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A Studio Journal Will Organize Your Thoughts and Creativity

Ardak Kassenova Technique, Tools of the Trade Leave a Comment

Sketchbook journals are used for all kind of purposes. I’ve used them for more than 30 years. What works best for me is to have a separate journal for different purposes. However, my favourite journal stays in my studio where I can find it when I need it. When I have an idea for a new piece of artwork, I …

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Oil paint palettes will help you uncover your unique colors

Ardak Kassenova Artist Tips & Tricks, Color Theory 2 Comments

Oil paint palettes are traditionally made of wood and are oval shaped. Place your paints around the edge and use the center to mix colors. This palette is practical if you want to stand at your easel with your colors right in front of you. I don’t have a painter’s palette, so I like to use palette paper that comes …