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Articles from recent Create Newsletters that take an indepth look at aspects of making art and art materials:

Banish Solvents with New Medium W
This exciting new oilpainting medium from Schmincke expands painting possibilities with no harmful
fumes: mixing 1 part Medium W into 2 parts oilcolour makes the paint water‐miscible… you can now
thin it with water! You can rinse your brushes out with water! more>>

Acrylic Gels & Mediums
Professional acrylic colour, like Golden Heavy Body, Fluid, & OPEN, is concentrated, so it pays to extend it with a medium or gel - but which one should you use? Mediums & Gels can be thought of as “paint without pigment”. Generally speaking, a Medium is thin enough to be pourable while a Gel is too thick to pour, though various products fall into both categories. Decide what qualities you want from your paint and match that with a Medium or Gel.  more>>

All About the Surface
The surface you choose to paint or draw on not only becomes a part of your artwork but affects how your materials perform and ultimately survive the test of time. With over 25 years experience in the art materials industry and as a painter, Evan Woodruffe has seen almost every problem that can occur when working on the plethora of surfaces an artist can choose to work on. In All About the Surface he shares with you his recommendations for preparing many different painting surfaces.  more>>

A Closer Look at Drawing

Drawing is one of our first languages – we use it to communicate even before we can write.  As artists, we draw to work out our initial ideas, sketch to free the hand and mind up, use it to acutely observe our subject, as in life drawing and use it to produce finished works.  Here we will look at how various drawing materials can be used to effect your desired end result.  more>>

How Artists' Brushes are made

Evan Woodruffe shares his visit in September 2011 to brush manufacturer Da Vinci in Germany and explains what's involved in making quality brushes for artists.  more>>

How Brilliant Colours are made at Schmincke

Schmincke make colours you fall in love with. How do I know? I've been painting with Schmincke paints for 15 years now and haven't found another colour I would rather use. They are incredibly consistent, and their colours stunning. In 2011, I was able to realise a long-held ambition to visit the source of these wonderful paints (and pastels), the Schmincke factory in Düsseldorf, Germany. Let's take a look at how some of their special and unique colours are made.  more>>

Brilliant Colour: About Paint and Pigments
Colour is seductive, applealing to us on both cultural and instinctual levels. Everyone responds to colour, but for artists, it's our primary tool. The term "artists' quality" generally stands for the strongest, lightfast colours in the clearest, most durable binders, and while student quality paint suits basic application, colour in its most concentrated form is what really makes a painting zing!  more>>


Artists' Paint: A Closer Look at Quality
Paint quality varies, depending on who the intended user is. We make sure that even our most affordable paint is the best quality that price will allow. For passionate recreational painters and discerning professionals, however, there are many qualities besides price our colours must satisfy - the colour must sing! It must perform flawlessly, feel gorgeous, seduce the viewer, last for decades ... in short - it must reflect perfectly what we have in our mind's eye.  more>>

Outside Art
Drawing and painting in the environment "en plein air" is the best eye exercise. It makes us see our environment more keenly than others who merely look. It's an experience unique to artists, akin to the immediacy of life-drawing, and summer is the perfect time to indulge in it.  more>>
 


 

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