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Painting Resource 5?

Hello everyone!
 The fifth paint(ing) resource is in regards to what you mix paint with. What do you use to mix paint together? A toothpick? Paper towels? Your fingers? Paint brushes? Or even a utensil? Instead of using any of the things listed above, why don't you try using palette knives? Using palette knives gives you the opportunity to control the amount of paint you are mixing together. In addition, you can also use palette knives to create unique shapes, such as clouds. Also, you can use palette knives to spread paint to create ocean waves, for example. Palette knives come in different shape and sizes: flat, sharp edges, round, oval, (and more). Regardless if the palette knives are metal or plastic, having palette knives in your art accessories can help you in your artwork and creativity! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! Enjoy!:

Note: Michaels has a nice selection on both individual and palette knife sets:

Plastic:
-Artist's Loft 5 Piece Palette a…

Drawing Resource 4?

Hello everyone!,
  Do you want to draw animals, but you are not sure where to begin? Do you want to draw the fur, but it is coming out more like grass? Or do you want to draw a pack/group of animals in one scene, but the proportions are not correct? What I have used (and continue to do so) is Jack Hamm's "How to Draw Animals." Not only does this book give you ideas and steps on how to draw the animals, but it has examples from cats and dogs, to lions and cows! If you want to draw animals, and want a good place to start obtaining the information, I would recommend this book! I hope this was helpful! Enjoy!:

http://www.amazon.com/Draw-Animals-Perigee-Jack-Hamm/dp/0399508023/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372489367&sr=8-1&keywords=Jack+Hamms+drawing+animals

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Painting Resource 4?

Hello everyone,
  The fourth paint(ing) resource is in regards to what to use to put your wet paint on. When you are using wet paint, are you placing the wet paint on a paper towel, or a paper plate? Do you use a bowl? Or better yet, are you using a flat surface, such as a table top (yikes! Be careful, some paint will not come off!)? Well, instead, I use paint palettes. You don't have to get the fancy wooden palettes; instead, you can pick up plastic palettes. Not only can you clean them, but you can also re-use them, too (multiple times!)! Check out your local art shop to see if you can pick up a plastic paint palette! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! Enjoy!:

Note: Michaels has a great and inexpensive plastic paint palette collection! I have several, and they work great for both oil and acrylic paints! Just make sure to wash the plastic paint palette(s) as soon as possible (if you are using water mixable paints!)! Some examples from Michaels web site below…

Drawing resource 3?

Hello everyone!,
   Do you want to start drawing, but in your opinion, it is a daunting task? Do you quickly sketch, but it turns into a mess? Are you having trouble with depth on certain objects or certain parts of the human body, and you need a few tips to improve? When I started to draw the human body (for quick sketching), I used "Keys to Drawing" by Bert Dodson because he gives you great exercises and tips on how to work on your subjects (human or inanimate alike). He also covers the materials to sketch/draw, tips on landscaping, the sketch stroking styles, and patterns, for example. For someone that is looking to begin to draw (and for more advanced artists as a reference), Dodson's book is something you can always fall back onto for guidance. I hope you enjoy it!:

http://www.amazon.com/Keys-Drawing-Bert-Dodson/dp/0891343377/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370033824&sr=8-1&keywords=Keys+to+Drawing

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Painting Resource 3?

Hello everyone!,
  The third paint(ing) resource is in regards to what you can paint with. Have you ever looked at an oil painting, and you wanted to try to paint with oils? When you researched about the oil painting technique, did you think that without the proper ventilation and materials, it would be possible that oil painting could be dangerous? Did you want to oil paint to get that "old school" look, but were still concerned with the technique? Or do you have people and/or pets around you that may be affected by the materials to clean paint brushes (i.e., turpentine)? Well, you should not worry any longer, because oil paints are also available in a water-mixable format! Called Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour paints, one can paint like the "masters" of oil painting without any of the concerns of toxic chemicals (and instead, clean your brushes with water)! Some would argue that if you compared the water mixable oils to the regular oils, you…

(Electronic) Drawing Resource 2?

