Announcing the 2015 Valentines Day Art Contest

Chocolate and Roses are Great but...The Gift of Art Lasts Forever!


With Valentine's 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!

Valentine's Day Contest

Your art lasts forever and this year, not only will it make a great Valentine's Day gift, but it can also win you some fabulous prizes from Jerry's! Show us your Valentine's Day art and you could win an eGift Card to JerrysArtarama.com. Frame and share a piece of art that represents your love or affection for that someone special in your life. Upload an image of it and share it on our contest page. We'll share it in a special gallery on our contest page and then we'll let our fans vote for the best piece of art. If yours get chosen you can win up to a $150 eGift Card. Heres the breakdown:

First Place: $150 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama

Second Place: $75 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama

Third Place: $25 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama

Enter through Feb. 22nd, then come back to vote for the art that inspires you the most from Feb. 23rd-26th. We'll announce the winners on Feb. 27th.

Here's Last Year's Winning Entry:

First Place Winner

by Michelle Irizarry

"I painted this daylily as a gift for my mom who has been there for me for years as I battle a long-term illness...without her help and understanding I would not have made it this far."
Acrylics on canvas(22x28 inches)


And it gets even better:

For every 100 entries we receive, Jerry's will randomly choose one winner to receive a free Jerry's Prize Pack for that special someone! Enter as many times as you want to increase your odds of winning a prize pack. 

And we are running an additional contest. 

We've hidden 10 hearts on JerrysArtarama.com. Be the first customer to find and email us the URL and specific location of the "Find Me" Heart and you could win a $25 Jerry's eGift card to shop at JerrysArtarama.com. They are hidden on our "most loved" pages. Search quickly because these 10 hearts will be found fast! Send us the email of the location of the heart to promos@jerrysartarama.com

For more information, check out our Valentines Day Contest Page.

If you're searching for the perfect V-Day gift for your special someone, give the gift of art. Find amazing deals in our Jerry's Valentines Day Specials.

Full Contest Rules


Announcing All Winners of the 2014 Jerry's Financial Scholarship

Congrats to these Great Art Students!

After much debate and reviewing over 800 entries for the Jerry's Artarama 2014 Empowering a Young Artist Financial Scholarship, we have finally picked our winner and runner ups. There were many great entries but there could only be one grand prize winner. Presented here, for the first time, here is the Grand Prize Winner AND Runner Ups. More information can be found on our Scholarship Page.

Grand Prize Winner

John Haverty- Winner of the $5000 Jerry's Financial Scholarship!


"I'm a  full time airline agent working for USAirways. I primarily spend the vast majority of my time traveling the country helping out stations with our recent merger with American Airlines.

I'm also earning a master's degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Though I work full time, I still manage to find time to write and create in my hotel rooms and airport break rooms. I'm always creating. It is my goal to move to reverse my current trend and allow art to be my full time job.

I generally create large scale paintings and drawings. Everywhere I travel, I go with a 9' PVC pipe that stores the rolls of paper I need to work on. From there, I manage to create 6' to 20' creations on floors and kitchen tables. Eventually, I would like to get to a point where I can afford a studio to create rather than hotel rooms."

John will also receive $500 in art supplies from JerrysArtarama.com. 


 Each runner up receives a $100 prize to put toward their education and a $15 eGift Card from Jerry's Artarama. Click the images below to expand.

Dan Tavis


Marcelo Daldoce


Issac Smith


Bryan Dick


Emilae Belo

For more information and essays from our winner and runner ups, check out our 2014 Scholarship Page to see more.


Congrats to all of our winners. Thanks to our sponsors. With the success of this year's contest, we will be offering another scholarship in 2015!



Watercolor Terms You Should Know

A Quick Guide to 10 Easy Watercolor Techniques


Here at The Splatter, we try to be as helpful as we can when it comes to teaching you more about art. So, in the spirit of keeping things simple, here are a list of terms for beginner watercolor painters to learn more abut the techniques every watercolor painter should know:

Wash- A large body of the paper that is covered in water or pigment to create an even background color or effect.

Flat Wash- A wash that is one solid color that takes up the entire page. 

Graded Wash- A wash that gets lighter with every stroke, as the painting progresses, each stroke becomes lighter than the last.

Backlighting- Washing the background with lighter colors so the source of light is behind the subject.

Masking- The process of using a liquid latex to protect a part of your painting so that you can paint over it without disturbing or affecting the paint below.

Mud- Occurs when a still wet wash is met with more paint before it has had time to dry forming a rough, dull looking area.

Pre-Wet- When you wet the paper with clear water before you paint so that that the water will take the paint from the tip of the brush instead of having to fully lay down the paint.

Broken Edge- a technique where the side of a brush is speedily dragged over the surface of the paper to leave a broken edge of painted and unpainted areas of a wash.

Alcohol Texture- Alcohol and water don't mix so when alcohol is sprinkled into watercolor paint, it forms a unique texture.

Splattering- An easy technique to spread out and "splatter" drops of paint over your watercolor paper. The effect is achieved by putting paint on your brush and then pulling the bristles back with your thumb so that when released the bristles catapult the paint onto the paper.


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