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2012 CPSA Convention
The 20th Annual CPSA Convention in Convington, KY, was a great success. Congratulations to Tom Kinarney, the winner of the Icarus Drawing Board. We are looking forward to next year convention in our own backyard in Brea, California.
Featured Artist:
Arlene Steinberg

Arlene Steinberg received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1976. She worked as a textile and wallpaper designer for more than 20 years before retiring and putting her talents toward realistic colored pencil painting.
Arlene has studied the great Masters and has incorporated some of their theories into her art. She uses a complementary value underpainting and this is the method she teaches in her workshops. Her artwork has received numerous awards and has been exhibited widely in regional and national exhibitions. Arlene's book, Masterful Color; Vibrant Colored Pencil Paintings Layer by Layeris one of the most helpful and inspiring tools for colored pencil artists throughout the world. 
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Arlene Steinberg - "It Takes Two"
"I bought the Icarus board thinking it would help me speed up putting in backgrounds and highlights. However it has helped me in so many other ways with my drawing so that now, I have been using the board with all my drawings. It's a huge timesaver. Drawings now take me 1/2 the time they used to take because of the ease of blending and applying color. My colors appear to be richer and more saturated. In the past, if I made an oops, I'd have to scrape the color off, then use the electric eraser, and then hope I could fix the color. With the board, all I do is lightly scrape the layer off with a flat blade and then I'm able to get just the right color on top."

Arlene Steinberg - "Paradise Dreams"

Frequently Asked  Questions About
the Icarus Board

Can I use oil-based colored pencils with the Icarus Drawing Board?

Yes, you can, as long as you layer them OVER a wax-based medium. For example, you can block-in your colors with wax-based colored pencils, wax-crayons or oil pastels. The wax in that first layer will affect oil-based colored pencils so that they will be easily blended on the warm zone. 

2012 Laguna Beach
Festival of Arts

Ester had a great time this summer at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Her two live demonstrations of the Icarus Drawing Board drew lots of attention and curiosity from visitors and other artists. 

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

We'd like to thank the companies that generously provide the media and paper samples we include on every Icarus Drawing Board we ship:

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Artworks made with the Icarus Drawing Board

Janiene Yori

Grandma's Favorite
Kristine Schermerhorn

Massage Series 1
Betzy Stein

Please send us your artworks made with the Icarus Board. We'll be happy to add them to the Icarus Art online Gallery.

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the World

We have shipped internationally to
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Ester's Most Popular
Blog Posts

Reflections on My First Art Festival

You Ask, I Answer

Glassless Framing

Speckling Technique for a Starry Sky

Canvas and the Icarus Board: Final Post

Sanded Pastel Paper and the Icarus Board

A Shortcut for Details

Media organizer step-by-step

Achieve a Very Smooth Gradation Using Heat

Using Heat with Oil-based Colored Pencils

My Art Studio: Part 2

My Art Studio: Part 1

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