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The Best + Most Practical Gifts for Watercolor Artists

It’s time to spoil the watercolor artists in your life with some new watercolor gear! From paints and brushes, to practical carriers and more, there’s something on this list that every watercolor artist will love. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something for yourself! As a watercolor artist myself, there are certain supplies that I dream …

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Why Does Drawing Take So Long? How to Speed Up the Process

There are some art forms that are a labor of love. Or, to put it more bluntly, there are some art forms that seem to take forever to do. Drawing is one of them. Especially with realistic drawing, artists find themselves making a big time commitment. So, why does drawing take so long? Drawing takes …

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What Type of Pencil is Best for Watercolor Paintings?

Choosing the right type of pencil to use for sketching out the design of a watercolor painting can feel like a big deal. Choose wrong and you could end up with visible pencil lines you never intended. The best type of pencil to use for watercolor painting is a sketching pencil with hard lead, generally …

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How Many Colored Pencils Do You Need?

Quality art supplies can be expensive. That’s why it’s important to only buy what you need when you need it. This can be tricky for colored pencils that can either be purchased individually, or in huge sets that include hundreds of them. How many colored pencils do you really need? A set of 48 colored …

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How to Use Colored Pencils on Wood: What You Need to Know

Even though colored pencils are most often used with paper, they don’t have to be. In fact, colored pencils are really fun to use with a material you may not have even thought of – wood!  Colored pencils can be used on wood. It’s best to use smooth, hard wood that your colored pencils won’t …

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Colored Pencils and Electric Sharpeners: Are They Bad?

Using an electric sharpener is a fast and easy way to get your pencils to pointy perfection. Art isn’t about fast and easy though. Are we actually hurting our colored pencils by using an electric sharpener with them? You can sharpen colored pencils in an electric sharpener, but be sure to be very gentle with …

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5 Exercises to Improve Your Form Drawings

Guest Post by Leah Harris from AnatomyofaSketch.com What is Form Drawing? Form drawing is the study and repetition of drawing symbols, shapes, or figures. When practicing form drawing, you can practice drawing shapes like blocks, triangles or trapezoids, or patterns like zig zags, Zentangles, and swirls. Form drawing can also mean the repetition of drawing …

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Should You Outline a Watercolor Painting?

It can be tricky business to outline a watercolor painting with ink. If you choose the wrong type of ink, you’re suddenly left with a mess of smeared ink instead of a beautifully painted art piece. So, is using ink with watercolor even worth it? Should you outline a watercolor painting? As long as you …

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