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January is National Hobby Month: Here’s What You’ll Need
Jan 02

It’s a new year, which means it’s a time for resolutions, revelations goal-setting, and new gear-getting. January is also National Hobby Month, which means it’s a time for recommitting yourself to a favorite pastime that, perhaps, you haven’t given as much time to as you’d like. Or, it could be a time to take on a new challenge, or teach yourself a new skill. Whether your commitment for January 2018 is to refocus your energies on an existing hobby, or you’ve made a resolution to find a new outlet for your creativity, we have the gear, tools, and must-have supplies...

Stabilo 88: Your Ideal Stenciling Fineliner
Dec 28

Whether you are adding elegant curves and swirls to your scrapbook, or adding crisp, clean lettering to your latest creative project, stenciling is a time-tested technique with a variety of applications to add calculated, fine detail to any piece of artwork. To achieve best results, be sure to choose quality stencils and a writing instrument that will give you the vibrant color, and crisp lines you need. When it comes to fineliners, we recommend stenciling with a set of Stabilo 88 fine-tipped pens.   The Stabilo 88 15-Color Wallet Set The Stabilo fine point (.4mm) neon pens feature water-based ink...

Understanding Color Schemes
Dec 22

If you have read our four-part blog series on color theory, you know that the selection and use of individuals colors to create intended moods, feelings, and tones is as much a science as it is an art. Every artist, including amateur hobbyists, should have a basic understanding of color theory, including the concept of the color wheel, the importance of color harmonization, the need for color context, and of course, an understanding of the difference between tints, shades, and tones. If you’re ready to take your understanding of color theory one step further, it is time to learn about...

What’s the Difference Between Pastel and Colored Pencils?
Dec 20

Wondering what type of artist’s pencils you should rely on for your next project? Understand the difference between pastel and colored pencils to help you choose the best medium based on the look and quality you’re hoping to achieve. To help you with your education, we have summarized the fundamental differences and benefits of each below.   Colored Pencils Colored pencils are typically constructed with a wax or oil-based pigment core surrounded by wood. Depending on the brand and the quality of the construction, the core is generally made using varying amounts of binding agents, pigments, and additives.  They are...

How to Change the Consistency of Calligraphy Ink
Dec 18

If you spend any amount of time practicing calligraphy, and you will quickly develop your preferences. You will find you have a favorite pen, an ideal place to practice, a preferred notebook, and a favorite brand of calligraphy ink. With even more practice, you will undoubtedly fine-tune your preferences, and likely find you have a choice nib width, paper texture, and ink consistency. If you would like to fully customize your calligraphy ink to just the right standards for your project, follow the tips below for changing the viscosity of your calligraphy ink.   To Make Thin Ink Thicker Add...

Caring for Your Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Dec 15

As a young child, and an art student novice, when coloring with your favorite set of colored pencils you likely gripped the pencil in your fist like your hold on the pencil would tether you to the Earth. As you scribbled furiously, the tip would break—or worse—the pencil would snap under the pressure of your fierce fist. Today, are you any less enthusiastic when you bring out your set of favorite colored pencils (which we know are your Prismacolor Colored Pencils)? If you’re not careful, too much love and excitement could still result in damaged pencils. To help you maintain...