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    Are You Committed to Growth?

    Are You Committed to Growth?
    *Accidental Creative Podcast* h4. Are You Committed to Growth? If you are not growing you are dying. In this AC podcast we take a look at #4 on the AC Manifesto, “we are committed to growth.” Are you developing disciplines in your life to help you grow in your creating? Right-click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) here to save the podcast ...
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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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    Framing in Your Studio

    For professionals who depend on the sale of artwork for their livelihood, framing costs have to be kept low, without compromising quality. While professional frame shops are an option for occasional jobs, for most artists having every piece framed professionally is just not economically feasible. Utrecht offers many presentation solutions that keep costs reasonable without compromising professional results. h4. Ready-made Frames ...
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    Archival Mounting Products

    Linen tape is the most common product for archivally mounting works on paper, though Lineco also makes a paper tape for the same purpose. The original version of mounting tape has a water-activated adhesive that must be moistened to make it stick. A self-adhesive alternative has also been developed. Framer’s corners are archival plastic film triangles that work like oversized ...
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    Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan Demonstrates Color Play

    Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan Demonstrates Color Play
    I recently got an email asking me two questions. (I’ll tackle the second one in a later post.) But the first one was: “I am interested in learning about techniques people employ for developing better connection with color - special exercises? do you keep library?” !http://artbistro.monster.com/nfs/artbistro/photos/0016/7351/paint_mix2.jpg! I thought this was a great question. And you all know how much I love ...
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    Paint Colors: A Historical Perspective

    In painting, different palettes yield different results. The two basic types of palette are either one composed mostly of earth colors acting as counterpoints to a few bright, chromatic colors, or one made up almost entirely of chromatics, with all neutrals mixed from complementary colors. For artists wanting to emulate the Old Masters, the more appropriate choice is an assortment of ...
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    The Printmaking Process - What is an Intaglio, Anyway?

    Printmaking is any process by which multiple works of art are mechanically produced from a master template. All printing processes used by artists were at one time, or still may be currently used also for commercial mass printing. Some, like relief printing, survive in the form of rubber stamps. Etching is still practiced on a commercial scale for its intrinsic look ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Answers to the St. Patrick's Day Quiz

    Answers to the St. Patrick's Day Quiz
    LedgerLink created the Are You Ready For St. Patrick's Day? quiz to help you learn more about the March 17 holiday. We're providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz, but... h4. Don't cheat! If you haven't taken the Are You Ready For St. Patrick's Day? quiz, go take it first. See answers on the next page... [page] 1) ...
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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 Varnish a Painting

    There is a recommended procedure in varnishing a picture. Retouching Varnish is considered a temporary varnish and it is applied when the surface of the painting is dry to the touch. Final Picture "Varnish":http://www.utrechtart.com/dsp_view_products.cfm?classID=1020&subclassID=102010&ab=1 is applied only when the painting is thoroughly dry. A painting with a moderate impasto or thinly applied paint layers can receive a final picture varnish anytime ...
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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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    Designer's Guide to Writing Copy

    Designer's Guide to Writing Copy
    As designers, there are times when the client asks us to write copy for their project. In our experience, we're mostly called on to edit the copy written by someone else. That is a pretty easy gig, especially for those who have a good grasp of language, spelling, and grammar. But, what about writing actual copy and starting from scratch? Copywriting ...
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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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    A Little This 'n' That for the '00s: Apostrophies

    A Little This 'n' That for the '00s: Apostrophies
    Punctuation and typography, and the correct uses thereof, are very important to me. I guess that's an inherent trait of someone in the visual communications field. There are a LOT of punctuation marks out there, and a LOT of misusage as well. The apostrophe is one of them. Let's have a little discussion on this, shall we? I did a little ...

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