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Week 6: Give Nouveau a Go

Time to think spring and spread your wings with Art Nouveau! Taking inspiration from artists Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha give your art the gold treatment. Nature, curved flowing lines, and decorative details are at the core of this movement.  Start with an image of your favorite tree, flower, or lady in your life and add embellishments with swirls of gold and spring colors.  Use your colored pencils and add a golden touch with a paint marker!  Remember, tracing is a tool, too.

This week at Wet Paint, all gold paint markers are 15% off MSRP and Irojiten Colored Pencils are 15% off MSRP!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Week 7: Proportions and Proximity with Irojiten Colored Pencils

green-colored-pencil-shard-james-sayerDraw something sight-sized! Make it small or make it large.  Fill up a page in your sketchbook or just use the corner. Example image found on the internet from James Sayer (and what a lovely pencil shaving it is!).  How about a cup of pencils or brushes? What about a piece of fruit or that sprouting onion? Maybe your watch or a favorite piece of jewelry?  Whatever you choose, either go in close to draw all of the details or pan out and make it tiny!  We suggest using the Tombow Irojiten colored pencils (Liz’ favorites!).  Usage suggestion for colored pencil (since they are tricky to erase): start with light to dark values and soft to heavy pressure.

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Liz’ stash of Tombow Irojiten colored pencils!

Liz loves the Tombow Irojiten colored pencils because they blend and layer without heavy build-up, the points are durable and strong enough for writing, and best of all, they’re so pleasing in the hand (and on the eye)!  This week only, April 2nd thru April 8th, Wet Paint will be selling them on super sale for 35% off MSRP!  Time to stock up (Liz says she’ll share!) Click here to check out the entire line!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Fluorescent Colors

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Justin outside brightening up a grey March day

It seems like not too long ago fluorescent colors were a big no-no in the art world and art materials industry.  There was no way you could make those colors be eye-popping and archival at the same time.  But now, the concern over light-fastness seems to have been beat out by the popularity of hot fluorescents.  Nearly every country participating in this year’s Winter Olympics donned fluorescent accented gear. In these grey days of the never ending winter, joggers along Summit Avenue light up my day not just with their athletic determination to weather the weather, but their fuchsia and chartreuse shoes, mittens and ear warmers.  It seems that there is life out there and it isn’t all bleak.

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With the need for some sun scorching color, let’s throw archival concerns into its own corner for the moment.  Let’s embrace Golden’s High Flow Acrylics in fluorescents (duly noted “Lightfastness Poor” on the label), and Sakura’s new Gelly Roll Moonlight fine point pens, and Faber Castell’s soon to be released fluorescent Pitt Pens and Speedball’s new fluorescent & Night Glo screen and block printing inks.  And let’s not forget the fluorescent paint markers from Montana and Molotow, the neon Sharpies and the Bistro Chalk Ink markers as well as the UV-reactive, professional grade, Irojiten colored pencils from Tombow.  With all these neon marks, we could generate enough heat to melt this ice jam and have art spring us into the next season.