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Week 11: On Point-illism

Get ready to test your perceptions as we take inspiration from Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh’s Pointillist period (Ha!).  Layer light to dark dots as you would with a watercolor, but don’t worry about staying within the lines, ‘cuz there are none!  Mix colors by layering your colored points. Take your sketchbook to your neighborhood park like Georges, or stay in an try a portrait like Vincent.  We recommend using a young artist style marker, in case you get a little heavy handed and squish the tip, or try a refillable marker where the tips can be replaced.

Pick a point with all our markers currently 15% off our everyday price thru the end of April, including sets!

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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Summer Session- Art Date 4: Nocturnal Notes

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Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone”

Stay up late and sketch the town red!  Okay, maybe not just red, but any and all colors that lend themselves to the neon and moon glow of nighttime escapades.  Using the Van Gogh painting as inspiration, see how colors can light up the night or capture a moment like our friend, Justin Terlecki’s 4th of July print, entitled July.  Since the 4th of July is this weekend, try doing a quick sketch of the scene and, as night falls, lay in the explosive color! If you are a night owl, go out on the town and paint the city lights, or a country road and paint the night sky.  For this art date, try toning your paper with a dark color first, then layer in color with your favorite opaque paint markers for a colorful pop!

 

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Justin Terlecki’s Lithograph print “July”

Wet Paint will have the refillable Montana Paint markers on sale for 15% off MSRP from now until July15th!  Available in a great variety of colors and sizes, and now in six fluorescent colors so you can really make your paintings bright!

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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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