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Feather sketch by Maria Coryell-Martin.

Sketching Feathers Demo

Demos | April 08, 2022

In this demo, Maria shows two techniques for sketching feathers.
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Watercolor flowers created during the Anna Brones demo.

Tap into Creativity with Anna Brones

Demos | April 01, 2022

Anna talks about her creative practice and leads us through making hand-cut and painted spring flowers.
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Lisa Spangler’s Valentines Day cards.

Valentine’s Day Cards with Lisa Spangler

Demos | February 10, 2022

Lisa guides us through creating lovely Valentine’s Day cards using her Pocket Palette.
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Draw Your World by Samantha Dion Baker.

Draw Your World with Samantha Dion Baker

Demos | May 17, 2021

Samantha and Maria play with color, working on a prompt from Samantha’s New Book, Draw Your World.
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Color study by Lisa Spangler.

Mixing Triads with Lisa Spangler

Demos | May 04, 2021

Lisa demonstrates how to make small pamphlet books and shares tips on mixing triads, featuring our Greenleaf & Blueberry CMYK Palette.
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Painting for live demo by Claire Giordano.

Simplifying Mountains with Claire Giordano

Demos | March 11, 2021

Claire shares some of her favorite materials and go-to techniques for simplifying a mountain scene.
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Mike Daikubara’s Pocket Palette, with a small sponge nestled inside.

Seeing Palettes in a Whole New Way

Inspiration | February 18, 2021

One of the great things about sharing our supplies with the world has been seeing all the clever ways artists are making use of them.
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Images from The Sketchnoting Handbook by Mike Rohde.

Sketchnoting with Mike Rohde

Demos | February 12, 2021

Follow along as Mike shares his Sketchnoting techniques with me in this recording of our live demo.
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Cover of the book Drawing with Children.

Drawing with Children

Book Recommendations | February 05, 2021

Today’s book recommendation comes from our Marketing Coordinator, Nhatt Nichols.
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The Demi Calligraphy Palette with color swatches and a hand holding a paintbrush.

New Collaborations with Jess Greenleaf

Demos | December 12, 2020

Jess and I explore our brand new Calligraphy Palette collaborations, and share a few more surprises we have in the works.
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Lettering practice after a demo with Amanda Reid.

Brush Lettering with Amanda Reid

Demos | December 12, 2020

Watch as Amanda guides me through a series of lettering exercises.
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A colorful stack of inspiring books recommended by Art Toolkit.

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Book Recommendations | November 27, 2020

You can now find our book recommendations on
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Watercolor study of evergreen trees with color swatches and Demi Palette.

Tips for Painting Evergreen Trees

Technique | November 16, 2020

When painting evergreens, it helps to have a few premixed shades of green, especially for sketching on the go...
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Watercolor sketch of snowy mountain peaks and an icy lake by Jill Richie.

Artist and Archeologist Jill Richie

Featured Artist | October 02, 2020

Alaskan artist Jill Richie creates connections between humans and the environment with her plein air studies. Learn about her family quarantine art project, the importance of learning from your environment, and the virtues of not being too fussy with supplies or results.
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Fall leaves watercolor using negative shapes by Maria Coryell-Martin.

Negative Shapes: Autumn Leaves

Technique | October 02, 2020

So much of watercolor involves attention to shapes! I like to work from large to small shapes and often start painting the negative spaces between and around objects.
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Super-fluffy pancakes sketch by Mike Daikubara.

Sketch Now, Think Later with Mike Daikubara

Demos | October 01, 2020

Mike and I sketch breakfast and talk about his book, Sketch Now, Think Later.
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A swirl of colors shows the mixing posibilities of the Ultimate Mixing Palette.

Sketching with Barbara Luel

Demos | September 25, 2020

Barbara and I played with color and form and talked about how freeing it can be to create.
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Max Romey sketches by the light of his headlamp high in the mountains.

Max Romey

Featured Artist | September 12, 2020

Max Romey is an artist, videographer, and trail runner who is sketching his way through Alaska.
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A swirl of colors shows the mixing posibilities of the Ultimate Mixing Palette.

Ultimate Sketching Palette with Jane Blundell

Demos | September 11, 2020

Join me and Jane Blundell as we talk about our latest collaboration, the Ultimate Sketching Palette.
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Sketch of the Villa di Maser building by Palladio by Liz Steel.

Sketching Architecture with Liz Steel

Demos | August 15, 2020

Join me and Liz Steel as we sketch the Villa di Maser building in Italy, using some of the techniques she has developed for her book, 5 Minute Architecture.
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Mixing Palette with three large pans for mixing watercolors, and a Demi Palette with paint-filled pans on top of a color study.

Mixing Palette

Supplies | August 07, 2020

Sometimes you need just a little extra space to make precisely the shade you need.
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Rack with a range of brushes in Maria Coryell-Martin’s home studio.

