Illustration using Koh-i-Noor Technical Pens and Clearprint Vellum - Lauryn Buda

http://www.dickblick.com/. When Lauryn Buda is not working at the Blick store in Roseville, she works as an illustrator and printmaker. Lauryn loves the intimacy of fine line work. Her “instrument” of choice are the steel-tipped Koh-i-Noor Rapidograph technical pens because of their precision of l...

Liquitex Spray Paint, Acrylic Paint and Markers - John Moody

http://www.dickblick.com/. When skilled painter and Blick employee, John Moody, is working on one of his large-scale murals, he uses Liquitex Spray Paint to achieve various effects and bright colors, but, when painting in a smaller format, he often works with soft and heavy bodied Liquitex paints,...

Arches Watercolor Paper and Rembrandt Pastels - Allison Frink

http://www.dickblick.com/ Artist and Blick employee, Allison Frink, has branched out into water media after discovering how forgiving Arches Watercolor paper is. This perfectly sized cotton paper allows for scrubbing and lifting color without damage. Her techniques include using Rembrandt Pastels wi...

Working with F&W Ink - Grace Lannon

http://www.dickblick.com/ See why artist and Blick employee, Grace Lannon, likes to create works on paper using Daler Rowney F&W Ink. The benefit to working with an acrylic-based ink like F&W, is that it allows you to apply the ink like a watercolor, but once dry, the inks are permanent and won’t mo...

Logan 750 1 Simplex Elite

http://test.dickblick.com/products/logan-750-1-and-760-1-simplex-elite-mat-cutters/ The Simplex Elite is a sizing tool, trimmer, and mat cutter in one. Ideal for sizing mat board and foam board, this versatile, baseboard-mounted mat cutter is also great for cutting glass and acrylic Plexiglas sheets...

Logan 650 1 Framers Edge Elite

http://www.dickblick.com/products/logan-framers-edge-elite-mat-cutters/ Logan Framer's Edge Elite Mat Cutters are designed for professional artists and framers who want a cost effective yet versatile machine that can handle both high production jobs and small projects. Crafted of durable, heavy-duty...

Packing Your Genie Canvas

http://www.dickblick.com/products/genie-canvas-collapsible-canvas/Whether you're a professional painter shipping work to a gallery or a hobbyist sending paintings to family and friends, Genie Canvas Collapsible Canvases make it a breeze to get full-size paintings from one place to another. Watch thi...

How to Assemble Your Genie Collapsible Canvas

http://www.dickblick.com/products/genie-canvas-collapsible-canvas/ Whether you're a professional painter shipping work to a gallery or a hobbyist sending paintings to family and friends, Genie Canvas Collapsible Canvases make it a breeze to get full-size paintings from one place to another. Watch th...

New Wave Easy Lift Palette

http://www.dickblick.com/products/new-wave-easy-lift-palette/ New Wave's Easy Lift Palette is easy to hold, easy to transport, and easy to clean — perfect for acrylics and oil paints. With an extremely lightweight (11 oz) body and ergonomic three-point design, the palette can be held comfortably for...

New Wave Grey Pad Disposable Palettes

http://www.dickblick.com/products/new-wave-grey-pad-disposable-palettes/#description New Wave Grey Pad Disposable Palettes feature neutral gray sheets that make it easier to mix accurate colors and gauge values. The sheets are glued on three sides, so they won't blow away while you're painting outdo...

QoR Modern Watercolors

http://www.dickblick.com/products/qor-modern-watercolors/ Made by Golden Artist Colors, QoR Watercolors (from a technical acronym meaning "Quality of Results") are made using an exclusive binder that provides more pigment with every stroke. QoR Modern Watercolors have all the subtlety, transparency,...

Wild Thing Mittens - Lesson Plan

An outgrown sweater becomes a fun pair of costume mittens! This lesson uses a recycled wool sweater, shrink film, and other adornments to create a fun and functional "Wild Thing" mitten. Consider introducing this project by reading "Where the Wild Things Are," a children's book by American writer an...

