Gift Guide for Artists

Put a Sign on it

Make a statement with these clever Art Signs 


Warning: Beware of Artist wood sign 9" x 6" laser carved maple veneer, made in USA, ready to hang

$8.99 $12.99

Live on Artist Ave. with this 4" x 18" indoor/outdoor plastic sign made in USA


Earth without ART is just EH plastic resin 12" x 18" indoor/outdoor plastic sign made in USA

Best Books for Artists

The three most useful books for your development as an Artist.

Advance and develop your technique with daily small paintings, learn how with this popular motivating book, Daily Painting

The classic anatomy reference for artists bound in a beautifully embossed leather edition of Gray's Anatomy

Highly rated - The Artist's Way starter kit - this 2 book set will inspire, motivate and help you to evolve your process and art

Vintage Art Supply Advertisements 

Actual printed Advertisements out of 1920's publications, only one available each style

$28.57 $43.95

ORIGINAL print ad from 1927 near mint condition 4" x 5.5" black & white advertisement for Devoe Art Supplies, New York - Chicago

$28.57 $43.95

ORIGINAL print ad from 1925 for Strathmore Artists Paper Company, 3.25" x 10", near mint condition

$28.57 $43.95

ORIGINAL black and white print ad from 1927 for Rembrandt Colors of Holland, graded 'very fine', 4" x 3" packaged in archival sleeve with backing board

Watercolor Travel Style

Watercolors ready to go anytime. Well designed travel kits in pan, cake and tubes.


Winsor & Newton Watercolor Field Plus Set


Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Set 


Holbein Pro Watercolor Travel Kit

Sketchbooks from Moleskine

Artist's Sketchbooks for drawing and watercolor from Moleskine 


Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album Hardcover Professional Folio Series


Moleskine Art Plus Hardcover Sketchbook


Moleskine Art Plus Soft Cover Sketch Album

Handmade Sketchbooks

Handmade Leather Art Sketchbooks


Legacy Leather Large Sketchbook with Gift Box


Handmade Watercolor Sketchbook


Vintage Style Leather Sketchbook

Copic Markers

Famous Copic Professional Art Markers


Copic Marker Sketch 6 Piece Skin Tones Set


72 piece Copic Marker Sketch Set A


Copic Black Ink 10 piece Pro set with Wallet

Keep it together

Getting art supplies organized is part of the creative process!


12-Drawer Studio Organizer Cart


Classic Artist Wood Storage Box


ArtBin X-Large Sidekick Art Supply Case

Impressive Boxed Art Supplies

Beautiful presentation style Art Sets - filled with quality Art Supplies from Royal & Langnickel


Premier Sketch Pencil Art Set  (51 pieces)


Premier Painting Chest Deluxe Art Set (80 pieces)


Premier Sketching and Drawing Deluxe Art Set  (134 piece)

Beautiful Brush Sets

Handmade artist brushes to last a lifetime and good basic brushes keep you ready to create


Five Handmade German Watercolor brushes with  Deluxe Box

$37.73 $49.99

All purpose set with 36 Brushes and Canvas Storage Roll


Winsor & Newton Handmade Kolinsky Watercolor Four-Brush Set

Art Studio Furniture

Classic hard working pieces for creating Art


 Metal Art Supply Organizer Cart


Lyptus Wood 'Dulce' Artists Easel


Vintage Style 42" Drawing Table in Rustic Oak Finish

Get Comfortable

Support for Artists hands and posture


Ever Steady Artist HandRest for detail painting and hand control


Back Support for Painting and Drawing

$13.99 $30.00

Lycra Professional Artist Non-smear Glove

Display your Brilliance  


Hangit Artwork Display System for small Artwork


Tall Metal Floor Art Display Easel 


Easy to change-out Art with hinged frame display

Print Your Own Art

Make prints of your Art, you can do this!


Transfer Artist Paper


Speedball Printmaster Printing Press


Complete Screen Printing Kit

Shop in the Artist's Closet

The artist's closet is full of cool, highly rated gift ideas for all your artist friends. 


Tees for Artists


Graffiti Art 


Earth without Art is just eh


Make Art not War


got artist ?


No Mistakes, just Happy Accidents

Tees for Art Teachers

$19.99 $29.98

Some people only dream of meeting their favorite artists. I teach mine.

$44.98 $49.98

Art Teacher, the Man, the Myth, the Legend


Genuine & Trusted Art Teacher. Premium quality.


Art Teacher Fueled by Chocolate


Art teachers do it for the Monet.

$23.99 $29.98

I am a Fine Arts Teacher...

