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Acrylic painting glazing technique

Acrylic painting glazing technique | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

You may know Chris Cozen as an acrylic painting teacher; perhaps you’ve even read her recent blog post on “10 Ways to Revive Your Studio Spirit When You’ve Hit a Brick Wall.” She’s back with an insightful explanation of how she uses acrylic glazes to transform abstract shapes into serene compositions. Cozen’s writing is almost lyrical, as you’ll see in this exclusive newsletter. Once you’ve absorbed her process, check out this preview of her video on glazing techniques, which is included in Chris Cozen’s Ultimate Acrylic Collection (with bonus video). It features DVDs, art supplies and more. 

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Artist Chris Cozen is back with an insightful explanation of how she uses acrylic glazes to transform abstract shapes into serene compositions.

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How to Use a Dip Pen to Create Modern Calligraphy

How to Use a Dip Pen to Create Modern Calligraphy | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it
This tutorial shows you how to create modern calligraphy using a dip pen. Make your next piece of snail mail correspondence gorgeous!
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Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning – The Use of Ink: Wetness and Drynes

Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning – The Use of Ink: Wetness and Drynes | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

There are a great number of strategies that calligraphers use to provide visual interest within their works. One of the easiest ways to introduce different aesthetics is to control the amount tone of the Ink used. Simply by changing the ratio of ink paste to water, the calligrapher can use different tones to express different ideas. 

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Top Tips for Painting with Ink

Top Tips for Painting with Ink | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

Modern inks are a far more versatile medium than you might imagine. The intense colours, transparency and fluidity make them well worth a try, especially if you already enjoy watercolours.

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Main things you need to know about using Ink.

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Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning – Basic Brush Technique

Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning – Basic Brush Technique | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

Brush Control: Executing Pressure by Pull and Press in Chinese Brush Painting


Clearly, knowing your Strokes and Stroke Order are important for visualizing how Characters are structured, and for smoothly executing them. Still, Calligraphy is more than just writing correctly. Much of the Calligrapher’s skill lies in precise and smooth control of the brush on the page, and an appreciation and experience of how the tip bends and moves.

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How to choose a dip pen nib for drawing - J and T's Art Calligraphy

How to choose a dip pen nib for drawing - J and T's Art Calligraphy | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

A typical Dip Pen Nib has four main parts: The Shank, also known as the base or heel - this is the section that goes into the pen/nib holder. The Tip - which is the point of the nib - this is divided by a split, the parts either side of the split are calledTines: The Vent or breather hole - the split runs from the tip to the vent. 
The 'Elastic' is the name given to the response of the tines of the nib, this gives the 'bend-ability', 'springiness' or 'elasticity' of the tines as we use the nib. Often termed as 'high elastic', 'elastic' and 'low elastic' these terms refer to hand pressure.

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Things to look for when choosing a dip pen nib for drawing.

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Grinding your own Ink in Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy

Grinding your own Ink in Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

Ever since the Chinese began writing with Ink and Brush, scholars and artists have ground their own Ink. Although many beginners may choose pre-prepared liquid Ink (link: online store prepared Ink) due to its consistency, ready availability and cheapness, experienced and novice calligraphers alike take pride in grinding their own Ink Sticks (link: online store Ink Sticks) (墨/ Mo). Not only is the grinding of Ink a great way to prepare the mind and wrist for the forthcoming writing, but it is also the best way to get a variety of Ink effects.

 

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To do Chinese or Japanese calligrafy, traditionally, the first step is to grind the ink.

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PanPastel – Ultra Soft Artists’ Painting Pastels

PanPastel – Ultra Soft Artists’ Painting Pastels | Art & Painting: techniques, materials, incredible works | Scoop.it

PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time. Each color is loaded with the finest quality artists’ pigments for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. Uniquely, for pastel color, they can be mixed together for a complete painting palette.

  

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Here are genuine artists’ quality pastels — the softest in the world — uniquely packaged in stacking and interlocking jars. The packaging protects the colors, thus reducing damage and waste. PanPastels were specially developed so that artists could lift, apply, and control pastel color, just like true painting. The pan format holds color like paint for easy application. Each pan contains 35% more material than the average pastel stick.

 

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