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Barb Benik’s art includes paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, drawings in pencil and pen & ink, and digital art.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Time to Purge

Donations

I always take time at the beginning of a year to clean the studio, rearrange furniture, and purge art supplies I rarely or never use. It gives me a fresh start and mental space to create in the new year.

Sometimes I have tried out a new technique with tools that just don’t work out for me, or I realize that I don’t want to go in that direction.  Today’s finds that will be donated to my favorite art organization include several sets of multicolored pens and markers.  These are items I have tried out and evaluated, and they just don’t make the cut.

Plastic bin of art supplies

I also THROW OUT old pens, markers, tubes of paint, and anything else that only kind of works or is on its last legs.  Tossing stuff is a struggle for any pack rat, and I think it’s particularly difficult when it’s an artistic pack rat.

How are you beginning this new year?

Be safe everybody.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

New Work for Sale

Featured Art

Mountain ChickadeeToday's piece is an acrylic painting on a 6-inch square Gessobord of a wee Mountain Chickadee. The resource image is from my collection of bird photos and can be seen on my NoCoBirds website.

The underpainting was done with traditional acrylic paint and brush techniques, and the details were completed with acrylic paint markers.  Some of the markers were purchased containing the paint, and other markers were purchased as "empty" markers that I filled with custom colors I mixed using Golden's High Flow and Fluid Acrylic paints. 



This painting is up for auction at Daily Paintworks.

Thank-you for viewing my art and for your support.




Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year: Welcome to 2021!

Sunflower acrylic painting on marine plywood

Featured Art

Today's piece is an acrylic painting on a 24-inch square piece of marine plywood. The underpainting was done with traditional acrylic paint and brush techniques, and the details were completed with acrylic paint markers.  Some of the markers were purchased containing the paint, and other markers were purchased as "empty" markers that I filled with custom colors I mixed using Golden's High Flow and Fluid Acrylic paints. 

This painting is in my personal collection, but the image is available on several items on my Red Bubble store.

Paint Marker Exploration 

Non-Refillable Markers 

I discovered Acrylic Paint Markers this summer while taking an online class from the Sktchy Art School. 

Markers made by Posca come in 8 pen nib sizes, 5 different nib shapes (including a brush tip!), and 55 different colors. (Note: Not all of the colors are included in every nib size and shape.) They are a lot of fun for mark making in art as they have good flow and coverage with opaque, water-soluble paint. Colors can be mixed on the support (canvas, paper, glass, , textiles, cermics, rocks) as long as the pigments are wet. Clean up is a breeze, with almost no mess. The nibs may become dirty if mixing paints, but they are easily cleaned by rinsing them with water. Baking in an oven will make something on glass or ceramic permanent. 

Liquitex acrylic paint markers come in 55 colors and 2 pen nib sizes. 

Markers by Tooli-Art come in over 60 Colors and have two different pen nib sizes. 

All three of these companies have good information about using paint markers, as well as maintaining them. 
Acrylic Paint Markers by Uni-Posca, Tooli-Art, and Liquitex


Refillable (Empty) Markers 

Refillable markers that I use are made by Molotow and Daler-Rowney. These are great for when you want to use a custom color that isn't available to purchase. If going this route, make sure you use a flowing liquid paint, such as Golden High Flow Acrylics. I also add a few drops of Golden's High Flow Medium to the paint and shake vigorously to mix it all together. I also have had success using Golden's Matte and Fluid Acrylics, as long as the High Flow Medium is added. That is the key ingredient to keeping the paint flowing through the marker nib. 
Golden Paints Fluid Acrylic Paints


Refillable paint markers Daler-Rowney and Molotow

Monday, December 14, 2020

 

Red Geraniums
Oil on Linen Panel
8” x 8”
My new website is now active, and I will be regularly posting original art on it for purchase.  Thank-you for viewing my art.


Red Geraniums is now available.

Friday, December 11, 2020

 Welcome to my new blog!

Just a quick note as I set up this new art blog. It comes from a need to simplify the way I share my art. Having used several services over the past 25 years, I still find that Blogger meets my needs the most efficiently.

My old blog can be found here:  http://benikarts.blogspot.com/

Links to my website, Facebook,and Instagram are under “My Links” on the left.

Stay safe out there.

Time to Purge

Donations I always take time at the beginning of a year to clean the studio, rearrange furniture, and purge art supplies I rarely or never u...