"If you wish to correct a watercolor mistake, the easiest way is to use a Spray Bottle. The stream of water works like a pressure washer." Check the complete post for the detailed how to.
"Using Pan Pastels, you can paint over an overworked area, and even shift the color......the addition isn’t even noticeable because the dust particles are very small."
"To Make Very Thin Lines, use paper business cards: rip them in different sizes, dip the straight sides of the cardboard into your paint and stamp the lines in. This is very handy for cracks in wooden walls or rocks, thin branches on winter trees, and barbed wire."
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Also, don't forget to enter the Sixth Annual Artist's Network Holiday Sweepstakes. The contest begins on Black Friday and ends on December 20. The prizes are always spectacular. I have no connection with Artist's Network. I'm just spreading the good news.
"YOU ARE CREATIVE. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. Every one of us is born a creative, spontaneous thinker. The only difference between people who are creative and people who are not is a simple belief. Creative people believe they are creative."
"CREATIVE THINKING IS WORK. You must have passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of creating new and different ideas. Then you must have patience to persevere against all adversity."
"LEARN TO THINK UNCONVENTIONALLY. Creative geniuses do not think analytically and logically..... . Creative geniuses are inclusive thinkers which mean they look for ways to include everything, including things that are dissimilar and totally unrelated.
Make sure you check out the complete post for more inspiring thoughts.
When Ralph Thomas put his leather Sketch Wallet on KickStarter, I immediately put in a pledge. Later, I ordered a Sketch Wallet for myself. The latter just arrived in the mail and I love it.
Here's a description of the wallet from Ralph's site:
"Always have your sketchbook with you! This high quality, American made wallet removes the excuses. Carry your cash, credit cards AND your sketchbook in this beautiful black leather wallet. The wallet measures 4x6 inches and comes with a replaceable, standard sized, 3.5 x 5.5 inch sketchbook. Perfect for sketching on the go!"
You can order refill notebooks from Ralph or use the Field Notes books instead.
Here's a photo of the Sketch Wallet when it is closed. Ralph also sent along a large sticker of his logo. I like the clean eye-catching look of his inkwell logo.
This past Sunday, our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) participated in a Sculpture Workshop led by Kathy Brazil in Virginia Beach. We created sculptures in the style of Giacometti.
Kathy had already prepared the base for our art pieces. She mixed Plaster of Paris with water and poured the mixture into large plastic cups. Kathy then inserted a wire into the cups to function as an anchor for our sculptures. The bases were dry and ready to use when we arrived.
We used Galvanized Wire (#18 gauge) to construct our armature. Next, we dipped Plaster Cloth in water and wrapped it around the wire. Some of the attendees used the plaster cloth to create dresses or hair for the sculpted piece.
Since I made such a tall creation, I reinforced the area where the base and foot meet with additional plaster cloth.
My sculpture (ballerina) is still drying. I plan to paint it with silver paint and most likely add a cloth skirt.