Artist Tips

Slap-Dash Noodle Doodle

What is the slap-dash noodle doodle method? Aside from being something fun to say, it's also a fun card-making technique courtesy of artist James Teaford. 

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List of Top Urban Sketching Supplies

Having the right tools for Urban Sketching can help enrich the experience and make it even more fun. Check out our list of top Urban Sketching supplies.

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Black Artist Tiles & the Versatility of Black Paper

Our Black Artist Tiles work with a wide range of mediums that let artists create unique and fun pieces. The black paper extremely versatile and works great with gel pens, white charcoal, colored pencil, crayons, oil pastels, chalk pastels, metallic inks, and other light media.

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Acrylic Paint Storage Tip

If you paint frequently with acrylics, you probably know what a hassle it can be just to set up & get ready. Artist Patti Mollica has a great, time-saving tip for you. 

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2017 Online Workshops Available on YouTube

If you missed our FREE 2017 Online Workshops, you can see all video lessons on YouTube. Topics include: Brush Lettering + Watercolor, Pastels, & Mixed Media. 

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Holiday Watercolor Card Idea

Our Watercolor Cards are perfect for creating handmade, personalized greetings! Check out our quick demo video of a holiday card idea that you can follow along to and create your own!

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100+ of the Best Art Tips

We asked artists "what's the best piece of art-related advice you've ever been given?" Read through over 100 valuable responses we received. 

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Summer Newsletter

Our Summer Artist Newsletter is here and features Sarah Becktel's 5-step process for creating dimensional animal drawings on Toned Mixed Media paper. 

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Realistic Watercolor Workshop Starts March 5!

Workshop 1, Realistic Watercolor for Beginners, starts March 5! Follow along to Kelly Eddington's FREE video lessons. 

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Printmaking FAQ & Techniques

We recently introduced a full line of Printmaking papers that covers the range of needs from beginners to professionals. We have some very helpful downloadable PDF's available that explain printmaking terminology, different printmaking techniques, and methods for creating monotypes.

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Announcing Our 2016 Online Workshops!

We are excited to announce our free 2016 Online Workshops which start on Monday, March 7!

We’ve got a fantastic line up this year with 3 extremely talented and inspirational artists who will be leading you through follow-along online video lessons… FOR FREE!

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Charcoal Drawing Tips in the Winter Artist Newsletter

The Winter Newsletter features Casey Neal's stunning artwork and his best tips and tricks for drawing with charcoal. 

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Winter Artist Newsletter

The Winter Edition of the Artist Newsletter is here and features Christine Karron's 5 steps for creating stunning mixed media illustrations. Read it here. 

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Felt and Wire Side of Fine Art Papers

What is the difference between the top side and back side of art paper? How can I tell what side is the front? Is the performance the same on both sides?

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Brush Lettering + Watercolor Workshop

Follow along for FREE to our full Brush Lettering + Watercolor workshop with instructor Jess Park! See the full-length video lessons and downloadable instruction sheets. 

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Artist Interview - Teoh Yi Chie

Read our interview with Teoh Yi Chie; a talented artist, urban sketcher, and blogger in Singapore. See his amazing on-site watercolor sketches.

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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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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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The 2 Meanings of Vellum

The term vellum as it relates to paper can be somewhat confusing because it can refer to two distinct aspects:
1. Vellum as a paper 2. Vellum as a finish

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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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Sword Illustration on Toned Paper by Reid Schlegel

Industrial Designer Reid Schlegel demonstrates his process for creating a sword illustration on Toned Tan paper. 

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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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10 Commandments of Industrial Design Sketching

See Industrial Designer Reid Schlegel's 10 Commandments of Industrial Design Sketching & 5 Commandments of Toned Paper Rendering in our Fall Artist Newsletter. 

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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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Toned Blue Mixed Media Demo with Minnie Small

Artist Minnie Small demonstrated our new Toned Blue Mixed Media paper with this vibrant gouache and colored pencil fish. 

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Artist Interview - Katherine Liontas-Warren

Read our interview with Artist Katherine Liontas-Warren, a Professor of Art at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and see her gorgeous drawings and paintings. 

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7 Watercolor Tips for Beginners

These 7 watercolor tips and basics for beginners will help you to improve your work and feel confident with this fun and spontaneous medium. 

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Heavyweight Mixed Media Demo with Graham Smith

Artist Graham Smith demonstrates our new 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media paper with an old-time boxing strongman portrait. 

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Preparing for a Watercolor Painting

The prep-work it takes to get ready for a watercolor painting can be time consuming and easy to overlook. However, taking the proper measures prior to starting a watercolor painting (and in this case, a watercolor landscape) can help bring you success in your painting and make the execution more free flowing.  

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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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PanPastels on Toned Blue Mixed Media Paper

See our step-by-step process for creating a soft sunset on Toned Blue Mixed Media paper. 

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New Series of Paper Cutting Videos!

We worked with Grace Hart to bring you a 3-Video Series on the ancient art of Paper Cutting. See the process & techniques, then try it out!

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2017 Online Workshops

Did you see our FREE 2017 Online Workshops? We've got video lessons on 3 topics: Brush Lettering + Watercolor, Pastel, and Toned Mixed Media. 

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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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Free Pastel Tutorials!

Our FREE Pastel Workshop with Amy Pearce Stone begins on Monday, May 1, 2017! Join us and follow along to the video lessons. 

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Pastel Techniques Workshop

The "Techniques in Pastel Art" workshop with Instructor Amy Pearce Stone is fully released and available for viewing!

