Holiday Surprises – a Sturdy Metal Easel! 2

My husband is one of those impossible to buy for people. You know the kind, not only do they have everything they want, but they’re also picky about what they need. This is especially true in his case with his art supplies and equipment. After a fall art show, he vented a bit about how […]

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Gift I Found – Kopykake KopyRite KR100 Artist Opaque Projector

I was shopping on the internet, looking for art supplies to buy as a holiday present for my artist sister-in-law, when I came upon the words “opaque projector” and found myself backsliding through time; twenty years back, to when I was an art-challenged kindergarten teacher. My five year-old students actually laughed when I attempted to draw anything. So […]


Hard-To-Buy-For Solved! GERSTNER INTERNATIONAL Machinist Oak Tool Chest 532 2

Everyone has at least one of these people on their shopping list for birthdays, holidays or other special occasions. That’s right, it’s the dreaded hard to buy for person! In my case, it’s my husband and my dad. They’re both hardworking, creative guys who have an eye for quality and always need more space to store their tools and […]


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My Long History with French Easels 1

When I was in college working on a painting and printmaking major, I was chosen for a semester of study in Europe. I grabbed my paints and brushes and with great anticipation as to what was in store, I flew into Germany. I went to the car dealer and ordered a van for my travels […]


Go From Sketch to Art in Minutes With the KopyKake Projector 2

As a child, and budding artist, one of my favorite pastimes was watching my aunt paint. A local favorite at exhibitions and fairs, her floral and landscape watercolor paintings hang in numerous homes, businesses and even the local hospital. I remember watching with fascination how she would somehow quickly transform slides she had taken of […]


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The Purpose of Different Paint Brushes 1

Many beginner and even advanced painters are often overwhelmed by the wide selection of paint brushes available on the market. Because of the plethora of choices, artists often get stuck in ruts where they only work with one or two brushes most of the time, when this can greatly hinder their creative ability. Learning the […]


Unique Art Supplies You Probably Don’t Own but Should!

From beginners and hobbyists to even the most advanced artists, many people who paint, draw or experiment with other mediums often tend to stick to the same set of art supplies while making a work of art. Whether it is due to pricing, comfort with the tools or a lack of knowledge about other supplies, […]

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Loving My Cake Decorating Projector

At the big-name chain store where I shop a custom-decorated half-sheet birthday cake costs $35.00. I know this because I’m the official birthday-cake baker in our family, and last year my granddaughter wanted a Hello Kitty face painted on her cake. Not sure I could pull off such a request and not wanting to disappoint […]


Why I Paint Outdoors (And so Should You) 2

My art studio is a 10-by-5-ft. space in the best-lit corner of our garage-turned family room. Like many amateur and aspiring artists I manage to be creative without the luxury of a quaint garden cottage filled with natural light and protected by a locked door that actually keeps kids and dogs from tramping through any […]

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How to Choose an Easel that Fits Your Needs 1

Shopping for the perfect easel can be overwhelming. Not only are there are a plethora of choices on the market, but those choices vary greatly in price, purpose and size – which are all factors that should be taken into account before purchasing the best easel for your specific needs. The choice to use an […]