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Mediums and Varnishes

Masking Fluid: Time Frame

Old Acrylic Medium: Can You Tell By The Smell?

Varnish: Utrecht Varnish temporary or permanent

Vegetable Oils: Utrecht Food Grade vs Artist Grade

Utrecht Color Range of Drying Oils

Utrecht Alkyd Gel

Utrecht Copal Medium

Utrecht Stand Oil

Utrecht Safflower Oil Paint

Utrecht Waiting to Varnish

Utrecht Craft-Gloss Medium as a Varnish new

Utrecht Damar Varnish

Utrecht Retouch issues new

What is “Megilp”?

Utrecht Retarder Gel

Utrecht Japan Drier

Acrylic Mediums Compared

Acrylic Illuminating Medium

Acrylic Modeling Paste and Extender

Linseed Oil Cold Pressed vs. Alkali Refined

The Function of Varnish in Mediums

“Bodied” Oils for Painting

What Not to Use as Varnish


When Too Much Paint Comes Out of the Tube

Diluting and Extending Acrylics

Minimum Film Forming Temperature

House Paint vs. Artists’ Colors

Opening a Stuck Acrylic Jar

Are Acrylics “Archival”?

Can I Make Fluid Acrylics?

Acrylic Primary Colors

Acrylic Paints and Issues of Permanence

Can acrylic paint be made in-studio?


Oil Painting for Beginners

Thinners for Oil Painting

Alizarin Crimson Original vs. Permanent

Blotting Excess Vehicle from Oil Paint

Graphite under Oil Paint?

Oil Shed from Tube Colors

Utrecht Artists' Oil Color, Raw Umber

Creating Long Bodied Oil Paint

Modifying Drying Rates

Oil on Paper

On Thinning Oils

Oiling Out to Revive Dull Colors

The Principle of Fat over Lean

Retouching with Alkyd

Driers in Oil Paint

Artist's Oil Colors for Staining Wood

The Paint Milling Process

White Lead Paste

Which White is Which?

Viridian Professional Oil Color

Water Miscible Oils Explained

Machine Milled vs. Hand Dispersed

Using Oil Paint that has Skinned Over


Working with Dry Pigments

“Pure Pigments” Explained

Pigment Variations

Will we run out of pigments?

Studio Skills and Tips

Making Art In Your Living Space: Special Considerations

Work Like A Professional Artist

Selling Art on Consignment: Pros and Cons

Does art have to be hard to be good?

Restoring Worn Brushes

Paint and Storage Temperatures

Benchmark Tests for Artists' Colors

Mixing Chromatic Hues with Transparent Colors

Tubing Your Own Mixtures

Value Contrast and Overlap

How Paint Dries

Commissioned Portraits: Managing the Process

Productivity Secrets

Ways to Refresh Your Art

Achieving greater economy with your paint

Making Your Brushes Last

The Risks of Soaking Brushes

Adding Fillers and Textural Inclusions to Paint

Temperature of Color

Seasoning a Palette for First Use

Study from Casts

What is Studio Craft?

Scholastic exercises you should revisit at any stage of your career

Split-complementary Color Schemes

Analogous Color Schemes

Primary Color Schemes

Paintings of Palettes

Dealing with Criticism

In Defense of Mud

Impasto Basics

What does “Archival” Mean?

Company History: Original Egg Tempera Formulas

Classical Technique- The Frottis

Vintage Utrecht Brush Craft

Utrecht History: Simple Tests


Utrecht History: What Does 'Rhenish' Mean?

Utrecht History: Rendering Drapery

Watercolor Paper Sizing

Watercolor as a Tempera Pigment Source

Old Paint

The Working Properties of Paint

The Roller Mill

Easels as Gifts: A Non-artist's Shopping Guide

Economy vs. Professional Grade?

Watercolor Cakes vs Tubes

Asian Art Supplies

Animal free Art Supplies

Acrylics compared to Oils

Printing Inks and Paints Compared

Galleries: Handling Rejection

Using Resin over Paint

Removing Paint from Clothes

Why are canvases considered more valuable than watercolors?

Repairing Art: Ethical and Practical Concerns

Habits of Successful Artists

The Maquette: Sketching for Sculptors

Sculpting Waxes Explained


Rinsing Brushes Without Solvents

Barrier Creams vs. Gloves

Drying Oils and Combustion

Reclaiming Solvents

Skin Protection for Painters

Disposing of Paint Waste

Art Materials Safety: Then and Now

Ecological Advantages of Watercolor and Gouache

Is it safe to paint with your fingers?

Linseed Oil: Odor and Safety

Display and Care of Art

Rolling Canvas Paintings for Transport

Removing Picture Varnish

Repairing a Torn Canvas

Protecting Art in Challenging Conditions

Archival, Permanent and Lightfast

Cracking or Crazing

Finishing Frames with Artist's Colors

Alkyd as a Varnish

Risks of Cleaning a Painting

Is Varnishing Necessary?

What Causes Sticky Varnish?

Mold on Canvas?

Drawing and Paper

“First Aid” for a Drawing

Watermark Placement

Drawing on Non-Permanent Papers

Printmaking Deckled Edge

Utrecht Gesso as a Silverpoint Ground

Maintaining Technical Pens

Graphite Wash

Sharpening a Drawing Point

Vellum, Bristol and Mylar


Preliminary Drawing on Canvas

How to know when you need a new eraser?

The 3 Drawing Exercises That Will Make You A Master

Get a grip and improve your drawings

Drawing and Painting on Printmaking Paper

Supports and Grounds

Canvas Without Stretchers: Alternatives

Can Murals be Portable?

Painting on the Wrong Side of Canvas?

Exposed Gesso on an Oil Painting

The Blank Canvas: Anticipation and Intimidation

Preparing Synthetic Canvas

Customizing Factory-primed Supports

Staples or Tacks? Sides or Back?

Stretching a Round Canvas

Canvas Stretchers: An Overview

Stretcher Keys

Painting Grounds: Oil-based vs Acrylic?

Preparing Your Own Canvas vs. Buying Pre-stretched

Reusing Canvas

Stretched Canvas and Cracking

Troubleshooting Canvas Stretching

Should I glue the corners of my stretcher bars?

Dealing with a Loose Canvas

Canvas Covered Panels

Bracing a Panel

Making Extra-smooth Primed Panels

On Preparing Hardboard Panels

Stretching Canvas On the Bias

Eliminating Creases in Canvas

Toned Grounds

Sizing the Edges of a Panel

Troubleshooting a Homemade Ground

Managing Shrinkage when Mounting Canvas

Type 79D Linen and Sizings

The Story of Gesso

The Bias Stretching Challenge

Herringbone Canvas

Primed Canvas Basics

Canvas Weave Terminology

Clear vs Original Acrylic Gesso

Utrecht Clear vs Original Acrylic Gesso

Rabbit Skin Glue Shelf Life

Supports and Grounds for Oil and Tempera Painting

Modern and Traditional Sizings Compared

The Utrecht Guide to Artists’ Canvas

Gesso Compatibility

Utrecht Acrylic Gesso: An Overview

Incorporating the Ground Into a Painting

Painting on Raw Canvas?

Sizing and Priming in One


Impressionism: Misconceptions vs Reality

Braque and Textural Techniques in Cubism

The Brushstroke of Frans Hals

Camoufleurs: Artists at War

The Palette as a Painting Support

A Christmas Carol: Crafting a First Edition

The Impressionist Brushstroke

Picasso and Non-Traditional Paint

Chiaroscuro: Concept and Application

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