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Artist Interview - Peter Bucks

We sat down with Peter Bucks for our second Artist Interview (well, we wish we sat down with him... we corresponded with him electronically) and we can't wait to share his ]story and artistic insight with you!

Every artist has their own unique background, style, experiences, techniques and perspective. We can all learn from each other, be inspired by one another, and continue to share the joy of art.

Let's hear what Peter has to say:

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Sketchbook Fury - FREE Online Workshops!

Have you been following along to Graham Smith’s FREE Sketchbook Fury workshop?

Through online video lessons, Professional Artist & Illustrator Graham Smith is showing us how to develop a sketchbook strategy so you can customize your sketchbook, build your drawing skills, overcome your fear of the blank page, develop ideas, and execute finished art.

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Kevin Keele's Toned Paper Illustrations

Illustrator Kevin Keele uses our toned gray paper for his fascinating illustrations. See his work and tips that show his process. 

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2015 Online Workshop Video Lessons on YouTube

If you missed our 2015 Online Workshops or if you just can't get enough, we've got great news! Video lessons from all 3 Series are now available on YouTube!

 

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New Topics in the Strathmore Learning Series!

We recently introduced 3 new Learning Series products! New topics include colored pencil textures, drawing nature in colored pencils, and hand lettering basics. 

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Tips for Graphite Shading - Which Paper to Use

To select the right paper for graphite shading techniques, a few factors need to be taken into consideration.

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Varnish vs. Fixatives - Should I Use Them?

FAQ: Is there a difference between a varnish and a fixative? Should I be using them on my art? Read more to find out. 

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Realistic Watercolor for Beginners - Free Online Workshop!

Have you been following along to Kelly Eddington's FREE watercolor workshop? Watch her four video lessons today. 

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How to Seal a Charcoal Drawing

When you've finished your charcoal drawing, you may be wondering whether or not you should seal it with a fixative. Read our precautions and recommended steps. 

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Artist Interview - Laura Schrampfer

We are excited to kick off our Artist Interviews with Tattoo Artist Laura Schrampfer! Each month we will be posting an interview with a different artist in our Art Blog to get a look into the minds of creative people across the globe.

 

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New Colored Pencil How To Videos

We are excited to share 5 new videos created by Strathmore's Art Educator and Colored Pencil expert Sarah Becktel. In these short, 2-5 minute videos, Sarah explains her colored pencil tips and techniques for choosing the right paper, getting started, blending, and using water soluble colored pencils. 

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Spring Newsletter Featuring Gouache Illustrations by Angela Staehling

The Spring Edition of our Artist Newsletter is here! Featured artist Angela Staehling shares her process for creating bright and vibrant gouache illustrations.

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Artist Interview - Kevin Hayward

Read our interview with artist Kevin Hayward who creates beautiful wildlife drawings using graphite. 

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10 Tips to Papercutting Success

The Fall Newsletter features Grace Hart's "10 Tips to Papercutting Success." Grace has also included a FREE papercutting template and tutorial video!

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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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Surface Strength of Fine Art Papers

Drawing & painting papers need to have excellent surface strength. The tape pick test can be used to evaluate how strong the surface is on a fine art sheet. 

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Fall Card from our 2013 Online Workshops

Take a look at this fun, fall-inspired greeting card made by Instructor Jane LaFazio in the Week 2 video of our Artful Card Making Techniques Online Workshop.

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Artist Interview - Kim Taggart

We interviewed artist Kim Taggart to get an inside look at her serene graphite and charcoal drawings of the Midwest skies, plains, and rolling hills.

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7 Tips to Help You Start a Plein Air Painting Practice

Summer is the perfect time to get outside for some Plein Air painting. This pastime is a wonderful way to improve your studio skills while enjoying the great outdoors. Here’s a few tips to get you started in your own Plein Air practice.

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The Spring 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! Click here to download.

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The Strathmore Series Numbers

Most of our products have a “series” number on them. This is our way of classifying our papers to help you determine which best suits your needs as an artist.

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Watercolor Brush Lettering - By Nicole Miyuki Santo

When you hear the word watercolor you automatically think of using watercolor paper. Makes sense. However when I started to teach classes, I wanted something that was transparent so the students can use my letters underneath as a guide. I knew that watercolor paper was not transparent so I tried tracing paper and that did not hold the ink up well. Then I went in to my local art store and found Strathmore’s 500 series Marker Pads. From the first brushstroke I made on the paper, I was sold.

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Stretching Watercolor Paper

What does it mean to stretch watercolor paper? Why & how should it be done?

Many artists soak or stretch their watercolor paper prior to painting. This is typically done on lighter-weight watercolor sheets to stop the paper from buckling when wet media is applied to the surface.

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Artist Interview - Mark Reep

Mark Reep creates dreamy, atmospheric drawings using charcoal and graphite on our bristol smooth paper. Read our interview with Mark and see his stunning work. 

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Colored Pencil Workshop with Sarah Becktel

Workshop 2, Colored Pencil with Mixed Media, starts May 7! Follow along to Sarah Becktel's FREE video lessons. 

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2016 Workshop Videos on YouTube!

Our 2016 Online Workshop video lessons are now on our YouTube Channel! See the video lessons from our Sketchbook, Watercolor, and Marker workshops!

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Acrylic Paint Storage Tip

Artist Patti Mollica has a convenient solution for storing her acrylic paints that saves time and allows her to get straight to work. 

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