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Oil Painting for the complete beginner

Selecting your oil paints Before you can even consider starting to paint, you must make sure you have all the materials! There are hundreds of oil paint brands on the market. One rule of thumb to keep when searching for oil paints is; don’t be fooled by the appeal of low budget oil paints. Purchasing inferior quality oil paints will make painting a frustrating and unpleasant experience. We highly recommend buying artist or premium grade oil colors. Purchasing a few expensive oil paint tubes can only take you so far. This is why we also recommend purchasing your oil paints in larger quantities (which you can find here). Doing so will save you a lot of money in the long...

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How To Keep Acrylic Paint From Drying

Every painting medium has its problems with how you must handle them. Since Acrylics dry fast when you leave them out in the open, you will need to have some solution depending on what you’re trying to paint. If you’re painting outside, the wind can cause Acrylics to dry out faster than normal on both your canvas and palette. Here are some tips to make your acrylics stay wet and workable: Spray Bottle Use a small spray bottle filled with water so you can lightly mist your paint palette with water as you go. Make sure to keep your acrylic paints wet with this method to prevent them from drying. Spray Bottle Liquitex Wetting Spray The Liquitex wetting spray is...

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Are Copic Markers Expensive As Everyone Thinks They Are?

Ask any artist out there just how expensive can Copic Markers be and most of them will make the argument that no matter where you look whether it's online or at your local art store, Copic Markers can go anywhere from as low as $5 to $10 or more. The main reason you’ll have difficulty finding Copic Markers lower than $5 is a result of the Copic Marker makers Too which is located in Japan has authorized all Copic distributors in the U.S and Canada to sell their Copic Sketch or Copic Classic Markers for no less than $5. Most of our readers would agree that $5 is a lot of money just for a single marker especially when there...

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Self-Taught vs Art School

One question that we get often here at Master Art Supplies is: is it better for an artist to be educated at an art school or to be self taught? Many self taught artists end up with a distinctive art style which results from practicing art on your own without any instruction. We’ve also seen students who have been well trained in art schools have inadvertently copied their teachers art style. Being self-taught also gives you the freedom to try whatever medium you want without needing to commit to a particular medium provided by your school. This doesn't mean that going to school to learn art is a bad thing either. Being self-taught takes a lot more practice since you...

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Copic Marker Tips And Tricks

If you’re been an artist or crafter for a while or even if you’re a complete beginner, you may have noticed a new brand of marker popping up everywhere in art supply stores both online and offline. If you’re familiar with the process of how Japanese manga is drawn then you’re probably familiar with Copic Markers. The first question everyone always asks when seeing Copic Markers for the first time is why are they so expensive? Copic Markers do some what possess very special qualities that make them worth the price. Here at Master Art, we consider Copic Markers to be the highest quality marker brand on the market today. These markers are used regularly by professional artists. Copic Markers...

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