Painter Michelle Courier in Jerry's Artist Spotlight


Artist Michelle Courier has been painting with acrylics since she started painting in college at the University of Michigan.  " I was the ONLY student using acrylics then and I was determined to use them against my instructors wishes" said Michelle. I have used many different brands of acrylics throughout my professional career, and came across the Charvin Acrylics line at Jerry's online at www.JerrysArtarama.com and decided to try a few. 


Michelle Courier painting with Charvin Acrylics

After using the beautiful, richly hued paints I bought the entire acrylic line!  The pigment in the paint is incredibly rich and lush!  The hues are unique and I am able to use them directly from the tube without mixing the colors as much. This makes it much easier if I need to repaint an area later on that might need touching up. The blues and greens are just absolutely beautiful to paint water with!  The richness of the pigment is incredible! Charvin Acrylics makes my paintings more beautiful for sure!


Michelle has paintings displayed worldwide in many private and public collections and is represented by many galleries in the US including Art Obsessions in Truckee, CA, the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, OR, and the C2C Gallery in Grand Haven, MI.

See more of Michelle's paintings using Charvin Acrylics below.

Water, 30x30", acrylic by Michelle Courier 

Lake Tahoe by Michelle Courier, 36x36" acrylic


5 Easy Printmaking Tips

Pro Tips for Printmaking Beginners

Although Printmaking has been around for hundreds of years now, with famous prints from artists such as Rembrandt, printmaking has recently exploded on popular social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. We here at Jerry's are all for this explosion of impressions, etching, lithography, and lino carvings, so we thought we'd share some advice from professional printmakers to make getting started in this exciting medium easy for even the most novice printmaker.


1. Work in Reverse

One of the most important things to remember when printmaking from a plate, stone or block is that your printed image will be the reverse of what you carve into your linoleum or printmaking block. To stay away from a finished project with backward words and images, plan everything out before hand with the end goal in mind so that whatever you create or the words you write end up facing the correct direction.

2. Always make sure your ink is tacky before you apply it

When you're getting ready to ink your block, make sure you apply extra ink to your inking plate before you start rolling with your brayer. While rolling, the brayer should be completely covered and the ink should be "tacky enough" that it makes a sticking sound akin to getting your boots stuck in the mud. 

3. Work Light to Dark

If you plan to use multiple colors in your print, it's best to start with the lightest color first, then work in the darker colors. This will help your lighter colors stand out against the darker backgrounds.

4. Selecting the best prints

When printmaking, you should always make an additional 25-50% more prints (copies) than you'd originally like to, just to cover your bases in case of ink covering issues, too light/too dark etc. Lay all your prints out on a table or working surface and then select the best one. This is called your Artist Proof. From there, your series should be the next best one that matches the proof, that is called your number one print. (For instance, if an addition is ten prints, you want to put that best print as 1/10, the next best print as 2/10 and so on. Museums use this notation style all the time to judge famous prints for their price points when considering buying work- the lower the number, the more valuable!)

5. Want to make clean up easy?

If you want to keep your hands clean from any messy ink, the best way to protect your hands is actually by washing them before you even start getting them messy in the first place. By washing your hands thoroughly with a water-soluble lotion, making sure you get your cuticles, fingernails, and all areas of your hand before you start, the inks will slide right off of your hands while you're working. You'll have such an easy clean up when you're done, you'll wonder why art was ever considered messy in the first place.



Paint Your Easter Eggs with Watercolor for Better Results

Create Artistic Easter Eggs with Easy Designs

While dying eggs may be fun, it's far from artistic. However, with watercolors, painting hard boiled eggs can become true works of art!

Using watercolor paints and watercolor pencils, you can now create fantastic designs, patters and scenes easily. It is a great project for kids to share in without the mess of all those messy dyes. 

Materials: Watercolor paints, hardboiled eggs, and a smaller watercolor brush (we've found that Rounds work the best).


Step 1: Lay down a nice background with soft, bright colors on your hardboiled egg. The watercolors should spread on easily, especially if you're painting with Turner Artist Watercolors, SoHo Watercolors or Winsor and Newton Watercolor paints.

Step 2: While your paint is still wet, add in designs with either your watercolor paint or watercolor pencils for especially fine details. If you let the colors drip, you can create a wash and see the colors disperse in neat ways that you can't get with dye.

Step 3: Let them dry and enjoy!

Fun tips:

  • Mix wet paints together to get a fun, marbled look.
  • Dip the eggs in water, and while wet, add watercolors to them to make fun swirls.
  • If using watercolor pencils, be sure to go lightly on them so as not to crack the egg shell. 
  • Find everyday items with irregular textures to remove paint from your eggs (with a watercolor wash) such as crinkled up newspaper or a plastic bag.


Disclaimer: some watercolor paints contain lead and other dangerous to consume materials. So please, do not eat these painted eggs, but feel free to enjoy them for their aesthetic beauty.


Looking for more Easter and Holiday fun? Check out our Home Art Studio DVDs made just for the holidays!

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