Studio Tour

Demos | August 06, 2020

See my workspace, favorite tools, and sketches from various expeditions.
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Painting of feathers using white gouache by Maria Coryell-Martin.

White Gouache

Technique | July 20, 2020

White gouache can be a fantastic tool for adding final highlights to sketches. It can make cat whiskers, snow, or sailboats pop right off the page, and I especially love working with it on toned paper.
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Bird sketch by John Muir Laws.

Sketching Birds with John Muir Laws

Demos | July 18, 2020

Join me as I sketch birds with nature journaling aficionado John (Jack) Muir Laws.
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Brush pen painting by Che Lopez.

Brush Pen Sketching with Che Lopez

Demos | July 17, 2020

My friend Che Lopez and I explore the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.
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Local Color book by Mimi Robinson alongside our Garden in Bloom Palette.

Summer Reading List: Local Color

Inspiration | July 10, 2020

We have summer reading on our minds! We'll be sharing inspiration from our bookshelf over the next few months and would love your recommendations.
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Botanical illustration by Lara Gastinger.

Botanical Illustrator Lara Gastinger

Demos | June 26, 2020

Lara Call Gastinger is the chief illustrator for the published Flora of Virginia
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Biker painting by Russ Roca.

Russ Roca of Path Less Pedaled

Demos | June 12, 2020

Russ (@pathlesspedaled) creates vibrant, loose watercolors that capture a sense of the freedom felt riding a bike.
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Flower paintings by Chelsea Ward.

Live Demo with Chelsea Ward

Demos | May 29, 2020

Chelsea shares ideas and techniques for painting sunflowers, as well as her approach to lettering.
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Watercolor painting from Che Lopez demo.

Live Demo with Che Lopez

Demos | May 22, 2020

This is a recording of an Instagram Live Demo with artist Che Lopez.
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Cat painting by Suhita Shirodkar.

Live Demo with Suhita Shirodkar

Demos | May 15, 2020

This is a recording of an Instagram Live Demo with artist Suhita Shirodkar.
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Art Toolkit with Rosemary & Co travel brushes.

Live Demo with Symi Jackson

Demos | May 09, 2020

Symi Jackson of Rosemary & Co Brushes chats with me about Rosemary’s line of travel brushes.
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Street scene painting by Paul Wang.

Live Demo with Paul Wang

Demos | May 01, 2020

Paul Wang talks with me about flexing your creative muscles.
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Watercolor painting from Jess Greenleaf demo.

Nature Pigments with Jess Greenleaf

Demos | April 29, 2020

A live dmeo with Jess Greenleaf, founder of Greenleaf & Blueberry.
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Watercolor painting from Jane Blundell demo.

Exploring Triads with Jane Blundell

Demos | April 18, 2020

Artist and friend Jane Blundell talks with me about exploring triads in watercolor.
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Watercolor painting from Katharina Stoll demo.

Tiny Paintings with Katharina Stoll

Demos | April 16, 2020

Explore creating tiny paintings with Seattle-based artist Katharina Stoll.
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Working on a large, studio watercolor.

Atmospheric Landscapes Online Class

Classes | April 11, 2020

Join Maria live online as she shares techniques for painting minimal atmospheric landscapes in watercolor.
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Still life by Samantha Dion Baker.

Live Demo with Samantha Dion Baker

Demos | April 04, 2020

A live demo on Instagram with artist Samantha Dion Baker.
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Watercolor still life paintings of fruit by Samantha Dion Baker.

Live Demo Series

Demos | April 03, 2020

Join Maria as she paints with other artists, every Friday for a new live demo series.
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Art Toolkit nestled in sustainable packaging.

Sustainable Packaging

Behind the Scenes | March 25, 2020

It’s been nearly a year since we ditched plastic in our packaging to move to more eco-conscious materials, and we haven’t looked back.
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Sketching at Fort Worden.


Inspiration | March 12, 2020

Adventures to the far corners of the earth can be exciting and romantic, but aren’t necessarily something you can fit into a typical weekend, much less an afternoon! There are lots of ways to find smaller adventures if you’re willing to look for them.
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Watercolor painting of a meadow on the Oregon coast by artist Molly Hashimoto.

Pacific Northwest Palette

Palettes of Place | March 11, 2020

A new limited-edition series of color collections: Palettes of Place.
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Pocket Palette with an assortment of watercolor pans.

Palette Pan Arrangements

Behind the Scenes | March 10, 2020

How many possible combinations of pans in a Pocket Palette?
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Painting by Chelsea Ward (@sketchynotions).

Sketchy Notions

Featured Artist | March 09, 2020

Chelsea Ward (aka @sketchynotions) is an artist and plant-lover who creates colorful and whimsical sketches and stationery.
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The Pocket Palette and Demi Palette compared in size.

Palette Evolution

Behind the Scenes | March 01, 2020

Ten years on, a look at the evolution of the Pocket Palette.
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