The Best Wireless Computer Mice for Studio Work Tables
April 20, 2021

If you have enough clutter on your studio work table or desk, one way to neaten your space is to purchase a wireless mouse. Having fewer wires makes for a less chaotic look—and you won’t be bothered by tangled cables anymore, nor limited by their length. Wireless mice require some attention in that you have […] Continue reading

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The Best Acrylic Matte Mediums for Artists and Hobbyists

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Acrylic medium is a versatile product for use with acrylic paint and in mixed-media projects. A liquid that’s milky when wet and translucent when dry, it can be added to acrylic to increase fluidity; […] Continue reading

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The Best Photo Boards for Your Studio, Office, or Home
April 16, 2021

Let’s not pretend: We will always have and love picture frames. But that doesn’t mean they are always the best option. Photo boards are a nice alternative, offering a decorative look, exceptional ease in changing photos, and the freedom to artfully arrange. Not only handy pieces of home decor, they can serve a purpose for […] Continue reading

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The Best Speakers for Art Installations
April 15, 2021

Musicians and sound artists aren’t the only ones who need to amplify sound. Whether you’re a video artist, an educator, or an exhibition designer, the time will likely come when you’ll require a set of well-built speakers that offer great audio quality. A proper speaker can improve an experience or, if chosen carelessly, even ruin […] Continue reading

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The Best Adaptive Scissors for Support and Comfort
April 13, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Most of us take for granted the ability to pick up a pair of scissors and cut. But the fine-motor skills needed to use scissors are learned through practice, and often children need extra […] Continue reading

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The Best Charcoal Pencils for Rich Effects With Less Mess

Love charcoal but hate the mess? Pick up a charcoal pencil, which is composed of compressed charcoal inside a protective layer, typically wood. Suitable for drawing, sketching, or smudging, a charcoal pencil offers a familiar feel and provides you with a lot of control over your marks. Even in this more structured form, it can be manipulated […] Continue reading

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The Best Pinking Shears for Designers and Artists
April 9, 2021

Pinking shears are the scissors with the nearly mystical power to prevent fraying on raw hems by cutting fabric in a zigzag pattern. They also are useful when you need to reduce fabric bulk on seam allowances, and they make a great pattern that can add flavor to the edges of sewing or even paper […] Continue reading

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The Best Printing Blocks for Creating Your Own Designs
April 7, 2021

If you’d like to make your own prints out of blocks you carve yourself, you’ll find no shortage of options. You’ll just have to decide what material you want to carve. Block printing—the process of etching a design into a flat surface, then coating the relief with ink and stamping it onto blank paper or […] Continue reading

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The Best Watercolor Pan Sets for Children
April 2, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Ah, watercolors. For many of us, they represented our first forays into the world of painting. Who can forget the soupy messes of those bygone watercolor trays? Fast-forward a few decades, and now you’re […] Continue reading

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The Best Craft Kits and Gift Boxes for Kids

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Delight the young artists in your life by giving them a set of creative tools. A bounty of markers, crayons, or clay can satisfy kids on rainy afternoons or long car rides—or during endless […] Continue reading

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For An Alluring Finish, Use the Best Gold Leaf Sheets
March 31, 2021

There is nothing quite like the transformative power of gold leaf, whether you are restoring an antique mirror, sprucing up your furniture, or channeling Gustav Klimt. Choices abound: You can use real gold or imitation, traditional loose leaf or the newer transfer-style products. Your pick will depend on your project—but don’t sweat it: While there […] Continue reading

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The Best Midrange Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras for Artists
March 27, 2021

If you are an artist who takes photographs for reference, or even uses them in your work, a convenient yet highly functional point-and-shoot might be just the tool you need. These cameras are intended for nonprofessional photographers who can’t be bothered with pricy add-ons like speedlights and lenses, and who prefer automatic modes than manual […] Continue reading

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The Best Label Makers for Organizing Your Studio or Workspace
March 26, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Are you procrastinating on your work by reorganizing your workspace? Or are you, in fact, procrastinating on reorganizing? Get over the hurdle with the help of a label maker. These devices make it easy […] Continue reading

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The Best Encaustic Paints for Varied Effects
March 25, 2021

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Get painting like a busy bee and try your hand at the encaustic technique. Encaustic painting, which some call hot wax painting, is the art of applying melted pigmented beeswax to a variety of […] Continue reading

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The Best Art and Craft Tools for Alzheimer’s Patients
March 23, 2021

People with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia that affects memory and, in time, basic daily functioning, have the same emotional needs as everyone else. It can be intensely frustrating and disorienting to lose one’s abilities. Luckily, simple, soothing activities can offer a respite from the difficulties of navigating the world, providing both pleasure and […] Continue reading

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