Here is a silly instructional video about how I put my canvas stretchers together. Shooting alone got the best of me on this one. Let me know what you think.
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In my latest Get Your Phil of Art, I spend a quick moment sharing one of my preferred materials. Here I’d like to spend a little more time sharing what I love about Williamsburg Oil paints. As a non-representational artists that working primarily in the movements of color and composition its important to have stand up colors. I think my work speaks to that.
The pigments are outstanding, it’s really easy to mix and blend colors. You can tell the quality of the product just by the feel. I’ve been using these materials for over ten years. I used to have to order them direct but now I am able to find them locally as well. I also enjoy that these are made in US, knowing that the company making these has not sacrificed any quality.
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I never get rid of old tooth brushes. To get the speckled texture on this piece I made a stencil with tracing paper and scrap paper. I traced out the area that I wanted to remove from the paper and cut it out with an xacto. I lined it up and blocked out the rest with scrap paper. Then I used a tooth brush that I dipped in ink and then pressed the bristles of the brush with my thumb to create a small splaying effect.
Give it a try and do it on a practice piece first.
Don’t use the tooth brush on your teeth ever again.
This is a condensed video of a drawing I completed. I also have a full tutorial from this artwork here.
This drawing is available on Etsy. Or contact me for prints.
In this video I walk the viewer through my process of creating a large observational drawing on black paper. I also have a timelapse of the process here.
This Drawing is available on Etsy Here. Or contact me for prints.
Get Your Phil of Art! I spent today working on my new video tutorial of a drawing I’m working on. While it’s not ready to air, I have some images of the process.
Update: Here is the completed tutorial.
See other tutorials here.
Here’s the second installment of “Get your Phil of Art“. This episode addresses the real issues of stretching your own canvas.