Which Wood Stretcher Bars Are the Best Fit?
October 5, 2021

Behind every great taut, flat canvas is a set of seriously tough stretcher bars—at least, that’s the hope. Flimsy bars and poor construction can doom an artwork the minute it’s mounted. If you stretch your own canvases, you can avoid that nightmare with our favorite stretcher bars, rounded up below, which all land somewhere on […] Continue reading

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Trace Like an Ace With the Best Colored Vellum
August 17, 2021

Most commonly used by graphic designers and architects for technical drawings, drafting vellum is a versatile paper suitable for a range of uses. Its surface lends itself to fine-line drawing and calligraphy, and because it’s translucent, it can be used for tracing images; for photo overlays in scrapbooking projects; or for storyboarding. And because it’s […] Continue reading

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Save Your Memories in the Best Scrapbooks
August 1, 2021

Scrapbooks provide the ideal opportunity for a walk down memory lane while also encouraging personal creativity. The practice of scrapbooking began in 19th-century England; it was particularly popular among those who went on the Grand Tour of Europe and wanted to preserve tokens from their travels. One avid practitioner was Mark Twain, who carried a […] Continue reading

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Perfect Your Pottery With the Best Tool Sets for Ceramics
July 31, 2021

Pottery making requires more than just a wheel and a block of clay. To shape your vessels, imprint them with creative etched designs, and trim rims so they’re perfectly even, you’re going to need some tools. The most commonly used implements in ceramics are ribbon tools, which are used to cut away clay; ribs, for […] Continue reading

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Objet: Candles Inspired by Classical Sculptures
July 23, 2021

Scrolling through the Instagram postings of American influencers whose brands rely on a certain adjacency to European culture, I’ve noticed that the standard fare of empty Diptyque glasses, Matisse cutouts, and starburst mirrors is now being complemented by sculptural candles. In the past few years, we’ve seen pastel-hued candles shaped like geometric solids, candles speckled […] Continue reading

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Warm Up a Room with the Best Tungsten Light Bulbs
July 16, 2021

More than a century after their invention, tungsten filaments—the coiled metal wires at the heart of many incandescent light bulbs—continue to be popular. This is despite the growing market for LED bulbs, which use less energy and generate light much more quickly. It’s easy to understand why people still like incandescents : There’s a certain […] Continue reading

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The Best Kid’s Drawing Boards Are Safe and Mess Free
July 5, 2021

It’s vital for young children to express themselves, but their art can be difficult to love when it’s on your clean walls or all over their clothing. Drawing boards, which typically involve a stylus and a responsive surface, are a great addition to any toy box. Endlessly reusable, they are eco-friendly, mess free, and safe—your […] Continue reading

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The Best Utility Knives for Everyday and Artful Needs
June 6, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. A good utility knife should be something you want to reach for over and over again. Deploy it for general everyday tasks, like opening cardboard boxes and slicing tape, or more specialized projects in […] Continue reading

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Best Soft Rib Tools for Ceramics
June 5, 2021

Rib and scraper tools are essential when it comes to pottery and other ceramic work, aiding in the shaping and smoothing of clay. Though most often used when throwing pieces on a wheel, ribs can also be used in other clay practices. Ribs come in a range of materials including wood, metal, and soft rubber […] Continue reading

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The Best Watercolor Sticks for Ethereal Effects
June 4, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Watercolor sticks are a great tool for artists who want to add watercolor effects to sketches and drawings. They are somewhere between a watercolor and a pastel, with a good amount of variation among […] Continue reading

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The Best Palette Knife Sets for All Your Painting Needs
June 2, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission Essential to any oil or acrylic painter’s practice is a great palette knife or painting knife. With such tools, artists can combine colors and materials in the process of creating their works. Though originally […] Continue reading

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The Best Gouache Paints for Quick-Drying Work
May 28, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Gouache, an opaque water-soluble paint with gum arabic or acrylic as its binder, is one of the best-kept secrets in painting. Want flat, opaque areas of color? You’ll need only one coat with gouache. […] Continue reading

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The Best Sandpaper Pointers for Sharpening Drawing Tools

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission A sandpaper pointer, usually a block of small sandpaper sheets mounted to a wooden handle, is a handy accessory for artists who use charcoal, pencils, and pastels. Pointers can be used to sharpen each […] Continue reading

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The Best Barens for Block Printing
May 25, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission Traditionally used in Japanese woodblock printing, a baren is a circular tool with a flat face used for rubbing paper to effectively transfer ink. Like many artists, you might have found that a wooden […] Continue reading

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