The Best Knitting Books for Experts and Beginners
August 4, 2020

Knitting books are great resources for both beginning and advanced knitters. For the novice they offer pragmatic how-to’s, and for the seasoned veteran they’re excellent sources of inspiration. Some books are geared toward learning basic skills; others are impressive collections of stitches, patterns, and charts. Your knitting needles will fly as you create beautiful garments […] Continue reading

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The Best Studio Easels for Creating Your Next Painting
July 31, 2020

For many, easels are an essential part of the painting process. Artists have used them for millennia: One of the first recorded uses of an easel dates back 2,000 years to the Romans; medieval monks used them to display precious illuminated manuscripts. Easels gained popularity during the Renaissance as artists created fewer paintings directly on […] Continue reading

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The Best Paper Dolls for Imaginative Crafting and Play
July 29, 2020

Who’s up on the latest fashion trends, cuts the best figure, and puts together the best looks? A paper doll. A generations-old toy, dress-up paper dolls owe their origins to 18th century France, where they had movable limbs and were akin to puppets. A London company produced the first commercially available paper doll in 1810, […] Continue reading

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The Best Flat File Storage for Works On Paper
July 26, 2020

Flat files are essential for artists, architects, engineers, and anyone else who creates work on paper. Sheets of paper are easily damaged, and flat files protect them from wrinkles, folds, tears, dirt, and smudges. They are available in a wide range of sizes, from smaller cabinets which store 9” x 12” and 12” x 18” […] Continue reading

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The Best Candle-Making Kits for a Hands-On DIY Craft
July 18, 2020

It can be difficult to find the perfect candle. Once you’ve found an ideal scent, the container might be too big or too small or perhaps decorated in a way that doesn’t match your esthetic. Why not make your own? You can easily create and customize your dream candles with a candle-making kit, most of […] Continue reading

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The Best Water-Soluble Fabric Markers for Disappearing Ink
July 11, 2020

Water-soluble fabric markers are magical: Now you see it . . . and now you don’t! These markers are a fabulous way to trace patterns and transfer designs when quilting, sewing, and embroidering. The marker lines are there when you need them—while you’re working—but vanish from your completed project. Inks vary in colors and how […] Continue reading

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Let It Pour with the Best Flow Enhancers for Acrylic Paint
May 18, 2020

Acrylic paint is extremely versatile thanks to its compatibility with a variety of other media that serve myriad purposes. Among these add-ins are flow enhancers, also known as flow aids, which thin acrylic paint without affecting its color or finish. While acrylics, being water based, can be thinned with water, this may weaken the paint’s […] Continue reading

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Just Add Water With the Best Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils are the perfect hybrid of drawing and painting. They allow artists to draw with a dry pencil and use water, before or after, for a variety of shimmering watercolor effects. The core of a watercolor pencil is composed of pigment with a water-soluble binder. It acts like a colored pencil but is activated […] Continue reading

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Make Your Presentations a Breeze with the Best Magnetic Whiteboards
May 11, 2020

Black chalkboards reigned for centuries as an essential feature of the classroom, but after having first appeared on the market in the 1960s, whiteboards were in wide use by the 1990s. These days, whiteboards stand at the front of most classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices. Magnetic whiteboards are especially versatile: store your dry-erase markers and […] Continue reading

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The Best Oil Paintbrushes for Bold Strokes and Subtle Details
May 8, 2020

Painters need not only excellent paints in a variety of hues, they also need a full selection of brushes to create a variety of paint strokes and surfaces. And all painters have their favorite paintbrush—their go-to brush that’s used in every painting, the brush that ushers them into their creative painting zone. One brush, however, […] Continue reading

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Explore the Best Sets of Colored Pencils

Colored pencils are an essential tool for artists, illustrators, and coloring-book devotees alike. An immediate source of mess-free color in a wide range of hues, they’re an ideal medium for everything from preliminary sketches to finished drawings and from pattern design to interior decorating. Our picks below will help you find the best brand for […] Continue reading

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Find a Durable Note-Taking Tool with the Best Highlighters
May 1, 2020

The humble highlighter—unheralded and often underutilized—exists to help. They are a powerful aid to studying, helping readers distill and remember information. And their bright neons can add a fun pop of color to any artwork or craft. Browse our roundup of highlighters to choose the proper addition to your office, studio, or classroom. Continue reading

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Brighten Your Notebook Pages with the Best Colored Pen Sets

What’s blue and black and red all over? Pens! But they don’t have to be. No need to limit yourself to stock ballpoint pen or Sharpie colors—liven up your planners, architectural drawings, illustrations, journals, and calendars with splashy color, thanks to colored fine-tipped pens! Artists, illustrators, educators, fashion designers, architects, and doodlers alike can choose […] Continue reading

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