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Conté Pastel Pencils
Large diameter pastel pencils with very fine, smooth colored leads that are strong and easily blendable. Work well on a wide range of papers. The abrasives in the pencils provide excellent toning and stumping qualities.
 
Pastel Collection Sets
Derwent Pastel Collection SetsBest PriceVarious materials for pastel drawing are contained in these sets. Each features mixed pastel materials and selected accessories secured in a vivid attractive tin with a removable lid. The design of these kits makes them convenient to bring along anywhere. The 12 piece set includes six pastel blocks, five pastel pencils and a water-soluble sketching HB. The same contents are contained in the 24 piece set with an additional two pastel blocks, eight pastel pencils, a kneaded putty eraser and a pastel pencil sharpener. The 38 pieces set includes the same materials as the 24 piece set plus six pastel blocks, five pastel pencils, a paper stump, a plastic eraser and a sandpaper block.
 
Derwent Pastel Pencil Sets
Derwent Pastel Pencil SetsDerwent Pastel Pencil Sets. Pastel beauty with pencil control. Nothing beats the colourful brilliance of pastels but they’re not the easiest medium to use. Now you can enjoy all the beauty of pastel in a convenient, non-messy form. These woodcased Pastel Pencils have a soft, powdery texture which produces a velvety smooth finish, ideal for mixing and blending. And because they’re pencils, they’re clean and easy to control – although you may not be able to resist the occasional smudge with your finger!
 
Royal Langnickel Pastel Pencil Tin
Royal Langnickel Pastel TinRoyal Langnickel Pastel Pencil Tin. Pastel pencil tin set includes 8 Pastel Pencils, 8 Sticks of Soft Pastels, 1 Blending Stum, 1 Kneaded Eraser, 1 Sharpener and 1 Sanding Block.
 
Rembrandt Soft Pastels
Rembrandt Soft PastelsRembrandt soft pastels are aimed at the very high standards of the professional artist and the amateur aspiring to perfection.

The pastels are made from the purest pigments mixed with the finest quality kaolin. Rembrandt soft pastels have for years been the most popular artists’ pastels in the world.

Rembrandt pastels have a number of characteristics and unique features including the perfect degree of softness. They are so soft that a large amount of color is immediately released, and yet hard enough not to powder quickly. The very high color intensity and purity ensure that each piece of work has a brilliant finish.

No pigments containing heavy metals are used, such as cadmium, lead and cobalt, in the production of Rembrandt soft pastels.
 
Rembrandt Pastel Sets

Rembrandt Pastel SetsBest PriceCardboard boxed sets with molded foam inserts to protect pastel sticks. Sets available in either full or half-stick styles. The landscape sets include more blues and greens. The portrait sets include more earth and flesh tones.

 
Reeves Soft Pastel Sets
Reeves Soft Pastel SetsReeves Soft Pastels are made with high quality pigments to give them excellent lightfastness and strong vibrant colors. They are extremely soft and easy to apply. Perfect for color blending and are suitable for use on textured paper or card.
 
Nupastels

NupastelsFirm pastels in convenient stick form 3-5/8" long. Widely used for advertising layouts. The smooth sides make them clean and easy to handle. They can be blended just like ordinary pastels.

 
Artists Soft Pastels Half-Stick Sets

Artists Soft Pastels Half-Stick SetsPopular colors of Artists’ soft pastels in half-stick assortments. Sets are packed in sturdy cardboard boxes featuring beautiful pastel paintings on the covers.

 
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Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

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Photography Art Prints – How are they made?

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Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

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Learning to Paint with Watercolors

By Cindy Tabacchi

ImageWatercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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