Jan
25
2014

Still Accepting Submissions for Jerrys 2013 Self Portrait Contest

Just a reminder that the Jerry's 2nd Annual Self Portrait Contest is still ongoing through April 6th. We've received hundreds of submissions already and we've seen some really great ones. 

You can enter through April 6th, so there is still plenty of time to enter. Winners will be announced April 21st, 2014. Must be 18 or older to enter. Grand Prize winner will receive a $2000 shopping spree!

Enter on our Jerry's Artarama Self Portrait Contest Page

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out some of the hundreds of self portrait submissions we've already received!


 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Hope this inspired you. We've received so many great submissions and can't wait to see yours! Enter today!

 

Jan
23
2014

Whats the Buzz- LUKAS CRYL Studio Acrylics

We Dug Deep and Found What You Really Think About LUKAS CRYL Studio Acrylics!

For today's Whats the Buzz, we're looking at one of our most popular acrylic paints. Now the qualities of a good acrylic paint are high pigment levels, a wide choice of colors and colors that can keep their color even when they're diluted. That's how an artist would describe an "artist quality" acrylic. The acrylic we're talking about today has all of these qualities, but at a student grade acrylic paint price. We're talking about LUKAS CRYL Studio Acrylics!

For the price you can find LUKAS CRYL Studio acrylics at Jerry's Artarama, why would you use a lesser acrylic for the same price? This paint can give your paintings:

  • High pigment concentration that ensures vibrant and brilliant colors
  • A superb light fastness ratings for color permanence
  • 60 different colors in 3 different styles of tubes for the best value
  • Paint film that won't crack, shrink or wrinkle while drying

Because these paints are sold exclusively at Jerry's Artarama, we consider ourselves experts on this paint, and we love it. There is not a better painting experience for you, your students or your business. It's a versatile paint and with 3 different styles from 75ml tubes, 250 ml and 500 ml bottles, the more paint you get, the better value you'll receive. We know that you'll love them and keep coming back for more. But, if you don't want to hear from us about how well these paints perform, listen to real Jerry's customers who favor LUKAS CRYL Studio Acrylics:

 


"Good for my paint with wine parties for non-artists as they use good large amounts of paint and for me not very expensive."-Dotti, WA

"These acrylic paints are the best I've ever used. They have a glossy, professional finish and the bottles of paint last a really long time. The colors are vibrant and there are a lot of colors 

available. This is definitely my brand of choice! I can't think of one negative thing to say about them!"-Connie, LA

"These paints are beautiful to work with. Their color pigment is off the chart. They dry pretty quick but still give plenty of work time. The painting my wife finished with these paints looks incredible and the colors are as stated just amazing. Very fun paints to work with and work perfect with any acrylic endeavors especially illustration work. The bottles make pouring out the paint a breeze and you get plenty for the buck. I just hope these paints don't keep me from my oils too long lol."- Tom, NY

"I use Lukas for large scale paintings on canvas. The work I make requires a extremely opaque finish and this paint does the trick. Great bang for your buck."-ab, TX

"Lukas acrylics work well, apply with thick smooth flow, easy clean up, as well as fast drying."-coolwll, AZ

"If I don't plan to paint with the painting knife or when I don't need the impasto brush strokes, I love the ease of squirting out these acrylics from the ample-sized bottles. The 500ml size is great! The colors are true and the paint quality is perfect for the work I do."- Macdonaldartist, MA

"Excellent coverage and brilliance of color. I got a set of ten bottles as a gift and [am] ordering more when [I] run out. Used the in the artwork shown."

 

"The product produces a nice film of paint that remains flexible and doesn't produce defects like shrinking or cracking, which [is] often seen with budget art supplies. Overall, very impressive quality!"-Arshansky, AZ

"As a muralist and portrait painter I have found the Lukas Cryl Studio paints to work for me in how I'm able to control the smoothness and pop to my latest works of art for my client that really grasps their attention as well as a great underpainting for my oil paintings."- Leo "Makin it do What it do" Rucker, NC

"This is a great paint at a fantastic price. It allows me to experiment and get creative and loose without worrying about "wasting expensive paint." I love the large squirt-style bottles for expressive application. The quality is definitely better than most student -quality paints!"-Moon Dancer, AR


There are some pretty consistent themes in the reviews above. Fans of the paint love this paint's value for the price, size of the tubes and bottles to cover large areas, and the paints smoothness, glossiness and overall character. If you're considering trying out painting for the first time or taking a class, there's a fair chance you'll be using acrylics; but before you run out to the stores to find some lame hobby paint just because you're a beginner and its cheap, reconsider and try LUKAS CRYL Studio. Like ab from Texas says above, its a "Great bang for your buck." Sold exclusively at Jerry's Artarama.

