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Whenever we hear the phrase, “practice makes perfect,” most of us probably think of sports or music—but it’s also very important in art.

In today’s video clip, Janie Gildow demonstrates how she practices her blending skills just by taking two different colored pencils and using them to fill in a strip of paper. As she points out in the video, this isn’t really a mentally challenging task. . . it’s more about training your eyes to see the subtlest shifts of color. Take a look:

NOTE: You can get Janie’s full colored pencil tutorial at Creative Catalyst.

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In today's video, Mark Mehaffey demonstrates a unique method of painting by using a mouth atomizer to spray small amounts of watercolor onto his paper. As you'll see below, he's carefully put down layers of masking over areas which he wants to remain light. After using the mouth atomizer, he then pulls up the masking, leaving untouched, white paper for the next covering of paint. Take a look: NOTE: Mark's full DVD on painting with a mouth atomizer is at Creative Catalyst. . . read more

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