Apr
16
2013

Do Canvases Breed in Dark Closets?

 

Do Canvases Breed in Dark Closets? You Decide?

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Apr
15
2013

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci

 

Celebrating the master painter Leonardo da Vinci on his 562nd birthday!

Here in the US, we mainly mark April 15th as the dreaded Tax Day — but a brighter way to remember this auspicious day is as the birthday of the lauded Renaissance master painter, Leonardo da Vinci!

Born on April 15th, 1452, Leonardo is perhaps the most recognized artist in the world. Not only was he a staggeringly talented painter, he was also a skilled scientist and genius inventor, greatly increasing the knowledge of the time on subjects such as anatomy, weaponry, geology, mathematics, and so much more. In a very real way, Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man!

Leonardo has been an inspiration to millions over the centuries — not only in artistic and scientific ideas, but as an icon of all that we feel a genius artist should stand for: invention, innovation, and a dedication to beauty. (Not to mention inspiring countless copies like this one of the Mona Lisa). But his household name is also used to imply these qualities in products — and here we've picked out a few of our favorites!

Some of our very favorite art supplies are named after our favorite Renaissance man; from oil paints and watercolors to kids' art supplies and studio easels, the name "da Vinci" marks them all!

 


Da Vinci painting supplies


Da Vinci studio supplies

 


So on this fresh spring day, think not of taxes and W-2's — think of everyone's favorite master painter, and the art, ideas, and materials he's inspired throughout the years. Then join us in wishing him a very Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci!

Apr
11
2013

Turner Watercolors and GarzaPapel Paper - A Review

 

Skilled watercolor artist Marcelo Daldoce reviews Turner Watercolors and GarzaPapel Handmade Paper!

Brazilian watercolorist Marcelo Daldoce is known for his skilled, luminous watercolor paintings, ranging from loose studies and sketches to meticulously detailed and even sculpted works. Needless to say, the 'success' of his paintings often hinges on the quality of the supplies used, be they paints, papers, brushes and more — as it does for any artist. Recently, Marcelo sat down to sketch with some Turner Concentrated Artists' Watercolors and GarzaPapel Handmade Watercolor paper — both of which are Jerry's exclusive items — and was kind enough to share his experiences with us!

 


 

Turner Artists' Watercolors reach a good combination of pigments and gum arabic. There is a good consistency that makes it vibrant and lightfast with a nice paint flow.

Like other brands, some colors are better than others. I favored the Cadmium and Burnt colors. The oxides and manganese violet had a gummy texture; which is normal in other brands. The highlight is the cost. For a 15ml tube you get good quality for a good price.

GarzaPapel Handmade Watercolor Paper absorbs the paint nicely. The cold press took a good time to dry; thus, making it easy to connect colors. I used the 280 lb. so, expectedly, there were no wrinkles while wet. The texture it leaves is a nice grain texture (perfect for loose watercolor paint). It has all the qualities good paper should have: acid free, handmade, 100% cotton. In addition, the cotton is 50% recycled, making it eco-friendly.

Both Turner and GarzaPapel are at the professional range and can compete with other established watercolor brands.

They are definitely worth a try!


Check out the video below to watch Marcelo sketch a figure from life using Turner Watercolors on GarzaPapel paper!

To learn more about Marcelo and his amazing watercolor artwork, visit his website at www.daldoce.com.


Some more artwork by Marcelo Daldoce:


What about you? Have you used any of these products? What did you like about them? Let us know in the comments below!

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