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Learn some of the key differences between gouache and watercolors — and how they can be intermixed!
Think you know everything about brushes? Our experts rounded up some facts about these ordinary tools that may even surprise experienced painters.
From the hardness grade to the core material, learn what sets drawing pencils apart from ordinary writing instruments.
Learn different ways of laying out your palette to align with pictorial goals, mixing systems, and color schemes. Keep in mind that the palette works for the artist, not the other way around.
Try an alternate way of stretching canvas to spread tension more evenly, minimize weave distortion, and reduce puckers at tack points.
Get expert guidance on keeping your brushes performing like new. From cleaning and maintenance to best practices for use, these simple tips will ensure they stay in great shape.
Learn what qualities you should be looking for when selecting a sketchbook for you or a friend—from the type of paper and binding to the shape/size and built-in storage options.
Learn how to install and use stretcher keys to re-tension canvas that has gone slack.
Learn how to prevent canvases from sagging after being stretched and, if needed, reposition them on a frame.
Learn what makes materials “student grade,” who they’re designed for, and whether they can be used for professional art.
Learn how to restore dry paint to its wet appearance and promote fluid brush application between painting sessions!
Wondering why oil drips out of paint tubes? Learn all about “oil shed”, how to avoid it, and the best ways to deal with it.
Learn the ins and outs of mat cutting, including basic cutter maintenance, calculating border sizes, and proper cutting techniques, from the pros at Logan.
Discover what goes into the creation of a drawing pencil. Learn about the graphite grading scale, explore the benefits of different pencil shapes and wood types, and compare brands.
Learn tips for making art that resists fading and yellowing, from choosing professional paints with high lightfastness ratings to using acid-free or pH-neutral papers.
Refresh your space with a contemporary gallery wall. Find a checklist of the supplies you’ll need to get started, preview your arrangement with a simple template, and shop frames that complement your artwork and your space.
Find the brush size that best suits your goals. Our guide provides a standard that makes measuring brushes at home fast and easy.
Take your drawing skills to the next level with three exercises from an expert artist.
New to oil painting? Learn the fundamental principles of measuring by thumb, working with color, and applying varnish to unlock the mysteries of this expressive medium.
Learn how to give balance to abstract compositions and make representational renderings more realistic using visual measurements, anatomical knowledge, page proportions, and more.
Get tips from our experts on showing off your artwork to its best advantage. When choosing a frame, consider factors such as color, texture, scale, and quality of materials to find a style that complements your art without overshadowing it.
Find out what goes into creating watercolor pans, learn why some artists prefer pans over tubes, and get expert advice on choosing the right watercolor paints for your next project.
Learn about famous artists who painted frames to match their artwork—plus, get tips for doing it yourself.
When temperatures begin to drop, learn the steps you can take to combat colder studio conditions, like low humidity and less ventilation, to protect your artwork and paint supplies.
Find everything you need to spark creativity with a group painting party. Shop essential supplies for parties of any size and explore beginner-friendly tutorials that make learning to paint easy and fun.
Discover how to use art stencils to add custom flair to artwork, décor, and more. Shop ready-made stencils or find the supplies you need to create your own. Plus, find inks, surfaces, tips from the experts, and inspirational project ideas.
Set up a workspace that will keep you on task and organized. Find multi-purpose office furniture, storage solutions, and stylish accents to personalize your space.
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