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Annie Strack - Tugboat tutorial

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!


>> Arches 14x20 CP Watercolor Block

>> #6 Squirrel Mop Brush

>> Kolinsky Round Brushes, sizes 6 & 10

>> Winsor & Newton


>> Payne’s Grey

>> Indigo

>> Ultramarine blue

>> Cobalt

>> Viridian

>> Quinacridone Gold

>> Cadmium yellow

>> Cadmium Orange

>> Cadmium Red

>> Quinacridone Red

>> Burnt Sienna

>> Sepia 

Whenever I get to the beach or around a waterfront area, I get out my camera and shoot a ton of reference photos. Even if I see a subject that I currently don’t want to paint, I go ahead and photograph it and store the photos in my archives, knowing that someday I may want to use them. Such is the case with this tugboat, which I photographed at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia a few years ag...

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winsor newton pigment marker

Are you curious about Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers? Not sure how they’ll look on certain types of paper? Read this post to discover various results you can get with this awesome range.

These popular markers were released in 2015 and have exceptional lightfastness and fantastic blending properties. Each marker in this series has a lightfastness rating of A—it will take up to 100 years before color change or fading affects the high quality pigments. Artwork produced with pigment-based markers last longer compared to other types of markers. The ink is about as thin as most alcohol-based markers and stays wetter slightly longer, allowing for extra blending time.

The Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker range includes a unique white blender marker for blending colors together. The white blender can also be used to create pastel tints, soften colors, add highlights and draw on dark paper. Pigment-based markers should always be stored horizontally instead of vertically to help them maintain their flow and color brilliancy.

Pigment markers tend to work better on certain types of paper, and work especially well on coated papers. Coated papers reduce bleeding and generally any paper that is coated...

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Rhodia notepads in Plaza Artist Materials store

This month, we answered some interesting questions about the future of notebooks for the Featured Retailer series on the Rhodia Drive blog. Rhodia Drive is sponsored by Clairefontaine-Rhodia, the maker of Rhodia products. On the blog, you can find information and resources for using these iconic orange notepads! The folks at Rhodia Drive asked us questions about the importance of handwriting and drawing by hand in a world ruled by technology. Read an excerpt of the interview below or check out the full interview on Rhodia Drive!

Rhodia Drive: Have digital devices and apps changed how people use notebooks?

Digital devices have definitely changed the way people take notes, create calendars and store information. But smart phones and computers haven’t necessarily changed the way that artists use notebooks. More artists may be experimenting with digital sketchpads and various art apps, but nothing can replace real life sketching. Whether you’re a painter, illustrator or sculptor, you need to be able to sketch. Rhodia graph paper pads are popular with our customers, as are Rhodia notebooks. People may not use notebooks in the workplace like they used to, but many people continue to use no...

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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.

Sometimes it is difficult to figure out which colors to buy to start a basic set to work from. Primary colors are obviously needed, along with black and white. But what other colors are good palette starters? You may want to buy a couple of extra tubes of certain colors to go along with the basics.

We highly recommend taking an oil painting class or workshop to get yourself started. We offer oil painting classes several times a year at our Rockville, Nashville, Towson, and Kenwood locations. Check out our workshop guides to give yourself that extra push to try a new medium.

Which Colors to Start With (Buy These Paints)

There are slightly different opinions about which colors to start out wit...

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The Mystery of Paper Marbling

Jun 22, 2016 1:44:00 PM


What is Paper Marbling?

Paper marbling is an ancient art tradition in many cultures. Marbling is named so because it mimics the natural patterns found in marble and other stones. Marbled paper is created by floating colorful inks on the surface of water, or a viscous water-based solution known as size. Ink is typically applied to the surface using a pipette or other dripping method. The inks are then swirled to create complex patterns that can be transferred to paper or fabric.

The ink can be manipulated by blowing on the water, using a special comb, or running other tools over the surface of the size to create designs. When a sheet of paper is laid upon the surface and quickly lifted, it grabs the floating ink pattern from the solution. Each sheet of marbled paper is a unique monotype—no two pages will ever look the same!

Major Marbling Traditions

Paper marbling has been used for centuries to create decorations, manuscripts and books. Marbling techniques spread throughout the ancient Middle East and into Europe. Sheets of marbled paper were traditionally used by European bookmakers as book-ends—the paper was favored for hiding bumps from leather turn-ins and chords.

Marbling continues ...

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