Art socks, yes...Art socks

$9.00 $9.00

Starry Night Women's Socks


'Starry Night' Knee High


Famous Artworks Sock Set


Men's Cotton Art Socks

$5.84 $5.84

'Girl with Pearl Earring' Socks


Water Lilies Women's Socks


Women's Palette Socks

$7.69 $7.69

'The Dream' Socks

Monet inspired Boutique


Water Lilies Silk Scarf


Water Lilies Tote


Monet Umbrella


Blue Water Lilies Leggings


Water Lilies Print Tee


Monet Inspired Dress

Frida Kahlo inspired Boutique


Frida Swing Skirt


Frida Cross-body Handbag


Women's Frida Tee


Embroidered Tunic Top


Frida Necklace and Earrings


Frida Satchel Handbag

Wear you Art on your 3/4 sleeve


Klimt - Tree of Life


Van Gogh - Starry Night


Van Gogh - Irises


Van Gogh - Cypress Trees


Hokusai - Cherry Blossom


Van Gogh - Sower

Paint and Palette Jewelry


Artist Inspired Earrings


Fashion Artist Necklace


Art Supplies Charm Bracelet 


Sterling Silver Necaklace


Pandora Artist Charm


Sterling Silver and Leather Bracelet

Baby, you're an artist !


When I grow up, I wanna be an Artist like my Mommy.


My Daddy is the world's best artist


Baby Artist Onesie 


Future Artist with Tutu


Little Artist Outfit with Hat and Portfolio


Future Artist Bib

Keep it clean 


Artist smock in colors


Martin Artist Apron


Artist Bib Apron in colors

Artist Toy Store

Lego of your inner Artist

Lego Parisian Cafe with upstairs Artist Studio


Van Gogh action figure, yes it's a thing.


Share your home or studio with a famous artist

Meet Barbie, the Artist


Barbie Museum Collection


Gustav Klimt Barbie


Vincent Van Gogh Barbie


Leonardo Da Vinci Barbie

Colorful and playful Frida Kahlo


Art Puzzle heads - 3D Art Head


It's Fine Art Puzzle Night


Tree of Life Puzzle


Starry Night Puzzle


Almond Branch Puzzle

Leonardo Da Vinci models you can build


Famous Artists Finger Puppets

Great Artist fingers puppets available individually. Made of soft fabric with embroidered features.
 They contain a magnet inside for displaying. About 4 inches tall. Click or tap artist for more info.

Vincent Van Gogh

Georgia O'Keeffe

Salvador Dali

Auguste Rodin

Diego Rivera


Claude Monet

Andy Warhol


Frida Kahlo

Gustav Klimt

Want to play an Art Game ?


Famous Art Go-Fish Card Games


Tattoo You, temporarily


Tin Art Cases keep it together



Planes - Tin Art Set


Frozen - Tin Art Set


Star Wars -Tin Art Set

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5 Great Books for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs

Artists and entrepreneurs have a lot in common.

Both seek to change the world in some small way by using their talents and creative vision. For a long time businesses shunned too much creativity and focused on numbers and dry logic. Luckily however, there is a movement emerging that creativity into building a businesses.

It has become obvious with pioneers like Steve Jobs that being rebel minded, risk taking and wildly creative can lead to incredibly successful and world changing products. Some artists have shunned doing too much business out of the old fear that it would compromise the artistic vision and make the artist a 'sellout'. However more artists are beginning to realize that if they integrate entrepreneurial practice into their artistic vision their artwork can reach farther, be more impactful and sustain the cost of living for the artist.

In todays digital age anyone can start a business. Services like Society 6 and Zazzle has made it easy for artists to make their artwork available for purchase to people around the world. Social networks like Pintrest, Tumblr, Instagram and facebook has made it possible for artists to reach a global audience of like-minded people. Making a business out of your artwork does take time, dedication and a structured approach and if you're not into business it can be difficult to know where to start.

The following selection of books are ment to help artists expand their horizons to see new ways of making their artwork a sustainable way of life.


The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. 
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.  Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. 

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

Business Model Generation

A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

Based on the wildly popular creative tool Business Model Canvas. It offers a creative way to sketch out a business idea and see how the pieces fit together. It makes you consider all aspects of your venture and see it clearly from the top. The Book is very nicely designed and uses a lot of creative techniques to simply some complex ideas and presents them in a practical way for you to use in developing your business venture. Read the first 72 pages for free at

The Startup Owner's Manual

The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

This book really is handy to have when you need direction on how to maintain and run your business. Each chapters pertains to a certain challenge or process in a startups life. Being an artist professionally really is like managing a business and Startup the Owners Manual provides concrete steps and checklists of how you progress through common stages.

