By Jane Sutherland
The expert you’ve come to trust, from the pages of American Artist.

Technical Q&A: Protecting a Mural, Cleaning Old Oil Paintings, and Preventing Toxic Contamination

I am doing a trompe l’oeil mural that will be displayed in an area where children can touch it. Do you have any recommendations for the types of paint and protective coatings I should use? I am concerned with both durability and green issues.

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Working With Canvas, Surfaces for Casein, and Priming Linen

I usually use canvas for my oil paintings, but lately I’ve been interested in using board instead. What type should I use?

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Brought to you by Blick Art Materials, this valuable resource--for learning the recommended uses of art supplies, solving technical problems, discovering new art materials, defining terms, and avoiding problems other artists have confronted.

Ask the Experts: Acrylic pigments

Q: What is the difference between artist and student grade acrylics?

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Ask the Experts: Watercolor whites

Q: I don’t know which white to use in my watercolors. How do you choose the right white?

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In Focus

John P. Smolko: 70th Anniversary Competition Grand Prize Winner

0712smol70oe1_600x598_20712logo70_525x515 John P. Smolko won the Grand Prize—a new MetroShed, furnished by Blick Art Materials, for use as a stand-alone studio—for his imaginative colored pencil piece, Homage to Klimt (The Virgin). Read more about the artist, and view five online exclusive drawings.

Read about the semifinalists in each category, and vote, by October 30, for the Readers' Choice competition winner on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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Colored Pencil
Mixed Media

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