How to Choose the Right Watercolor Paper

What exactly makes a paper the right selection for use as a watercolor or fluid media surface? Paper is paper, is paper… right? Start With the Sizing Start with the sizing—and no, we don’t mean actual measurements. “Sizing” is a crucial treatment to papers, making them suitable for watercolor. While the sheet is being formed … Continue reading How to Choose the Right Watercolor Paper »


How to Paint or Draw From a Photo

Whether you’re just learning to draw or have been painting for years, there’s always something new to observe. This is especially true when you’re working with a subject for the first time. A photograph of a person, object, or landscape can be a valuable reference to consult as you work on getting the outline, proportions, … Continue reading How to Paint or Draw From a Photo »


Can You Frame a Canvas Painting?

If you’re an avid painter who loves to work on canvas, you probably have several finished works sitting around your home or studio. Maybe they’re rolled up or stacked in a corner somewhere. If that’s the case, then it’s a real shame! After all, you’ve worked hard on your craft, so why hide it? You … Continue reading Can You Frame a Canvas Painting? »


How to Protect a Canvas Print

Look on any Pinterest board for home decor, and you’ll see that printed canvas is one of the hottest decorating trends around. It’s not hard to see why. Art canvas prints have a clean, frameless look that adds instant flair and texture to any room. Unlike traditional canvas painting, you make canvas prints using an … Continue reading How to Protect a Canvas Print »


Celebrating Over 50 Years of Serving Artists!

Jerry’s Artarama is celebrating over 50 years of serving artists! Eager to share the excitement with local communities, Jerry’s retailers across the country hosted an enormous 1968 themed party, featuring free family fun, refreshments, entertainment, and the largest sale in store history. Jerry’s hosted the ‘throwback’ themed festivities to pay it forward to local High … Continue reading Celebrating Over 50 Years of Serving Artists! »


Why It’s Important to Frame Your Art

Most artists and art-lovers want their artwork to last a lifetime and look just as good in 50 years as it did on the day they finished it. Custom framing can do just that! The right frame can protect artwork of all kinds from damage and create a profound and protective space for your artwork … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Frame Your Art »


How to Determine the Right Frame for Your Art

Artists and appreciators have a variety of materials and colors to choose from when it comes to framing and matting a piece of artwork. There are all kinds of different options to choose for your frame, which can make it difficult to determine the right one for you. The options are nearly endless, and if … Continue reading How to Determine the Right Frame for Your Art »


A More Detailed Look at How to Stretch Your Canvas

For many artists, there’s nothing quite like a blank canvas. The sight of a pristine canvas sets the mind on fire with creative possibilities. But how do you put your canvas in a position for you to get to work? We’ve touched on how to stretch your canvas briefly before, but we wanted to take … Continue reading A More Detailed Look at How to Stretch Your Canvas »


How to Prime Your Canvas for Acrylics

The key to creating the best painting surface and preserving the life and look of your artwork is by priming your canvas. Priming is the process of creating a barrier between the canvas and the paint of a painting. Typically this is done by applying layers of acrylic gesso, clear acrylic medium, or traditional hyde … Continue reading How to Prime Your Canvas for Acrylics »


How Matting Works to Custom Frame Your Art

Framing your art can be a daunting endeavor to new artists, but it’s worth it. The result is a profoundly impactful piece of work that stands out in a way it couldn’t without custom framing and matting. But what’s matting and how does it work? The mat board you choose should be dictated by the … Continue reading How Matting Works to Custom Frame Your Art »


Keep Austin Weird & Shop Local at Jerry’s Artarama

Art supply stores are vital to creatives of all types. An artist will often realize in the middle of a project that they are running dangerously low on paint or another essential supply they need for their project. Naturally, many people in this situation will turn to the internet to order, but who wants to … Continue reading Keep Austin Weird & Shop Local at Jerry’s Artarama »


How Jersey Framing Can Elevate Your Game

The big game has come and gone, but it feels like there’s always a major sporting event around the corner. Did your team finally win the championship? Maybe it’s because you were wearing your lucky jersey and you want to get it framed for posterity. Better yet, maybe you got your jersey signed or actually … Continue reading How Jersey Framing Can Elevate Your Game »


How to Design Your Own Color Wheel

Making a color wheel is a fun project for artists of all ages. A color wheel shows you exactly what your paints will look like when mixed in equal proportions. This is great for beginners as they learn to mix colors and understand how complementary and analogous colors work together in a design. For more … Continue reading How to Design Your Own Color Wheel »


How to Price Your Art

The value of art reaches beyond dollars and cents. Whether you’re a Sunday painter or a qualified fine artist with a living to make, you know that the feelings and meaning you put into your work are impossible to quantify. It’s also tough to put a figure on the labor you put into each piece. … Continue reading How to Price Your Art »


How to Set Up Your Art Studio

You’ve finally found a dedicated space within your home or in a commercial property for your very own art studio. When it comes to setting up your space, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your space works for you and your art. Natural Light For the most accurate representation of … Continue reading How to Set Up Your Art Studio »


Learn More About Our Classes & Demos

Have you ever wandered the aisles of our store wishing you knew how to use some of the cool supplies we stock? Are you an experienced craftsperson who wants to master a new medium or technique? Do you have a child who wants to be the next Frida Kahlo? Our free art demos, art classes, … Continue reading Learn More About Our Classes & Demos »


How to Choose the Right Brush

Being an artist means choosing the right medium and tools. You are inspired to create a painting. You have the right canvas and paints. Now, it’s time to choose the right tools. Which ones you choose depend on your medium. Whether you choose to work with acrylics, watercolors or oils, Jerry’s Artarama has the right … Continue reading How to Choose the Right Brush »


How to Stretch a Canvas

There are several benefits to learning how to stretch your own canvas. From saving on costs and time to having the option to select the exact quality and texture of the canvas you’re working with, stretching your own canvas provides you with some flexibility that pre-purchased canvases cannot. So, how do you stretch your own … Continue reading How to Stretch a Canvas »


Find the Best Art Projects for Fall

With fall in full swing, now’s the best time to start thinking about art projects you and your family can make during the chilly autumn weather. At Jerry’s Artarama, we know the value of getting together and making something as a family. Making art of any kind with the people you love this fall will … Continue reading Find the Best Art Projects for Fall »


Learn How to Decide Between Oils, Acrylics, & Watercolors

When it’s time to begin work on your next painting, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. But when that tool is paint, you have to make a choice. Do you want to use oil-based, acrylic, or watercolor paint? Because there are so many different kinds of painting that you can choose … Continue reading Learn How to Decide Between Oils, Acrylics, & Watercolors »


Save an Extra 10% with Our VIP Program!

Are you interested in saving an additional 10% off of every purchase you make at Jerry’s Artarama? When you join our VIP program, you save money on every purchase! We started our VIP program because we wanted to give frequent customers the opportunity to save even more on our large selection of art supplies and … Continue reading Save an Extra 10% with Our VIP Program! »