Watercolor can be one of the simplest mediums to use, but it does seem to have a mind of its own at times, giving it the reputation of being fussy and unforgiving to work with. In this four part workshop Steve Mitchell gets into the mind of watercolor and see what makes it tick. Success with watercolor depends greatly on discovering and anticipating how it reacts in real painting situations.
Capturing your world through art in a journal is a low-tech, highly rewarding experience, but you don’t need us to tell you that. In her friendly and conversational video workshop, Gay Kraeger guides you through learning watercolor one step at a time: the basics, quick sketches, page design, lettering, and watercolor techniques needed to create illustrations of your life in the form of an art journal.
Check out this video from Excel Blades where Sam Martin shows you how to emboss vinyl with the Excel Burnisher Set. Not only can you emboss vinyl, but you can also use this stylus on materials like leather, clay, foil, fondant, etc.
1. Grab your tape and tape your artwork you’d like to emboss to the Bristol paper.
2. Grab your K18 and cut the artwork out; make sure to only cut-out what you want to emboss.
3. Poke out the cut-out parts of your artwork.
4. Take off the artwork you taped to the Bristol paper.
5. Grab your vinyl and place it over the cut-out; make sure the back of the vinyl is facing you.
6. Grab your stylus and start tracing the cut-out; change out the tips as you emboss to enhance the overall look.
7. You can use the ball tip to trace the artwork.
8. Use the spoon tip to emboss larger areas.
9. Use the needle point tip to emboss the outline of the artwork to enhance the edges.
Interested in knowing the proper way of applying Angelus Leather Paints to shoes, purses, furniture, and other leather items? This quick video will show you the ropes, warn against common mistakes, and help you gain the confidence to dive into customizing.
Angelus Leather Paint is ideal for painting boots, jackets, athletic shoes, purses and more, and it’s ON SALE at 10% OFF! Buy 4oz of colors (one big bottle or four small ones) + 1oz 2-Thin, get a FREE empty painter marker by Angelus!
When properly applied Angelus Leather Paint will not crack, peel, fade or rub off. Non-toxic and water-based for easy clean up, Angelus is easy to use and can be blended together for countless custom colors. Apply with a brush, sponge or airbrush (should be thinned with 2-Thin before use in an airbrush or spray gun).
It’s a rare occurrence for one specific painting medium to have a whole genre of painting associated with it, but Cold Wax Medium is one such medium. Cold Wax Painting is not defined by subject matter nor the degree of realism or abstraction, Cold Wax Painting is unified by artists’ shared interest in experimentation, texture and the physicality of paint layers.
What is Cold Wax Painting?
Cold Wax Painting is any type of painting that heavily utilizes Cold Wax Medium into oil colors. In its own way, Cold Wax Painting blurs the line between oil painting and encaustic painting.
What is Cold Wax Medium?
Gamblin Cold Wax Medium is a mixture of natural beeswax (wax pastilles), Gamsol and a small amount of alkyd resin. The term “cold” in Cold Wax Medium and Cold Wax Painting refers to the fact that heat is not required for working with this wax medium – as it dries by solvent evaporation (Gamsol), rather than the cooling of the wax, as in encaustic painting. As the Gamsol evaporates out of the medium, the soft wax hardens to the density of a beeswax candle.
Cold Wax Painting Techniques
Cold Wax Medium is a dense paste, it is excellent in creating a variety of textures within a painting. It has a “short” characteristic and gives a clean break off of the brush or knife, retaining the sharp peaks of impasto. These working properties allow for expressive brushmarks and the ability to carve into paint layers with palette knives. Cold Wax Medium also gives oil colors a beautiful translucent quality, similar to the seductive surfaces of encaustic paintings.
Cold Wax Painting utilizes experimental approaches, including the use of brayers, stencils, and textural elements such as bubble wrap or wire screens. The possibilities are endless!
Cold Wax Medium is compatible with oil colors, alkyd/oil colors, alkyd-based painting mediums, and Gamsol. Fast-drying mediums such as Galkyd and Galkyd Gel will increase the tack when mixed with Cold Wax Medium. Neo Megilp, Gamblin’s silky, soft gel medium, gives the wax a smoother feel and will round the peaks of impasto. These alkyd mediums will increase the gloss level of Cold Wax (just as adding Cold Wax lowers the gloss level of these mediums). Adding Gamsol to Cold Wax Medium will make it more fluid without adding gloss.
