waterscape-finished, Oil and Acrylic
Resources for Educators
Resources for Educators

How to Capture Natural Texture in Your Painting

Paint color, application, and brush choice all play a role in creating, or suggesting, texture. Oil and Acrylic shows you how to capture natural textures using basic techniques. Here are a few of our favorites: Start with a Read More

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Resources for Artists
Resources for Artists

Drawing The Female Figure for Fashion

Drawing the human figure can be daunting, so where do you begin? The basics of course! Draw Fashion Now shows you how to draw a female figure in this step-by-step guide, with tips on keeping your figure proportionate so you can sketch the Read More

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Resources for Artists
Resources for Artists

How to Make Plain Sashing Strips

Have you ever noticed how a handmade quilt is built with exquisite detail? Quilting Essentials teaches you the foundations of quilting and how to build that detail into your own quilt.  Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make plain Read More

earrings 1, The Jewelry Maker's Design Book
Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Soulmate Earrings

Are you looking for a unique gift to give someone special?  In The Jewelry Maker's Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects we learn how to make several different jewelry pieces, like these soulmate earrings. Tools metal shears fine-grit Read More

Ballpoint Pens, Art of Ballpoint
Art Techniques
Art Techniques

Scribbling for Creative Inspiration

Let your creative mind loose with Art of Ballpoint! Learn how to not only create art using a ballpoint pen, but how to find your creativity through fun art exercises. The idea of this assignment is not to think, but draw.  Let the Read More

texture, New Ceramic Surface Design
Art Techniques
Art Techniques

Ceramic Surface Design: Texture

Adding a simple decorative touch can take your ceramic projects from drab to fab! New Ceramic Surface Design shows you how to create texture with this fun stamping technique. Creating your own stamp out of clay is an exciting way to Read More

gail, The Urban Sketching Handbook
Art Techniques
Art Techniques

One-point Perspective

In The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective we learn the basics we need to know in order to sketch on the go!  Below are some examples of one-point perspective. In each of these sketches, we are looking perpendiculary at Read More

flying geese, The Quilt Block Book
Fiber
Fiber

Flying Geese Quilt Block

Looking for your next DIY project?  Look no further, in The Quilt Block Book we learn how to make our own quilt blocks, like this flying geese pattern. Piecing instructions 1. Foundation piece unit A. Make 2. 2. When stitching the Read More

horse 5, The Art of Painting Animals
Art Techniques
Art Techniques

How To Paint A Horse in Acrylic

It's difficult to capture the spirit of your subject when painting an animal. The Art of Painting Animals takes you through the process of painting a horse, offering tips and tricks along the way. Horse with Kate Tugwell This Read More

Gold Leaf Finished, 101 More Mixed Media Techniques
Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Gold Leaf Antiquing Technique

Trying to get the perfect vintage look on the art piece your working on can be tricky. You can try aging the paper or create distressed looking paint. This method from 101 More Mixed Media Techniques shows you how to create a gorgeous, Read More

manga 3, Beginning Manga
Art Techniques
Art Techniques

How to Design Manga Characters

Are you ready to create your own manga characters?  Beginning Manga shows you the steps you need to take to portray emotion and create unique manga characters. Characters can have many different face shapes, hairstyles, and body Read More

Chip Bags, Best Practices for Graphic Designers, Packaging
Design
Design

Color in Package Design

The quickest way to grab a consumer's attention is with color.  In Best Practices for Graphic Designers, Packaging shows us how color can be used to attract the consumer and get a leg up on the competition. Colorful characters. Read More