Steve Blank the Author of the The Startup Owner's Manual is connected to both Alex Osterwalder and Eric Reiss, the authors of the two previous books. Their theories meld together and Steve Blank in particular does a great job of connecting the ideas of all three books through presentations available free on Youtube!

The War of Art

Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

Turning Pro

Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work

The follow-up to his bestseller The War of Art, Turning Pro navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. "You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind." --Steven Pressfield  When we turn pro, we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own. . The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It's messy and it's scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.. What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and live out.

7 Ways to Make an Effective Event Poster

by Johannes Madsen

It is not enough to be good at Illustrator or Photoshop to be able to make an effective poster or flyer. Something that looks good might not brings people to an event, a website or whatever the reason for the poster is.  

1. Consider the purpose of the poster

"Why?" is the big question. Why does your poster exist and why should people look at it? These are important questions to consider before working on your vision for poster. Focus the way you design your layout and communicate your message to fall in line with what the poster is trying to do.

2. Know your placement and audience

Where is your poster going to be looked at and who will look at it? A poster for an event might be set up around town. In that case you might want to make the fonts big enough to see from across the street. If the poster is at a bar, school or hospital I would consider that in the tone of the poster. Thinking about the people who will be viewing it and putting yourself in their shoes and seeing their needs can change the way you design the poster

2. Prioritize information

A poster can have lots of information. Names, dates, places and descriptions that are all important. Make sure you have an overview of what is most important  before as you set up your text. Make an order of information that makes sense and tells a narrative.

You can use font size, color and other elements to highlight the important bits. Is bits of information go together you can code them the same color or wrap them in a box together.

3. Simplify your fonts and colors

Avoid cluttering the mood and tone of your poster by using too many fonts or a color scheme that isn't balanced. Pick a few elements and make them more present.

4. Clear call to action

What is it the poster is trying to get people to do? It might be to go to an event or visit a website. Use QR codes to make it easier to visit a website.

Making sure your poster is clear about what 'the next step' is can make is much more effective.

5.  Capture the event

Set the mood and tone of your poster to match the event it is promoting. It is easier said than done but also where you can challenge your creative abilities. If you can create an imediate sense of what the poster is about it will be much more effective.

7. Simplicity

Too much on a poster can take away from what is important. It is tempting to want to add more effects and colorful features on your poster but it might just take you longer to do and make the whole thing more confusing and less effective.



Developing Your Own Manga Style

Manga style.jpg

Developing your own style Fan art is a great way to get more practice. Do all your favorite characters in their original style or do them in YOUR style. Are you thinking you don’t have a style ? Try this: Collect a group of 20 images of artwork that you admire. When you look at the pictures do they have things in common? That can help direct your to your style.

Your Manga Gallery

Start an Instagram or Tumblr account and post your finished artwork and your work in progress. Here’s why you want to do this. It becomes an gallery for your work. A place to show your art. Its good to see your work ‘published’. Another reason to start your online gallery this way is to see your development. If you practice your Manga or Anime Art you will get better. When you look back at your work on your Instagram or Tumblr account, you will notice the progress. Search hashtags or tags #manga, #anime and character or title of your fan art and like and follow other artists that inspire or interest you.

Try new things

Experiment with taking photos of your art in different kinds of light to see what works best for your art. Try scanning or copying your work and printing it out multiple copies and coloring it directly.

Do you have questions about how to draw, what materials to use or how to take your art to the next level? Contact Artopia Magazine, we are here to help.

Beautiful Wood Art Supplies


Artists Storage Boxes

Be ready when you feel inspired. Beautiful wood boxes are surprisingly inexpensive but last a lifetime.. and more. Check out our Pinterest board of Vintage Art Supplies to see examples of just how long these Artists Storage Boxes can last.


Wood Easels 

Golden wood studio easels are great motivation. Having stable support can improve your painting in the same way you notice how a great brush makes your paint strokes smoother. There is a type of easel for every purpose. If you need help selecting your easel, ask us




Manikins are icons of the classic artist. Studio anatomy models are available in natural or stained expresso finishes. Perfect for decorating with many sizes available. Great gift idea!




Art Kits in beautiful wood storage boxes

What's so surprising about these beautiful art kits are the low prices. They each contain quality art supplies and useful and nicely made wood storage boxes. Make it easy to create with all your supplies so beautifully displayed and ready for you to express yourself.


Wood Painting Palettes

Mix your paints on these easy to hold wood artist palettes. Improve your painting posture and workflow by using palettes with the classic comfort thumbhole.

$4.95 $11.95

Cave Art


Inspiration from the start of Art

Recent discoveries of Cave Art will inspire you with the surprising skill and imagination of the world's earliest artists.

