Author: Joseph Colella

  • A Little How To On Sharpening Oil Pastels – Quick Results

    A Little How To On Sharpening Oil Pastels – Quick Results

    Sharpening oil pastels is an important part of the art-making process if you like making fine lines with your oil pastels, so it’s essential that you know how to do it properly. Fortunately, sharpening oil pastels is a straightforward task and doesn’t require any special tools (like a Kemper clay shaper tool). Assuming you don’t […]

  • A How To On Shipping & Selling Unstretched Canvas Paintings

    A How To On Shipping & Selling Unstretched Canvas Paintings

    When selling unstretched canvas paintings, it’s important to consider what your buyers expect. Unstretched canvases are typically sold without frames and rolled up for easy transport. Buyers should know that they will need to get the painting stretched and framed at their own expense before they can enjoy it in its full glory. That being […]

  • Floating Medium Vs Pouring Medium – Answer Delivered A Little Differently

    Floating Medium Vs Pouring Medium – Answer Delivered A Little Differently

    When comparing floating medium vs pouring medium we need to be aware that while the terms are used interchangeably by some artists, floating medium and pouring medium are two different types of mediums used in art paints. While floating medium is typically used for traditional painting techniques such as brush stroking, pouring medium is often […]

  • How To Keep Kneaded Eraser From Drying Out – Cheap Home Remedy

    How To Keep Kneaded Eraser From Drying Out – Cheap Home Remedy

    My kneaded eraser is one of the biggest workhorses in my art supplies. I can easily shape it to a fine point or use it over a larger space. It’s delicate enough to merely lighten or erase without damaging the paper’s surface. It leaves no residue behind but makes quick work of graphite dust and […]

  • How To Clean India Ink From Brushes – Simply Do This

    How To Clean India Ink From Brushes – Simply Do This

    My first experience with india ink came about when I was a teenager trying to make my own tattoos with a couple of the neighborhood kids. Lucky for me we failed miserably and I got ink everywhere and learned pretty quickly how hard and easy it is to clean. Cleaning india ink from brushes is […]

  • Do Oil Pastels Dry Out? How To Make Sure They Don’t

    Do Oil Pastels Dry Out? How To Make Sure They Don’t

    Using oil pastels in artwork offers a different range of colors, textures, and applications than using any type of paint. Made with the same oil as oil paints as a binding agent, I often wondered do oil pastels dry out? As I have stated in other posts, I have been using oil pastels for over […]

  • How Long Do Oil Pastels Last? They Never Expire (Tested)

    How Long Do Oil Pastels Last? They Never Expire (Tested)

    Oil pastels are a remarkable artistic medium that are made with pigments, wax, and non-drying oil. The pigments and binders are formed into small sticks that are easy to handle for maximum efficacy when drawing. Using high quality substances gives them certain qualities that can increase their longevity greatly depending on the materials used to […]

  • Charcoal Fixative Alternative – More Money Saving Tips

    Charcoal Fixative Alternative – More Money Saving Tips

    Whether you are interested in beginning to draw using charcoal or you are an experienced charcoal artist, understanding the way charcoal behaves is important. Charcoal has distinct characteristics that make it ideal for sketching and drawing, but those same qualities made it difficult to preserve. Which is why you need a charcoal fixative but what […]

  • Can You Paint Over Varnished Canvas – More Money Saving Tips

    Can You Paint Over Varnished Canvas – More Money Saving Tips

    Maybe you have a painting that you thought was finished, and you applied a coat of varnish. Then, you discover that you forgot to sign it, or you’re not satisfied with one area of the painting. What do you do? Can you paint over varnished canvas to repair your painting? Well, the answer is ”it […]

  • How To Clean An Acrylic Painting From Cigarette Smoke From At Home

    How To Clean An Acrylic Painting From Cigarette Smoke From At Home

    Learning how to clean an acrylic painting from cigarette smoke at home is a big time and cost saver for any art collector looking to save acrylic paintings damaged by smoke. Cigarette smoke is hugely damaging for any artwork let alone a durable medium such as acrylic paint. It can create a brown film that […]

  • How To Clean An Oil Painting From Cigarette Smoke At Home

    How To Clean An Oil Painting From Cigarette Smoke At Home

    Paintings are prone to collecting grime and dirt that diminish their colors and composition over time. Cigarette smoke has a particularly nasty impact on oil paintings as it contains tar, nicotine, and ashes that land on their surface. Paintings that come from an era where people smoked heavily are most likely to have a thick layer […]

  • Wax Pastels Vs Oil Pastels – Which Are Better For You?

    Wax Pastels Vs Oil Pastels – Which Are Better For You?

    Wax and oil pastels are worthy mediums to use when you are making art. I’ve found after of years of working with both, that there are many similarities between them, though there are several differences, as well. So when it comes to wax pastels vs oil pastels what are are we comparing? Wax pastels (or […]