Joanne C
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What are the advantages of watercolour paper over sketch paper?
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Watercolor paper is, normally, quite a bit heavier and made from cotton. Basic watercolor paper, 140lb, is okay for practice and will tend to buckle unless stretched. The expensive 300lb paper is ...

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How can I make a sketch under a watercolour painting and have it not be seen?
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Watercolor is, by its very nature, a transparent medium and so it becomes really quite difficult to manage this. However, there are a couple of things you can do to help: Draw very lightly and then ...

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What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil?
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The word "proper" is in quotations for a reason: many artists share that opinion, but it's opinion. The proper way depends on you. The reason for knife sharpening of pencils is so that you're able to ...

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How can I avoid smudging my pencil drawings?
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In addition to the suggestions by @user24, you can get workable fixative that allows you to continue to work on drawings after spraying it. This is handy if you can't finish the piece in the whole ...

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What eraser can I use with wax core coloured pencils
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Lifting something like the Prismacolor line with a hand-held eraser is going to require a lot of elbow grease. So, when the need arises, either for a misplaced line or trying to get an effect, then ...

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What can I do to stop my colored pencils from falling apart?
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Prismacolor pencils are notorious for lead breakage, but the creamy lay down keeps folks coming back. However, there are some things you can do to moderate the problem, in general (I'm going to answer ...

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What name best describes this style of pen-and-ink art?
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So, when I first looked at it my reaction was "mosaic" was the root of the style and so I did a little digging and came across the concept of "doodle mosaic" that really seems to fit. The other reason ...

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How to protect & preserve water color paintings
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There are a couple of things that will definitely work to help preserve displayed paintings: Paint quality. If you want the paint to remain vibrant over time, then you get what you pay for. Artist/...

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Can I melt or weld broken ABS plastic back together?
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Back in my University days I worked at a place that used to modify vending machines to allow 12oz cans to be vended in 16oz machines. They did this by adding ABS blocks to the racks using a very ...

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When working in a visual medium, how do I avoid incorrect color?
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As photographers know, the color of light is usually not white, and when working in your home, you're often working under tungsten bulbs (or similar) which have a warm tone to the light or with ...

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What should I use to draw under oil paint?
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Well, you can use graphite or charcoal pencils for drawing on canvas, but they should be sealed with a fixative or a very thin layer of gesso before applying oil over top of them. That will prevent ...

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Is pigment necessary to obtain white milk paint?
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Yes, pigment is necessary. The milk solution creates the binder for the pigment, which is basically the mechanism to deliver the pigment to the support/surface, but it is then intended to mostly ...

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Why do artists use pigments instead of dyes in paintings?
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While more historical artists likely didn't understand the chemical processes behind the behaviors of the two options, the biggest reason is permanence. Dyes are organic substances that are either ...

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What Faber-Castell Polychromos color codes do I need to paint this?
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There are a couple of ways that you can go about matching... The first is trial and error testing on scrap paper. It's tried and true, really, because all you do is look at the color options in your ...

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Can boiled linseed oil from hardware stores be used for oil painting applications or cleaning brushes?
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The thing about the art store options is that they're being tested by the manufacturers for their impact on the longevity of the painting or color impact to the pigments, so I would divide my response ...

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How do I effectively blend with Artist's Loft colored pencils?
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A common technique for pencil blending is to use either a colorless blender pencil (they make one for this brand) or to use solvents to blend, normally something like Mona Lisa odorless mineral ...

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How would I flatten a watercolour mounted on mat board?
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So, first, I would probably take it to a professional restoration if there was no way I was willing to risk the painting. Likely to be expensive, though, but the safest approach. If you want to try ...

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Transparent paint to change color of diffused acrylic sheet?
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Rather than paint, which might peel weirdly on you, another option is to use inkjet transparency film and print the color you want on it and then affix it the acrylic. Walmart sells, and there's ...

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Basic requirements for paper to practice aquarelle
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When it comes to watercolor, the one place I really recommend avoiding going student grade on is the paper. There are some really excellent student paints, but for paper, meh... On that front, the ...

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Can you use acrylic gesso for oil paint?
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The short answer is yes, you can. Longer answer is that there is a some uncertainty around using an acrylic gesso for oil, but it's clear that doing it right makes a real difference here. If you take ...

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Is there anything wrong with mixing incompatible paints?
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So, from my experience... Wrong? No. Basically, looking at the major art paint options I can't see any that, when combined, would result in a dangerous mix. Some, however, will mix a bit better ...

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Where can I get brown packing paper mesh?
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When I want larger volumes of packing material, I tend to look to two sources: Self-storage facilities. A lot of these places offer boxes and other packing/storage material and may offer cardboard ...

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Does it make sense to use water color pencils instead of normal color pencils for dry coloring?
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Student vs professional is usually a difference in pigment and pigment amounts, the binders are typically the same. So, from that respect, I wouldn't expect a lot of difference in the important aspect ...

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Does rust matter on my wood carving knives if I sharpen them?
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Depends on how deep the rust is. Rust weakens the bonds in the metal, but unless it is rusted right through, it's probably recoverable. Basically, you want to: Remove the rust, likely a soak in ...

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Should 300 GSM toothed water color paper be used for pencil colors?
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A lot of color pencil artists use watercolor paper for their work because solvent blending is less likely to damage the paper from any moisture that may be added and the paper can take a lot of abuse ...

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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?
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I'm not a cross-stitcher, my sister is, but the thing that would make me hesitate to not fill in the white is really tied to appearance in two ways: The thread rises above the surface of the canvas ...

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How can I prep a pumpkin for painting?
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In addition to John's answer, there are some options in the art supply world. In particular, Qor makes a watercolor ground that is good for watercolor, inks, and acrylics. The idea is similar to gesso ...

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How can you preserve oil paints on your palette between sessions?
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For longer storage, you can seal the paint inside of an empty paint tube if the amount is fairly large. These can be purchased at better art stores for a couple of dollars and basically lets you work ...

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How to draw a grid over and image that won't be printed?
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I use Jackson's ArtGrid which is available for IOS and Android. You have the ability to control the grid dimensions, style of grid, etc. It also has a greyscale function which is really nice for ...

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Can I dye a pumpkin?
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Well, yes you can... lots of people dip dye pumpkins using food coloring, though the outer skin of the pumpkin will not absorb the dyes as well as the flesh of the pumpkin. If you want to enhance the ...

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