This issue starts us off with a creative article by the newest member of our team, who happens to also be my daughter, Autumn Ford. She worked on the magazine in the early years, then took a position at Jerry’s Artarama and now she is back with us full-time! For this article, Autumn tested to see how well Derwent Inktense performed on fabric. We are thrilled with the results and excited to share them with you. We also wanted our readers to experience the fun so we created the Complete Colored Pencil Fabric Kit, in limited supply, just for you.

Also new this month, you can purchase the Drawing Paper Sample Pack for just $9.99. It includes 18 sheets from 5 popular brands. Both this and the Complete Colored Pencil Fabric Kit are available now at

Next, Barb Sotiropoulos tackles a topic that is rarely discussed – dealing with the pressure to monetize your work in an article titled, “Creating Art Just for You.”

This month’s workshop is by artist, author, and instructor Veronica Winters with her gorgeous detail of an antique door. Then, we interview Laure S. who creates whimsical illustrations, especially for children.

In the July spotlight we have Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless Colour Pencils. These have a unique property with some pretty cool advantages over traditional wood-cased pencils, learn more as you view the artwork made with them, by Marianne Wourms. Look to our website for more examples of art created with these pencils and while you’re on our site, sign up to win a set of your own! You can also win the beautiful book of the month, The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration by Mindy Lighthipe. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, you can take 30% off with our exclusive code – look for more info on page 13. You can always view all our giveaways at

Join us on our Facebook page for the last Friday the 13th of the year with 2-hours of fun, games, and lots of cool prizes brought to you by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

Enjoy your summer and be sure to share your art with us each Friday on our Latest & Greatest post, for a chance to be in the gallery section of an upcoming issue – just use the Facebook link above.

Sally Robertson