Featured Artists

Artist Raul Salas

Born in El Paso Tx, and currently residing in Las Vegas Nv, Raul "J.R." Salas is self-taunt artist who fell in love with drawing and comic book art at an early age. In 2012 J.R. decided to dedicate himself to his craft.

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Artist Meredith Sand

Previously, Meredith had a career in corporate marketing and communications after graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2005 with a degree in sociology. Without much formal training, she had always enjoyed creating art and experimented with various mediums including photography, ceramics and painting before discovering a passion for printmaking in 2011. What started out as a hobby, making cards as gifts for friends, quickly evolved into a business with the encouragement of her husband. Today, she sells primarily online and in local boutiques in her hometown of Winter Park, Florida.

Meredith describes her style as eclectic and bohemian. She has always been attracted to bright colors and bold graphic prints, which translates into the cards she creates. She finds beauty in things that are a bit "unfinished" and "imperfect". She specifically chooses the cards with the deckle edge to give it a more rustic, un-structured look, while the texture of the cardstock does not allow the ink to completely soak into the paper, creating a "worn" or "vintage" effect. She feels this adds to the authenticity of each card, you can tell it wasn't printed by a machine because each one is slightly different.

She says her favorite part about her business is how personal it is. "I'm honored that something I create is given to someone who then writes a personal note to people they love. "View more of Meredith's work at: www.meredithsanddesigns.etsy.com

 

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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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Artist Ryan Spahr

Ryan Spahr is an accomplished artist working in a variety of media, including marker, pen and ink, oil, pastel, photography, and tattoo. His work exhibits bold, expressive mark-making, exploration, and experimentation. Ryan lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he spends his free time with his family and collecting records. His future plan is to further his education in the Arts.

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Artist Benjamin D. Rinehart

Benjamin D. Rinehart specializes in multimedia images with a strong focus in printmaking and book constructions. His socially charged work is a part of many public and private collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He continues to teach as a visiting artist at various institutions around the country like the Center for Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Ben is the author of a book titled, "Creating Books & Boxes."

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Artist Brian Scott

Brian Scott is a self-taught artist and feels that it shouldn’t matter what your artistic history or education is, but that you love what you are doing. He has always been interested in art and took classes at night school, but found he did not enjoy the strict, regimented routine.

At first, Brian tried oils and acrylics but didn’t feel that he was successful in those mediums. In 2009 he turned to colored pencils where he found his niche and never looked back.

When asked why he prefers this medium, he replies that they are a lot cleaner and require less room. Once he started to use colored pencil, he was challenged to make his pencil work look more like an oil painting rather than a traditional drawing as he found at times people had a preconception that colored pencils were for kids. That’s when he began to develop his signature style.

Brian began drawing for his own personal enjoyment but as he grew and found his audience, he realized he could actually make sales as well as enjoy the camaraderie that the internet can bring by allowing viewers to respond to his art through comments and emails. “It keeps me going and always striving to do better!"

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Artist Heather Victoria Held

Heather Victoria Held is a freelance calligrapher residing in St. George Ontario with her husband Chris and their daughter Holly. Heather's passion for Spencerian Script was kindled when she met her friend and mentor Master Penman Michael Sull. Early in her ornamental penmanship endeavors she was guided and encouraged by Dr. Joe Vitolo through the Ornamental Penmanship discussion group and IAMPETH. She is a member of Master Penmen Brian Walker's Spencerian Study Group of the UK and is thankful for Brian’s guidance in her penmanship journey.

Heather's work has been published in Bound and Lettered, Somerset Studio, The Penman's Journal, The Spencerian Review, Romantic Homes, Pen World, Good Mail Day and 1000 Homemade Cards. In 2009 Heather was awarded the Spencerian Heritage Award by Michael Sull and is honored to take her place as a storyteller of the Golden Age of American Penmanship and specifically offhand flourishing as she teaches throughout North America.

Some of Heather's favorite art materials to use are: the pointed steel pen, pastels, watercolors, gold gouache, vellum, 24 K gold leaf, drawing ink, colored pencils, hot foil and hot fix crystals.

View more of Heather’s beautiful and intricate artwork at www.heathervictoriaheld.com and www.inkflourishes.blogspot.com

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Artist Cindi Norton Williams

In 2012, Cindi decided that at age 55, she was ready to change her life. As her only child was graduating from high school, this single mom decided to retire from her university accounting position after nearly 25 years. It was time to begin enjoying life on her own terms! Cindi bought a new camera, camping gear, and some art supplies, then set out to enjoy nature and attempt new things. Her biggest challenge was to learn how to transform her amazing photos into recognizable drawings!

