Feb
4
2014

Give Art This Valentines Day and Win

Chocolate and roses are great but your art lasts forever!

With Valentines Day right around the corner, you may be looking for a gift for that special man or woman in your life. Chocolate, cards and flowers are nice, but a bit cliche. Why not try for something that's a little more special, something a bit out of the box and a little more creative to show her or him how special they truly are to you. Why not give them something that sincerely represents your love  and compassion for them-something like art!

This year, give them a gift from the heart, a piece of homemade art that symbolizes your affection. It's a sentimental gift that lasts forever.  Last year, we were inspired as one of our own coworkers received a lovely painting as a Valentines Day Present. Here is her story:

"He completely surprised me with the piece. It was of him and i holding hands, a photo a friend had actually taken of us on one of our first dates (it was a double date). I've always liked the picture, but I never thought that he would immortalize that moment so specially as he did. It makes me feel so warm and loved inside because of the time I knew it had to take to create such a piece. He even took the time and picked out a lovely frame. Every detail of it is so special and meaningful to us. I love him so much and its a painting that will I will always make me smile when I look at it.

There is nothing like art to show the way you feel about someone. This year, grab some paints such as our LUKAS 1862 Oil Paint or Matisse Structure Acrylics, and paint your loved one something beautiful that represents them. Portraits are always nice, but sometimes, scenes from particular memories or moments that represent your relationship are a nice touch. Then, go the extra mile and frame your piece with a beautiful Baldwin Wood Frame, Plein Aire Frame or Illusions Floater Frame to add a personal touch at a low cost. See All Picture Frames

 

 

Give them an art piece you made, frame it, and then share your love for them with everyone.

You can show us your art, tell us your love story and inspire others to give the gift of art this Valentines Day as well. Enter our Valentines Day Art Contest and you can even win up to $150 in Jerry's Artarama eGift cards. We also have a $75 eGift card for second place and a $25 eGift Card for third place. For inspiration, here are some of our current entries and their stories:


Exploring Consciousness by Angela Schwengler 

"My biggest inspiration is my boyfriend. He came into this world with childhood cancer and relapsed when he was a child as well. He has taught himself so much about becoming a healthy person and living the best life that he can. He does whatever he can to help people in need-because he was once in need- and he doesn't care about getting money in return. I love him so much because of his selflessness and his willingness to be adventurous. He challenges himself in so many ways and hit makes me want to aspire to be like him.

I used a lot of love to paint this, but I also used acrylic paint, hands and paintbrushes. I worked on it for several days, and I finished it with one long all-day marathon at the end in the heat outside (where the best lighting is)."


 

Love Story Lily IV by Sheila Heinen

"Last year for Valentines Day, my husband of 25+ years brought me gorgeous Love Story Lilies. I was so impressed by their beauty that I painted a series of 4 mixed media acrylics. This is the last one in the series, executed by multiples pours over gold leaf."


We will accept entries from February 3rd-February 23rd. For a full list of official contest rules, information and other entries, check out our Valentines Day Contest Page and share your Valentines Day art as well for a chance to win. 

 

 

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.

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