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Non-traditional Art Tutorials: Mixed-Media, Found Objects, Etc.

Let’s see what happens when paper and tea meet up—intentionally. Recently I took a variety of black, green, and herb teas and. . . read more

Recently I decided to make some fun labels for my art supply chest that holds tools, markers, and media. I visualized them in. . . read more

Some of you may recall my tutorial on brush illustration for beginners last year. That technique, using a brush marker with pressure and release, is how all my brush-lettering students begin. Most of them enjoy brush illustration so much that they think of other things to. . . read more

Welcome back for part 2 of a series on how stamps can embellish hand-lettered projects. (For more stamping information, refer to. . . read more

As a calligrapher, I’m often looking for easy ways to accomplish design tasks. One project I repeat quite often is making name. . . read more

Calligraphy students often ask if taking my class will improve their handwriting. Equally popular is the lament of parents or teachers, especially if they home school or their child is no longer learning handwriting in school.

Less than half of U.S. elementary schools now require handwriting instruction. Interestingly enough, when the Washington Post asked Americans if they. . . read more

Here in the US, the last three holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) snuggle up on the calendar. I know I speak for many. . . read more

I just finished teaching my ninth annual Holiday Art Cards workshop and I’m always a little surprised that students (who also. . . read more

As some of you already know, I work in both oils and colored pencils. My preferred method with oils is a personal adaptation of the Flemish technique, a seven-step process starting with a detailed drawing and going through color glazes and a detailed finishing layer.

It’s a classical method that is slow and careful, producing paintings with a rich, glowing color, life-like detail,. . . read more

The seasons are changing—which makes it a magnificent time to take a walk and see what your neighbor’s trees are up to. Their. . . read more

About 10 years ago, fiber artist and painter Teresa Shippy found a great use for her ever-expanding collection of vintage tin. . . read more




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