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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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    5 Tips for Picking Colors for Your Home

    5 Tips for Picking Colors for Your Home
    How to pick colors for your home: Think combinations, not colors. Picking colors is in fact about picking a combination of colors. One color is no color. Did you know the human eye can't even perceive single colors? We can only see color differences, in other words: we only perceive contrasts. Therefor it's no use fretting over a single color for ...
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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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    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 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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    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 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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    Roman Colors, Which Color is More Real?

    Roman Colors, Which Color is More Real?
    The Romans were masters in the art of murals, frescos. They were able to create the illusion of shape and space on a two dimensional surface. They often depicted landscapes or human figures. These were not flatly 'colored by number' in Greek style but showed elaborate shadows and highlights. The Romans were well aware of the influence of light on a ...
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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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    Blog Your Way to the Perfect Creative Job

    Blog Your Way to the Perfect Creative Job
    We don’t have to tell you — it’s not easy to get a job these days. In this economy, it's easy to get stressed out over less-than-plentiful job openings. So the question remains: What’s the secret to getting the job you want? Unfortunately, we don’t have secrets, but we do have answers. The main one? Start a blog! Come on, admit ...
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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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    Answers to the Fashion IQ Quiz

    Answers to the Fashion IQ Quiz
    ArtBistro created the Fashion IQ Quiz to test how much you know about all things fashionable. We listened to your feedback and are providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz. Don’t cheat! If you haven’t taken the "Fashion IQ Quiz":http://artbistro.monster.com/news/quizzes/show/70 yet, go take it first! See answers on the next page… [page] 1) You’ll get your Birkin bag ...
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    The Myth of the Favourite Color

    The Myth of the Favourite Color
    When I Googled "favourite color" I came up with 1,930,000 hits. The favourite color is apparently a favourite subject. Trouble is: there's no such thing as a favourite color. At least not in the form of a pot of paint or a color swatch. First: it is impossible for the human eye to consistently identify a specific color. In other words: ...
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    ArtBistro Member Websites

    This listing is for ArtBistro members who run and maintain their own personal websites. - Want to get linked? Email: info@artbistro.com for more information. - See your link here? Make sure to add a link to ArtBistro on your site. ArtBistro Graphic Designers • autumnpeak • blakkwolfe • fcuisine • imagotejidos • intriguingdesignbynicole • ptt151 • resonategraphics.com • sarahpaolucci.com • viperimatye ...
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    Download Quality Fonts for Free

    Download Quality Fonts for Free
    Font Squirrel When comes to free fonts resources, "dafont" normally will be the first site that comes to mind because of it’s great font library and easy to use interface. However, there are also other alternative font resource sites that showcase top quality free fonts too. They are Font Squirrel and Fontex. Both sites tend to make quality free font searching ...
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    Links for Artists

    These links are provided as a resource for showing your work, scholarships, grants, residencies, and other organizations to help artists. Want to get linked? Email: info@artbistro.com for more information. - See your link here? Make sure to add a link to ArtBistro on your site. Are you a member and want to post your personal site? click here. Art Organizations • ...
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    Partner with ArtBistro

    Would you or your organization like to have a permanent link to ArtBistro? Have your own website? Have a MySpace account? Here's a great way to spread the word about ArtBistro. Just copy and paste the code from the text box below the image of your choice into the HTML body of your page. ArtBistro is now offering all art and ...
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    Links for Designers

    These links are provided as a resource for showing your work, scholarships, trade information, latest design trends and other organizations that help designers. Want to get linked? Email: info@artbistro.com for more information. - See your link here? Make sure to add a link to ArtBistro on your site. Are you a member and want to post your personal site? click here. ...
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    Adobe Illustrator: Create Line Drawings Part 2

    Adobe Illustrator: Create Line Drawings Part 2
    h4. *Fixing Your Drawing* When you have finished laying down your drawing, you can now go back and fix any small mistakes you may have made. *Using the Brush Tool,* Highlight the stroke that you want to fix. Now, simply “redraw” a brush stroke over it. Notice that the stroke that you highlighted changes. I find this tip useful for fixing ...
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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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