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Our featured artist Justin Maas is known for his stunning portraits. Justin uses grayscale on Toned paper to employ value, show form and make drawings with incredible depth.
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Our featured artist, Jordan Rhodes, is a Chemistry Ph.D candidate at Vanderbilt University. In less than 2 years, Jordan has amassed over 175,000 Instagram followers who regularly view his page to see his stylish portraits and admire his natural talent.
Our featured artist, Pat Lopez, has been a Courtroom Sketch artist for nearly 40 years. She has covered high profile cases like the Oklahoma City Bomb Trial, the Kobe Bryant Sexual Assault Hearing, the Salvidar/Selena Murder, Enron, and many more.
Featured artist Dan Burkholder gives an inside look at how he takes his photography to the next level by printing on translucent vellum paper and mounting gold leaf, silver or palladium to the back for a beautiful effect.
The Summer Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Cliff Deun shares his process for using thick, bold lines to create pieces that are powerful and distinctive. Keeping it simple and using suggestion versus finite detail is the key to his work
The Spring Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Angela Staehling shares her process for creating bright and vibrant gouache illustrations. She also shares her tips on how to further advance your art career by learning the ins and outs of art licensing.
The Winter Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Casey Neal creates stunning charcoal pieces and shares his drawing process. He also shares his 10 BEST TIPS FOR WORKING IN CHARCOAL.
The Fall Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Grace Hart is an accomplished papercutter who wants to share her art form. In addition to her 10 Tips to Papercutting Success, Grace has also provided a FREE DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATE and FREE VIDEO TUTORIAL, which is included in the Artist Newsletter!
The Summer Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here and features Sarah Becktel's 5-step process for creating dimensional animal drawings on Toned Mixed Media paper. Sarah got the opportunity to spend hours in the American Museum of Natural History, observing and drawing taxidermy specimens.
"I had hundreds of animal subjects (that stayed still) right at my fingertips, and by observing the animals in three-dimensional space, I got a much better understanding of my subjects' structure and anatomy." - Sarah Becktel
The Spring Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here and features an in-depth look at Mark Reep's process for creating his dreamy and atmospheric graphite and charcoal drawings. Read how Mark mastered his distinct style through experimentation and balancing analysis vs. artist intuition. "What we feel matters as much as what we think" when creating art. See his step-by-step process for his drawing Pirate Radio Edit and read about his preferred methods and tools.
"I began exploring dry alternatives like powdered charcoal and graphite, applying them with cotton balls and brushes. This gave me much greater control and enabled revision as well." - Mark Reep
The Winter Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Christine Karron is a full time artist and illustrator in Alberta, Canada. She's put together an article that details her 5 steps for creating beautiful mixed media illustrations.
“I never thought about being limited to only one media. For me it was always about using everything that was available to make my drawingsas good as possible.”– Christine Karron
See her steps and her distinctive illustrations in the Artist Newsletter!
The Fall Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Reid Schlegel is a professional industrial designer and artist based in NYC. He's put together a Toned Paper Manifesto which includes a list of his 10 commandments of industrial design sketching and his 5 commandments of toned paper rendering. See the lists and all his useful design and rendering tips in the Artist Newsletter!
Our featured artist in this edition of the Summer Newsletter creates amazing hyper-realistic paintings that make you say "that's watercolor?" See his stunning artwork and learn about his process for creating his pieces in the Artist Newsletter. Also in this issue, read about our new Learning Series products, see our 3-video series on how to paint with gouache, and get answers to FAQs from our website.
The Spring Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here and features the accounts of a color addict who followed her heart three years ago and decided to pick up her colored pencils again. Artist Carrie Alderfer reflects on the complicated yet captivating aspects of color and how she likes to use it in pieces to bring you into her world. Also in this issue: learn about our new 400 Series Marker paper, celebrate 1 year of “Pass the Journal” with us, get information on our free upcoming watercolor workshop, and see our methods for flattening a buckled painting.
