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    Inking in Adobe Illustrator Part II

    Inking in Adobe Illustrator Part II
    Read Part I of "Inking in Adobe Illustrator":http://artbistro.monster.com/training/articles/374-inking-in-adobe-illustrator-part-one The Pencil and the Brush There will be two main tools that you will be using to ink your drawing: the pencil tool and the brush tool. For more geometric shapes, you might also dabble with the pen and shape tools, but it will mostly be the pencil and brush if you are ...
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    Adobe Illustrator: Create Line Drawings Part 1

    Adobe Illustrator: Create Line Drawings Part 1
    One Grumpy Dude This is one grumpy dude. He was created in Adobe Illustrator with the brush tool. I don’t use the program a lot, but when it comes to “inking” my drawings, I find it very useful. Here’s an in-depth look into the making of this cute little grandpa guy including: * How to place a sketch into a new ...
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    How to Make your Own Envelopes

    h4. Make your own templates for envelopes, and convert sheet paper to stationery! 1. Carefully disassemble and flatten a store-bought envelope of any mailable size. 2. Trace the outline onto card stock. 3. Cut out the template with a sharp craft knife with a #11 blade. 4. Trace the template shape onto any exotic artists' paper, and cut out with your ...
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    Applying an Acrylic Ground to Canvas

    Before applying paint to your stretched canvas, you must apply a ground consisting of sizing (glue which protects the cloth fibers from the degenerative effects of oil paint) and primer (a base coat which allows paint to stick well and provides a consistent, all-over color). Utrecht Acrylic Gesso is both sizing and priming in one, and prepares any appropriate support to ...
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    How to Mix Custom Colors

    Painters who produce a large number of paintings and those who work large scale need to mix large quantities of colors. Mixing small piles repeatedly makes covering large areas with continuous color nearly impossible, and consumes valuable studio time. Preparing convenience mixtures in advance saves time and ensures a consistent, signature look will be part of every picture. As an added ...
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    How To Brace A Canvas

    h4. Simple: *Step 1:* Select a Utrecht Cross Brace measuring equal to or greater than the narrower dimension of your stretcher frame; cut to fit exactly inside the frame. *Step 2:* Attach brace to frame using one T-Plate at each end of cross brace, as illustrated. *Note: Do not glue brace to frame; never glue joints of stretcher frames. h4. Advanced: ...
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    How To Stretch A Canvas

    Manufactured stretcher bars can be used to make frames that are superior to what most average artists can make in-studio. This is because the mitred mortise-and-tenons at the ends of each bar form tight friction joints that accommodate shrinkage or expansion of the cloth, whereas the joinery used in most homemade frames is rigidly fixed by nails, screws or glue. It’s ...
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    Priming Canvas with Oil or Alkyd

    An excellent ground for oil painting can be achieved using Utrecht Oil Priming White or titanium white alkyd paint. A sizing must be first applied to the stretched canvas to protect the cloth from the paint. (Linoleic acid, the component of linseed oil which causes drying, will burn cotton or linen fibers.) The most traditional glue size for canvas is Rabbit ...
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    How to Drymount with Contact Adhesives

    Contact adhesives are types of glue which, when dry, will stick on contact with another surface with the same glue. In this category are rubber cement, Super 77, Photo Mount and Remount. Although not all adhesives of this type are suitable for archival mounting, drymounting with contact adhesive is a necessary technique for wrinkle-free bonding of large sheet papers to boards. ...
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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 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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    Studio Lighting Basics

    h4. Two Bulbs Are Better Than One! Whether working at a drafting table or at an easel, all artists need good "studio lights":http://www.utrechtart.com/Studio_Furnishings/Lighting.cfm?ab=1, but many are unaware of the benefits of having multiple light sources. A single lamp vibrates, switching on and off very rapidly, forcing the muscles of the pupil to contract and relax to keep up, causing fatigue. [widget:9_steps_guide_art_benifits] ...
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    Proper Use of Linen and Paper Hinging Tape

    While drymounting is fine for temporary display pieces, and occasionally is necessary for permanent art objects, the best technique for attaching works on paper to a mat board is by hinging with archival tapes. Lightweight pieces can be attached with archival paper tape; heavier pieces may require the extra strength offered by linen. The reason for using hinges rather than simple ...
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    Artist Painting Surfaces ( i.e. Canvas)

    There are three primary support materials used in traditional painting. Here are some quick facts about each. *Cotton Duck Canvas* - The most commonly used cloth support for painting. "Cotton Duck":http://www.utrechtart.com/dsp_view_products.cfm?classID=1310&subclassID=131010&brandname=Utrecht &ab=1 is economical, archival, and available in widths and weights to suit every possible painting application. [widget:9_steps_guide_art_benifits] *Linen Canvas*- Once the common utility cloth of Medieval Europe, Linen is now ...
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    How to Prime a Support

    h4. Gesso Preparation It is recommended to gesso unprimed canvas after it has been already mounted on the stretchers. Acrylic Gesso can be applied with a wide 3" Gesso brush. No preliminary sizing or sealing is technically necessary. The significant ingredient of Acrylic Gesso is the acrylic polymer emulsion. This contributes to the sealing of the canvas fibers (replacing the need ...
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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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    How to Cut a Mat

    h4. Matting Basics A mat is necessary to protect works on paper, physically preventing the surface of the artwork from coming in contact with picture glass (or another matted work if stacked for storage). Professional picture framers will provide this service, but many artists find the cost prohibitive, and the turnaround time doesn’t always mesh with deadlines. Every artist should be ...
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    Traditional Sculpture Materials

    Most artists think sculpture is only possible in a large, industrial studio with access to a kiln, forge and foundry. While it’s true that certain processes are only possible in a large facility, there are many ways to work in three dimensions in a small studio, or even in your own living space, with no special equipment. Clay is certainly the ...
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    How to Make a Mold

    h4. When ready to make a mold, the most basic method is: 1. Wear a particle mask; mix plaster according to package instructions 2. Literally cover the entire model with plaster, down to the board beneath (although more complex shapes may require a multiple piece mold). A thin, milky plaster should be flicked on with the fingers until all is covered. ...
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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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