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The Secret of Gum Arabic

Q. I’ve seen some lovely paintings in which gum arabic is used in conjunction with watercolor. The colors are so vibrant! How would you use it? Is there a special technique for combining the two?A. Gum arabic is the binder in which the pigments are dispersed to make the watercolor paints, so its use in the course of making a painting is akin to using an oil painting medium containing linseed oil with oil paints.
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Plein Air Painting in Two Sessions with Michael Chesley Johnson

This demonstration is an excerpt from the feature article, “Livin’ Large” by Michael Chesley Johnson. If you enjoy this step by step demo, subscribe to Magazine for 10 full issues of instruction and inspiration per year!Plein Air Painting in Two Sessionsby Michael Chesley Johnson1. Tone: Before taking my 18×26 stretched canvas to the field, I toned it with a thin wash of an acrylic mixture of yellow ochre and magenta.
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James Toogood: How to Paint Clouds in Watercolor

The watercolor terms ease of lift and nonstaining describe related qualities of watercolor paint pigments. They’re good terms to understand when learning how to paint clouds in watercolor. Nonstaining paint pigments come up from the surface of a painting easily with soft scrubbing. In other words, nonstaining paint pigments have an ease-of-lift quality.
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The Artist Life

Is He Following You With His Eyes?

We have been enjoying the book, The Artists Eyes: Vision and the History of Art, by ophthalmologists Michael Marmor and James G. One of our favorites among the many fascinating subjects they cover, is the eerie phenomenon or illusion in some portraits that the subjects eyes follow you no matter where you stand in the room.
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Palette Knife in Hand

The Beginning of Memory, oil on canvas, 2010.All works by Melinda Matyas.Palette knife painting sounds a little edgy and dangerous, but it’s really all about texture—the thick impasto swipes and flat sweeps of color that make up the surface of an oil painting. I’ve never created an entire painting with just a palette knife before, and I wanted to see what the appeal was for Melinda Matyas, a Hungarian-born artist who works in Romania.
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Try Something New: Art Resource Round-up

Spark fresh ideas and approaches today!|Sponsored| In our product and art resources round-up, get inspired to create with these art supplies, publications, surfaces and more to pursue your creative passions to the fullest.Indigraph Fountain PenThe Indigraph fountain pen’s newly redesigned disruptive cap gives the Indigraph superpowers.
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