Picasso was so impressed after viewing the Cave Art in Lascaux that he said, "We have learned nothing."

5 Things you didn't know about Cave Art

*click on each statement to find out more

  1. Most Cave Art was painted by women
  2. Cave Art exists that is 50 thousand years old
  3. The world’s most ambitious re-creation of Cave Art is going on right now
  4. Some Cave Art is believed to be done under the influence of visionary drugs
  5. Cave Art is under attack by human pathogens similar to disease outbreaks


Banksy and Cave Art

$14.97 $19.47
$14.97 $19.47

Cave Art for Kids


Creative Toys - Etch A Sketch, Spirograph and Spin Art

*Updated for 2015


Remember the joy of playing with these creative toys ?

You can share and relive those warm feelings because they still make Etch A Sketch, Spirograph and Spin Art !

  • See if you remember the retro commercials we found
  • Shop the boutiques for toys, tees and art
  • Take your playing skills to next level with advanced techniques
  • Share the fun and give a kid toys you know are fun

Etch A Sketch

Making Christmas Greeting Cards


 Make this holiday special.

Share your skills by making Christmas Greeting cards.

Showcase your talents for family and friends and try out some new techniques you've wanted to test by making Christmas greeting cards

.Get inspiration from Handmade Christmas cards sent by famous artists to their friends and Artists Homemade Christmas Cards.

Need more ideas ?

We found 49 Awesome Holiday Cards to get your creativity flowing.

Wondering what type of greeting to write?

 Here’s inspiration for what to write inside your holiday cards


No time to make cards this year?

We hand selected some cool Holiday cards to make your make your life easier.


Learn more about the first christmas card

Ideas for Artists Holiday Cards

  • Have a Card making Party
  • Try out new techniques
  • Give a set of all occasion cards as a gift
  • Showcase your skills for friends and family
  • Start a new tradition 

Making Christmas Ornaments


Get motivated by these creative ornaments by Voyages of the Creative Variety

Artist Themed Ornaments

Give your artist friends these unique Artist inspired Christmas tree ornaments.


   Check out our Pinterest board ‘Artistic Christmas Ornament Ideas’ 

for inspiration and great examples of Art themed christmas ornaments.


Start a new tradition this year by making Christmas ornaments.

Memories are made with cherished Christmas ornaments that are passed to generations and gifted among dear friends.

Share your unique gifts with those you love and make them something special this year.


  • Start a new tradition, make a ornament every year
  • Have an ornament making party
  • Make ornaments as gifts


How to Cook like a Great Artist

.....The Artist's Palate contains an unprecedented collection of favorite recipes from some of the most famous international artists throughout history -- from Michelangelo, Henri Matisse, and Mary Cassatt to Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons. Featuring over 125 recipes from 89 great artists, and accompanied by more than 150 photographs of the artists and their work, family snapshots, artworks, documents, and memorabilia, this book offers a unique look at the private lives and appetites of some of the world's most creative personalities. (from the Publisher)

.......One of the most influential painters of modern times, Claude Monet lived for half his life in the famous house at Giverny. It was after moving here in 1883 with his future second wife, Alice Hoschedé, and their eight children that Monet's work finally achieved recognition. His growing success meant that he was able to indulge his passion for comfort and good living.

Family meals, special celebrations, luncheons with friends, picnics: all reflected the Monets' love of good food. Just as the inspiration for many of Monet's paintings was drawn from his beloved gardens and the surrounding Normandy landscape, so the meals served at Giverny were based upon superb ingredients from the kitchen-garden (a work of art in itself), the farmyard, and the French countryside.  (from the Publisher)

At the Auberge Ravoux, in a tiny artists’ village twenty miles from Paris, Vincent Van Gogh found a measure of peace in his ill-starred life—and experienced an unparalleled burst of creativity, producing seventy masterpieces and studies. The Auberge still operates today as the Maison de Van Gogh. Little has changed since Van Gogh first set down his bags more than a century ago, and visitors are still treated to the comforting, delicious regional cuisine that he would have dined upon.
(from the Publisher)

...In the tradition of the best-selling Monet's Table, Frida's Fiestas is a personal account in words and pictures of many important and happy events in the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and a scrapbook, assembled by her stepdaughter, of recipes for more than 100 dishes that Frida served to family and friends with her characteristic enthusiasm for all the pleasures of life. (from the Publisher)

...Matisse, Picasso, Hockney—they may not have been from the same period, but they all painted still lifes of food. And they are not alone. Andy Warhol painted soup cans, Claes Oldenburg sculpted an ice cream cone on the top of a building in Cologne, Jack Kerouac’s Sal ate apple pie across the country, and Truman Capote served chicken hash at the Black and White Ball. Food has always played a role in art, but how well and what did the artists themselves eat? Exploring a panoply of artworks of food, cooking, and eating from Europe and the Americas, The Modern Art Cookbook opens a window into the lives of artists, writers, and poets in the kitchen and the studio throughout the twentieth century and beyond.(from the Publisher)

Artopia Magazine recommends these as gift ideas because they engage and stimulate your senses in the same way your favorite great artists experienced.

