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Abstract Painting Using Dorland Cold Wax

A great article by Rebecca Crowell using Dorland's Wax Medium.

Today the most widely known method of wax painting is encaustic, which involves molten wax, and fusing wax and paint layers with a heat source. There is another way to paint with wax that requires no special equipment or set-up, and is far less toxic than en­caustic. This is cold wax medium–a room-temperature substance made by suspending tiny beeswax particles in a base of solvent, resin and other additives.

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Defining Warm and Cool Colors: It’s All Relative

Defining Warm and Cool Colors: It’s All Relative

The concept of warm and cool colors has been written about for hundreds of years. Most theories start with the classic six point color wheel (three primary colors and three secondary colors). A dividing line splits the wheel into warm and cool.

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Wonderful World Of Washi

Wonderful World Of Washi

 

Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into the 21st Century, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic washi. As of the fall of 2008, there remained fewer than 350 families still engaged in the production of paper by hand.

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Printmaking Primer

Printmaking Primer

 

Aquatint is a special form of etching. It is created by etching sections rather than lines of a plate. First a porous ground of powdered or melted resin or asphalt or a similar ground is dusted onto the plate.

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A History of the World's Most Famous Brush

A History of the World's Most Famous Brush

This video gives a brief history of the Winsor & Newton's Series 7 Kolinsky Brush and shows why it is the favourite of many artists.

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Behind the Painting

Behind the Painting

Read on for an in-depth look at Street Scene by British painter LS Lowry, himself an avowed user of Winton Oil colour.   Learn about Lowry’s colours of choice, and how his carefully chosen selection allowed him to capture everyday life with stylised realism.
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Making “Skins” with Fluid Acrylics

Making “Skins” with Fluid Acrylics

An acrylic “skin” is a dry acrylic film that can be made of paint, medium or a combination of paint and medium, that is not attached to any substrate.

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Strathmore T-Shirt Design Contest

Strathmore T-Shirt Design Contest

 

Strathmore is asking artists to submit their design ideas which have been originally created on Strathmore branded products. A thistle – which is part ofStrathmore’s corporate logo— must be incorporated into the art work.

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Pass the Journal

Pass the Journal

Strathmore is sending artists from around the globe on a mission to fill the pages of our art journals!

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Lot's of Great Stuff Happening in Victoria



The Arts Victoria site is the perfect site to keep on top of all the great events, shows, openings and more that are happening all around our great city. 

 

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Painting Surfaces

Painting Surfaces

When you buy art supplies, you want to get the best value for your money. To make the smartest choices, you need to be intimately familiar with the materials you buy and use. This guide will help you make wiser decisions about the surface you draw and paint on–whether it’s paper, canvas or panels.

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Think Local First

If you love supporting local, independent businesses then you are going to love this new reward program. It is a collaborative program that Island Blue and several other local businesses (the list is growing fast) have joined to help foster the idea that keeping your shopping dollars local is a great thing to do. And it’s FREE!
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