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5 Tips for Using Markers

Markers are a blast to work with, but can be intimidating because erasers don't work on them! See 5 tips from pro artist Will Terrell on using markers. 

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New Series of Graphite How-To Videos

Artist Sarah Becktel created 4 new educational videos on Graphite that show you how to select the right tools, how to start a drawing & more tips & techniques. 

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Intro to Gouache - New Video Series

Together with artist Minnie Small we bring you an introductory video series on gouache. Learn gouache 101 & see tips, techniques, and tools to get you started. 

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How to Flatten a Buckled Painting

If you've created a painting on a piece of paper and are experiencing buckling or waviness after it has dried, we've got two methods you can try to flatten it.

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What is the Difference Between Sketch and Drawing Paper?

Sketch and drawing papers have many similarities and many differences. Knowing the differences is important in determining which to use for your artwork. 

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The History of Paper & How it is Made

The first writing surface was made in ancient Egypt from a plant called Papyrus, the royal plant of Egypt. The core of the papyrus plant was cut into tissue-thin strips, then laid across each other and pressed together under pressure. This turned the strips into a thin, smooth and durable laminated material that wasn’t quite paper.

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Quality Papers for Kids

Did you know that we carry a full line of artist quality papers for kids? We have always believed that providing quality materials to kids is the best way to nurture talent and ignite a lifelong love of art. Having great papers in the 100 Series Youth line is essential because it means you don't have to worry about your child's precious creations deteriorating over time. When your little Picasso makes a masterpiece we know it's important that it lasts for years and years to come so you can hang on to the precious memories.

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Alphonso Dunn's Pen & Ink Workshop

Alphonso Dunn's free Pen & Ink Workshops are now fully released and available on our YouTube Channel!

In his first video lesson, Alphonso covers the basic aspects of drawing and creating textures with pen and ink. Consistentcy in mark making is an essential foundation skill and is the first area of focus. From there Alphonso covers a few key principles of creating realistic textures and goes over helpful practice exercises.

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The Difference Between Bristol Smooth and Bristol Vellum

Bristol generally describes a drawing paper that is pasted to form multi-ply sheets. Bristol sheets provide a stiff, strong surface to work on without the need for mounting. The term Bristol derives from the early days of European papermaking when mills would send their finest papers to Bristol, England to be pasted together. Bristol papers generally have two types of surfaces: smooth and vellum.

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Shading Techniques & Selecting Paper for Graphite

The selection of paper for shading techniques is influenced by the type of pencil used, the degree of darkness desired, the shading technique used, and the expression of the shading technique desired.

The key is to select a paper surface (medium or smooth) based upon the effects you’re looking to achieve. As a general rule, a medium or textured surface will be able to produce a more even, luminescent shade than a smooth surface.

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