Cold Wax Artists
We’ve been fortunate to work with some wonderful artists who explore Cold Wax Painting techniques in their work. Whether these artists are working in representational or abstract modes of painting, they all utilize Cold Wax Medium for its unique working properties its effects on the resulting paint layers.
Since I first began using Cold Wax Medium 15 years ago, abstraction for me has become increasingly an expressive interaction with the materials. In mixing Cold Wax with oils, the body and the way paint can be layered, the enhanced drying time, and the transparency that it affords all lead to textures and visual depth that are the result of the process. Using Cold Wax helped me to move beyond conscious rendering of abstract ideas into a way of working that felt much deeper and more intuitive. Balancing the spontaneous aspects of my process with thoughtful editing and intention, the work has evolved into a true personal voice. —Rebecca Crowell
My painting process is centered on creating highly textured pieces by building many layers of oils colors, pigments, cold wax, and other amendments including cement, sand, soil, grit, and ash. —Jerry McLaughlin
I have been using Cold Wax and oil since the 80’s. I love how it extends the oil paint, the textural possibilities, and the way is sets up quickly to create layers. —Lisa Pressman
I fell in love with the rich luminosity of oil and cold wax in 2012 and have been using it ever since. I love how cold wax medium mixed with oil paint creates interesting surfaces and texture, allowing me to scrape, push, pull, and reveal previous layers. Sometimes it feels like I’m going on an archeological dig the way I am able to excavate and scratch into the layers, yet continually add more layers in an intricate dance to conceal and reveal. —Dayna Collins
Strathmore’s Artist Educator Sarah Becktel shares her techniques for how to get started using colored pencils. Whether you are just beginning or already have experience, see her favorite tips for creating a colored pencil piece.
Raw Materials carries a carefully-curated selection of colored pencils, but we recommend using paper specifically made for use with colored pencils, such as Colored Pencil Pads (Series 400) by Strathmore, or the paper Sarah uses in the video, Heavyweight Drawing Paper Pads (400 Series) by Strathmore. Both pads are on sale at 20% off!
The heavy-weight, all-purpose white paper used in Strathmore’s Colored Pencil Pads is excellent for practicing techniques or creating finished artwork using colored pencil. It also produces good results with markers and pen and ink. Each wire-bound pad contains 30 micro-perforated sheets that are actual size sheets when removed from the pad.
Heavyweight Drawing Paper Pads (Series 400) by Strathmore contain versatile, cream colored drawing paper for sketching and most finished work. The paper is ideal for working with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal or sketching sticks to achieve a great depth of tone and uniform areas of half tones. It features the same cream color as the top-selling 400 Series Drawing papers, however the medium surface of this extra heavy-weight 100 lb. (163 gsm) paper has slightly more texture than the 80 lb. sheets found in the 400 Series Drawing pads. Each spiral-bound pad contains 24 perforated “actual size” sheets.
Have you tried Composi-Mold Reusable Molding Material? It is a great material for artists who want to learn and become more involved in sculpting, modeling and mold making without the worry of mistakes or wasting material. 100% reusable, this flexible, rubbery thermoplastic is great for small mold parts that require a stiffer mold making material and is compatible with many different casting materials including clays, plaster, cement, epoxy, polyurethane and many others.
Check out the video above where ComposiMold is used to make a resin casting – a great way to create beautiful duplicates and perfect for jewelry making, art forms, sculptures, and prototyping.
Bullet journals are a popular way for people to track to-dos, remember important events and record everyday life – with a touch of creativity and grace. Artist Rachel Solomon demonstrates how to start bullet journaling, from creating a basic key to adding a creative layout that incorporates bright colors and hand-lettering. She uses Itoya’s ProFolio Oasis Notebook, which has a combination of grid, line and dots – optimal for handwriting, drawing perfect straight lines, developing charts, and rapid journaling.
The ProFolio Oasis Notebook is designed to simplify your search for the perfect notebook: well-designed, affordable and practical – and they’re on sale for 30% off list price! The Oasis Notebook is made with high-quality materials; the spine is machine stitched and the paper is soft and smooth to the touch. The notebooks are available in three colors and three different sizes – A6 (small, 4.13″ × 5.83″) is $4.89 (list $6.99), A5 (medium, 8.83″ × 8.27″) is $6.99 (list price $9.99), and B5 (large, 6.93″ × 9.84″) is $8.39 (list price $11.99).