We have a very touching edition of the Winter Artist Newsletter to share with you. In 2014, our featured artist Brent Anderson started a non-profit called "In My Father's Eyes". Through his organization, he uses his artistic talent to bless the families of children who are battling cancer with a beautiful portrait at no cost. Read his story, see the artwork, and learn about the lives he's touched in the Artist Newsletter. Also in this issue, learn about our new, conveniently-sized colored pencil pads, get information on our FREE 2016 Online Workshops, and get answers to frequently asked questions about how to choose the right watercolor paper for your art.
The Fall edition of our Artist Newsletter is here and we've got a doozie for you. Featured artist Graham Smith is a professional illustrator who teaches life drawing classes. He's put together a list of the top 10 life drawing mistakes he sees in the studio with suggestions on how to improve them and take your skills to the next level. Also in this Issue, learn about our coal black Artagain paper that we're now offering in new formats. See the winner and runner-ups for our 2016 Product Catalog Cover, and get answers to frequently asked questions from our website about the difference between smooth and vellum bristol surfaces.
Our summer newsletter is here and this Issue is all about getting toned... Toned Sketch, that is. Featured artist Georgina Kreutzer discusses her preference for using toned paper because of the way light can be more effectively expressed. Also in this Issue, learn about how drawings can POP on toned paper, and what the kraft and bark fiber inclusions in the paper are. We're also calling for artwork submissions for our 2016 Product Catalog, which you can learn more about in the Artist Newsletter
The cold, long days of winter are fading away, so grab this fresh and inspiring Issue of the Artist Newsletter and find a nice spot outside to dig in! In this Issue, featured artist Patti Mollica talks about how she developed her bold and fearless painting style. Patti is also the Instructor for Workshop 2 of our FREE 2015 Online Workshops, which means you can follow along as she creates 4 bold and expressive acrylic paintings while sharing her expert tips and techniques. Also in this Issue, learn about our new line of beautiful, 25% cotton Writing products, see our exciting new collaborative art project called "Pass the Journal", and check out our new Colored Pencil videos created by artist Sarah Becktel in the Questions from our Website section.
Winter is still here, so grab a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa and the latest Issue of our Artist Newsletter. In this Issue, featured artist Peter Bucks talks about his lifelong pursuit of developing his own techniques & style using watercolor, and his preferred materials to work with. Also in this Issue: learn about our new 400 Series Colored Pencil paper, the return of our free Online Workshops, and see our tips for mounting a piece of artwork onto a wood surface.
The Fall Issue of our Artist Newsletter is here and features a thoughtful investigation of drawing as a process by Artist John Rise. See his beautiful, detailed drawings and find out how he got infected with a love for graphite as a medium. Also in this issue: learn about our popular 100lb. cream heavyweight drawing paper which is now available in pads, our greeting card art submission request, and get answers to FAQ's on our new printmaking papers.
In the Summer Issue of the Artist Newsletter get an inside look at where Artist Gail Piazza draws her inspiration from and what her process is for capturing her subjects in a way that provokes emotion from the viewer. Also in this issue, get details on our NEW line of Printmaking papers, get registered for our free Online Workshops, and get answers to FAQ's from our website.
The Spring Issue of our Artist Newsletter features the vibrant artwork of Illustrator Eric Rosner. Enjoy his unique take on the classic Gilded Age of New York City and his beautifully re-imagined flowers. Also in this issue, learn about our free 2014 Online Workshops, our new Artist Tiles, and get answers to FAQ's from our website.
Strathmore Artist Newsletter: Winter 2014
Our winter issue of the Artist Newsletter is filled with artist tips and insights from the charismatic Jay Bauer. Also in this issue, get more information and register for our free 2014 Online Workshops! Learn about our Hardbound and Soft Cover Art Journals, and get answers to frequently asked questions from our website.
The Autumn issue of our Artist Newsletter features an inspiring story about pursuing your passion and embracing new ways of thinking. It may inspire you to do the same, and encourage you to practice your SKILLS. Also, learn about how you can submit artwork for a chance to be featured on our 2014 Product Catalog Cover or our Facebook cover image.
