A barn quilt is a large square design based on a quilt block but painted onto wood and hung up outdoors.
Have you ever worked with acrylic paints and wondered how they are manufactured? Acrylic paints consist of two parts: Binder. Pigment. The Binder Because pigment is a dry powder that does not adhere to canvas all on its own, it must be stuck to the canvas with a binder. The binder also prevents the powdery […]
Favorite rainy-day projects from our archives.
Even when the afternoons are too hot for outdoor work, you can still make the most of the time with research and planning. Spend some time studying business, marketing, nutrition, animal health, and more. Consider new ways to direct market your beef. Find out how reproduction and animal health are related. Discover 96 horse breeds […]
June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work. Brush up on your mandolin technique. Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days. Discover the story of the Stetson hat. Make a strawberry shortcake. Collect five things […]
There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas. The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you have an excellent opportunity to make and grow gifts that will touch others. Need some inspiration? Consider these ideas:
When working with pastels, precision can be difficult to achieve. Fortunately, pastel pencils make it easier. Pastel pencils have several applications, but there are two situations in which they particularly come in handy: Laying out an initial sketch to fill in with soft pastels. Bringing out details to finish a piece of artwork. The advantage […]
Looking for a way to say it just right to that special friend or loved one? Don’t buy a card—make one!
We love erasers. Perhaps it’s because we have discovered that erasers are for more than just erasing. They are also great for bringing out highlights and toning down excessively dark areas in drawings. Different erasers are good for different jobs. Over time, we have come to the conclusion that, well, you just can’t have too […]
Charcoal is a wonderful way to make lifelike sketches of the world around you. Particularly if you enjoy drawing animals, this medium can deliver a boldness and realism like no other.