We're excited to share this innovative way to make your own travel watercolor set in a recycled tin such as from breath mints, gum or small candy tins. To make this DIY set, you will need:
If you would like to get the supplies for this project, fill out a curbside pickup form on our website. (<<< click link.)
We know this is months ahead of time before we're actually doing this Golden Acrylics paint demo. But we wanted to let you know to save the date. It will be April 25th which is a Sunday. Below is more about what will be demo'd and what you can expect:
Artists will leave enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of Acrylic!This free online event packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Learn the unique properties of GOLDEN Fluid Acrylic Colors, Heavy Body Acrylic Colors, OPEN Acrylic Colors and High Flow Acrylics. Get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels & Mediums and how they can change texture, viscosity, saturation, intensity of color and more. The lecture includes a review of Grounds that create truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing and mixed media. Each event includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Artists will leave enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of Acrylic!
To register, click here. We'll be sure to mention it more, here on the blog as the time gets closer for it to happen.
Nothing Says Happy Valentine's Day Like DIY Felt Flowers in Our All-Inclsive Craft Kit! ONLY $10.00!
Looking for a unique and fun way to say happy valentine's day? You know we always have some crazy, fun suggestions for you, so it should be no surprise that we suggest making felt flowers with our craft kit. It includes everything you need.....just add your imagination. Below are examples of what our art staff created. We especially love the heart in the middle of the petals. What will you create to show you care?
Our kit includes:
Get your valentine's day felt flower kit here for only $10.00!
We always love seeing art demos and learning new ways to use the same art materials that we hadn't thought of before. If you want to keep your art practice interesting and fresh, we recommend taking some free art workshops through Strathmore's Workshop Series. They feature great artist teachers who get you excited about art materials and who let you relearn them with new eyes.
Check out their whole line up for the year at this link.
Make an art supply order for painting, drawing or mixed medium at this link.
Making Fresh New Ways of Making Art Inspired by Fresh Fruit: Mixed Medium Artist Joey Zeledon on Strathmore Newsletter
We were so impressed by all the delicious drawings created by artist Joey Zeledon, we had to share it with you. He has come up with a fresh new way to combine different mediums to create fresh fruit still life drawings. Below, he describes in his own words his process. This was part of a longer article on Strathmore's quarterly newsletter.
Read the whole article at this link.
Make an order of mixed medium art supplies with us here.
" I start by creating ghost lines with a light grey marker to rough out a general proportion of the sketch and placing it on the paper without fully committing to black ink on paper. Once I have those general proportions, I go back and lay down thedarker outlines with a black pen. Then I do my ad hoc masking with strips of post-it notes, sticking them around the edge of the sketch in preparation for the air marker. The air marker tends to splatter when you first use it, so I start the air marker on the post-it note runway. Once it gets going, I bring it to the page where I want the color. I use the air marker as a way to color block, a way to lay down a base of color very smoothly. "
"Once I have the base layer down, I peel off all the masking and then I begin applying the lights and the darks, the highlights and the shadows for everything, in general and for the textures. I use a soft white colored pencil for the highlights and other colored pencils for the shadows. By using the colored pencils on top of the marker base color, I am able to smudge them with my fingers and get rid of the stroke lines."
"Through my sketching practice, I see the mundane as complex and beautiful. As a result, the process of drawing a still-life of fruit, something I once found boring and uncreative, has direct value to my work as a designer and impact on my ability to create. When I sketch fruit, I see their details in new ways—the patterns, commonalities, nuances, and differences. Parts of fruit become abstracted, and I see other things in them, and then I can see these abstractions in the things that I am designing. I am constantly asking myself questions like: What does this remind me of? What does this look like? This practice has allowed me to see complexity and beauty everywhere and to find inspiration in the most unlikely, everyday places."
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Joey Zeledón is an industrial designer and analog sketching advocate. He strives to design everyday objects that strike emotional chords with people. Joey believes that good design is like good music. It’s familiar, engaging and makes you feel. It’s something you want to play on repeat. Since graduating from RIT’s industrial design program in 2006, he has been creating iconic design for both young and established brands that make food, furniture, housewares, lighting, spaces, shoes and tech. See more of Joey’s work on Instagram or on his website.
If you're an adventurous painter like Rembrandt, you might be looking for a new surface to paint upon besides traditional canvas. Yes, it's true, Rembrandt painted a few small self-portraits on cooper sheets. In this article on "Just Paint", they do an expansive test on several different kinds of metal sheets as well as on acrylic and polyester sheets.
We wish they would have made a video showing them trying out everything because we believe the testing must have been a lot of crazy fun. But the article tells you, how best to prepare each surface, the results of painting on them and finally their conclusion of what they think were the best surfaces. If nothing else, it help you discover a new surface for your paints.
Read the whole article here.
Make an order for a different paint surface upon here.
Whether you decide to paint with watercolors, acrylics or oils, there are several things to think about if you're going to go and paint in cold weather. Of course, you've got to think about if your paint will withstand extreme cold when you go outside and paint some amazing snowy landscapes. But you also need to think about how the surface that you're painting upon will weather the cold. In this article on "Just Paint", they take you through what you need to consider for each kind of paint.
Read the whole article here.
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Have you been wondering what kind of paint you'd like to try? Well, never fear, we have watercolor, oil and acrylic paint kits, so you can try them all. Moreover, when you buy our paint sets, you get a steal of a deal because the individual items cost more if you bought them separately than if you buy them in a set. They also have everything you need, including paper, brushes and palettes to mix your paint.
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We know how to put together a bundle of art supplies for your kids. And if we don't, you can tell us exactly how to do it in any of our custom kid art supply kits. Either way, you get a steal of a deal on our kid's art sets because we price them below the price of you'd pay for each individual item.
Click on an image below to buy the kid art kit featured in the photo.
Or see all the art kits we have for kids at this link.
Are you looking for washable, fun, low cost paint that your kids will love? Or maybe you had something specific in mind that you wish was a paint set for kids? Either way, we've got you covered.
Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.