golden Artist Colors has recently launched a new tool called the GoldenMXR which allows users to match colors from uploaded images. The Virtual Paint Mixer provides the exact mixture (example: 10% Medium Violet, 60% Titanium White, 30% Neutral Gray N7) of Golden Artist Colors to create the selected color.
This description does not do it justice--experience it for yourself!
Introducing Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges!Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges are unique mark making tools made out of FDA-approved, heat-resistant silicone. They are great for creating texture and line with heavy-body and fluid acrylics, oils, water-miscible oils, encaustics, plaster, clay and even cake frosting! The silicone blades & wedges are easy to wipe clean and are solvent resistant, the blades can be separated from their wood handles for cleaning and easily replaced when dry, or dried paint can be simply peeled off of the silicone surface.
Check out the video below to see them in action!
Find Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges here!
Monday, August 13, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Have You Seen Faber-Castell Watersoluble Graphite Pencils In Action?
Faber-Castell Watersoluble Graphite Pencils are great for classical watercolor painting, preliminary sketches and mixed media projects. The lead is securely bonded inside the wooden casing making it break-resistant. They are coated with eco-friendly water-based varnish and come in 5 degrees of lead hardness. The varying degrees of lead hardness allow the artist to achieve a wide range of tones and the tonal range can be extended based upon the amount of water used. Watch the video below to see them in action!
If you like what you see, be sure to come in the store this week and take advantage of our sale on all Faber-Castell products!
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Have You Heard About YUPO Paper?
In fact, it is very popular with watercolor artists who want to try something new. The bright white, slick surface of the paper creates an interesting effect with translucent watercolors. Because the paper is waterproof, water evaporates into the air instead of soaking into the paper. The pigments do not soak in either, but sit on top of the paper. Colors pop on the bright white surface. Watercolor paints move easily on the smooth, slick surface and interesting textures form as the water evaporates. Because the color sits on top of the surface you can easily wipe away unwanted sections of your painting and start again with a fresh surface. Unlike traditional watercolor paper, YUPO paper requires no soaking, stretching, or taping flat!
- Dirt & Oils can stick to the polypropylene surface so be sure to wipe down the surface with a little soap and water before use.
- If you want to slow down the movement of the watercolors add a little soap.
- Layering of color should be done only when the previous layer has dried.