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Artists Tip #13 – Would you glue or tape it?

Would you glue or tape it?

Why tape it when you can glue it. Choose colorless, acid free and archival glues for your collage and art pieces.

Scotch tape is good for wrapping gifts. Masking tape adheres the edges of watercolor paper to a board when painting to keep it flat. Double sided, lined with aluminum, PH neutral and other specialty tapes are commonly used in custom archival picture framing. Then there is duct tape to make wallets from. Packing tape for packing. Electrical tape for winding around hula hoops. Hockey tape works good for that to. Gives more grip. The hula hoop is less likely to slip down around your ankles thus hitting the ground.

THUMP!

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Artists Tip #12 – How to dry paint faster

For Nyssa who has been patiently waiting one week for this tip.

How to dry paint faster

When you needed it yesterday, use a hairdryer or LESS water.

I have tested this with watercolor and acrylic mediums on both paper and wood panel. If you don’t want your paint to dry to fast in fear of cracks especially in acrylic (although this has never happened to me), use a cooler setting on the blower. The chances of it cracking are rare.

With watercolor using this technique can prevent bleed lines in solid blocks of color. This will eliminate or reduce the chance of veins appearing in your sky or smooth complexion. Using less waterlogged brushes will aid the process along to.

You’ll find in mere seconds you can add that second coat of pretty pink paint.

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Artist Tip #11 – Why you should never put your art supplies away

Why you should never put your art supplies away

If you put them away they will not be there when you need them. What good are art supplies when they are shoved in drawers or packed in boxes in a room you’ll never go into to create in?

Leave them out, open and in an area where they are easy to access. If you don’t you will not create. You’ll become like everyone else who lost their inspiration a long time ago when they were told to clean up their mess.

And art supplies are not mess.

If someone in your household considers them to be a mess pack away their television, or library of books, game console and beauty products. A bit of reverse psychology never hurt anyone. In the place of the TV, place an easel. Replace the library with sketchbooks and journals. Where the game console was, line up your paintbrushes and paints. In lieu of the beauty products dump.out.the.contents.of.your.pencil.case.

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Artist Tip #9 – Where to find the best art supplies – a top five list

Where to find the best art supplies – a top five list

  • 1. DickBlick – one of the largest retailers of art supplies online I am learning. I have yet to buy from them but will be soon as I can’t find what I need locally.
  • 2. Your local flea market – great for found art objects, oddities and even inspiration
  • 3. Michael’s– Yikes! I let the cat out of the bag…
  • 4. Loomis Art Store – OH HOW I MISS YOU! This is where I shopped when I lived in Vancouver.
  • 5. Trade amongst your artist friends – I did a pen trade though mail with Shane Vorhaben (Illustrator Extraordinaire!) We each mailed pens to each other we could not buy where we lived.
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    Artist tip #8 – How to get good at drawing one thing

    How to get good at drawing one thing

    You take that one thing and draw it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    I guarantee, you will get good, no great at drawing whatever the one thing is that you choose to draw after following the instructions above.

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    Artist Tip #7 – What do you do with that dormant artwork piled in your closet?

    So What do you do with that dormant artwork piled in your closet?

    Here is a list of 10 possibilities

    1. Give it away as a gift
    2. Sell it on Etsy
    3. Auction it off on Ebay
    4. Cut it up and use it for collage purposes
    5. Re-work it using that new paint!
    6. …and finish that piece from 1982!
    7. Take pictures of it and share it online
    8. Create greeting cards from it
    9. Hang it on the wall
    10. Or if worse comes to worse you will die and your children will be filthy stinking rich when they sell it!

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