Its not just something to read, these books are full of easy, delicious recipes that will appeal to creative cooks.

The art inspired recipes are memorable, making them perfect for parties or special occasions.





Welcome to the party!

We put together 10 highly rated books about

 Artists and Cooking

Artist are well-known for their creative presentation of food and eclectic dinner parties.

These cookbooks will give you insight into the lives of your favorite great artists, ideas for your picnics and themes for memorable parties.

ARTOPIA recommends these books as gift ideas because they engage and stimulate your senses in the same way your favorite great artists experienced

Its not just something to read, these books are full of easy, delicious recipes that will appeal to creative cooks.

The art inspired recipes are memorable, making them perfect for parties or special occasions.

“.....How would you like to dine in Van Gogh's olive orchard or in Bonnard's garden? What would be served at Mary Cassatt's afternoon tea? And a slice of which Thiebaud cake would you choose ... given the chance?
In The Artist's Table, fourteen world-renowned chefs create delectable menus inspired by masterpieces in the National Gallery of Art collections. These contemporary masters of the culinary arts are brought together with the works of great artists, and the result is a joyful celebration of art and food.”  (from the Publisher)

....This companion volume to the bestselling Monet's Table is a sumptuous evocation of the life, art, and dining style of one of the world's most celebrated Impressionist painters. It presents more than 60 recipes, accompanied by reproductions of Renoir's paintings and original full-color photos of turn-of-the-century French life. (from the Publisher)

......As beloved as Provence was to Cezanne, so too were his favorite Provencal dishes. Although he once claimed that his favorite meal was "potatoes in oil," he enjoyed a variety of foods prepared by his mother and later by his cook, Madame Bremond. Fifty of these special recipes are included in this book, attesting to the simple and bounteous Provencal cuisine that Cezanne held so dear. (from the Publisher)

......Great artists and great cooks have long been inspired by gardens and the many sensory gifts they provide. Artist Claude Monet took inspiration from his gardens and the lily ponds at Giverny. Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, and Cezanne created still life masterpieces of fruit and flowers. Similarly, cooks from Julia Child and Alice Waters, to Patricia Wells and Jamie Oliver have taken culinary inspiration from homegrown or fresh local produce. Artist Maryjo Koch explores this centuries-old connection in a new cookbook inspired by her studio garden. The garden not only provides the artistic subjects she and her many students paint, but it also serves as the culinary toolbox for the delectable and visual feasts she prepares for her family, guests, and painting classes throughout the year.
(from the Publisher)

...Taking cues from modern art’s most revered artists, these twenty-seven showstopping desserts exhibit the charm and sophistication of works by Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Avedon, Wayne  Thiebaud, and more. Featuring an image of the original artwork alongside a museum curator’s perspective on the original piece and detailed, easy-to-follow directions (with step-by-step assembly guides adapted for home bakers), Modern Art Desserts will inspire a kitchen gallery of stunning treats.  (from the Publisher)

Are you thinking about having a Art and Artist themed party now?

Check out our Pinterest board ‘Costumes of Art and Artists’ below for great dress up ideas!

Follow Artopia Magazine's board Costumes of Art and Artists on Pinterest.


Ideas on How to Make Beautiful Easter Eggs


Feeling creative this Easter ?

We have some great inspiration and ideas on our EGG ART board on Pinterest.

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Designed Easter eggs
Designed Easter eggs

Stylish black and white patterns. from Make Room for Design


Some Bunny Loves You

Easter bunnies
Easter bunnies

Ideas on How to Make Beautiful Easter Eggs PROMO IMAGE
Ideas on How to Make Beautiful Easter Eggs PROMO IMAGE
Easter Eggs Naturally Colored
Easter Eggs Naturally Colored

Beautiful colors with natural dyes from Just Short of Crazy


Hungry for more about Easter eggs?

Egg Dyeing 101 from Epicurious

Want even more Spring and Easter inspiration?

Check out our 'SOME BUNNY LOVES YOU' board for Bunny and rabbit references and inspiration.

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Make Your Paintings Pop with Grisaille and Underpainting


Grisaille and Underpainting

In this review, we learn about grisaille and underpainting. We look at how these techniques can be used to give amazing depth and color to your paintings.

