Win the trip of a lifetime to Australia in the Matisse Derivan Create Your Color Contest

You can still enter through March 30th online!

If you're an artist who has dreamt of painting their way through the outback, you're dream has never been closer to becoming reality! We are still accepting submissions in our Create Your Color Contest with Matisse Derivan. The rules are simple, show us a color you've invented by mixing on your palette and tell us what you used and what you use that color for. All colors will go through a period of voting, and if selected as a finalist, Matisse Derivan will make your color we will set it online through Jerry's Artarama. If you're color is the most popular, we'll send you to Australia for the trip of a lifetime. Matisse Acrylics are still looking hard for the next color to add to their already wonderful acrylic colors and needs your help!

So far, we are about halfway through this year's contest and we have already received hundreds of new color submissions so far. People are pumped to get their colors out there and win a fantastic trip to Australia. But don't worry, there is still plenty of time to enter.

How to enter:

Make sure you have all of the following items prepared, then enter the art contest here and fill out the contest entry form.

1 Photo of the color swatch for your created color.

1 Photo of whatever inspired you to create your color

1 Photo of a piece of artwork you painted using your color.

A brief description of why this color is important and what inspired you to create it (see example below)

A detailed list of all colors used to mix your custom color. Please include brand name, color name and any pigment numbers or other identifying features found on the paint tubes.

Optional: A video that shows you mixing/making your color with an explanation of how and why it was created. Upload your video to youtube, then copy the link to the video and paste it into the contest entry form. 

How are the winners determined?

After all entries have been submitted on the Jerry's website contest page (art contests), the color swatches will be posted to Facebook where our fan community will have the chance to vote for their favorites. 10 colors will be chosen by our fans and your friends on Facebook. 10 other colors will be chosen by jury. From there, a separate jury of professional artists who will narrow it down to the top 5 colors which will be manufactured and will be excitingly put up for sale exclusively on Jerrysartarama.com.

We will then feature the top 5 winning colors on our website. Whichever color sells the best over the first 8 months of availability will be the grand prize winner of the trip to 2 to Australia! 

Sample Entry:

To learn more about Matisse, Check out Matisse Derivan: The Company, The Acrylics, The Vision!

For a full list of contest rules, check out the Create Your Color Contest Page.


Art is the Valentines Day Gift that Lasts Forever

Share your Art in our Valentines Day Contest and Win Big!

Tomorrow is Valentines Day! And here at Jerry's Artarama, we pride ourselves on being experts on two things-Art and Love. So this Valentines Day, don't give a cliche gift like jewelry, chocolates or flowers to your loved one, give them something that they will remember that comes from your art, and nothing says that better than your own art!

By creating art for your loved one, you're personally showing them how much they mean to you with the thought and quality that you put into the masterpiece you create for them. Adding a beautiful frame can also add a personal touch at a low cost. Frames like the beautiful Baldwin Frames, the Plein Aire Frame, or the Illusions Floater Frame. See all of our picture frames.

Also, by giving your special someone art for valentines day, you not only have the chance to win with them, but you can also win with Jerry's Artarama. From now until February 23rd, you can still enter our Valentines Day Art Contest and share your art for a chance to win big. All you have to do is enter an image of the paint you're giving to your loved one, share with us your story and you can win a grand prize of a $150 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama and more! 

View more submissions like this one!

For full contest details, rules and to view other people's submissions, check out our Valentines Day Art Contest Page. Happy Valentines Day!


Get the Color Without the Mess with Colored Pencils


The Inside Scoop on Colored Pencils

Many of us haven't picked up a colored pencil since middle school and yet, coloring with colored pencils is a great way to develop sketching form and still get a burst of color in your artwork. Without the mess of paint or having to wait for it to dry, Colored pencils are a vastly underrated art form, especially for the more casual artist. They do take finesse though, and if you want to make something like this below, you'll have to know how to use them.

First, if you want to create anything like this, you'll need some artist grade colored pencils. These pencils will have a high concentration of pigments and should have a good lightfastness rating- a rating based on their resistance to UV rays in sunlight. Breakability, water resistance, and core durability are also features to be noted when looking for artist grade colored pencils. We at Jerry's like SoHo Urban Artist Colored Pencils. They have a smooth, buttery consistency that glides across paper and cover well when shading. They are even artist endorsed:

"Colors are rich, bold, and very durable; soft enough to blend beautifully, yet sturdy enough that they won't run down quickly or break easily."-Kim Maselli, professional artist

And, right now, with purchases of the Full Set of 72 SoHo Urban Artist Colored Pencils, you will also receive a 5 1/2x8 1/2" Reflexions Double Wire Field Sketchbook and a large Creativo Art Messenger Bag for free when you purchase at Jerry's Artarama Online Superstore.

After you have your colored pencils, start coloring. You'll grow by practice. Try exploring the paper with more than one color pencil for a colored area in your sketch. By using different layers of color together, you can add some vitality to your drawings. However, be careful of over-saturating your paper with color, because the colors will adhere less as you build it up. Don't be afraid to make mistakes in the beginning, you'll get better with time, but if you do make a mistake, a good eraser can be an invaluable tool. The Vanish 4-in-1 Eraser is the strongest eraser we know of and can actually clean up after itself. It reabsorbs any crumbs it makes and right now at Jerry's, buy 2 and get a third free!

To shake things up when you're drawing with colored pencils, try including a good range of values. Vary your layers of color and the amount of pressure you use when putting the pencil to paper and you'll find all kinds of colors and tones you like. When you do find a combination of colors you like or a shade you like, mark it on a separate sheet of paper as a color key, this you can go back to that combination or reference the colors you used at a later time. If you're working on a subtle, tonal drawing, say a sunset or sunrise, work from dark to light. 

Hope that quick overview was helpful. If you have any colored pencil tips, let us know in the comments below!


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