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Here's Issue #002 of Starting Art
June 08, 2007

Issue #002 - June 2007

Hi and welcome to the latest issue of Starting Art.

As ever, if you have any requests for articles, tutorials, tips or advice, please let me know.... you can do that by simply replying to this e-mail.

Best wishes & enjoy your painting!


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1. Video Tutorial of the Month - Drawing Basics - Part 1
2. Q & A - Getting Fine Detail With Pastels
3. Quick Tip - Conserving Oil Paints
4. Art Supplies Review - Choosing and Using Acrylic Paints

1. Video Tutorial of the Month - Drawing Basics - Part 1

This month's video is the first part of a series of five lessons which gives you a solid foundation in choosing & using drawing materials. This month covers the different types of paper and pencils you can use, with lots of sketches and tips along the way.

Click here to see the video...

2. Q & A - Getting Fine Detail With Pastels

Q. I'm a newcomer to pastels, but so far like them. My question is this: How on earth do you get a fine line / detail with a block of pastel without getting in your own way? I can't see where I'm putting color with the stick and my hand in the line of vision.

A. I'm assuming you have a piece of pastel only about an inch or so long.

First of all you need to be using the end of the pastel stick (rubbed down to a point or chisel edge if necessary) rather than the flat side of it.

Artists have a variety of ways of dealing with this. Here's a few.

1. Find a holder to stick the pastel into. The opposite end to the tip of an old, dried up felt pen case with the core removed (the cheap ones come out easily) would do. Push the pastel part way in (shave the corners if necessary) and away you go. To stop a small piece sliding right in put some Blu-Tac or masking tape around it so it jams in the top.

2. Use a pencil or brush handle and tape the pastel to it with masking tape.

3. Use a pastel pencil. However this involves paying for a variety of colors you may use for detail and highlights only infrequently.

4. Keep a longer piece or pieces for your detail. Get versions wrapped with paper so they are supported and just shave the end with emery paper. When they become too short, add them to your regular stock and buy a new one. However, the same comments apply here as for No. 3.

3. Quick Tip - Conserving Oil Paints

If you want to retain unused oil paint on a palette for a while after you've finished your painting, or it's going to be a day or two before you can come back to it, put the palette in a bowl or dish of clean water so it covers the paint. It will stay fresh and moist almost indefinitely like this.

However, make sure your palette is impervious to water ie: plastic, ceramic or the like. A wooden one will absorb water, swell and distort. When you come to use the paint again, tip off the excess water and carefully use kitchen roll to gently soak up any small puddles that remain.

4. Art Supplies Review - Choosing and Using Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are one of the newest painting mediums, being introduced as 'recently' as 1955.

They have come a long way since then, with an ever-widening range of paints and associated art materials.

The acrylic paint technique thus offers both the new and experienced artist a very versatile method of painting...

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Copyright Bob Davies 2007
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