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Introduction to Assembling Jackson's Frames

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Lisa Takahashi demonstrates what to do upon receiving a Jackson's frame in the post. This entails the removal of all packaging and assembling the frame parts.

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Watercolour Painting Play

Watercolour Explained

So, what is watercolour? Watercolour paint is made up of finely ground pigment suspended in a binder made of distilled water and gum Arabic (a gum that is extracted from 2 species of the acacia tree). The acacia gum, or gum Arabic, acts as the glue that binds the pigment to the substrate it is applied to once the water has evaporated during the drying process. It slows the movement of the watercolour when applied as a wash, and many artists add more gum Arabic to their watercolour to gain control over their colour, i.e. stop it from bleeding or spreading too quickly over a surface (more of this in the watercolour mediums section!) Generally, the character of each watercolour colour tends to rely more heavily on the characteristic of the pigments used, and certainly more so that found in oils of acrylics, where the character of the binder itself plays a more significant role in contributing to the character of the paint overall. This is also true because colour is applied much more thinly, which allows for the characteristic of the pigment to be more apparent in the very thin paint film that is applied.

Watercolourists tend to consider 3 key characteristics when choosing the pigments that they wish to work with: Transparency/opacity The Staining capacity Granulation/texture

Because watercolour is supposed to be applied in a relatively diluted state, it is rare to find watercolour applied so that it appears fully opaque, however, all pigments have their own degree of transparency/opacity which will have some bearing over how they mix with other pigments, and how they appear on the surface when painted with. Staining refers to how much of the pigment will not lift from the paper after being blotted with a damp sponge; more modern pigments as well as some of the stronger traditional watercolour paints such as Prussian Blue and Alizarin Crimson tend to have a greater staining capacity whereas the older, more traditional pigments tend to lift with relative ease. Granulation refers to when the pigment particles do not dry with even spacing, and instead they form pools of darker shades of colour when applied to a surface (be it paper or a canvas that has been primed with absorbent ground) -- in other words it dries with a grainy appearance. This is caused by the characteristics of the pigments used -- some are heavier and cannot be ground to as fine or as uniform a state as other can, and this causes the effect. There can also be a difference between the manner that pigments granulate -- a fine pigment such as French Ultramarine will show flocculation -- this is when the pigments rush together in huddles. A heavier pigment such as the ones used to make permanent mauve will simply fall into the hollows of the paper surface. The general rule to bear in mind is that while traditional pigments such as the earths, cobalts and ultramarines granulate, the modern colours tend not to. Winsor and Newton's Granulation Medium can be added to colours to increase their tendency to granulate.

To read the rest of this article and view the watecolour painting products on sale at jackson's Art Supplies, please visit http://www.jacksonsart.com/Art_Departments-A-Z_All_Departmen­ts-Watercolour_Painting/c2129_2128_2364/index.html

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Acrylic Painting Play

Acrylic Paint - Artist Colours, Maximum lightfastness levels. Smooth buttery consistency. Holds peaks. No colour shift. Highest levels of pigmentation. Good coverage/opacity levels. Optimum colour brilliance and colour depth. Durable paint film. UV and weather resistant.

If you were new to acrylic painting and you wanted to choose the best brand of acrylic colour to use, you would come across phrases such as the ones above in nearly ALL the literature you would read about any of the professional (and in some cases, the student grade) acrylic colours on the market. You would then be none the wiser; which acrylic colour should I use? Which is the best for my painting techniques? Do they really all behave in the same way? In this investigative survey we will guide you through the factors to consider and the comparisons we can make between the brands available at Jackson's Art Supplies, as well as the other art materials you might choose to invest in. This will enable you to buy your art materials online with confidence.

To read the rest of this guide and view acrylic paints on Jacksonsart.com, please visit http://www.jacksonsart.com/Art_Departments-A-Z_All_Departmen­ts-Acrylic_Painting/c2129_2128_40/index.html

Oil Painting Play

Welcome to the Jackson's Art Supplies Oil Painting section. Below is an overview of what we have to offer you - everything an oil painter could want and need!

Oil Colour - What are the best oil paints for me?

