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Artists' Materials & Framing in St. Paul, MN


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Week 3: Joan Mitchell Mash Up!

Joan-Mitchell-1987-UntitledThis week we want you to dip into abstraction taking inspiration from the abstract expressionist painter, Joan Mitchell. Looking at her body of work, there is a clear thought process and method to these paintings, so if you feel it is helpful, paint multiple spreads and pages and share your favorite (a double page spread would look fabulous with this workout). Some people find abstraction difficult.  When approaching this workout, we suggest starting by making bold marks with your acrylic ink.  Then smash your sketchbook closed to make the mirrored blot as your foundation shape.  Add as many layers or colors of ink as you would like- dribble, drip, or flick your ink for added movement.  When the fluid ink is dry,  go in with a brush or paint marker to add more linework or color into your composition.  It may be helpful to look at more of her amazing color work before you begin.

Joan-Mitchell-1992-UntitledThis week at Wet Paint we have Daler Rowney’s FW Acrylic Ink at 25% off MSRP and Golden Acrylic’s new High Flow at 30% off MSRP! Montana and Molotow paint markers are already 15% off our everyday price for our Make Your Mark Sale, so you can get all the color you need for your Mitchell Mash Up!

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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Why Wet Paint Stocks Aerosols and Paint Markers

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Montana Gold Spray Paint

Sometimes when I look around Wet Paint I am surprised at what products have emerged over the past decade as serious artists’ materials. I never expected to be selling aerosols. I never imagined professionals choosing paint markers over a tube of paint. And like earlier movements in contemporary art, artists’ influences today come from outside the traditional educational venues and with it different materials. And in our quick response culture, art materials manufacturers have been able to take commercial technology and marry with fine art material attributes. So we have spray paint and paint markers that have artist palettes of colors. They have made the colors more light fast and permanent. They have altered viscosity to move the colors faster or slower.

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Molotow Paint Markers

One thing that makes paint markers and aerosols alike is that they have built in delivery systems. You no longer need a brush. While I personally find brushes to be the most beautiful of all art supplies, they are that additional step between the artist and the art. I believe this immediacy and directness is why these “new” paint mediums are so popular with painters and sculptors and printmakers and calligraphers and artists of every persuasion.

Bonus!  This weekend only (11/15/13 to 11/17/13): Buy 3 spray paint cans, get 1 free!  This includes: Montana Gold, Black, and White.  In stock items only, no special orders.   Buy 2 paint markers, get 1 free!  This includes: Montana, Krink, Molotow, DecoColor, Zig Painty, and Sharpie Paint. In stock items only, no special orders.