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Graphite pencil
No. 4B or 5B or 6B
Tracing Paper
Kneaded Eraser


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Simulated Fresco Treatments

Create old world charm or contemporary sophistication with these easy to follow plaster effects and simulated Fresco techniques.

artSparx has created a 3 stage step-by-step tutorial series. Series 1 begins with basic plaster application, our 2nd series illustrates antique glazing and plaster distressing methods, culminating in the final fresco simulation series 3, hand-painted elements.

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"Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts"

Leonardo da Vinci 


Transferring images and patterns
For furniture, murals, walls, ceilings, floors, and fine art techniques

Create your own transfer paper simply and cheaply. You can transfer your patterns and images onto virtually any surface with this easy method.

Painting this cheery sun face onto a foot stool was quick and easy once the image was successfully transferred onto the painting surface.

Creating transfer paper

Step 1: Using a piece of tracing paper take a soft lead pencil (4B, 5B or 6B lead) and rub over one side of tracing paper. This will be your transfer paper.

Creating a pattern

Step 2: illustrate the image you would like to use on a piece of tracing paper or regular paper. Using tracing paper allows you to over lay sheets of paper and trace the image until you are satisfied with the final results.

Transferring the image

Step 3: Place your illustration over the surface you would like to transfer onto and secure the drawing with tape so it cannot move. Next slide the newly made transfer paper, with the graphite side facing down, between the illustration and the working surface.


Step 4: Trace over the drawing. This will leave a light pencil impression onto the object you are transferring to.




Step 5: Remove the illustration and transfer paper. You can now paint over the 'transfer lines' and erase any visible pencil lines once your are done.

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Since 1940, when it was originally published, The Artist's Handbook has become indispensable for thousands of practicing artists and art students. The book has remained continually in print through many editions and has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. A detailed index makes a wealth of information readily available. Charts and line drawings throughout.

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