Jun
12
2014

What's the Buzz- Creative Mark Painter's Edge Palette Knives

Find Out What Real Users Have to Say About our Popular Palette Knives

In this edition of What's the Buzz, we will be seeing what real customers and artists have had to say about the Creative Mark Painter's Edge Palette Knives, one of our most popular brands of palette knives!

These Italian style palette knives have been best sellers for years now and offer a great alternative to brushes. The wonderful thing about palette knives is that they are easier to clean and can adhere straight color to the canvas or board. They can offer infinitely more texture than brushes and have just the right amount of give for the perfect painting response. 

Many artists like them because of their composition and value. Creative Mark offers 60 different shapes for an incredible variety of movements and styles to put your paint to canvas. Each blade is fixed into its wooden handle withe he aid of a brass collar, and the comfort-grip handles feature a deep walnut stain for beauty and durability. Many artists like that even if they do manage to bend their knife blades, they can bend right back into shape because of their more rigid composition.

Check out this short video to learn more about how to use these palette knives with Mike Rooney:

 

Now, see what the buzz is all about and exactly why our customers cant stop clamoring for these perfect palette knives:

"I have only used 2 out of the 7 I ordered so far. I only got them the day before yesterday. These knives are well made and have a good feel to them. Handle is well balanced and the tension is just right on the blade."- Anonymous

"Bought this for a workshop I took in Italy because a metal palette knife was required. While some may say it's 'just' a palette knife, it's really the craftmanship that makes the difference. Lightweight, flexible, durable and easy to use, I'm never picking up a plastic palette knife again! It really made a difference in the mixing and application of paint."- KQM

"Traditional knives, like Liquitex, are plain steel and lose their finish in water-based media. These are stiffer than some, but still fine. I would happily buy them at full Jerry's price, on any sale they are a great deal. I use heavy-body acrylic paint, sometimes mixed with gels on boards and panels. Any other knife shapes with sharp points are hard to use, scratch the work and are way more trouble than they are worth. These are an excellent value."-Kustererartworks

"I love these knives. They are so much better than plastic knives because they clean up easier, they don't wear down and they don't break or bend as easy as plastic. These knives come in many shapes and sizes to meet all your artistic needs."- Tab the painter

"I am new to knife painting, but I find these to be well balanced, just the right blend of stiffness and flexibility. I'm using them with acrylics. You can't beat the price. I now use them to mix colors, even when painting with a brush."- amateur artist

"I have used palette knives for over 40 years and finally found replacement knives as my old company went out of business. Will be ordering more in the future."- Anonymous

"I use the product with patching plaster to create texture for watercolor paintings. It has just the right amount of firmness, but flexible and the size and shape allows me to create many different textures."- Anonymous

"Top quality for the price. I've tried a number of different brands of palette knives and these are great. The quality is great for the price. If I drop it and bend the edge, I know that I can order another of the same size and get the same quality."- Anonymous

Have you tried Creative Mark Painter's Edge Palette Knives yet? What do you think about them? Let us know in the comments below.

Jun
10
2014

5 Mistakes New Artists Need to Stop Making

A Quick List to Help You on Your Way

Many new painters will often make the same mistakes over and over again when they are starting out, often not knowing that they are even making them. While mistakes are definitely okay and should be expected when starting out; correcting those mistakes can become the first major milestones in one's art career.

While occasionally a mistake can transform a finished work into a masterpiece by a rare stroke of luck, for beginners, mistakes are simply roadblocks that transform into stepping stones for artists in order to become better. Many new painters will make some of the same mistakes over and over, which is why we chose these as some of the most common mistakes needing to be corrected.

1. Mixing paint on your canvas.

Mixing paint is to be done exclusively on your palette. Do not experiment with color on your canvas, it leads to messier brush strokes and often just junky paint mixing that will be hard to cover up as you paint. If your palette is not big enough to mix on, find a strong piece of paper to mix on that is not your canvas. Be direct when putting your brush to canvas and mix your colors on your palette.

2. Do not poke your canvas with your brush.

Pointillism is an art form that was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. It takes an artist poking the canvas with small dots of pure color over and over again to create an image. Many artists just starting out will try and add an element of pointillism to their paintings with dots of color just messily poked on to their canvas. This can be avoided with short strokes and dabs. Poking your brush too hard to the canvas will split your brush and push your colors out in odd and messy bursts rather than drop small amounts of color.

3. Using too much white.

While mixing with white is fine to create lighter colors, adding too much white directly by itself can blanket out a canvas and make your paintings look chalky, dry and cold. Winter scenes are the exception to this.

4. Being stingy with paint.

Do not be afraid to use lots of paint on your canvas. Many new artists are scared to use too much paint at several points during the painting process, both on the palette and on the canvas. You can always buy more paint so do not be afraid to use too much. Better too much than to leave thin areas on your canvas and have the paint dry out too quickly. In regards to your brush, use lots of paint and big strokes on your painting. Having too little paint on your brush can make your paint look dry and scratchy when it hits your canvas.

5. Using cheap hobby paint.

Do yourself a favor and buy some better paint than from a cheap hobby store. It will perform poorly on its own without any mistakes on your part. Jerry's Artarama proudly carries many great paints at an easily affordable price that paint better and offer many more colors than hobby paints made with fewer pigments and more filler. Instead try a paints like LUKAS, SoHo Urban Artist, Charvin and Matisse. They all have higher pigment counts and better lightfast ratings and will paint smoother. 

6. (Unofficially) Do not be afraid to make any mistakes.

You will make them, so don't stress about them. Making mistakes is part of the learning process. Just be sure to correct them as they happen and the mistakes you make and learn from will make you a better artist

Have any tips for other common mistakes new painters often make? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Jun
7
2014

Give Dad Art this Father's Day

The Best Way to Find the Perfect Gift For Dad!

 

Not sure what to get Dad or Grandpa this Father's Day now only a week away? Jerry's Artarama has a great idea. Why not give Dad the gift of Art?

Father's Day gifts are often an afterthoughts for most people. Most people think that Dad just wants to sit in his big comfy chair, eat a steak and drink a beer on Father's Day so if a gift is given its typically a boring coffee mug, necktie or if he's lucky he'll get some cologne. But what if Dad wants to be a little more engaged this year. Why not show him what a "World's Best Dad" looks like with some home made art or a card colored by the kids. 

Give Dad something more meaningful this year with crafts, a manly painting or detailed sketch of him. Same goes for Grandpa. It will give him something to treasure as it shows what he really means to his family. Or create something with the special Father in your life. Art is a great way to bring together a father and his children for a Sunday afternoon. It's a relaxing activity that allows Dad to express his creativity and spend time with others. Plus, Dad will love the thought that goes into each one of his handmade Father's Day gifts.

If Dad is an artist himself, he might appreciate some high-quality fine art supplies from Jerry's Artarama!

 

This year, Jerry's has set up a special sales event for Father's Day with an easy to use Father's Day Gift Guide. With gifts ranging from easels to paints to drawing supplies at great unbeatable values and savings, the Father's Day gift guide has all the art supplies your Dad could possibly want. 

On a budget? Our gift guide also lets you shop by price so you know you can find the perfect gift for Dad next week. 

If you're not sure what to get Dad this Father's Day, let him choose with a Jerry's Artarama eGift Card. It arrives in minutes and has 3 fun Father's Day designs to choose from.

 

This is also a great idea for the Dad who is stuck traveling or away from his kids on his special day.

Have you ever given art to your father, grandfather, uncle, or father figure before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

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