We hope that our Summer issue of our Artist Newsletter will inspire you to loosen up creatively and try some new abstract mixed media techniques.
Read how artist Robert Joyner combines the use of different media, artist tools and diverse techniques to allow each of his painting to "have a life of its own". Also learn about our expanded selection of large format Fine Art Rolls, our Online workshop series starting in September and factors that contribute to the fade resistance of colored papers.
In our Winter 2013 edition of the Artist Newsletter, learn how artist Scott Burdick creates a finished drawing on our 400 Series Toned Sketch paper. Follow along as he shows the steps he uses when drawing with light and dark media.
In our Autumn 2012 edition of the Artist Newsletter, see how Roz Stendahl and members of The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Visual Journal Collective put Strathmore's 500 Series Mixed Media paper to the test in a group journaling project.
The artist, Caroline Jasper, explains just how she prepares Starthmore® 500 Series Gemini watercolor paper for use with oil paints. She then uses the sheets to do oil studies for larger paintings, learn about her process and painting methods in this issue.
In our Spring 2012 edition of the Artist Newsletter, we celebrate our 120-year anniversary by taking a journey through our past. See how Strathmore has evolved over the years while keeping the same commitment to quality, performance and longevity of our fine art paper.
Artist Henry Pernell Johnson explains his oil wash technique using both oil and acrylic washes on Strathmore® 500 Series Illustration Board.
Artist George Max writes about his journey into the art world, his inspiration and tips for a successful drawing project.
Gene Ploss tells about his love of drawing faces and his discovery of miniature works of art called Art Cards, Editions & Originals (ACEOs). Download the eNewsletter to learn how ACEOs opened up a whole new world to Gene and his artwork.
In this inspirational article Sherie Sloane offers up some great tips on how to regain your motivation when the creative wellsprings have dried up. Also included in this season's eNewsletter is news about The Great Holiday Swap for Artist Trading Cards and a look at our featured product, Strathmore® Inkjet Iron-On Transfer Sheets plus Questions From Our Artists.
In this autobiographical article Brice Miller gives us a first hand account of his experiences and influences as an artist. Also included in this season's eNewsletter is information on the The Great Holiday Swap for Artist Trading Cards and a look at the new Strathmore® Hemp Charcoal Paper, plus Questions From Our Artists.
In the article Organizing Chaos Lori Baratta draws from her experience as a professional artist to give us some tips and techniques. Lori explains her methods that enable her to smoothly operate an art business. Also included in this season's eNewsletter is a look at the new Artist Trading Cards, plus Questions From Our Artists.
In the article Looking for Greener Options, The question of "environmentally friendly" options in fine art paper is discussed. Topics such as recycled material content, clean, renewable energy and alternative fibers are introduced. Also included are some frequently asked questions from our website and a look at the Strathmore® Inkjet Iron-On Transfer Sheets.
In the article Thoughts on Being a Freelance Illustrator, Steve Bjorkman gives us a look into the world of a freelance artist. From details to deadlines, Steve describes many of the jobs he's worked on over the years as well as how the profession has changed. Also included in this seasons eNewsletter are some frequently asked questions from our website and a look at our new Square and Landscape Fine Art Pads.
Gayle Rock explains some of her techniques for getting the perfect shot. With tips like filling the frame, changing your angle, the rule of thirds and seeing the light, you will feel more comfortable using your camera and will be able to take great photographs. Also included in this seasons eNewsletter are some frequently asked questions from our website and a look at New Strathmore® Greeting Cards.
In A Picture Book Tale, Carol Schwartz describes how she came to be a children's book illustrator and her illustration processes. Learn why Carol prefers Strathmore® paper and has chosen to illustrate over forty children's books on Strathmore® Bristol. Also included are some frequently asked questions from our website and a look at the Strathmore® Inkjet Photo Album.
