Draw Big with GOLDEN Acrylic Ground for Pastels

Pastel Ground by GOLDEN is used for preparing supports for use with dry media like pastels, graphite, pencil, charcoal or chalk, and it is ON SALE at 30% OFF! Pastel Grounds provide a tooth similar to pastel paper and is perfect for when you want to work LARGE and on unconventional surfaces, like say, a door.

ComposiMold Learning Curve: Basic Instruction of Reusable Molding Materials

This video shows the process for making molds and casts and then re-using Reusable Molding Material by ComposiMold to make what you want. How many times can ComposiMold be reused? It’s been tested at 35x, but we’ve heard customers say they’ve reused it 100x. Wow. We have Reusable Molding Material by ComposiMold ON SALE at 10% OFF, so it’s even more economical!

Dry Pigments by Gamblin

Gamblin Dry Pigments: Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Red Medium

Over the last few years, we’re finding that the DIY movement continually inspires artists to get creative with raw materials and we get a lot of questions about how to use Dry Pigments by Gamblin. Dry Pigments are the same pigments used in Gamblin’s Artist’s Oil Colors, which is 100% pure, finely-ground, available in a range of 22 colors, and ON SALE at 25% OFF! 

While an artist may want to use Dry Pigments to make their own oil paint by mixing with Linseed Oil or other drying oils such as Poppy, Stand, or Safflower, they can also be used to create other paint mediums using binders for acrylics, watercolors, egg tempera, and fresco.  Additionally, Dry Pigments can be mixed with Gamblin Oil Ground to provide a tinted base layer to work on top of. 

We’ve seen beautiful results when mixed with Art Resin to fill in negative areas in wood grain, or as a colored coating for surf boards. Artists have used Dry Pigments mixed into grout for mosaic and tile projects with much success. We’ve mixed pigments with pouring mediums in conjunction with, and as a replacement to, acrylic colors – to fabulous results. Are we obsessed? Yup. But mostly, we’re inspired.

DIY: Shibori with Indigo Dye

A little different than tie dye, Shibori is a Japanese method of dyeing patterns by twisting, binding, wrapping, folding, and stitching. Indigo dye is used because of its easy-to-create resist patterns on fabric. Jacquard products make it simple to create this ancient natural dye using their Mini Indigo Tie Dye Kit, and it’s ON SALE at 25% OFF this month!

This Mini Indigo Tie Dye Kit brings the ancient art of indigo dyeing to the home dyer in a user-friendly formulation. Indigo dye, which comes from a plant, is one of the oldest dyes used for coloring fabrics and the one still used today to color blue jeans. This natural dye process has long been used in many cultures around the world. This kit includes pre-reduced Indigo dye, reducing agent, gloves, two sizes of rubber bands, two wood blocks, quick start instructions and an instruction booklet with dye patterns and historical overview of indigo. Dyes up to 15 shirts or 15 yards (5 lbs.) of fabric. 

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Pitt Artist Pens in White by Faber-Castell

Check out this video of the White Pitt Artist Pens by Faber-Castell in action. Made of pigmented India Ink that is both acid-free and archival (pH neutral), these Pitt Artist Pens offer unsurpassed lightfastness. Perfect for sketches, journals, cartooning, and fine ink drawing. Available in classic fine art colors as well as varied nib styles. Ink is smudge and waterproof when dry.

Pitt Artist Pens are ON SALE at $2.99 ($3.60 list), so now is a good time to give these a spin.

Like to work big? PITT Artist Pen Big Brush Pens contain four times the amount of lightfast, acid-free pigmented India Ink as the PITT Artist Pen, offering great coverage for work in large formats. Opaque White Pitt Big Brush Pens are ON SALE for $4.99 (list $6.70), and all other colors of Pitt Big Brush Pens are $3.00 (list $6.00). That’s 50% off, yo.

Wiggle Pour

Check out this video of a dirty cup pouring technique with a twist from GOLDEN Acrylic Colors. Color Pouring Medium by GOLDEN is ON SALE at 30% off, so it’s a good time to do an acrylic pour.

Plein Air Painting Session: LA Central Library on World Book Day, April 23rd with Roofless Painters

Attention oil painters! Join Roofless Painters for a very special plein air painting workshop to celebrate World Book Day (Tuesday, April 23). They’re painting the Los Angeles Central Library from The Bonaventure Hotel. The workshop is $75, and all painting materials are supplied (medium-OIL). Setup and clean-up is on them, too – just show up and paint!

TUE April 23, 10 am – 1 pm, Roofless Painting Session on World Book Day: LA Central Library from the Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

We have been granted access to the Bonaventure Hotel to paint the LA Library from their pool deck. The views of the iconic library form the iconic hotel are incomparable.

We first met the Roofless Painters at the 2016 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, when artist Julio Panisello won the Grand Prize for his oil painting of Angel’s Flight. A talented artist, Julio is also a beloved educator and the inspirational founder/leader of Roofless Painters, a nomadic painting atelier in Los Angeles.

