Learning more about artist tools and techniques

When I stepped into the art store last week, I was both excited and intimidated, but mostly intimidated. The store is full of things that I don’t know what they are or how to use them. I think I’ll always feel a little unsure of being an artist – because I don’t have an art school background. I barely feel secure in calling myself an artist, but I’ve realized (with the help of my creative resolution – both the blog and the actual resolution) that I feel joy and fulfillment creating things. And I want to learn more.

I have taken classes in the past, but right now, I’m enjoying following my own inspiration and motivating myself. While at the art store, I quizzed the woman working there and learned a lot. As I was leaving, she mentioned visiting the store’s website for more information. All of those things in the art store, that I’m too embarrassed to ask about, are on the internet with descriptions!

Between product websites and instructional youtube videos, which detail different artist’s techniques, almost everything I would want to know is available. I am vowing to spend this month using these resources to learn.

This fan brush I’ve had for years? The display at the craft store shows what each brush does. Who knew I could use this to create beach grass?

fanbrush beachgrass

I still haven’t figured this brush out. Does anyone know what this is for?

what is this

4 thoughts on “Learning more about artist tools and techniques

  1. Hmm, I can’t really tell the size of it, but it could be a blending brush or if used in watercolor maybe a wash brush. Your post today makes me think of this quote I love so much…

    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

    Pablo Picasso

    Have fun 😄

  2. What instructional online resources, if any, have you found that you really like?

    I love the Picasso quote. He’s spot-on.

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