Varathane Diamond Exterior Finish, Water-Based Gloss: The Review: I love this stuff!!! There are several reasons I love this product and its interior finish equivalent: It’s relatively low cost, covers lots of surfaces, allows for clean and super clear coatings, dries well to a diamond coat that doesn’t feel sticky to touch like most acrylic … Continue reading Saturday’s Supplies – The Best Varnish Finish
Stretched Canvas: The Review: Sargent brand offers a double primed surface, which allows you to use less paint on the painting and to take advantage of the pure white for building up layers and depth. I think it’s a great bang for the buck! As you get more comfortable with your materials, you may find … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Canvas: My Favourite Pre-made.
Liquitex Basics Gesso Surface Prep Medium: The Review: I’ve tried all sorts of gesso and almost all work the same for me. This is an economical format and has been the best bang for my buck when I need it. I don’t suggest you mix it with paints or tints, but if I’m honest, I … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Gesso – The best blank canvas maker!
Spontaneous 07-022: The History: Share what you see and continue the story. Blue is a glorious color for glass, so it’s no surprise how well it works on porcelain. These somewhat abstract forms are inspired by a love of Raku fired ceramics... I was challenged when a teacher told me it would be nearly impossible … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #167 – Spontaneous 07-022
Spontaneous 07-023: The History: Share what you see and continue the story. One of the keys to creativity is to use all the materials possible. My friend was the lab tech this summer and made a strange glossy white glaze. I decided to play with it. I love the outcome. These somewhat abstract forms are … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #166 – Spontaneous 07-023
Burlap Fabric 60” Wide X 5 Yards: The Review: I’m not sure I’d recommend this for the application I applied it to. I used it for a canvas to stretch over a stretcher… several times, in fact. It soaks up the Gesso in industrial quantities and then does the same to the acrylic paint. The … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Burlap – For Texture And The Rustic Touch
Crescent Cardboard Sheets: The Review: I’ve had leftover sheets from a variety of sources, including reused packaging materials, but the colors often get muted or the paper falls apart under the acrylic and water. So I splurged on some professional paper and got excellent color retention and absorption. If you look hard enough and want … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Do You Want To Play With Paperboard?
Melting 05-010 &011: The History: Share what you see and continue the story. The Meltings are an organic partnership between hand and material... a study of respecting the other's influence and a total abandon to trusting the outcome, whatever it may turn into. The results were always magic! Here, the magic came to life, as … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #153: Melting 05-010 and 011
Plywood Sheet: Taken from scrap I had around the house. Available from any hardware store… look in their cutting section for scrap pieces being liquidated. If you have construction sites nearby, go ask for scraps there too. Finally, there are more and more EcoCenters popping up and they tend to have tons… literally tons of … Continue reading Saturday’s Supplies – Scraps: Play To Your Heart’s Content!
Canson Biggie Sketch Pads 18 In. X 24 In.: The Review: This paper is awesome. It has a semi-smooth surface and is sturdy enough to take some rough strokes. It is miles above newsprint, which has its own beauty. It is like having a smooth watercolor paper. I’ve also used this for gouache and acrylic … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Paper – The Best Big Pad