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Check out the colorfully detailed drawings of Rosalien Hanssen! Read a Q+A with Rosalien here.

 

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The theme for July is "Puzzle"! Create a work of art based on this theme and upload it to the theme thread: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/monthly-theme-july-2014

See what others created, too!

Every two weeks a photo will be posted to use as a reference/inspiration for an art piece you create, In Your Style! The Challenges are open to all artists, whatever your medium. We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in art that one photo creates!

NEW River Otter Challenge: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/in-your-style-river-otter-07-21-2014

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Create and swap art with your fellow Art Colonists in the Swap Art Group! The following swaps are currently open for sign-up:

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Book: The Beauty of Zentangle

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Giveaways!. Last reply by Denise Swyers 1 hour ago. 83 Replies

The Art Colony is pleased to offer you a chance towin a free copy ofThe Beauty of Zentangle: Inspirational Examples from 137 Tangle Artists Worldwide…READ MORE

Profile of the Week: Rosalien Hanssen *CURRENT*

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Profiles of the Week. Last reply by Sketch Gurl yesterday. 20 Replies

Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Rosalien Hanssen from the Netherlands who now lives in Moi,…READ MORE

How do you know if you’re an artist?

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Creativity Juice Box. Last reply by michele josiane martin yesterday. 33 Replies

Just playing around with some answers to this question... "How do you know if you're an artist?"

If you love to create thingsIf you have an insatiable urge to express yourself visuallyIf you would make art even if no one in the world ever saw it…READ MORE

Tags: artist, creativity

Monthly Theme - July 2014

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Monthly Theme Forum. Last reply by Dawn Discenza yesterday. 53 Replies

Welcome to the monthly theme for July. Artwork and comments welcome from everyone!!!!This month's theme is - Puzzle(s)The theme is open to all artists whatever your medium.Please post your finished artwork in this discussion thread.These should…READ MORE

Regarding Gesso when painting with acrylics on canvas

Started by Becky Bailey in Acrylic Questions & Tips. Last reply by Becky Bailey on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I posted this in the beginners group also, but hope its okay to cross-post here:Questions about GessoDo you gesso, even when using pre-primed canvas? If so, do you use colored gesso or add color to it as a part of starting the under-painting?  Any…READ MORE

Tags: prep, canvas, acrylics, gesso

Markers

Started by Michelle wilson in All Other Media Questions & Tips. Last reply by Pat on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Hi everyone. I am just starting to do some doodling in a sketch pad and on cardstock what markers are best to use? I had some copic but they are just so expensive. Do you like the fiber castell or prisma ?Thanks for any help,MichelleREAD MORE

"In Your Style" - River Otter - 07/21/2014

Started by Jo Flockton in Style Challenge. Last reply by michele josiane martin on Monday. 4 Replies

This one's for my husband. Otters are one of his favourite animals. The photo, "Otter in the Wild", by Paul Sherman, from Paint My Photo, http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/dsc-2805a All…READ MORE

Cleaning a acrylic painting before varnishing

Started by Helen Glover in Acrylic Questions & Tips. Last reply by Thaneeya McArdle on Monday. 1 Reply

Hi all, I've just about finished my next large painting.Its taken me afew weeks to complete. So my next job will be to gloss varnish it. My question is, what is the best way to clean the painting to remove dust etc before I start to varnish it?…READ MORE

Acrylic Painting Learning Library - Free Online Resources (Websites, Videos, etc)

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Acrylic Questions & Tips. Last reply by Thaneeya McArdle on Sunday. 5 Replies

This thread is dedicated to listing free online resources for learning how to paint with acrylics! This can include websites and videos, as long as they are free.If you find any online resources about creating acrylic paintings that you would like…READ MORE

Tags: online, free, techniques, tips, painting

Pencil Drawing Learning Library - Free Online Resources (Websites, Videos, etc)

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Drawing Questions & Tips. Last reply by Thaneeya McArdle on Sunday. 14 Replies

This thread is dedicated to listing free online resources for learning how to draw with pencil! This can include websites and videos, as long as they are free.If you have found any online resources about pencil drawing that you would like to share,…READ MORE

Tags: techniques, tips, pencil, online, free

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