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10 Acrylic Painting Tips for Beginners
My 10 best tips to help you avoid basic mistakes and get better results, right from the start, when painting with acrylics.
Right Brain Quiz for Artists
This right brain / left brain quiz for artists will help you determine which side of your creativity is dominant.
New to Watercolor Painting? Read These 10...
These 10 watercolor painting tips will help you avoid basic mistakes and get better results right from the start.
Quiz: What Is the Best Paint For You?
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
7 Major Painting Styles, Ranked from Most to...
If all the various art -isms make your head spin, take a look at my easy-to-understand explanation of the different art styles that exist, from realism to abstract painting.
11 Essential Oil Painting Tips for Beginners
Read my best 10 tips for getting professional-looking results and never have another oil painting crack again.
7 Principles of Art That Will Strengthen Your...
Understanding the principles of art and design will help you know when your painting is finished, too!
10 Practical Tips for Fabric Painting
Drawing on my fabric-painting experience, I've put together this list of tips to help make things easier for you!
5 Ways to Develop as an Artist
Forget about focusing on exhibitions and juried competition, get back to the spirit of painters in Paris and you'll truly develop as an artist.
Everything Painters Need to Know about Gilcee...
What are Giclee or Art Prints and how are they made? What kind of quality result do they give? Page 2.
A Step-by-Step Explanation of How to Make Your...
A step-by-step explanation of how to make your own fluid acrylics from your 'normal' acrylics.
The 8 Elements of Composition in Art
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by the elements of composition in a painting or artwork, with examples of each.
Color Theory Quiz
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
How to Hang Your Painting Using Wire and D-Rings
A step-by-step demo showing how to attach d-rings and wire to a painting so it's easy to hang.
Our 8 Favorite Watercolor Paints
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
What Are the 12 Best Brands of Acrylic Paint?
With so many different brands of acrylic paint on the market, how do you know which is best? Here's my choice of my favorite acrylics.
3 Words You Should Know: Sfumato, Chiaroscuro,...
Bring drama to your paintings using the techniques of sfumato, chiaroscuro, and tenebrism.
15 Commonly Asked Questions of Absolute...
If you're completely new to painting, with lots of desire but also questions, this is the place to find some answers.
How to Use Acrylic Painting Texture Medium
A step-by-step demo showing how to create visually interesting texture in painting using acrylic texture medium or paste.
Create Your Very First Painting with This Handy...
If you've the desire to start painting but don't know where to start, then this is the article for you, describing how to go about creating create your very first painting.
How to Paint on Hardboard and Wood
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
Fuel Your Creativity With This Collection of...
This is the master list of all my free stencil designs, arranged by subject so you can easily find what's of interest to you. Each stencil is designed to be easy to print, cut out and use.
What You Need to Know About the Different Types...
Learn about the different types of canvas available for painting, and tips on how to decide what canvas to use.
Get Crafty With These Free Letter, Number, and...
Have creative fun with my collection of free, printable stencils of individual letters and numbers, as well as various words and phrases.
Before You Paint Your Face, Read These 10...
Professional face painter Cindy Trusty shares her top safety tips for face painting, gleaned from years of experience.
How to Decide Which Kind of Paint to Use
Want to start painting but not sure what paint to use? Here's help on deciding how to choose between the most popular types of paint used.
Learn How to Begin Oil Painting on Canvas
Here are basic steps to get you started working with the rich and rewarding medium of oil painting.
Free Stencils Collection: Flower Stencils
Have some creative fun with my collection of flower stencils, which you're free to use for your personal craft projects.
Photo Gallery of Famous Paintings by Famous...
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.
Acrylic Painting 101: How to Start Painting...
If you want to start using acrylic paint but don't know what art supplies you need or how to use them, then don't worry, here's what you need to know!
Which was the First and Only Painting Van Gogh...
Details of the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
The 10 Best Brands of Oil Paints
Find out what I think is the best brand of oil paint on the market in this list of my favorites.
What Painters Need to Know About Color Theory
Here you'll find all the essential info you need to know about color theory and mixing, arranged in easy-to-understand lessons.
An Introduction to the Various Types of Acrylic...
An easy-to-understand explanation of the various types of mediums available for acrylic paints and what you can do with them.
Our Selection of Essential Colors of Acrylics...
With so many paint colors it's easy to be bewildered by choice, so here's my list of the essential ones to get when you first start painting with acrylics.
Things to Know About Watercolor Paints
Here are some characteristics of watercolor paint that are useful to know and that make it a great medium for many genres.
How to Paint with a Knife Instead of a Brush
An introduction to using a painting knife rather than a brush, including selecting a suitable knife to get you started.
Acrylic paint is very versatile
You can even paint pumpkins with acrylic paint!
Online Color Mixing Palette for Painters
Get familiar with the way the primary colors -- red, yellow, and blue -- mix with this online paint color mixing palette, designed specifically for painters.
The Top 7 Tips for Improving Your Landscape...
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
The Top 10 Painting Tips for Creating Stronger...
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Paper for...
Learn the differences between the basic types of watercolor paper, and what is best suited to which watercolor painting techniques.
Your Complete Photo Guide to Watercolor Paper
The answer to the question "What color is watercolor paper?" is not a simple "White, of course." The
The Art Composition Rules You Should Be Using...
