Matt Harnick
My interest in Origami goes back to 1974 when the first Origami Holiday Tree was exhibited at the American Museum of Natrual History. I was given some instruction in simple origami by the volounteers at the teaching table, but most of the rest I discovered from independent study of books by such modern masters as the late Akira Yoshizawa, Kunihiko Kassahara, John Montroll and Robert J. Lang. Later, while volounteering for Origami USA (originally Friends of the Origami Center of America), I had the honor of interacting directly with many origami artists. I have quite a few of my own original designs which, several of which are diagrammed and can be found in OUSA publications. The Cattleya Orchid in my letterhead is one of my original origami designs


Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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