The Walls are Watching You - Lesson Plan

This project combines a wall pocket with a face jug, creating a fun and whimsical (or scary) face pocket out of clay. Using firing or air-dry clay and the slab method, a face pocket can serve as a planter, or a functional item to hold anything that might benefit from having its own pocket. Although ...

Sound Sculpture - Lesson Plan

Renowned for his kinetic sculptures, Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) created whimsical machine-like contraptions of found metal parts, known as "metamechanics." Tinguely's art expressed his disillusioned view of industry, mass production, and their effect on society and humanity. This lesson ...

My Daruma - Lesson Plan

Modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, a Daruma is a Japanese toy that always returns to an upright position. This project reveals how to weight the bottom of a plastic egg and cover with instant maché to make these symbols of success, determination, and overcoming adversity. Modern...

Mock Mocs - Lesson Plan

Create a traditional Chippewa or Pucker-top moccasin using canvas, suede or leather remnants, seed beads and paint. A moccasin is a soft, flexible Native American shoe made of deerskin or other soft leather with the upper part of the moccasin adorned with embroidery or beading. Traditionally, the wa...

Lessons on Lascaux - Lesson Plan

Combine art and history in this project that uses contemporary powdered tempera to imitate the naturalistic look of ancient cave art. This art form was made famous in 1940 when Paleolithic paintings and engravings dating as far back as 40,000 years were uncovered in the Lascaux Caves of France. The ...

Flower Garden Tiles - Lesson Plan

Learn how to easily make flower garden tiles by carving clay, filling with plaster, and finishing with liquid watercolors. Chris Garofalo, a contemporary clay artist and avid gardener, influenced these beautiful tiles that focus on the nuanced texture and structure of plant life. For a pdf version o...

Decalcomania Glue Paint Symmetry Prints - Lesson Plan

Looking for hidden images and contour lines in the print will fuel the imagination of a young Surrealist! "Decalcomania" was a techique was used by Surrealists to create impromptu paintings controlled largely by chance. Much like a Rorschach Ink-Blot test, they would search for hidden imagery and de...

Dancing Houses - Lesson Plan

Wild angles, expressive faces, and pop-art hearts, stars, and flowers bring life and personality to an inanimate structure! Part cartoonist and part Picasso, the art of Brooklyn born James Rizzi (1950-2011) is highly recognizable. His playful, brilliant images — in a style he described as "Urban Pr...

Butterfield Horse - Lesson Plan

Construct a high-relief horse using quick mâché and found objects! Deborah Butterfield, a noted American sculptor, first gained wide recognition in the late 1970s. Horses have been the single, sustained focus of Butterfield's work for more than 30 years.When she first began working, Butterfield s...

Botanical Illustration - Lesson Plan

Although photography and modern printing processes have replaced the need for cataloguing plant life with detailed drawn and painted illustrations, botanical illustration is still a beloved art! To make an accurate rendering of a plant, you can create an impression in plaster, then trace the shape ...

Artist's Challenge Coins - Lesson Plan

To trade, share, or keep — these coins carry a personalized message and mini artwork! Challenge Coins are specially designed and minted for service personnel to recognize an achievement, enhance morale, or to signify membership in (or experience on) a particular mission. Create a personal Artist'...

Block Print Koinobori - Lesson Plan

In Japan, Children's Day on May 5th is heralded by the appearance of flying fish: carp-shaped windsocks known as "Koinobori". In this lesson, students design a "scale"-shaped block from soft block printing material and apply it repetitively to outdoor-safe fabric that has been cut in the shape of a ...

Concentric Kirigami - Lesson Plan

A variation on Japanese Origami, Kirigami is created by folding paper and cutting portions away. This surprisingly uncomplicated relief sculpture is assembled with "rings" cut from double-sided sheets of colorful cardstock. The edges of the rings are folded, cut, unfolded, and layered concentrically...