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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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What is "Palette Knife Watercolor" Anyway??

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What is "Palette Knife Watercolor" Anyway??

I talk a lot here on my blog and Instagram about how I prefer to paint without a brush. In particular, I do a lot of painting with a palette knife. But I realised recently that I probably assume people know what the heck I'm talking about but they actually don't! Just because I do this multiple times a week doesn't mean you know what it is--and I'm bad about documenting my process after all!So I took a short video of me painting a very basic watercolor palette knife landscape and thought it might help to see the process in...

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Ditch the Frame

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Ditch the Frame

When you think of how to display art, your first thought is probably immediately: in a frame, behind glass. If you have a work on canvas or cradled board, maybe you can hang it directly on a nail. But if you have a collection of small original art, prints, postcards, or family photos, you could use a display like this to show off a lot in a little space:   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jen Roberts - Artist (@late_blooming_art) Think outside the frame when you display art!

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Starting the 100 Days Project

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Starting the 100 Days Project

I am now 8 days through the 100 Days Project. This is a hashtag & trend I see going around social media every year--the goal is to do a small creative activity for 100 days. Ideally it would be an unbroken stretch, but life happens, so just keep going. Even though I have really disliked painting every day when I participate in July's World Watercolor Month, for some reason this had been calling to me. The project is an official thing, with a website and community and everything, and it has an official start date at the end of January. But I...

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