In this section you will be able to browse our extensive choice of oil colour ranges. We offer the best oil paints available in the world today as used by the most successful professional artists -- brands such as Michael Harding, Vasari, Old Holland and Schmincke Mussini have international reputation. We also offer less expensive artist and student quality oil colour ranges -- however although the prices may be low the quality is still high, with no fillers used in any of the ranges that we offer. Our ranges are roughly in order of quality and can be mixed with one another, allowing you full control over your chosen palette.

Water Mixable Oil Colour

Ideal for those who work at home, or those who are more sensitive to harmful and abrasive solvents, water mixable oil colour allows you to enjoy the rich and luscious nature of oil colour whilst being able to wash brushes and thin colour with water -- the best of both worlds! All watermixable oil colour ranges can be mixed with one another. Holbein Duo Aqua and Winsor and Newton Artisan also have their own range of water mixable thinners and mediums. Please note that while these colours are water-mixable, they are still oil based, and so supports should still be sized and primed properly to prevent the oil from rotting the support.

Oil Sticks

Oil sticks by R & F, Sennelier and Winsor & Newton are made of artist's quality oil colour blended with wax -- this allows you to draw with oil colour and is a really versatile and exciting way of applying colour. Oil sticks can be used on their own to make bold, crayon-like marks and can also be thinned down with solvents into washes and stains, just like conventional oil colour. Use them to draw into wet oils, over dry oils and acrylics, or use to draw your composition prior to working in normal oils over the top....there's a lot to explore with this medium!

Oil Colour Sets

Explore this collection of sets that would make an exceptional gift for any oil painter, or a good way of kick starting a beginner's collection of materials.

Oil Mediums

Visit this section to explore the ways that oil colour can be manipulated, extended, thickened and thinned to achieve a wide variety of effects and marks in your work.

Oil Thinners and Solvents

A choice of thinners and solvents perfect for using in mediums as well as for cleaning brushes and other materials.

Oil Varnishes

Retouching damar varnish can be used during the painting process to speed drying as part of a medium, or used as temporary protection during the painting process, whereas final picture varnish will protect a fully cured painting from UV rays as well as dirt and dust. Visit this section to find the right varnish for your requirements.

Oil Painting Tools

Exploring the ways you can apply oil colour to your canvas or panel can be a fantastic learning experience as well as a good way to make your work vibrant and visually rich. Investigate the implications of using different types of brushes would have on your work and consider impasto mark making with palette knives. The more fun you have in applying colour to your support the more chance you have of success!

Oil Surfaces

There is a lot of choice with regard to what you paint your picture on, and the key to finding the right support for you is to ask yourself some questions: What scale do you wish to work on? Are you painting out of doors? Will you be painting thin glazes, stains and washes or working with more impasto techniques? How much texture do you like to work on? Keep these questions in mind and read on in the oil surfaces section in order to make a well informed and considered decision.

Oil Priming

It is vital that oil colour is applied to a properly sized and primed support in order for it to adhere and maintain its vibrancy, as well as stand the test of time. Read on in the oil priming section for some top tips on how to prepare your support in the best possible way -- the last thing an artist wants is for his or her best painting to sink into the substrate or fall off the support months later! So make sure you do all you can to prevent this from happening.

Oil Painting Studio Equipment

Visit the oil painting studio equipment section to browse our huge variety of different easels for working both in and out of doors, as well as planchests and drawing boards. The right studio equipment will free up space, time and allow you stability and peace of mind, while your work.

To view oil paints on Jacksonsart.com, please visit http://www.jacksonsart.com/Art_Departments-A-Z_All_Departmen­ts-Oil_Painting/c2129_2128_1822/index.html

Pastel Painting Play

Hard Pastels, Oil Pastels and Soft Pastels

Which pastels are the best for me?