Finally, keep in mind, that it's not only the paint that contributes to a great painting. Brushes are also important. The Pro Stroke Powercryl Utlimate Acrylic Brushes handle acrylic paint like no other. They can lay down "confident strokes that forever retain the mark of the brush." And for cleaning, don't forget about the SoHo Artist Sudio Wipes. Nothing cleans messy paint faster than these non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning wipes. And now, exclusively at Jerry's you can find both Pro Stroke Powercryl brushes and SoHo Studio wipes together for a terrific value for your classroom or business!

For more Whats the Buzz, be sure to check out our user reviews on SoHo Artist Studio Wipes and Pro Stroke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes. And remember, we love to hear what you have to say, so if you've used LUKAS CRYL Studio Acrylics, let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

Jan
21
2014

Art Journaling Can Improve Your Creativity!

Daily Journaling also Tracks Your Growth as an Artist

Keeping a journal has long been a practice for writers of all kinds. Journalists must keep detailed accounts as they are working on a larger story, and it has also been considered useful for creative writers as an outlet for letting loose a train of thoughts, ideas, and emotions. The journaling process has even had therapeutic effects on non-writers; for them, it is also an outlet-a truly objective party in which one can confide.

Since writing is a form of expression as well as a means of communication, then by this definition-art is too! Could journaling not also be beneficial to a visual artist? Art journaling may actually be the highest form of journaling, as an art journal can combine components of written words, collage, drawings and sketches, and any other kind of art one can conceive on a page. There are thousands of ways to keep an art journal, and the best part is that you can keep it as secret as you'd like it to be. 


Getting Started

If you'd like to start your own art journal, you can now pre-order the Artist Survival Book found only at Jerry's Artarama (will be in stock 1/28/14) . This journal made for artists contains three different styles of paper, from gridded to lined to plain, all made from heavy artist grade, acid free paper. It also contains pockets for extra sheets or any other paper you need to inspire you. And its spiral bound so that you can lay it flat which is perfect for doodling, sketching, writing or even painting for sturdy, consistent work.

The Artist Survival Book has:

  • A rugged leather cover
  • Spiral binding for sturdy, dependable work
  • 130 pages of plain paper
  • 70 pages of lined sheets
  • 70 pages of gridded dot sheets
  • card stock divider pockets
  • pen/pencil loop on inside cover

When you start journaling for the first time, it might be a bit hard to pick up right away. Like any new introduction to your normal routine, it can be difficult to get into the habit of journaling. The best way to approach this is to commit to journaling once a day for a number of days. Make it a point to journal alongside another activity that you do roughly the same time everyday, say taking a vitamin or brushing your teeth. After a while, it will seem natural to work in your journal, and you can express your creativity daily. It will become the best kind of habit-a healthy habit. 

How you organize your journal or what purpose it serves is unique to each individual. However, there are some supplies which are helpful to have on hand when journaling: A good pen or pencil is a must- like Jerry's Jumbo Jet Black Pencils or for drawing and drafting, Isomar Technoart Pens. A good eraser is also a must, like the Vanish 4-in-1 Eraser. Colored and printed cardstock, old magazines, favorite pictures and little bits of ribbon and lace are great to have around for collage work. Small mementos are worth hanging onto for journaling purposes because they can induce the types of feelings you want to express when either creating art or writing in your journal. Sometimes, peaceful and relaxing music can be quite inspirational too.


What It All Means

For some artists, a journal can function almost more like a scrapbook. They can look back and see each passage or image like its own memory. They can also just fell the pages with original drawings or daily anecdotes, however they need to express themselves at that time. A journal in any form always chronicles its owner's life. Whether through words or visual art, there exists a progression and an account of time passing. 

Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of a journal is the way it serves as tangible evidence of the past, a marker for memorable experiences. Art journaling allows you to keep track of your progress as an artist as well, and whether you share it with another soul or not, that is an invaluable thing. 

Do you keep your own journal of some sort or try any daily practices? Let us know if you think journaling can help in the comments below.

 

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