How Acrylic Paints Are Made

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…

Get Ready for August 2016

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…

Get Ready for June 2016

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…

5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

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: Heirloom seeds. If you raise and…

General’s Pastel Chalk Pencils

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…

Homemade Cards

Looking for a way to say it just right to that special friend or loved one? Don’t buy a card—make one! Both adults and young people can enjoy making their own greeting cards, and Homemade Cards by Charlene Kennell offers great tips and inspirations: How to find useful but inexpensive supplies. How to use the…

Erasers

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…

5 Things Every Beginning Charcoal Artist Needs

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. If you are new to charcoal drawing, there are a few supplies that you will need. Fortunately, they do not have to be elaborate….

The Seal of Kansas

When Kansas was accepted into the Union, the state constitution declared that a seal would be necessary. Governor Charles Robinson brought this requirement to public attention on March 30, 1861. Committees in both the State House and the State Senate were appointed to draw up a design. But for several months, nothing could be decided….