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    All About Technical Pens

    Mechanical drawings require precise, continuous lines of specific widths, drawn in a dark black ink. Originally, industry-standard use of dip pens and ruling pens (a split-nib pen with a variable width) meant that a great deal of skill was required among professional draftsmen. Ruling pens always carry the risk of dropping ink, potentially ruining hours of labor; dip pens produce lines ...
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    Using Artists Materials Safely

    Using Artists Materials Safely
    Simple Safety Measures - A helpful list of methods and best practices you should employ in your studio. h4. Avoid Overuse and Misapplication of Solvents. Solvents are common ingredients in many art supplies, allowing quick, easy application of a broad category of substances, with fast evaporation that allows rapid overpainting and no residue to spoil a varnish or paint layer. The ...
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    All You Need to Know About Brushes

    All You Need to Know About Brushes
    Of all the items that can fill an artist’s paint box, brushes will have more impact on the quality of results than any other art supply. As the brush is, quite literally, where paint meets canvas, selecting the right brush for the task at hand is critical to realizing artistic intent. What makes a brush good for one’s own particular painting ...
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    Choose the Right Easel

    Choose the Right Easel
    Most artists eventually own more than one easel; the large, full-size easels good for a permanent painting station are not portable, and folding travel easels are not always stable enough for larger works. When choosing a first easel, consider the primary use- travel or permanent studio use. The physical dimensions of the painting area will determine the height of the mast ...
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    How to Work with Spray Adhesive

    Working with spray adhesive can be tricky and as we all know, very messy. Here are some helpful tips and techniques from the 3M Corporation that will make using spray adhesive easier, cleaner and enable you to get the most out of the product. 3M Super 77 Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive is one of the most useful and versatile tools for home ...
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    How to Choose the Right Palette

    How to Choose the Right Palette
    The palette, the surface for holding and mixing colors, is one of the recognizable symbols of the artist, and as a design element evokes concepts such as creativity, expressiveness and tradition in art. In fact, the familiar calligraphic oval with thumbhole upon which the Utrecht logo is based is just one of a myriad designs for the practical need to hold ...
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    Tips for a Healthy Studio

    Tips for a Healthy Studio
    The place where art is created should be a nice place to be- comfortable and safe. Keeping a pleasant and healthy environment for making art means you’ll spend more time there, and do better work. Good studio habits include knowing how to use, store and dispose of the materials in use every day. Like most products used in the home and ...
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    Tips for Healthy Oil Painting

    Oil painting has a long history of innovation, with constant introduction of new materials and processes that broaden expressive possibilities, change the basic properties of the paint and mediums, and make the colors behave in new and interesting ways. Most of the original ingredients are still available (generally in a much higher-quality form than historic painters would have used); many other ...
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