Feb
1
2014

5 Pro Tips for Beginning Acrylic Artists

 

These Quick Tips Can Save Your Paint and Help You Get Better

Painting with Acrylics is a great way to get introduced to painting and has many benefits. These paints are easy to use, spread evenly, and dry quickly. There are some tricks that can help preserve your paints and make your paintings turn out better and Jerry's Artarama wants to share these tips from professional artists so that you can grow into the great artist quickly. So here are 5 tricks to help you get even better:

1. Work quickly.

Acrylics dry faster than other types of paint. This is a great benefit if you're looking to paint in layers, but the shortened work time can be a little daunting for newer artists. To be able to work faster, always have an idea in your head of what you want to paint and get it on the canvas quickly. The more time you spend repainting the same areas, the less responsive your acrylics will become. If you need more time to work, you can use an acrylic retarder like Matisse's Drying Retarder or if you're working on paper, a light dabbing of water works.

2. Don't put too much paint on your palette.

You have to be careful to not put too much paint on your palette when you're working with acrylics. They can dry and harden while you're waiting to find another chance to use that color so always be careful. You also can always squeeze more out of the tube when you need more. And remember, it wont go back into the tube, so its best not to waste it. If you need to preserve your palette overnight, mist your palette with water and cover with an air-tight bag or container and your paints should hold up for a limited amount of time. 

3. Be careful blending.

Blending the colors you have is a great way to expand your palette and create a more vivid landscape on your canvas, however you have to blend the right way. Blend too quickly and you will create bubbles in your paint that can pop up on your canvas and dry and we're pretty sure that's not the effect you want when creating a beautiful piece of art you'll treasure for the rest of your life. 

4. Acrylics wash off your brushes with soap and water.

Although other types of paint like oils and oil mediums may require you to wash your brushes with turpentine or mineral spirits, these are unnecessary for acrylics. All you need to clean your brushes is a little soap and water and the acrylic paint washes right off.

5. Create opaque colors without mediums.

 
You can turn any color into an opaque color if mixed thickly with titanium white. This will give you the opaque or even transparent color you're looking for. We suggest not adding water into the mixture, but leaving it thick with just the titanium white and color of your choice. However, if you're looking for something looking more like a watercolor, thin it up a little with some water. 

These tips can save the quality of your paints, your painting time and help better you as an artist. Acrylic painting is a great way to get introduced to painting or if you're an artist who just prefers to work more quickly, than acrylics are the way to go. And if you're looking for a great paint to get started with, we suggest Matisse Structure Acrylics. They have a great range of colors and right now when you order $59 or more of Matisse Acrylics, you can receive free shipping on your entire order and a free 150 ml tube of Titanium White.

This special wont last forever though so be sure to visit us at www.jerrysartarama.com and use coupon code TRYMATISSE on this amazing deal. 

 

Jan
30
2014

Nine Reasons Concept Markers Will Change the Way You Draw

Experience a whole new way to scribble, sketch and draw that we're sure you'll love.

Concept Dual Tip Art Markers are all new markers revolutionizing the market with dual tips and great color delivery. Presenting 9 reasons why you should get a set right now. 

1. They have dual marker tips on each end that give you four different lines of color.

 

2. Durable nylon tips can withstand constant use and a range of pressures.

3. Since the tips are made of nylon, they wont dull and line-thickness delivery is constant.

Nylon is particularly well known for its springiness and resiliency in art supplies.

4. They wont make your hands sore.

Many smaller markers can make your hands sore after long periods of use. Concept's angular and square design fit easily in your hands for long usage. 

5. They wont roll of the table or desk the second you put them down.

Like we said, they're square. Square things wont roll. These markers are staying put right where you leave them.

6. They have bright, permanent inks.

They're great for anything colorful you could possibly want to draw, sketch, or color.

7. And a huge range of colors.

 

8. They're perfect for mixed media applications.

Combine them with pencil or other types of paint and their color is permanent so they wont run when mixed.

9. They just look cool. 

 

Look at this set. These markers look like they're from the future. You can color with both ends of them. If you use them out in public, it's going to turn some heads.

Concept Dual Tip Art Markers are an innovation in the world of drawing, coloring and mixed-media. You can now find them exclusively at Jerry's Artarama. Pick your's up today.

Jan
28
2014

Jerry's Artarama 2014 Online Winter Contest Kick Off with Lukas and Charvin

Two New Contests means Big Chances to Win for Painters

Today, Jerry's Artarama is hosting two new winter contests! Jerry's is excited to announce the 2014 Winter LUKAS Painting Contest and the 2014 Charvin Painting Contest running now until March 31st, 2014. Amazing prizes are awarded to the best painters out there with winnings up to $1000 to spend at Jerry's ArtaramaEnter Today!

 


 

2014 Winter LUKAS Painting Contest

Acrylics, Oil Colors, Watercolors and Gouache

LUKAS is a company rich with history, and has always been highly regarded as one of the finest artists' companies in the world. The recipe for their line of 1862 Oils is a guarded family secret that has been handed down through generations and perfected over the years. Since their inception, LUKAS paints have expanded their oil line to also include two excellent studio oil colors and their new, eco-friendly water-mixable oils. LUKAS also manufactures artist quality acrylics, gouache and watercolors. Tradition and innovation meet in all exceptional LUKAS paints! 

 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using LUKAS products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 LUKAS Painting Contest Page


Contest ends March 31st, 2014

 

 Last Years' Winners

 


 

2014 Winter Charvin Painting Contest

Extra-Fine Acrylics, Fine Oil Colors and Extra-Fine Oil Colors

The History of Charvin color makers dates back to 1830, when they were the go-to supplier for some of the most famous artists of all time including Cezanne, Bonnard, and Ambrogiani. Charvin artists' oil colors have long been recognized as one of Europe's premier paint lines, and they have now created a companion line of extra fine acrylic paints unparalleled by any other!

 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using Charvin products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 Charvin Painting Contest Page

 

Contest ends March 31st, 2014

 

 Last Years' Winners


Enter today and be sure to check the Jerry's Artarama Contest Page for updates and new contests!

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