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Heather Linder

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.

Alizarin Crimson

paint with alizarin crimson

I consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to knowing and naming colors, shades and hues, but this one always stands out for me – alizarin crimson. How delicious does that sound?

FILED UNDER: The Color Mix / TAGGED: crimson, color mixing, color theory, acrylic paint

A Fun Tip for Pet Portraits: Cooking Up Healthy, Homemade Feasts for Pets

pet portraits

Sometimes it takes some tasty treats to convince your furry family members to sit still for that perfect portrait shot. Homemade treats can be a fun and healthy way to reward your pets for a sucessful modeling session.

FILED UNDER: Art Bites / TAGGED: pets, pet food, dog food, cat food, pet portrait, how to paint

An Intro to Chinese Brush Painting: Part I

learn chinese brush painting

"Many Chinese brush paintings lack backgrounds, which can detract from the simplicity of the intended focus. Instead the subjects often are set against the white of the paper, providing artists with the freedom to alter the shapes and frames of their paintings." -Chinese Brush Painting

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, Chinese brush painting, Chinese, caligraphy

Making Art with Colored Pencils

colored pencils

"Colored pencil are transparent by nature, so instead of 'mixing colors' as you would for painting, you layer colors on top of each other to create blends." -from The Art of Colored Pencils

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: colored pencil, art, making art, sketching, drawing

Sketching Exercises: Engage in Your Creative Calisthenics

Latte Art Hearts

Oh man, my favorite types of art books are ones that inspire more than they admonish.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: making art, sketching, latte art, inspiration, drawing


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