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How To Make An Additive Monotype
2019-10-02 16:36
Project Description: Monoprints are one-of-a-kind designs created by transferring paint or ink from one surface to another. There are many different ways of creating a monoprint. Designed b… Read More
What Is Alcohol Ink?
2018-03-30 18:56
This intriguing medium has recently gained popularity over the last few years. You may have heard about alcohol ink, but what actually is it!? Alcohol inks are fast-drying, highly pigmented… Read More
Alternatives To Renting Studio Space
2018-02-20 20:05
Can’t Afford to Rent a Studio? Here are Some More Economical Ideas Stop dreaming about having an art studio—make it become a reality! Before you begin your search, ask your… Read More
The Beginner’s Guide To Custom Framing
2017-04-13 19:43
Many people have no idea what to expect when they walk into their local frame shop. Custom framing can be a daunting prospect for anyone – especially those who don’t have much ex… Read More
The Mystery Of Paper Marbling
2016-06-22 19:44
What is Paper Marbling? Paper marbling is an ancient art tradition in many cultures. Marbling is named so because it mimics the natural patterns found in marble and other stones. Marbled… Read More
Facts About Tracing Paper
2016-06-06 19:16
What is Tracing Paper? Tracing paper is a very thin, low opacity paper used to trace and transfer images. This translucent paper was first mass-produced in the mid-19th century. Tracing p… Read More
What Is A Giclée Print?
2016-05-26 21:29
What is a Giclée Print? A giclée print is simply a high quality print made with an inkjet printer. The term was coined in 1991 to describe fine arts prints made on Iris inkj… Read More
Madeleine Finley: Colorful Chaos
2016-05-12 19:35
  Madeleine Finley is a painter from the Washington, DC area. She creates colorful abstract oil paintings, each containing a beautiful chaos of letters, lines and fragmented figures. S… Read More
What Is Encaustic?
2016-04-06 00:48
What is Encaustic? Encaustic is the art of painting with molten wax. This style of painting has been around for centuries and was first used to create portraits. In the 20th Century, enca… Read More
2016-02-17 18:32
Do you listen to podcasts? For those who are unfamiliar—podcasts are like radio programs, but you can tune in at any time to listen because they are stored online. There are many in… Read More
2016-02-12 00:35
I met artist Evan Parker this past Friday at the opening reception of “Decadent,” the February exhibit at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland. Artists and Make… Read More
2016-02-12 00:35
I met artist Evan J. Parker III this past Friday during the opening reception of “Decadent,” the February exhibit at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland. Artis… Read More
2016-02-05 00:01
  Want to win a box of art supplies this Valentine's Day? Go to our Facebook page between now and February 14, 2016 and "like" our official Valentine's Day contest post on our pag… Read More
2016-01-07 22:39
(1.) Gouache is Thicker Gouache has a higher ratio of pigment to binder than watercolor does. The white of the paper or other substrate will not show through the paint and change the appe… Read More
2016-01-01 15:17
  2016 is blank canvas. Are you ready for it? Thank you for supporting Plaza Art in 2015. We wish you more happiness and creativity in the new year! Read More
2015-12-07 14:50
What is Canvas? Canvas is fabric woven from natural or synthetic fibers. Linen and cotton are the most common materials for canvas, but technically any type of fiber can be used to create… Read More
2015-11-17 17:49
We want to thank everyone who participated in all of our Hands On Creativity events this year. We held the event at our stores in Towson, Rockville, Cincinnati, Nashville and Philadelphia… Read More
2015-11-05 17:18
Pastels are a great medium to explore—all you need to get started are the pastels themselves and a piece of paper. You can make beautiful scenes with pastels alone or use them to add… Read More
2015-10-26 15:52
Artists and volunteers have been busy installing artwork over the past two weeks at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville, Maryland for the legendary "Artomatic." If you live in the DC metro… Read More
2015-10-16 21:17
Annie Strack is an amazing painter and an incredibly busy artist. She teaches everywhere, including occasionally at Plaza Art—catch her this weekend, October 17-18, 2015, at Hands on… Read More
2015-09-23 19:48
There are many technical terms used to describe the properties of paint. A little chemistry know-how can help you become a better painter—but don’t worry—we’re not… Read More
2015-08-13 19:49
When shopping for art supplies, you might find yourself in paper aisle (like the one at the Plaza Art in Rockville, Maryland, pictured at the end of this article) and think, Why are there… Read More
2015-07-16 16:03
You’re finally at a point where you’re ready to start selling your art, but you have no idea where to begin. Or maybe you’ve been selling your art for a while now, but you… Read More

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