Wed, Sep 10, 12 pm, from $24 ROXANA MARCOCI ON CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS Christopher Williams is one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography today. A senior curator at the Museum ofModern Art, Roxana Marcoci, discusses the first retrospective exhibition of his work, Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, running at MOMA from July 27 through November 2. Tue, Oct 7, 5:30 pm, from $30 BRANDON STANTON: HUMANS OF NEW YORK Brandon Stanton’s addictive blog, Humans of New York, takes as its premise, “Everyone has a story to tell.” Since 2010, Stanton has shown the faces and shared the words of the New Yorkers we pass … Continue reading

10 Ways to Protect and Store Art Supplies

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By Alina Bradford Storing your art supplies can be a pain. If you don’t store them correctly they can get unusable. If you store them too well they aren’t easily accessible. Don’t worry. There are some creative solutions that you can use in your art studio that keep supplies safe and easy to use. Here are 10, low-cost art supply storage and safety tips: Do not leave you painting supplies in direct sunlight for more than a few minutes at a time. Bring an umbrella if you are painting outside. Keep pastels out of moist environments. Storing them in shallow … Continue reading

How to Make a Cloth Brush Holder

Here is my version of how to make a paint brush roll. You can find several other versions by viewing the videos at the bottom of this article. By Alina Bradford Keeping brushes flat and the bristles protected ensures that they paint the way they should. Crafty artists can make a cloth brush holder that makes brush storage a snap.  All the artist needs are simple sewing skills, an hour and a few inexpensive supplies to make a handy storage for fine art brushes.  If the artist has no sewing skills, a needle and thread can easily be replaced with … Continue reading

10 Unusual Art Supplies Every Artist Studio Needs


By Alina Bradford A well supplied art studio needs more than paints and canvases. There are ten art supplies that are off-beat, but incredibly valuable to artists. There are times when paint brushes, palettes and other traditional art supplies just aren’t enough to create a professional painting. The artist needs to have a tool kit full of extra paraphernalia for those times when a little creativity will go a long way. Tweezers to Correct Painting Mistakes Tweezers are an invaluable tool for removing brush hairs, eyelashes and paint clumps from wet paint without damaging the surrounding areas of the painting. … Continue reading

What is Masking?

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Masking, in fine art, means to protect your canvas or paper from paint. This is done by covering the area you want to keep paint-free with tape, a sheet of paper or masking fluid. Masking Fluid Masking fluid is liquid that you can buy from your art supply store. You brush it onto your paper or canvas in the area where you need to preserve the white of the support for using in the painting. Often, masking fluid is used when the artist wants to keep areas white to use as highlights in the finished painting. Try these steps: Brush … Continue reading

Painting Basics: A Guide for New Artists

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If you are new to painting, it may seem that there are an endless amount of things you need to learn. Really, there are some simple basics that can send you from blank canvas to finished painting in no time. Read on! Basic Color Theory Contrast is made by using colors that are opposites on the color wheel. Contrast creates drama.  Harmony in a painting can be created by using colors closer on the color wheel.  A color’s hue depends on how much red, blue, or yellow was used to create it.  Monochromatic paintings are painting where several hues of … Continue reading

How to Draw Large Scale Drawings

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By Alina Bradford Drawing on a large sheet of paper or on a wall is much different from drawing on a sketchbook page. The large expanse can make it hard to judge proportion, avoid smudges and create accurate strokes. To get a better handle on drawing big pictures, you can use a number of steps to produce a great drawing. Sweeping Strokes In the beginning of your painting don’t get bogged down by details. Create the largest shapes of your subject using wide, sweeping strokes. Move your arm with each stroke, not just your wrist. Draw Straight Lines Forget the … Continue reading

How to Make a Mahlstick

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By Alina Bradford Mahlsticks are used to hold the hand off an artwork so that the pastel, ink, graphite or paint isn’t smudged. You can buy mahlsticks in art stores, but they usually cost anywhere from $15-$30. You can make this mahlstick for around $5 in under 10 minutes. It is a great art supply to have around no matter what type of artist you are. Step-by-Step Instructions Things You’ll Need: 2 tennis balls  12-24 inch long dowel  Utility Knife  Hold a tennis ball firmly in one hand and cut a 1/2″ slash with the utility knife.  Turn the tennis … Continue reading

Make Your Drawn or Painted Faces More Realistic

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By Alina Bradford Okay, so you know the basics to drawing faces, but they just don’t look that real. Why? It’s all in the details. Take a look at the ideas below and soon you will have portraits that dazzle. The Eyes The eyes are the most important part of the face. If you don’t put enough detail into them then your whole portrait will look stiff. Take a look at your eyes up close in the mirror. Notice how your tear ducts are like little pink seeds in the corners of your eyes. Also notice that your iris is … Continue reading

How to Draw Wings for Fantasy Creatures

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By Alina Bradford Being able to draw wings is a staple of fantasy, anime, manga, sci-fi and cartoon art. Luckily, just a few simple steps are needed to create a wide-range of wing types. Wings come in several varieties. There are wings that are covered with nothing but skin, as usually are drawn on dragons. Then there are the wings that are covered with either scales (think space creatures or demons) or feathers (think angels or griffins). All three types of wings are drawn in a similar way. First, the artist starts with a basic frame and then moves on … Continue reading