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Material Play for Art and Bible Journaling

Key Techniques for Your Most Creative PagesAs a mixed-media artist and surface designer, whenever I am at the beginning of a new project or trying to work through a creative block, I turn to art journaling. But most importantly you can let your creativity wander without pressure and loosen up.Creating backgrounds is my favorite part.
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Meeting Your Artistic Match

Sadie Valeri’s Virtuosic Detailed PaintingsNot too many years ago, San Francisco based artist Sadie Valeri was an aspiring figure painter stuck in a still life studio. She had a good deal of time on her hands to hone her painting and drawing skills, but her workspace was less than 100 square feet.
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Im Listening

It’s another beautiful day in Florida, and this is the first leisurely morning I’ve had in over a week. Being here isn’t synonymous with being on vacation. I work harder here than I do in Kansas! While I dearly love my work, it’s time for me to relax and once again, connect with my thoughts in writing.
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The Fix is In | Pastel Fixative Uses

Ask any pastelist whether or not they use fixative, and you will undoubtedly get a most fervent opinion. Some see it as an essential part of their pastel layering technique; others utilize it only at the end to add stability to a finished pastel painting; and many avoid its use altogether due to the potential for altering the appearance of pastel.
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10 Painting Principles Every Artist Should Know

Yes, many great artists urge their peers to break the rules. And, yes, letting loose and being in the moment set a solid foundation for a successful painting session.However, as one of the arguably greatest artists of all time, Pablo Picasso, used to say:So before you start breaking any rules, we are here to break down 10 key painting principles.
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The Benefits of Using Acrylic as Watercolor

Watercolor can be a fun medium. Because of its transparent nature, it’s easy for an artist to lost control of it. Overworking can be a real problem. When watercolor dries, it lightens up and appears pale and faded. Often, I will LOVE the way my painting looks when it’s wet. But, then I break for lunch, and the painting dries while I’m gone.
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