How to protect a watercolor painting

OK, I have to make an assumption here. There are two types of people who will look up how to protect a watercolor painting and come across this article. The buyer of course wants her watercolor painting she just bought from the artist to last a lifetime. I'm assuming you're…

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Fantasy femme fatales list for inspiration/my memory

I don’t know about you, but I forget stuff all the time. No, I’m not getting senile. I’m always trying to do too many things at once. So I live and die by post it notes. They’re my reminders to do pretty much everything. I make a new list every…

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Watercolor vs Gouache

I named this article "watercolor vs gouache" but in reality, watercolor and gouache are friends. They play nicely together. They even share the same paper for their main choice of surface. But, you should know when to use one and when to use the other. Each has her own advantages…

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25 inspirations for the uninspired

We’ve all had those days whether you’re a writer, a composer, or an artist. You sit down. You got work to do. And nothing comes. The muse has left the building and you’re badly trying to summon her back. Well, my friend, fret not. What you need is a list.…

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Correcting watercolor mistakes with watercolor ground

If you're wondering about correcting watercolor mistakes, look no further. Several wonderful companies have created a product called watercolor ground. You paint it on just like you'd used paint. But then, it actually becomes part of the paper and you can paint right over it. Last night, I had a…

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Don’t skimp with cheap watercolor paper

When to use cheap watercolor paper In the very beginning, I knew that I would paint ten throwaway paintings. When I say throwaway, I mean it literally. They sucked, and ended up in the garbage. So no, you'll never see them. They're in a landfill somewhere. I bought ten sheets…

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Music to paint to

What music do you paint to? And does music help set the mood for your painting? Since I’m doing more fantasy pinup art, I like music that helps the setting. I have eclectic tastes. They range from pretty heavy to pretty deep. But a lot of my music totally fits…

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Do evil witches throw the salt over their right shoulder?

If you’re not a Southerner, you may not get that joke. In the old days, salt wasn’t exactly cheap. So spilling the table salt wasn’t exactly a small deal. Well, back then, Americans had tons of superstitions that we’ve eventually forgotten about. One of them was throwing salt over your…

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Artists I like – John William Waterhouse

In high school, I listened to Heavy Metal music and also played Dungeons and Dragons. Back in those days, I hung out at the mall with friends and girlfriends. The mall had this one poster shop and I immediately fell in love with a specific painting. I’d been doing physical…

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Seven color watercolor palette

There's an old adage that you should be able to cut down to six colors if you had to. You know what? There's no way I can. I need seven. So I'm going to break the rules and cut down to a seven color watercolor palette. What's in my watercolor…

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