Jun 20, 2012

New Products and free online classes!

Ready Cut Watercolor offers convenience to the growing number of prolific artists who create smaller-sized original paintings and sell them online and at art fairs.
Our 500 Series premium watercolor paper is precision cut into standard size sheets for readymade frames and mats. This saves the artist effort, time and money.

Made from 100% cotton fiber, this watercolor paper is archival, lignin free and acid free, and is available in cold and hot press finishes. Sizes include formats for best-selling readymade frames and mats. Ready Cut Watercolor sheets are available in cold or hot press.

Registration is open! Workshops are FREE!

Workhops available until August 1, 2012.

Learn techniques from experienced artists through online videos and downloadable instructions.

Get inspired from other students in our virtual classroom. Keep motivated with ideas and tips from your instructor. Register for our 2012 Online Workshop Series today.

Our online workshops are free and self-paced. Workshops are held in our virtual classroom website. Each workshop consists of four video lessons and supporting downloadable instructions. Students can participate in conversations on our discussion boards or share work in the classroom photo gallery.

Workshop 1: Doodles Unleashed: Mixed Media Techniques
Instructor: Traci Bautista
Workshop 1: Doodles Unleashed: Mixed Media Techniques
Description: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you will enjoy a creative escape as you combine different media, color, texture, collage, doodling, lettering and more to create your own mixed media paintings. Play with paper in ways you never imagined!

Workshop 2: Watercolor Sketching

Instructor: Cathy Johnson

Description: Learn how to sketch from life using watercolor, pen and ink and more. Cathy Johnson will share numerous tricks and techniques, covering topics such as ink and watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache and other mixed media. Learn how to start a sketch with pencil guidelines or jump right in with watercolors. Add interest and meaning to pages using a few select collage elements. Put all of these techniques to work in your nature, travel, urban or journal sketching adventures. 

Workshop 3: FORCE Drawing Technique

Instructor: Michael Mattesi

Description: FORCE spans all forms of art, from animation to illustration, cartooning to fine art. Mike Mattesi, author of the popular and inspiring FORCE drawing books, demonstrates his drawing theory across four compelling videos. During the videos you will learn how to draw FORCE, form and shape. Through this knowledge you will add more life and drama to your work. These three main principles can be applied to occupations in the entertainment industry such as character design, animation, illustration, storyboarding and comic books.

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Strathmore® 400 Series Toned Sketch provides artists with unique sketching and drawing possibilities for light and dark media.

•Available in Warm Tan and Cool Gray, toned specifically for use with light and dark media

•Perfect for creating white highlights and dark shadows

•80 lb. (118 g/m2) sketch paper, medium surface, acid free

•100% recycled, 30% post-consumer fiber

•Kraft and bark fiber inclusions for visual interest

•Appropriate for experimenting, quick studies, sketching, life drawing and journaling

•Excellent for graphite, chalk, charcoal, sketching stick, markers, china markers, colored pencils, pens and white gel pens

Mixed Media

We've combined the characteristics of watercolor paper and the finish of a drawing sheet, creating a paper that performs unlike any other in the industry. Our Mixed Media paper is ideal for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, marker, pastel and collage.
Mixed Media is available in a full range of formats and sizes to meet a variety of applications.

New Free Pattern Blog

New Free Pattern Blog
Sharon Teal Coray has a new blog offering free patterns! Updated often! Check it out!