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Ooh so shiny!

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Ooh so shiny!

Black watercolor paper--heard of it? Tried it? I have some (because I have an art supply addiction, you see) but I've struggled to use it over the past year or so I've owned it.  Recently I found a way to use both my black watercolor paper and another supply that was gathering dust: my mica powders. I mixed up a small batch of 5 different interference mica powders with gum arabic to make my own custom watercolor paint that looks great on black paper! Interference paint changes colors as you move it around in light. It's another unusual supply that's...

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Keeping Track of the Art

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Keeping Track of the Art

Now that I've been painting for a few years, and I've started to create art that I like and think is good enough to sell, I've started to accumulate a lot of paintings I have to keep track of. It's important to keep note of when they were painted, what size they are, how much the framing supplies cost, and so on. In the interest of organization I created a spreadsheet to track all this info in one place. I add columns from time to time as I discover additional info I'd like to track. If you haven't started tracking...

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Secret Art

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Secret Art

Did you know that almost every piece of art I make and sell has a secret, hidden piece on the back? It's one reason why I buy 100% cotton watercolor--it's sturdy enough I can use both sides if I'm not happy with the first one. It's also why the art I sell at shows either has to be framed or matted with a backing board--it looks much more professional and cleaner if you can't see a messy failed painting on the back! So the next time you buy a piece of my art, don't be surprised if you see another...

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Revising My Opinion

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Revising My Opinion

I may have to eat my words: I have loudly protested that sketchbooks simply weren't for me, but over the course of a little over a year, I completed 5 sketchbooks!  It seems sketchbooks are a thing for me, as long as they have a theme; I completed 3 of these because they were used for a very specific purpose. Two of them were used solely for my 100 Days Project to keep it all together. The third was used to paint skies and sunsets.  Having multiple books available also seems to help. My palette knife painting process is very...

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The Process Behind Board Mounted Art

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The Process Behind Board Mounted Art

My board mounted paintings are some of my favorites because they're ready to hang as soon as you get them home. It's also a nice, modern way to display my watercolor art. They take quite a few extra steps to get them ready to display and sell though!  Watercolor reactivates if it gets wet, so the very first step is to spray the painting with varnish to seal and set it. Then I use acrylic medium to "glue" the painting to the cradled board. Next, I put heavy weight (usually a giant stack of books!) on top of it overnight to ensure a clean adhesion....

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