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The Best Art Horse Easels for Artists Compared

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Art horses are popular in schools and figure drawing classes. They’re also a good solution for a home studio where you don’t have enough space for an easel. The basic models can also be much less expensive than a regular easel. There are advantages to using an art horse easel over a traditional easel which I describe in further detail …

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What Is Tempera Paint? Everything You Need to Know

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Tempera paints are common in schools because they’re easy to use and inexpensive. Even though tempera paint is popular, there’s some confusion about what it is and what it’s made from.  What is tempera paint? Tempera paint is a water based paint that cleans up with soap and water. Most brands are certified non toxic and are free from allergens. …

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Does Watercolor Paint Expire? Everything You Need to Know

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Have you ever found an old set of watercolor paints that you had forgotten about? It’s like finding hidden treasure, but the question is–are they still good?  Does watercolor paint expire? According to manufacturers, tubes of watercolor will last for 5 years. Pan watercolors should be good for at least 10 years. This varies depending upon the storage conditions. Moldy …

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What’s the Difference Between Gouache and Acrylics?

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Acrylics and gouache are water based paints that clean up with soap and water. While they can have similar appearances, they each have unique properties which make for completely different painting experiences.  What is the difference between acrylics and gouache? Gouache paint is opaque watercolor then remains water soluble after it dries. You can use it on paper or illustration …