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The technique followed by painters in medieval Western Europe to prepare and paint tempera panels and that used by painters in Russia of the same period are closely allied. However, there are some differences in the process from the preparation of the panel to the final varnish. These differences are interesting to note and can provide some insight into the technique and process used by the earliest Byzantine artists to make panel paintings.

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Posted in Drawing Grounds Paints Pigments By Louisa N

To prepare grounds for metalpoint drawing technique, you will need a rigid support. Select a heavy, smooth-surfaced paper, paperboard, parchment or wood panel, such as plywood or hardboard. Paper with a rough texture or smooth glossy surface are both undesirable for use in metalpoint drawing. Wood panels should be well-sanded and smooth, since any roughness will show through the ground.

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Posted in Drawing Grounds By George O'Hanlon

Silverpoint is rarely used today except by a few persons who take an interest in traditional artists' materials, yet it was a favorite technique of the old masters. The disuse of silverpoint, after graphite sticks came into use during the 17th century, is one of the most curious details of technical art history. It is peculiar that an instrument once used by the most famous artists who ever drew on paper should have come to be neglected and despised by their successors, and neglected so completely that they lost the tradition of its use. Despite the modern tendency to revive the use of traditional art techniques, silverpoint is almost entirely neglected. Fortunately, this situation appears to be changing today. First part of a series on the traditional metalpoint technique and its contemporary use in fine art.

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Posted in Drawing By George O'Hanlon

Silverpoint was most commonly practiced during the Renaissance by such artists as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael, and is the ancestor of the modern graphite pencil. Silverpoint is a drawing instrument composed of a small, pointed metal tip, usually of silver, encased in a holder.

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Posted in Drawing Supports By George O'Hanlon

What's the difference between half-hard and dead-soft silverpoint? This article discusses the difference in the metal points.

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Posted in Drawing By George O'Hanlon

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