Cowan's Art Knowledge & Know How
Resin has become very popular as an art medium with artists finding all kinds of creative uses for it. There are specific resin dyes available, but they seem to be tricky to locate so we wanted to illustrate that some more easily accessible products (that artists may already have in their studios) can be used to successfully colour resin.
Offering unsurpassed versatility, Workable Fixative has been such a good friend to me over the years. Our relationship has been repeatedly tested and fixative has never let me down; in fact, quite the opposite! Many times Workable Fixative has saved me from disaster (and heartbreak) and I don't know how any artist lives without it!
Over the years I've heard a number of people express concerns about use of animal by-products in the products they use everyday, and art materials are no exception. The world of fine art products is indeed vast; fortunately, the number of animal-based products is small and easy to outline.
These days, more people than ever are becoming self-taught artists thanks to books, online courses, and free platforms like YouTube where people just want to share their knowledge. Learning a new discipline on your own can be like learning a new language and it's nice to have a glossary at hand. Join us and learn the lingo of the watercolour artist.
If you've ever seen alcohol inks in action you will have already experienced their independent swirling movement; beautiful, mesmerizing and liberating, and also incredibly frustrating if you're used to having control over your media. Gaining an understanding of the properties of alcohol inks will help you have more fun and create more successful pieces.
When the creative juices are flowing we all want to just get at it and start painting, but surface prep and layout is a necessary evil for many of us. It may be necessary, but it doesn't have to be evil. We're going to outline four ways of enlarging an image and four ways of transferring that image onto your canvas, paper or board in the hopes that these techniques will help you avoid future frustrations.