These books and tutorials shows the results you can achieve with a grisaille and underpainting techniques. Grisaille and Underpainting are tonal painting techniques for creating dimension. Renaissance artists popularized the neutral, often gray (gris is french for gray) or sepia underpainting style that gave the famous dimensional effect to their paintings. Grisaille and underpainting are known as an oil painting method but can be used with acrylics and watercolors.

Underpainting example
Underpainting example

A Downloadable Course for 29.97

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Want to Master the Techniques of Grisaille and Underpainting?

  • Make paintings to look realistic and alive
  • Get confidence in your colors when you paint
  • Add dimension to your painting skill set




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Learn at your own pace

This course packs in a weekend class worth of information. Go through it at your own speed. Get Started PaintingToday You get instant access to this PDF course and can begin learning right away

The clear demonstrations and explanations will help you achieve that satisfying feeling of adding an effective technique to your skill-set.

These real art lessons take you through the steps to produce realistic and extremely dimensional paintings.

The format allows you to paint along at your own pace and style while you learn the tips and secrets to make the impressive 3D style.

No matter what level of artist you are, you can immediately use this method. 

This course would be a great gift idea for an artist. Giving them an impressive skill course that can used right away.

Get the course here

 graphic by Johannes Madsen

graphic by Johannes Madsen

The painting used for the featured image of this article is called Grande Odalisque and was painted in 1814.

It was painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and can be seen at TheLouvre Museum in Paris.


Learn about Grisaille and Underpainting

Learning how to paint in tones and how to develop an underpainting is part of a classic art education. Many artists find this a faster and effective way to paint because it puts your focus on creating clear tones with better control over your lost and found transitions.

Lost is a term for soft blends

Found is a term for a crisp edge

The additional layers of transparent color are easy to control and quickly build to give you an impressive dimensional painting. This underpainting and grisaille technique is great for artists who desire to paint in smooth detailed realistic style. Rendering skin, fabric and reflective surfaces is much easier with this method of painting.

Check out our Pinterest board ‘Grisaille and Underpainting’ below for inspiration and great examples of grisaille and underpainting techniques used in classic and contemporary art.

Follow Artopia Magazine's board Grisaille & Underpainting - make your paintings POP on Pinterest.

Love and Creativity - Valentines for Artists

In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love. (Marc Chagall)

The things we do in life purely for personal gain or fame often end up not being fulfilling. Being an artist is a job that requires patience, bravery, and openness. When making art comes from a place of love, joy and flows with passion it is possible go anywhere.

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Love art, love yourself, do what you have to do and what only you can do. utter honesty is the only path to originality.(Roberta Smith)

Doing creative artwork only to impress others or be ‘liked’ will not make you truly stand out.

We can tell the truth with the art we make if we open our hearts fully and don’t hold back ourselves from fear of criticism.

One of the biggest challenge for artists and creative people is to simply get out of the way of the artwork happening.

Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise.
 (Leo Buscaglia)

Using your artistic skills to tell the truth can transform the world in profound ways. When you choose to be a shining example of honest that inspires others to do the same. As we choose to a portray message of love joy and kindness in our artwork we will uplift ourselves and others around us.

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 Image by Johannes Madsen

Image by Johannes Madsen

Happy Valentines Day

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How to be Creative in the Year of the Horse

The world celebrates the Chinese New Year.  2014 is the Year of the wood Horse.  The horse is active, fast and adventurous. This is a change from the previous slower year of the water snake.

The lively spirit of the horse this year is a great opportunity to take the energy and use it to unfold your creative abilities.

Make this the time to really get going. To set a direction for what you're going to accomplish and stay true to the path while embracing the surprises that will occur along the way.

  • Create more work than you ever have before 
  • Publish your work and get it seen by the world
  • Create partnerships with other artists, galleries, art shows or businesses

How you use the power of the horse in your creative life is up to you. The power comes from setting a tone and harnessing the energy for the next while in your life.

Use the start of the Chinese New Year for inspiration on setting your intentions and following through on them.

Write a top 5 most important things you want to have happen.

Be conscious every day of your top 5 .

Follow through on it and evaluate your progress

Draw, sketch or write about your feelings for 2014.

What you would like to see happen and how that would feel. Then you have that to remind you of the intentions you set now and it will help you stay on track.

 artwork by Anna-lise

artwork by Anna-lise

7 Christmas Gift Ideas for Digital Artists


If you are looking to encourage your loved ones to grow their artistic abilities, giving them a tablet might transform their life. Digital art is a great medium because it doesn't require many materials after you got the tablet and it's possible to do very precise lines and colors. There are no limits with digital art, whatever you can dream up is possible to do. There is no worry about running out of paper or paint. Skills in digital arts will help anyone seeking to become a professional artist, illustrator or designer.

