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How To Make an Additive Monotype

Monotypes

Project Description: Monoprints are one-of-a-kind designs created by transferring paint or ink from one surface to another. There are many different ways of creating a monoprint.

Designed by: Maureen Wilson

Difficulty: Easy

October 2, 2019

Unpacking the Process: Tips on Packing and Shipping Art

Transporting art can be a tricky endeavor. Before you begin, multiple variables need to be considered to ensure your art makes a safe delivery. Consider the size, weight, dimensionality, value, fragility, potential environmental factors, distance needed to travel, and destination requirements.

Consider researching local companies that have professionals to create the packaging for you. You can package or crate your artwork at home, but many art shipping companies offer packaging services. Sometimes, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Each company will offer different and customized services which need to be taken into account.

December 20, 2017

The Beginner’s Guide to Custom Framing

Many people have no idea what to expect when they walk into their local frame shop. Custom framing can be a daunting prospect for anyone – especially those who don’t have much experience with it.

Never fear: Your local custom framer is an expert! She’s an artist – most likely for real, but also because custom framing is an art form in its own right. Not only will she help you pick the best framing design for your artwork; she also knows the best ways to protect it. She’ll help you stay within your budget, too. Phew! That means you’re off the hook, right?

Well, not entirely. Whether you’re an artist, art collector, or just looking to get your precious memorabilia beautifully framed, there are a few basic things you should know before walking into your local frame shop. Being prepared will help make your custom framing process enjoyable for everyone.

April 13, 2017

Nacho Mama’s and the Elvis Jumpsuit: Plaza Framer Chris Chewning Discusses a Challenging Framing Job

When Nacho Mama's asked us to frame items for their new restaurant location in Towson, we had no idea we would be involved in the framing of a genuine Elvis jumpsuit! A stuntman wore this jumpsuit the movie Honeymoon in Vegas during the "Flying Elvis's" scene. Our challenge was to frame this suit as a centerpiece for a space inside the new Nacho Mama’s. 

December 21, 2016

Painting Seascapes in Watercolor with Annie Strack

Painting realistic water can be challenging. Adding shadows and highlights, creating depth, marking distance, and breathing color into painted water can be difficult. In the following "Tugboat Painting Tutorial" guest-post by Annie Strack, you will learn how to make your seascapes come alive. Annie Strack is an expert watercolor painter, a contributing editor for Professional Artist magazine, and a phenomenal teacher. Read more about her work after the tutorial below. Enjoy!

September 2, 2016

How to Choose Oil Colors: A Guide for Beginner Oil Painters

Getting started with oil painting can be daunting, not only because it is more labor and clean-up intensive than acrylic painting, but also because it seems that more tools are required. It’s true. You may need a few extra mediums and tools than you might need for acrylic or watercolor painting, but oil painting is worth the extra steps. Many artists attracted to oil painting because oil paint offers what many consider unparalleled color intensity, luminescent tinting power and luscious glossiness.

July 8, 2016

How to Draw, Pitch and Publish an Adult Coloring Book

The coloring book world saw an explosion last year, but not for children. Adults have become interested in coloring not only because it’s a fun and nostalgic activity, but also because it's a way to sooth and calm the mind. Coloring is scientifically proven to reduce stress. The process of coloring allows the brain to enter into a sort of meditative state that is different from the brainwaves produced when creating original artwork.

April 21, 2016

An Unusual Trick for Painting Snow & 3 Other Snowscape Tips

The east coast is in for some nasty weather this weekend. It’s time to bundle up and stay inside—or, if you’re a painter, a great time to experiment with wintertime landscapes. Painting snow is tricky because light acts differently in snowscapes than in other landscapes. We think of snow as being white, but because it is refractive, it is actually whiter than white, and not white at the same time. There are many values and hue present in a snowy landscape. Realistically rendering snow is tricky. Here are some tips for achieving realistic snow—these pointers are geared towards oil and acrylic landscape painting, but many of the same concepts apply to other forms of painting and dry media as well!

January 20, 2016

How to Photograph Your Art Like a Pro, Without Expensive Accessories

If you are going to photograph your artwork, remember this: get a good shot to begin with. All the Photoshop in the world cannot help a poorly captured photograph. You don’t need an expensive DSLR camera to take good photos. A point-and-shoot digital camera in the $120 - $300 price range should do the trick. Cell phone cameras have improved greatly in the past few years and some models may be capable of taking high quality photos, but not all. While you may be able to take passable photos of your art with a phone or a tablet, it’s still best to use a camera and set the quality settings high. The following tips will help you make your art look its best, whether it’s for an email submission, a grant application or your website. The painting photographed in this post was painted by Robert Gamblin.

September 17, 2015

5 Tips for Writing an Effective Artist Statement

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most dreaded interview questions, and if you’re an artist, “Tell me about your work” can be just as headache-inducing. Many artists spend countless hours agonizing over how to phrase statements for exhibitions, class assignments or applications. Whether you’re a student artist or a working artist, at some point you’re going to have to write about your work. There’s no avoiding it. Here are five tips for getting started with that dreaded artist statement:

August 6, 2015
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