Hello everyone,
  As you may have noticed in the title, this will cover drawing in the electronic form. Did you want to try to draw on the computer, but you are not so comfortable with using the mouse? Do you have a great drawing program, but are you frustrated with creating and deleting errors? Or are you trying to save some money while buying something that will give you great quality in return? Well, look no further, because a drawing tablet may be what you are looking for! More specifically, the Wacom drawing tablets! These tablets are USB connection based (there is a starter kit which makes the tablet wireless) and ready to go once you install the software (on a CD). Depending on what type of Wacom drawing tablet you purchase determines what type of free software you will receive (you may even receive Adobe Photoshop Elements 10!). If you are looking to expand your drawing skills and apply them to drawing software, or if you just want to have fun drawing on the computer (and save…

Painting resource 2?

Hello everyone!,
 The second paint(ing) resource is in regards to what you can paint on. Do you find the painting process to be comfortable while you are either sitting down or standing up (or both?), but you cannot because you cannot quite get the right height to paint? Do you want to be able to place a freshly painted canvas onto something that will not only help the drying process, but also keep the canvas out of harm's way? Well, I would recommend MABEF's artist easel. Not only is it genuine finished wood, but it is also a long-lasting quality artist easel! You can adjust the height, (some) fold the legs inward or outward, and (some of) the easel(s) comes with clips to anchor your canvas! Depending on your budget, the size of the room you are painting in, and how often you paint will determine what type of easel you will need. Check out the website to see their wonderful selection! See you next time!:

http://www.mabefeasel.com/

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Music Resource?

Hello everyone!,
  I decided to add a music resource for this post. If, for example, you wanted to create music on the computer, but you did not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a music program/software (or you were not familiar with music program/software in the first place), I would recommend downloading MuseScore. MuseScore allows you to create music by using various musical instruments (ranging from voice to string instruments, both familiar and unconventional (great variety!)), create sheet music (of your songs, too), and convert/save your project into various formats (which should work/open up in other music programs/software! This includes making MP3 formats of your music!). I believe that you can even share your creation through the MuseScore community, too. It is a great program (especially being free). I would give it a try. I hope this was helpful!:

http://musescore.org/


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Painting Resource?

Hello everyone!,
  Do you want to paint, but is it your first time, and you are not too sure if you will paint correctly (there is no "correct" or "right" way to paint, by the way)? Do you want to just experiment with paint, but not make it into an "expensive" experiment? Or do you want something that is quick with great results?  I would recommend Liquitex's Acrylic Color BASICS, because not only is this acrylic paint great (and great to use for beginners and advanced artist alike!), but it also dries fast (and once it dries, it is water-resistant!). While oil painting may be the "traditional route" (more on oil paintings later in my blogs!), you can create wonderful art pieces with acrylic paint. While the paint is drying, it gives off very little odor (although, I would recommend anyone to let the paint dry in a different room, just in case you can smell the paint), making it ideal for those that have concerns with his/her pet(s) (you do …

Drawing resource?

Hello everyone!
 Did you want to draw a person in great detail, but were not sure how? Or how about adding shadow to a person's face, but were afraid to make a black puddle instead? Or better yet, are you having issues with the hands to the point that they look more like flower digits? Well, a book I recommend (and I use as a reference) is Jack Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure. While the clothing and style may be slightly outdated (though that is based on opinion, of course), he has some wonderful tips and notes regarding parts of the human body that may be otherwise daunting to the naked eye. Go out and find it at your local bookstore, or order it online! Beginner or advanced artist alike, you will not regret having this book in your collection!:

http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Head-Figure-Perigee-Jack/dp/0399507914

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Self-Publishing resource?

Hello everyone!
 For those who are thinking about writing a book (or stories, etc.), Guy Kawasaki's APE book (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur) is a great start (and to continue to use!)! The book has wonderful insights regarding the "behind the scene's" of self-publishing, compares the self-publishing route to the traditional publishing route, and multiple resources/references for those that are on a finite budget (and more!). This book has been great as a resource, and I have returned to it several times for Mr. Kawasaki's website links. Each section (thus the title "APE") has wonderful advice and straight-forward information. Go pick it up if you need information regarding the world of self-publishing!

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/APE-Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur-How-Publish/dp/0988523108/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365670206&sr=8-1&keywords=APE

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Welcome!

Hello everyone!
  Welcome to my first blog post! Here, I will post suggestions on useful tools (or as I call ingredients) regarding drawing, painting, and creative writing! Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, or even tools that you have used and have suggested to others as well! I look forward to hear from you!

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