As a self‐taught artist, Cindi began watching drawing tutorials on Youtube, and came across the free videos of Darrel Tank's Five Pencil Method, as well as discovering the 5pm website. By learning his graphite pencil techniques, and a lot of practicing, Cindi's work began to dramtically improve. Her work then took a new turn, toward colored pencils and a few pastels. Now her passion lies mainly with doing nature scenes and animals, using colored pencils and occasionally her trusty graphite mechanical pencils. Cindi tries to achieve an oil painting look to her drawings, and mixes various brands of colored pencils on all of her drawings to achieve the results she is striving for. She is always trying out new papers and pencils to see what can be achieved.

Since Cindi is dedicated to drawing everything freehand, she feels nature scenes are so much more forgiving than portraits, thus more enjoyable to do. Cindi believes that anyone can draw, it's not talent, it's skills that anyone can learn and practice. The main point of drawing is to enjoy your time doing it! Knowing that you are creating something that others will enjoy, from just a blank piece of paper and a few pencils, is one of the most gratifying feelings Cindi says she has experienced.

You can see more of her work, and contact her through her Facebook Art page Willow's Heaven Fine Arts ‐ https://www.facebook.com/WillowsHeaven. You can also email her with commission requests at willowsheaven@gmail.com

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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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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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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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Master Penman Jake Weidmann - Calligraphy Demo

Jake Weidmann is 1 of 11 Master Penman in the world. We were fortunate enough to have Jake demoing in our booth at the 2015 Art Materials World Show where he worked on our new line of Strathmore Writing papers. 

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Nicole Santo's Brush Lettering Workshops

Designer Nicole Santo recently taught two lovely and inspiring lettering workshops at Fullosophie in San Francisco, CA: Brushstroke Lettering, and Watercolor Brush Lettering. There were even mimosa’s involved… we wish we could have been there!

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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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Summer Newsletter Featuring Artist Justin Maas

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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Color Psychology - Blue

Color psychology suggests our mood can be impacted by different colors. Read about the color blue and see a collection of blue-themed artwork. 

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Watercolor Sketching On Location with Marco Bucci

Artist Marco Bucci tried our new Travel Series watercolor papers and created two fantastic on-site watercolor sketches. See his process & review. 

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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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Artist Interview - Nate Flamm

Read our interview with Nate Flamm, an Illustrator who creates epic fantasy pieces with an emphasis on composition and a comic book flair. 

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The 365 Project - Angela Staehling

written by Artist Angela Staehling:

I am thrilled to be creating this new line of imagery with the Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Art Journals. This collection of journal entries captures a different painting every day. As part of a larger 365 Project, I decided to categorize each month to reflect a different theme based on nature.

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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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Pass The Journal - Book 6 Complete!

Book 6, Shelburne, of our Pass the Journal project is finished! Artists in Spain & the USA united to fill this book with their own unique artistic voices. 

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3D Paper Art by Daniel Sean Murphy

Daniel Sean Murphy creates 3D paper sets, installations, objects and art. Read his article and see his incredibly detailed and meticulously crafted pieces. 

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Pass the Journal

We are excited to announce that Pass the Journal has officially begun! We sent our Mixed Media Art Journals to 12 different artists and gave them a task:

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2 Years of Pass the Journal!

We're celebrating 2 years of our collaborative art project, Pass the Journal!

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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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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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Featured Artist Ursula Doughty

Ursula Doughty is a talented colored pencil artist who creates a smorgasbord of unique pieces including animal mashups, creative food art, and Disney pieces with a twist.

 

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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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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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DRAWLLOWEEN

Things are getting pretty spooky around here! Many artists have taken to the #drawlloween and #inktober challenges by creating a Halloween-themed piece of art or an ink drawing every day in October. We've loved seeing all the scary, chilling, creepy, fun, and awesome artwork that has been posted in the last month!

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Artist Interview - Joi Murugavell

Australian artist Joi Murugavell's style is fun, vibrant, and energetic. Read Joi's story in our newest Artist Interview and learn more about her art. 

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Sheet Music Art on Bristol Paper

Artist Ursula Doughty uses our 300 Series Bristol Smooth paper for her sheet music art. She prints the music then draws characters on top using colored pencils. 

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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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Pass The Journal Update

One of our Pass the Journal books made its way to Brazil! See the artwork & learn more about the 12 books being filled by different artists across the globe.

 

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Artist Patti Mollica

Patti Mollica has been a fine artist and professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her artwork is is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with hues that are intense, brilliant and contemporary.

