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Beware Internet Art Scams

False check scams aboundCheck fraud was the third most common Internet scam reported in 2006, according to the National Consumer League’s (NCL) fraud information center. The average consumer loss reported was $4,053 dollars. “Fake check scams are a way for con artists to steal money from your bank and leave you holding the bag,” says Susan Grant, director of the National Fraud Information Center.
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Techniques and Tips

The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

How many of us are guilty of automatically grabbing a white sheet of paper on which to draw?I’ve heard that it can be less intimidating to begin a new piece with a colored substrate that already has color to it. It’s like having a friend greet you at a party rather than walking into a room full of strangers.
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Gallery of Trees

Several months ago, the editorial staff of The Pastel Journal went in search of pastel artists who—to our way of thinking—accomplish the task of painting trees with exceptional grace and skill. You’ll find the results of our search in the October issue of the magazine: Our five featured artists represent a wide range of styles and approaches—no two paintings in our remarkable gallery of trees is quite the same, just as no two trees are quite the same—but they all share an abiding love for their subjects.
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Make the Most Out of Your Value Sketches

Use these exercises to develop your “artist’s eye” and make the most of your value sketches.By Bill TeitworthProbably the most important step you’ll take as an aspiring painter is to learn to translate the forms and volumes of the visual world into flat pieces of value, and to arrange those pieces into effective patterns.
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Switching From Glossy to Matte Varnish

Q. I mistakenly applied glossy damar varnish to an oil painting that had been drying for several months, but I would’ve preferred a matte finish. Is there a way for me to still give the piece a matte look?A. Damar varnish, made from the resin of coniferous Asian trees, is applied to oil paintings to protect them from dust and other airborne contaminants.
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Welcome from The Pastel Journal editorial team

We are excited to introduce The Pastel Journal blog. And all the little tidbits we have to cut from artist interviews in order to turn a two-hour conversation into a 6-page print article–now we can pick them up off the cutting room floor! We’ll also be bringing you news about products, materials, conferences and shows, and perhaps some rantings about the blessings and bloopers of life on a magazine.
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