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How to Sharpen a Pencil

We all grew up using the standard #2 pencil in school, so it may seem silly to write a blog post about how to sharpen a pencil. However, as an artist you’re probably looking to make different marks than you would with a regular pencil,…

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Packing Paint Tubes to Travel

There aren’t many things that scare me as much as flying with my painting supplies. You just never know what’s going to get confiscated, but there are steps you can take to avoid getting your paint tossed from your bag by TSA. Here’s how I…

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Edge Pro Pochade Box

I often get asked what kind of plein air easel or pochade box I use. I’ve seen and used quite a few, but when I decided to invest in one, I did my research thoroughly and was excited to purchase the Edge Pro Pochade Box…

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Cleaning a Mineral Spirits Cup

Every so often, you’ll notice that your brushes aren’t rinsing in your mineral spirits cup as well as they used to. Usually this means the bottom of your cup is full of sediment and is due to be cleaned out. Here’s a helpful tip to…

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Choosing a Panel Substrate

When it comes to choosing a surface to paint on, the number of options can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure about the differences between them. Let’s talk about the four most common panel substrate materials and a few pros and cons so that…

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Choosing the Right Palette

A palette is one of those essential tools if you’re an oil painter, and once you find a palette you enjoy using, you will get years of service if it’s well taken care of. In this article, I’ll talk about a few of my favorites…

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