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Favorite Artwork Created in 2016

We asked artists to show us their favorite piece they created in 2016. Check out some of the amazing artwork that was sent in. 

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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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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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Pass the Journal

Our Pass the Journal project is in full swing and artists from around the globe are filling the pages of 12 special Art Journals!

Here's how the project works

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Top 10 Life Drawing Mistakes - Graham Smith

Graham Smith is a Professional Illustrator who has over 20 years of experience creating images for national clients in publishing, fashion, advertising, packaging and film. In his video "Confessions of a Paper Junkie", Graham gives us an inside look at his studio, some of his techniques, and his creative process:

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Artist Alisa Burke

Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art.  She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique to use in her artwork.


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Erik Davis - Watercolor Postcards

Artist Erik Davis has been using our Watercolor Postcards to create beautiful, fun and vibrant pieces that anyone would be thrilled to receive in the mail!

He uses a permanent ink pen to create the drawing, then adds color over the top with watercolors.

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Artist Karen Peterson

Karen was born in Oahu, Hawaii in 1959. The majority of her years have been spent in California with the exception of fifteen years when she lived in Colorado, Wyoming and Alaska.

After obtaining a degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and a second degree in Fine Arts from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, she has decided to settle down in the central coast of California.

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Wildlife Art by Jonathan Martinez

Jonathan Martinez uses his artistic talents to create beautiful drawings of endangered animals to bring awareness to them. 

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Artist Diane Luke Barth

Diane Luke Barth received her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo and attended graduate school at The Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She enjoys nature and animals – such a variety is found on the Outer Banks. She resides on an island in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Drawing horses is her specialty. In the past she competed with her quarter horse ‘Sassy’ in trail and pleasure class, along with barrel racing. Diane loves to combine horses with other nature-related subject matter. The combination adds excitement to her paintings. She is working on a series of art that features equine and birds of prey. Her work is featured on blankets, pillows and clothing sold by Woolrich, Inc. It also appears commercially on coffee mugs, stationery, and a variety of gift products sold by other companies.

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Watercolor Illustration - Draw a Story

'Draw a Story' is a Singapore-based creative studio specializing in fashion and lifestyle illustration. See the process for creating this beautiful piece. 

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Oil Painting Demo with Lena Danya

Artist Lena Danya demonstrates our new 400 Series Oil Painting paper with a beautiful portrait. 

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Fall Newsletter Featuring Photographer Dan Burkholder

Dan Burkholder shows us how he takes his photography to the next level by printing on translucent vellum paper and mounting gold leaf to the back.

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Summer Newsletter Featuring Artist Cliff Deun

Artist Cliff Deun shares his process and insight on how to keep lines bold and simple to create pieces with greater impact in the Artist Newsletter. 

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Totem Animals by Jenny Hawkyard

"I didnt want to do regular pet portraits or still life, I wanted to do something creative, fun and quirky and so I started developing my Totem animals"

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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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A Little Heart Papercut Art

Artist Grace Hart has a steady hand & a whole lot of patience. She practices the ancient art of papercutting to create beautiful, intricate and detailed designs.

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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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Amazing Eye Art

Eyes are a popular subject for artists to draw. We've gathered a collection of stunning eye pieces created by a variety of talented artists. 

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NEW! Artagain Black Paper in Rolls

Our popular Artagain Black paper is now available in large rolls, so you can make a BIG statement with BIG art. 

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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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Janice Sung Reviews Strathmore Watercolor Paper

The talented Janice Sung reviewed our 500 Series Ready Cut Watercolor paper while creating beautiful gouache illustrations. Read her review. 

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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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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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Artist Brent Anderson

Although not formally trained as an artist, Brent Anderson has been an artist all his life. From an early age, he was drawn to art and could always be found creating, building, or drawing something as a child. He the non-profit organization: In My Father's Eyes, Inc. to bless families of children diagnosed with cancer, or families who have lost children to this horrible disease with framed portraits of these beautiful fighters.

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Finished Pass the Journal Book!

Book #8 of our Pass the Journal project is finished! It traveled through the US, England & Ireland, with each page filled by a different artist!

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Watercolor Ranunculus by Eleanor Mill

Watch Eleanor Mill's process of creating these beautiful Ranunculus flowers in watercolor. 

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Spring Newsletter Featuring Artist Jordan Rhodes

Artist Jordan Rhodes reveals how he rediscovered his love for art after taking a break since childhood. Not only finding inspiration, but maintaining a routine is key to making art. 

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