Working with pastels is usually called pastel painting. It is a way for artists to paint directly with pigment without the intermediary of a brush. Blending can be done with the finger, blending tools or a brush. Pastels come as oil pastels, soft pastels and hard pastels. Health concerns about breathing in dust from the soft chalk pastels have caused some pastel artists to switch to oil pastels.An oil pastel has the pigment bound with non-drying oil and wax. Quite different results can be achieved using a variety of techniques. For example oil pastels dissolved with solvents look very different to ones used lightly over the surface of a textured paper. Some wax or oil pastels are also water-soluble. Some artists use fixative to protect the work as the colour remains somewhat smudge able but mounting and framing behind glass is usually sufficient protection from smudging.

A soft pastel is made to be as soft as possible without falling apart or breaking too easily. The surfaces used with soft pastels usually need to have a tooth to hold the powdery colour onto the surface. Because colours are mixed on the surface and not mixed on a palette beforehand pastels usually come in a huge range of tints and shades of colours. Finished paintings should be sprayed with a fixative for longevity as the soft colour may not adhere completely to the surface (especially if many layers are built up) and framed with a mount and glass to protect the work, though some artists do not like the look of fixative and simply frame the work. Soft pastels can be used dry or with water and also come in a pencil format that is tidier to use.

Hard pastels are usually square and are often called carre crayons. They have been baked at a higher temperature and their hardness allows finer lines to be made with their edges. Like all artist materials the quality of a pastel is measured by the amount and quality of pigment and the higher quality pastels have little or no filler and the minimum amount of binder required to hold the pastel together. Every artist develops a preference for a particular brand, often based on colour choice or level of softness or hardness. A beginner would be wise to buy a colour in each brand and as they need to replace each colour buy the brand they have come to like best. Pastel painting is usually done on paper, which comes in a variety of colours and textures, though there is a textured ground by Golden Acrylics that can be painted on primed wood or canvas so that those surfaces can hold the pigment from soft pastels.

To view the Pastel Painting section of Jacksonsart.com please visit http://www.jacksonsart.com/Art_Departments-A-Z_All_Departmen­ts-Pastels/c2129_2128_2254/index.html

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Drawing Materials Play

At Jackson's Art Supplies we sell an array of various drawing materials, in order to offer you the choice and solution to the problem that every artist faces: how can I best communicate my visual idea?

We sell the finest graphite pencils and charcoal which can be used for final pieces as well as for preparatory sketches, life drawing classes etc. A fine graphite pencil will have a resilient lead and will create consistent, smooth lines - the softer leads (B grade through to 9B) will produce darker, more smudgeable lines and are generally popular among fine artists. The harder leads (H - 9H) will produce much more feint, crisp lines and are better suited to designers such as architects, for technical drawings.

In addition to pencils and charcoal, we also sell:

- ink based drawing media such as technical pens and markers

- Coloured pencils (both watersoluble and water resistant) - favoured by professional and student artists alike. These include more specialised ranges such as pastel pencils and tinted charcoal

- Drawing accessories, such as erasers and blenders.

To view the full range of drawing materials on sale at jackson's Art Supplies please visit http://www.jacksonsart.com/Art_Departments-A-Z_All_Departmen­ts-Drawing_Materials/c2129_2128_1379/index.html

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Artist Papers Play

What are the best papers for my work?

Artists work on paper with a multitude of different media including graphite, charcoal, watercolour, inks, coloured pencil and pastel. Artist paper is acid free which helps to optimise the structure of the paper, minimising deterioration over time including fading, yellowing, or even preventing the paper from falling apart. Cotton papers are considered the highest quality papers as they are made of the strongest fibres. This is important to many artists as it allows them to erase repeatedly, lift colour with ease, scrub and scratch, without holes tears and breaks appearing in the paper. Cotton papers are more expensive than the alternative, which is woodfree paper, often a mix of cotton and lignin free cellulose fibres (in loose sheets we offer Bockingford, Fabriano Woodfree watercolour paper and Fabriano 5). Different art applications demand differing qualities in the paper chosen to work on, and we will examine the varying requirements of different artists including graphic artists, watercolourists, traditional draughtsmen and pastel painters, and present our recommendations to you.

To read the rest of this article and to view paper products availale for artists at Jackson's Art Suplpies, please visit http://www.jacksonsart.com/Art_Departments-A-Z_All_Departmen­ts-Artist_Papers/c2129_2128_1959/index.html

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