Studio 9

  • Can convert drawings (on paper) into ready to animate art in one click
  • Recommended for all levels of artists
  • Use with mouse or tablet and pen
  • Make your characters talk with easy-to-use integrated lipsyncing
  • Lots of online videos available for tutorials and ideas

SketchBook Pro

Award winning software for everyone who loves to draw.

  • Free up the sketching process with ultra-responsive digital pencils, pens, markers, paintbrushes and airbrushes
  • Designed to respond and feel just like a physical sketchpad when used with pen tablets
  • Streamlined interface keeps you in the creative zone
  • Features Copic Markers and the Copic Color System

Manga Studio 

  • A drawing program well known for its crisp sharp lines
  • Intergrates with Photoshop and layers
  • Artists love it for its realistic hand-drawn feel
  • Import your inked work directly and draw with mouse or pen tablet
  • Can be used with mouse or tablet and pen
  • Very active Manga Studio support community

Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet

Great tool for children and adults who are new to the graphics tablet world

  • Most affordable graphic tablet of its size
  • 1,024 levels of pen-pressure sensitivity
  • Cordless pen for a natural cursor control
  • Universal with all compatible operating systems
  • 2048 lines per inch of resolution

Wacom Bamboo Craft Tablet

  • Full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Win / Mac for editing, retouching, enhancing and sharing digital photos
  • Full version of Corel Painter Essentials 4.0 (Win / Mac) for creating natural media art and turning photos into paintings
  • Battery-free, ergonomic pen with two switches and an erasure
  • Small pen and touch Bamboo Craft pen tablet with 4 ExpressKeys
  • USB cable connection

Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet

  • Edit digital photos, paint and draw with the natural feel of a pen on paper
  • Free downloadable creative software included - Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Art rage 3 Studio and Nik Color Efex Pro we3
  • Multi-touch gestures to scroll, zoom, rotate and more
  • Pressure sensitive pen with eraser
  • 3 replacement nibs included, located in the middle compartment of the tablet
  • 4 application specific Express Keys
  • Active area 6 x 3.7 in
  • Wireless accessory kit sold separately

Wacom Intuos Pen Small Tablet

  • Lite art creation - Painting, drawing, sketching or document mark-up
  • Free downloadable creative software included - Autodesk Sketchbook Express and Art rage 3 Studio
  • Application specific express keys
  • Pressure sensitive pen - without eraser
  • 3 replacement nibs included, located in the middle compartment of the tablet
  • 4 application specific Express Keys
  • Active area 6 x 3.7 in
  • Wireless accessory kit sold separately

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5 Premier Art Supply Set Christmas Gifts for Artists


These beautiful Artist Premier sets from respected artist suppliers Royal and Langnickel come complete with high quality selections of artist materials, all in very attractive wood cases.

Each customized case has protective holders for the materials, so even on-the-go artists can travel with confidence.


The Premier Sketching Art Case Set contains essential sketching materials and tools.

Quality pro-level products are housed in a rich dark brown wood case with handle.

This set is ideal for beginning artists and students and is an exceptional value.

Premier fine art sketching pencils and tools

40 Piece Art Set

  • 12 graphite pencils
  • 6 sketching sticks
  • 6 charcoal sticks
  • 4 pc vine charcoal
  • 4 pastel pencils
  • 1 artist mannequin
  • 1 sandpaper block
  • 1 kneadable eraser
  • 1 drawing eraser
  • 1 sharpener
  • 1 wood carrying case with custom trays


53 Piece Art Set

Premier Pastel Pencil Art Set

  • 36 soft pastels
  • 4 pastel pencils
  • 4 pc. vine charcoal
  • 3 charcoal pencils
  • 2 blending stumps
  • 1 sharpener
  • 1 kneadable eraser
  • 1 sandpaper block
  • I wood case with nesting trays


The Premier Color Pencil and Drawing Set brings together all the inspiring color drawing supplies in a finished wood case.

Quality materials thoughtfully organized in self-contained in custom trays. 

This premium drawing set benefits artists of all levels.

44 Piece Art Set

  • 24 compressed color sticks
  • 12 color pencils
  • 4 fluorescent color pencils
  • 2 metallic color pencils
  • 2 blending stumps
  • 1 sharpener
  • 1 Kneadable eraser
  • 1 sandpaper block
  • 1  wood case with nesting trays


The Royal All Media with Easel Set is a comprehensive collection of all media artist materials.

The convenient wood storage and travel chest converts into a sturdy table-top easel.

