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How to Clean a Blending Stump, Tortillon, + Kneaded Eraser

There’s nothing like opening up a new blending stump, tortillon, or kneaded eraser. Mainly because they are so clean! But, even if you have old blending tools and erasers, there’s still hope. You can clean them and get them back to new.  To clean a blending stump or tortillion, rub the tip of it with …

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Is Art Resin and Epoxy Dishware Dishwasher Safe?

Art resin (epoxy) is used for a lot of beautiful artwork, including dishware. Tumblers, cups, serving, plates, and plates, they can use epoxy to seal up and protect the beautiful artwork they display. But, is it dishwasher safe? Most art resin and epoxy have a maximum temperature it can withstand before it starts to soften. …

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5 Top Tips on How to Paint a Ukulele or Guitar

If you have a ukulele or guitar, you’re probably the creative type and you’ve eyed that little string instrument with a paintbrush in your hand. Your ukulele means a lot to you though, so you don’t want to make a mistake and accidentally ruin it with your paint. If you’ve ever wondered how to paint …

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How to Smooth Acrylic Paint Strokes Without Streaks

It’s so frustrating to have a beautiful and buttery acrylic painting envisioned in your mind, only for it to be full of steaks and obvious brush strokes. You try adding water; redoing your brush strokes; switching brushes; nothing seems to work. How can you eliminate brush strokes and streaks for good and have smooth acrylic …

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How to Store Large Drawing Pads and Drawings

There’s something so dramatic and wonderful about pulling out a large drawing pad and opening it to a blank page. So much creative potential!  Storing large drawing pads and drawings is about getting creative with your space and having the right storage units and tools that will ensure that your art doesn’t get damaged, but …

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What to Do with Old Sketchbooks (Even Make Money with Them)

Finishing the last page of a sketchbook feels like victory. You’ve done it! You’ve filled an entire sketchbook with art. Now what? There is so much pride that comes with filling up sketchbooks, but we’re often at a loss for what to do with them. Eventually, they pile up on a bookshelf for us to …

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Are Colored Pencils Better Than Crayons?

Colored pencils and crayons are classic art mediums. We all have memories of both of them dating back to our youngest art years. In a lot of ways, they seem really similar, yet, they have some really important differences well. In the debate between colored pencils and crayons, which one wins? Which one is better? …

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How to Darken Colored Pencils to Make Vibrant Drawings

There’s a huge difference between light and grainy colored pencil drawings, and dark and vibrant colored pencil drawings. We all want the dark and vibrant option, but it can seem really hard to do. Is there some secret trick to achieving this professional-grade colored pencil technique?  To darken colored pencils, focus on putting down multiple …

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Yes, Professional Artists Use Crayons. How You Can Too.

When we think about crayons, we think about Kindergartens taking their first art classes in school. Crayons reach SO far beyond elementary school though. In fact, professional artists use crayons too. And, they create beautiful work with them.  Professional artists use crayons to create colorful, vibrant, realistic, and whimsical pieces of art. Crayola is a …

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