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Resources for Artists
Resources for Artists

Using the Pencil Test in Figure Drawing

The pencil can be used for more than just making marks.  Figure Drawing for Artists shows you how the pencil test can help your figure drawing. For this, it’s best to use a tubular pencil, or marker, or such, something with a nice Read More

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Art Techniques
Art Techniques

Create Your Own Personalized Gift Tags

Personalize your very own gift tags this holiday season. These easy to make, hand personalized gift tags will sure to be a hit this holiday season. Just follow these four easy steps from The Joy of Lettering to creating your very own Read More

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Family Crafts
Family Crafts

How to decorate your Christmas party

What is Christmas without a Christmas party? This year you might be thinking about throwing your own one but don’t know where to start. This is where Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring come in. Authors of excellent party decorating manual Read More

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Christmas
Christmas

Your stocking fillers sorted this year!

We're not saying that you shouldn't have chocolate coins or a chocolate Santa lolly in your stocking this year but how about adding a selection of these books alongside those sweet treats and make yourself pleased as Christmas punch with Read More

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Fiber
Fiber

Crochet the Perfect Winter Hat

This crocheted winter ski hat is a great gift idea for your loved ones this upcoming holiday season. Use your own crochet skills to create the perfect gift by following these easy directions from Melissa Leapman’s Designer Crochet: Read More

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Art Techniques
Art Techniques

Create your Own Origami Swan Ornaments

If you’re in need of some quick and easy to make ornaments, try these beautiful origami swans from Creative Origami and Beyond to fill your Christmas tree. They are easy to make and they can will be on your tree in no time! Simply follow Read More

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Mixed Media
Mixed Media

Crayon in the Mix

The Art of Crayon shows us that crayons are so much more than just for kids coloring books! Check out this awesome project on using crayons in your mixed media creation. Your choices for working in mixed media are wide open: every Read More

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Art Techniques
Art Techniques

How to Make a Sticky Note Flip Book

Looking for a fun indoor activity to do this winter? If you have a pad of sticky notes you can easily make fun flip book animation! Animation Lab for Kids shows you how! Oh, how we love flip books! Not only are they low-maintenance and Read More

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Resources for Artists
Resources for Artists

Beat Procrastion: Create Your Own Artist’s Ritual

While the cliché of the wild-eyed, fast-handed, and ceaselessly creating artist has its allure, it remains just that — a cliché. In real life, making it as an artist requires commitment and a lot of hard work, and inspiration is not always Read More

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Art Techniques
Art Techniques

Two-Handed Reflection Drawing Exercise

This exercise from Drawing in Black & White is a fun way to test the skills of your non-dominant hand. Try drawing mirror images with each hand at the same time and seeing how you do! In this exercise, you will draw in a Read More

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Fiber
Fiber

Five Sew-On Edgings to Customize Your Crochet

After learning the basics of crochet and venturing into full garment production, many fiber artists are disappointed by the fit and finish of the final product yielded by standard patterns. No two bodies are alike, but there are general Read More