Author: Joseph Colella

  • Compare: Dip Pen Vs Fountain Pen – Surprisingly Not The Same

    Compare: Dip Pen Vs Fountain Pen – Surprisingly Not The Same

    There’s a lot of confusion about dip pen vs fountain pen. You might think they’re the same thing, but they have several differences. When comparing dip pens with fountain pens these are the key summarized differences: When I’m practicing my cartooning techniques, I prefer a dip pen. It allows me to change the tips or […]

  • A Full Guide To The Best Paper For Dip Pens

    A Full Guide To The Best Paper For Dip Pens

    Paper comes in a wide variety. Only some paper is suitable for calligraphy or art using dip pens. A range of paper elements can impact how well your dip pen performs. Understanding weight, texture, and type can help you make the best choice when selecting paper for dip pen projects. So what is the best paper […]

  • Best Glue For Watercolor Paper – Mount Paper Like A Pro (Tested)

    Best Glue For Watercolor Paper – Mount Paper Like A Pro (Tested)

    If you’re new to watercolor painting, you might be confused about how to mount your watercolor paper, and wondering what’s the best glue for watercolor paper. You may be surprised to learn that it is not actually a glue! In my experience, heavy acrylic gel medium gives me the best results when mounting my finished […]

  • How To Make Paint Binder Without Gum Arabic

    How To Make Paint Binder Without Gum Arabic

    Most paints are made using Gum Arabic but what do you do if you’re making your own paints and don’t have any gum arabic? You have to learn how to make paint binder without gum arabic. All you need is xanthan gum, glycerin and some water. You can even follow the ancient Egyptians and use […]

  • Framing Pastels Without Glass Using This Simple Money Saving Hack

    Framing Pastels Without Glass Using This Simple Money Saving Hack

    Every art medium has its own considerations when framing, especially pastels. Pastel paintings are fragile because of the pigment’s susceptibility to smudging. Framing pastels without glass is possible but it is highly not recommended, no matter if it’s for home or gallery hanging. Pastel paintings need glass to protect them from damage and UV rays.  […]

  • What Is A Vanity Gallery? – Popular Vanity Gallery List Here

    What Is A Vanity Gallery? – Popular Vanity Gallery List Here

    There is a big difference between a vanity art gallery and an authentic traditional art gallery. Legitimate traditional galleries make their profits from the sales of art.  Vanity galleries make their profit from upfront fees that are paid by artists to show in them. In this post I will cover what a vanity gallery is compared […]

  • How To Store Oil Paintings While Drying – Pro Tips

    How To Store Oil Paintings While Drying – Pro Tips

    When learning how to store oil paintings while drying you need to know that oil paint is notorious for taking a long time to dry.  The exact length of time it takes depends on such factors as the quality of the paint, its foundational ingredients, and even its color. Oil paint will generally start to set after […]

  • How to Get Better if You’re Good at Drawing Bad at Painting

    How to Get Better if You’re Good at Drawing Bad at Painting

    Art making, specifically drawing and painting, helps people stay connected to the world.  While this is true of any creative expression, from collage making to sculpting, drawing and painting seem the most closely related in that they both concern themselves with mark making.  However, it is not always the case that someone can be good […]

  • What Is A Good White Gouache Substitute? Proven & Mind Blowing

    What Is A Good White Gouache Substitute? Proven & Mind Blowing

    Whether you’re a professional artist or a beginner, gouache allows you to finish your watercolor painting in one sitting. It dries quickly, and you can use various techniques to create texture and washes. When I’m ready to begin an art project and discover that I’m out of white gouache, I make a white gouache substitute […]

  • Can you use charcoal in a sketchbook – which is best?

    Can you use charcoal in a sketchbook – which is best?

    Sketchbooks are a handy medium for jotting line drawings for later reference.  They can be integral aspects of the creative process.  Using charcoal in a sketchbook is a perfectly acceptable way to apply charcoal to paper.  However, the type of paper used and the treatment of the drawing afterward are the key things to knowing how to do […]

  • How To Use Colored Pencil Over Acrylic Paint For Effect

    How To Use Colored Pencil Over Acrylic Paint For Effect

    When I first started creating mixed media artwork, one of the first things I wanted to know was can you use colored pencils over acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is a versatile medium that can be used for a variety of applications. It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other media to […]