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Do you have an artist friend or family member you'd like to encourage this Christmas? I spoke with a non-artsy friend who wanted to get a gift for a sibling who dabbles in painting, and he felt too far removed from the world of art-making to choose something appropriate. If you've got an artsy friend or family member on your gift list, here are a few ideas to inspire: (if you subscribe via email or rss, visit the blog to see the links below)
In watercolor, it's fun to experiment with different kinds of black: bone black, lamp black, Mars black. The pigment called "ivory black" used to be made from elephant ivory. Since that is now unavailable, some paint makers create ivory black by burning and grinding up fragments of mammoth ivory from Russia, which is legal to use. Each kind of black has different qualities of texture and chroma. If you get a couple of different blacks, you can play with them and compare them by painting them in a thin glaze, tinting them with white, and mixing them with other colors.