An outstanding set of tools for your studio or an ideal gift for an artist or serious art student.

48 Piece Art Set

  • 12 oil paint tubes
  • 12 watercolor paint tubes
  • 12 acrylic paint tubes
  • 2 white bristle brushes
  • 2 taklon brushes
  • 2 white nylon brushes
  • 3 plastic palette knives
  • 1 watercolor pad
  • 1 six well palette and
  • 1 combination easel and storage box


The Premier Painting Chest is the ultimate art set for artists and aspiring artists.

The dark wood chest with drawers is as functional as it is beautiful. The chest is a treasure trove containing a huge assortment of richly pigmented paints, famous Royal & Langnickel brushes and all the tools you need to start painting.

If you take a serious approach to your art, this is one, serious set. Just add your preferred surface and you're ready to create a premier work of art.

80 Piece Art Set


  • 12 oil paint tubes
  • 12 acrylic paint tubes
  • 12 watercolor cakes
  • 6 gold taklon brushes
  • 6 white taklon brushes
  • 6 bristle brushes
  • 2 sketching pencils
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 white eraser
  • 1 palette knife
  • 1 palette
  • 1 bottle linseed oil
  • 1 brush rack
  • 3 artist’s guide booklets
  • 1 hinged 2 drawer chest with built in brush rest

Top 15 Crayola Christmas Gifts for Kids


Why buy Crayola ?

Because creatively-alive kids blossom and grow to be inspired, original adults who, in turn, have the ability to inspire the world.

Crayola products give colorful wings to the invisible things that grow in the hearts and minds of children. They offer colors that inspire and tools that transform original thoughts into visible form. 

Experience - First crayons, first paints and art supplies for the youngest future artists.

Encourage - Give them the tools to focus and encourage their creative talents.

Engage - Innovative projects designed to engage creative young minds.

  • Everything your little one needs to create with paint in one convenient solution kit
  • Easy-to-grip triangular paint brush lets little hands create broad strokes of color
  • Reusable smock keeps clothes clean
  • Washable paint in 3 vibrant colors
  • Washable Little Artist Paint Kit

  • Promotes proper writing grip
  • Toddler Grip helps develop gross and fine motor skills
  • 30 washable triangular crayons in reusable storage container
  • Anti -roll
  • Bold colors

  • Great for at home or on the go!
  • Interchangeable templates that slide under a clear dry erase surface.
  • More than 25 games and learning activities.

  • All in one portable art sudio and easel!
  • Includes 8 Markers, 24 Crayons, 12 Short Colored Pencils, 8 Washable Watercolors, Paint Brush, Safety Scissors, Washable Glue and 30 Colored Paper Sheets
  • Easy storage & portability!
  • Create art anywhere!

  • Produce cool airbrush effects on paper, clothes and windows
  • Turn markers into spray art
  • Kid Powered No Batteries needed
  • Includes washable markers, fabric markers, stencils and paper
  • Works also with standard broadline Crayola markers

  • Create your own masterpieces with Crayola tools
  • Compose tunes using musical colors/colours
  • Build logic skills as you solve puzzles while navigating the gallery
  • Teaches colors/colours, shapes, art, drawing, logic and reasoning; Appropriate for children ages 3 to 7 years (grades pre-K to 1)
  • Works with all LeapPad learning tablets, LeapsterGS and Leapster Explorer (sold separately); Internet connection may be required for cartridge

  • Create up to 16 customized markers
  • All the tools needed to create customized colored markers
  • Create your own colors use the mixing guide or make your very own color
  • Dip the marker core to absorb your custom ink
  • Compact design with built in storage



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  • Helps kids develop gross motor skills
  • It is washable
  • E-Z Squeeze tubes help to control paint flow
  • Flip top cap
  • Made in America

  • This multi-purpose poster paint is perfect for: Posters, Banners, Arts and Craft Projects
  • Non toxic paint colors
  • Packed with bright and mixable colors
  • Set includes six different colors of washable kid's paint in 2 oz. plastic bottles
  • Made in America
  • Complete Art Activity provides endless creative time
  • Over 50 different items for creative play
  • Clear durable container provides storage and easy clean up

  • Unleash your child's creativity with 150 Crayolas, the largest collection ever assembled
  • Unique case with telescoping design, expands into tower of crayons
  • Built-in sharpener ensures a fresh crayon tip is only a twist away
  • Set contains 118 regular crayons, 16 Metallic FX crayons, and 16 glitter crayons
  • For ages 5+ years


  • Kids can display their creations for all to see
  • Simply draw a picture with special markers
  • Activate to magnify and project
  • Draw on the acetate surfaces to create layered looks
  • Up to 20X the original size