Grand Prize Winner, 2016 • Julio Panisello, “Angel‘s Flight” 
Oil on Canvas, 18″ × 24″

Our L.A. Voices: A Pop-Up Arts & Culture Fest

Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices, A Pop-Up Arts & Culture Fest, April 27 & 28, 2019

Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019; 11 am – 5 pm 

Grand Park’s week-long spring arts experience, Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices – a Pop-up Arts+Culture Fest is a regional arts gathering that focuses exclusively on the diverse and powerful artistic talent in Los Angeles County. This FREE arts fest will feature short film, dance, music, spoken word and theatre performances, as well as visual art by L.A. artists.

During both days of the festival, Jardin del Arte, the public marketplace at Our LA Voices, will feature a range of art works for sale including paintings, photographs, collages, postcards, jewelry, and plants from LA artists such as Patrick Martinez, Ramiro Gomez, Chinwe Okona, and Noe Olivas. Jardin del Arte is curated in partnership with Residency Gallery, Savannah Wood, and more to be announced.

The festival’s 2019 theme, Origin Stories, explores and showcases distinctly Los Angeles narratives and questions about where we are, how we got here and where we are going.

WHERE: Grand Park Grand Park – From Grand Ave. to Hill St. 
200 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Still Life Painting Session @ Grand Central Market with Roofless Painters – April 6th

Attention oil painters! Want to paint some produce together? Join Roofless Painters for a still life workshop at the one and only Grand Central Market, in DTLA’s Historic Core this Saturday, April 6th from 6-8pm. The Roofless Painters will set up easel stations around the produce stands of one of the market’s vendors and paint them from life. The workshop is $50, and all painting materials are supplied (medium-OIL). Setup and clean-up is on them, too – just show up and paint!

SAT, April 6, 6-8 pm at GRAND CENTRAL MARKET in DTLA’s Historic Core.

We first met the Roofless Painters at the 2016 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, when artist Julio Panisello won the Grand Prize for his oil painting of Angel’s Flight. A talented artist, Julio is also a beloved educator and the inspirational founder/leader of Roofless Painters, a nomadic painting atelier in Los Angeles.

Grand Prize Winner, 2016 • Julio Panisello, “Angel‘s Flight” 
Oil on Canvas, 18″ × 24″

Getting Started with Plein Air Painting

Happy Plein Air-pril! Have you always wanted to try busting out of your art studio and painting en plein air? Or has it just been a while since you’ve been out painting? Either way, you’re in luck! Thanks to Royal Talens, artist Justin Vining walks you through the basics of getting started with plein air painting. Let’s get started!

Supplies

Less is More – Design a simple/lean setup. This will enable you to go to farther, cooler places and make it easier to just get out and go on a whim!

Start out with a Limited/Split Primary Palette – A warm & cool red, yellow, blue, titanium white, and perhaps a burnt umber or burnt sienna. You don’t need to carry a black- true black is rarely found in nature.

Brushes – I prefer hog bristle long filberts & long flats. Start out your painting with a big brush and save your small brushes for the very end.

Painting Surface – I like using panels outside as they are more compact, and durable with no risk of puncture. Carrying a canvas through tricky outdoor terrain can become risky.

Painting Process

Start Thin (Grisaille Layer) – Your first layer is almost like not painting at all- scrub in a “dirty” dry value that begins to describe the composition and form.

Think in the Most Basic Shapes – Squint really hard at almost any scene and you can quickly break it down into 2 or 3 big shapes of value. Use these shapes to start your painting.

Mixing Colors – I will generally premix 3-5 of my major colors and then start mixing the variations off those main ones. Put some color on the end of your palette knife and hold it up to what you are trying to match it to. Squint real hard to check value and color accuracy.

General Preparedness

Justin Vining plein air painting in Garfield Park.

Water/small snack

Headlamp (hiking out in dark)

Summer – bug spray, suntan lotion

Spring/Fall – waterproof boots/poncho

Nocturne – 2 piano lights in case natural street lamp light is not an option

Winter – ultra warm gloves & boots are the key here, its easy to keep the core warm, its a lot harder to keep your feet and hands dry and warm

Below are the colors that make up Justin’s Rembrandt Oils palette. We also recommend using Van Gogh Oil Colors by Royal Talens, an oil paint that offers Royal Talens quality at an economical price. The same high quality pigments that are used in Rembrandt Oils are used here, only in lower concentration. 

411 Burnt Sienna

409 Burnt Umber

406 Ultramarine Deep

534 Cerulean

342 Brown Madder Deep

377 Perm Red Medium

227 Yellow Ochre

208 Cad Yellow Light

118 Titanium White

We hope this helps you get started with plein air painting and that you try painting the urban landscapes around Raw Materials. Now, go paint!

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Justin Vining is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing and landscapes and cityscapes. Justin studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended Valparaiso Law school, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full time and hasn’t looked back since. See his work here.