Round Brushes
Use on point or apply pressure to make thick-to-thin strokes. Detail work or filling large areas depending upon the size of the brush and pressure applied. Watercolor wash effects.
Round Variations:
Round Stroke –Shaping of the round stroke with the point coming from the center; most hairs makes it ideally suited to decorative stroke work.
“Grande” Round …

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Glossary

Bristles – also known as hairs. can be natural, synthetic, or combination of both
Ferrule – the silvery bit that connects the bristles with the handle
Crimp – the part of the ferrule that secures it to the handle
Handle – usually made of wood or acrylic

 
Brush Quality
It is the handle, the bristle filament or mix there of, …

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If someone sends you flowers, and they come with their stems inserted in those nifty water tubes, here is a great tip for those times when you forget to clean your brushes:
Pour an inch or so of Murphy’s Oil Soap into the tubes. Thread the brush handle through the hole in the tub lids then …

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention” 
—Aesop
Painting and my participation in product design have allowed me to meet so many other gifted artists and gave me the self confidence to share my adventures through blogs, magazine articles and educational outlets. The best part of my journey, however, is being a …

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As an industry, we are seeing a new found interest in decorative painting, home décor and techniques.
Manufacturers, designers and product developers are at the TOP cycle of creativity. Crafters, artists and designers are exploring new possibilities and are putting aside their fears and trying new things. As a product designer, artist and crafter myself, I …

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As an artist, I am always curious to try new styles, mediums, techniques and discover new ways to express myself. I teach painting in my home studio and travel to conventions and seminars around the country. I like to share principles of painting and art, and to demonstrate different techniques and styles of decorative painting. …

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Colored Pencils
Colored pencils are loads of fun, versatile to use, and easy to transport. Drawing is the foundation that all art is built upon. It is a great place to start, and a constant area to practice with a goal of improvement. You have used a pencil since you were a tot.
So the pencil is …

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Practice and refine your drawing skills with these mini lessons.
Techniques and Effects
– Make a subtle gradient value change from light to dark by pressing harder on your pencil. You can go over pencil in layers to build up darks, too.
– Use a kneaded eraser to “lift” light area from a toned area.
– “Soften” graphite with …

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Discover the possibilities of working with this unique medium.
General Techniques for Using Watercolor Pencils
Initial color was all put down in the same manner. Nothing was further blended or manipulated.
Dry Paper – Dry Pencils
The pencil is used for coloring just as crayons would be used. You can layer colors one on top of another, side by …

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Choosing a brush is largely a matter of personal preference, but each type of hair or bristle has its own unique characteristics. Some of the more popular types of hair used in artist brushes include:
Natural Soft Hair
– Kolinsky – Finest red sable. Finely pointed hair with superb spring, strength, and absorbency. Ideal for watercolor.
– Red …

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