In our Spring eNewsletter, Don Getz sheds some light on how he prepares Strathmore's Aquarius II® sheets for his watercolor projects. Read all about it in the article, That Great Paper. Also included in this seasons eNewsletter is the article, Advertising Then and Now and a look at the new Strathmore Kids® Tracing Paper, Colored Art Board and White Art Board.
In our Winter eNewsletter, Roxie Munro, an award winning children's book author/illustrator, provides a unique look into her thought process and inspiration for new book ideas in How do you get your ideas? Also included in this seasons eNewsletter is the article, Nature Inspires Artists and Artist Papers and a look at the New Black Presentation Board!
In our Autumn eNewsletter, Cathy Welner draws inspiration for her watercolor paintings from the beauty of the world around us. Read all about it in The Role of Art. Also included is the article, Strathmore Museum Mounting Board Designed for the Test of Time.
In our Summer eNewsletter, Laurie Caple explains her creative process and the challenges of being a picture book artist in Thirty-Two Sheets of White. Also included is the article, The Paper Ladder: Selecting a Sheet for Your Work, and Holiday Gifts for Creative Kids.
In our Spring eNewsletter, Marilynn Fairchild demonstrates different creative results using a variety of Strathmore artist papers in her Figure Study Series. Also included is the article, A Brush Up on Watercolor Paper and the latest addition to the Strathmore Artist Papers line, The Windpower Series.
In our Winter eNewsletter, artist Julie Rauer's Watercolor Paintings Interpret Science Through An Asian Prism in Absence of Water. Also included is the article, The Art and Science of Artist Paper and the latest addition to the Strathmore Artist Papers line, The Windpower Series.
In our autumn newsletter, emerging artist Mark Fortier talks about the challenges of drawing people in Overcoming the Fear of People. Also included is the article Artistic Gifts This Holiday Season, New Craft Project Online, and information about recent additions to the Strathmore Artist line.
In our spring newsletter, renowned illustrator John Kascht offers his thoughts on satirical work in Scavenging: The Art of Pop Culture Caricature. Also included is the article Fun With Strathmore Thai Dye Paper, and information about recent additions to the Strathmore Artist line.
In our winter newsletter, Luana Luconi Winner provides insight into how she utilizes digital technology in Computer Papers: New Uses in the Portrait Studio. Other articles include, Surface Treatment of Inkjet Paper for Enhanced Image Permanency, and Craft Project Online.
In our autumn newsletter, James Mundie takes us through his inspiration and creative process in Prodigies: Portrait Drawings of Unusual Characters. Other articles include, Choosing the Right Paper for Inkjet Printing, New Products, Holiday Memory Book.
In our summer newsletter, Christopher Switzer walks us through the process of restoring old, scratched and wrinkled photographs in Restoring History. Other articles include, The World of Papermaking, Testing Your Own Color, Digital Photo Paper, Watercolor Gift Bag.
In our spring newsletter, Peter Reynolds, illustrator and children's book author, talks about his achievements and provides eight steps to help you on the road to success. Read The Anatomy of One Illustrator's Success in Publishing. Other articles include, The Physics of Lightfast Color, Choosing a Watercolor Paper,Graduate Keepsake Journal.
In our winter newsletter, portrait painter Luana Luconi Winner provides the materials she uses and the steps she takes to capture the true essence of her subjects. Other articles include, Watercolor Journal Project, Three New Pads and How Long Does Paper Last?
In our fall newsletter, Sharon Tietjen Pratt walks you through a step-by-step rendering of an animal portrait using our Museum Mounting Board and colored pencils. Other articles include, Mounting Your Artwork, Two Great Holiday Projects, Call to Entry, and the Artist Message Board.
In this quarter's newsletter we have a great pencil demonstration on our 500 Series Bristol, Plate finish by Phil Metzger. In Phil's new book, Pencil Magic, he gives us a step-by-step demonstration of Old Hickory drawn in pencil. Other articles include, Summer Vacation Journal Project, Paper Weight: What Does It Mean?, and Selecting a Strathmore Drawing Board.