Wet Paint

Artists' Materials & Framing in St. Paul, MN


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Week 3: An Op-opportunity Awaits!

Don’t op out of this fun geometric art exercise!  Time to get funky with your black ink and a pop of your favorite color as we dive into to the Op Art movement.  Taking inspiration from Bridget Riley and Frank Stella, repeat a simple shape or line to create a pattern that makes you look twice.  Focus on black and white, but feel free to add 1 color accent. It may be useful to use templates, tape, rulers, etc. to keep things aligned.

This week at Wet Paint, FW Acrylic Ink black or Dr. PH Martin’s Black Star in Matte Finish are on sale for 10% off MSRP!  Use with a brush or a dip pen.

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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WP Weekly Workout – Week 9: Vintage Vignettes with Vincent (Van Gogh)

Three-Cottages-in-Saintes-MariesGet ready to draw old skool with a reed pen and sepia ink!  Using the expressive Vincent Van Gogh drawing as inspiration, find a subject that you consider to be “timeless” and draw it using sepia ink.  How about that neighborhood landmark? Or that antique chair in the living room?  Family heirlooms, or even your childhood toy would be great! Once you’ve chosen your subject, slow down and get comfortable with the traditional technique of drawing in ink with a wooden stick or pen and scratching out a variety of different stroke marks like those made by Vincent.  If you haven’t tried them, we suggest using walnut ink and a bamboo reed pen (see below) for this project.  Walnut ink (ours is actually made from peat moss instead of walnuts) is named for the rich brown tones that it produces with every mark.  But beware, it is not waterproof! Bamboo reed pens are carved from a piece of bamboo and are the forerunner to the classic dip pen with metal nib.  If reed pens don’t appeal to you, try a stick from your backyard or a thin brush with your ink instead.

This week, all of our Tom Norton Walnut Drawing Inks are 15% their regular price!  We stock Tom Norton’s Walnut Drawing Ink because it is naturally derived, lightfast, made in small batches in the US, and creates beautiful subtle brown tones with each layer.  Bamboo reed pens are available in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large.  We also have a wide variety of dip pens and fine brushes that are sure to inspire!

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