Learn about the basic art composition rules (such as the Rule of Thirds and the Rule of Odds), which when applied to your paintings will make for stronger and more interesting compositions.
An Introduction to Fine Art Printmaking
Fine art printmaking has an established convention for how and where to sign, and what to use for your
Before You Paint Your Face, Read These 10 Handy...
If you're after tips for face painting to make the experience easier and faster, here's my list of the top 10 things to do.
How to Stretch Your Watercolor Paper to Prevent...
Find out how to stretch watercolor paper so it won't buckle or warp when you paint on it.
Basic Techniques for Pastel Painting
An introduction to the various ways in which pastels can be used in a painting, whether by themselves or as mixed media.
How to Find the Right Words to Talk About Art...
Find the right terms to talk about and critique paintings in this list of art words, grouped by topic such as composition, brushwork, or mood.
The Top 10 Best-Selling Subjects for Paintings
If you want to sell lots of paintings, what subjects should you be painting? Here's the result of a survey.
Palettes and Techniques of the Impressionist...
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
How Fast Does Acrylic Paint Dry Once It's Out...
Find out how quickly acrylic paint dries once you've squeezed it out a tube in the Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
5 Ways to Use a Fabric Marker or Fabric Paint Pen
Learn about what you can do with a fabric marker or paint pen when fabric painting. Quick and easy creative fun!
The Right Way to Clean Your Paint Brushes
Cleaning your paint brushes at the end of a painting session will make them last longer, but only if you do it properly. Find out what to do here.
Where, How, and Why to Add a Signature to Your...
Find out where, how and why you should add your signature to a painting when you've finished it.
What Is the Purpose of Making Art?
In this article a working artist explains his thoughts on what makes something art, whether it has a purpose, and why people paint.
Artist's Copyright FAQ: Can You Legally Make a...
Find out whether it's okay to make a painting from someone else's photograph, or not, in the Artist's Copyright FAQ.
How to Turn Your Acrylics Into Fabric Paint
Turn your acrylic paints into fabric paints using the GAC900 acrylic medium from Golden which leaves the fabric soft.
"The Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci
Find out more about Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting and her world-famous smile, while avoiding the art jargon. Page 5.
How to Cut Out Your Own Stencils
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
Painting Quiz: Oils or Acrylics?
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
How to Use Watercolor Pencils & Water-Solub...
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.
Can I Finish a Painting in Oils that I Started...
If you've been wondering whether it's okay to paint with oils over acrylics, you'll find the answer in my Oil Painting Problem Solver.
Amazing Advice for Painting Skin Tones
An in-depth look at how to paint skin tones (both realistic and expressionist), what pigment colors to use, and how to mix suitable colours.
What Is Tone and Why Is it Important to Painting?
What is a tone in a painting, how it tone different from color, and why is it important for artists? Find out in this article on painting tones or values.
Why Do You Get Those Little Bits of Wood with a...
Why you get those little bits of wood or plastic with a canvas, known as canvas keys or canvas wedges.
Stretching Your Own Canvas: It's Easier than...
Stretching your own canvas is easier than you may think, and can cheaper than buying ready-made canvases, and certainly means you get just the size canvas you're after.
"Art and Fear" is a Must-Have Book that...
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Art Supplies Shopping List for Acrylic Painting
If you're wanting to start painting with acrylics, here's a list of the supplies I think are essential, plus a few that are nice to have.
The Top 5 Tips for Color Mixing
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
Paint a Mondrian-Style Geometric Abstract
Use this free art worksheet to paint your own geometric abstract in the style of Mondrian. Rectangles, squares, blue, red, white, and black are what you need. Page 11.
7 Ways to Price a Painting (Depending on Your...
There are different ways to set the prices on your paintings; which is right for you depends on your personality. Here's a list of what I see the choices as being.
How to Paint Wet-on-Dry and Wet-on-Wet with...
Understand and learn how to do the two fundamental watercolor painting techniques: wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet.
Which Is Better? Arguments For and Against...
How to decide whether acrylics or oils would suit you best. Advice from experienced artists working in both mediums.
The Broken Color Painting Techniques Introduced...
Using broken color is one of the fundamental painting techniques used by the Impressionists. Find out more about broken color and how to paint using this technique.
How to Prime Your Canvas for Acrylics and Oils
Find out how to successfully prime a canvas you've stretched so it's reading to paint on. It's not tricky, especially if you're using a suitable for both acrylic and oil painting.
Free Flower Stencil: Daisy Border
A stencil from the collection of free flower stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 6.
7 Techniques for Creating Your Painting
A look at the different ways you can create a painting, with a photo showing an example of each.
Number Stencils: No. 2
The second in my set of printable number stencils, which you're free to use in your craft projects. Page 2.
Know Your Reds: A Look at All the Red Paint...
A look at the various reds paint pigments available to artists, their characteristics and differences.
How the Impressionists Changed the Colors and...
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.
6 Steps on Painting a Background
See exactly how to paint a background for a still life or portrait in this step-by-step painting demo.
How to Paint a Sunset
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
Places You Can Find Reference Photos For...
Find out where you can obtain reference photos you can freely use in your paintings without worrying about infringing copyright.
How Do I Heat Set Fabric Paint with an Iron?
Find out exactly what you need to do to heat set fabric paint using a domestic iron.
The 8 Best Brands of Art Pastels
Given all the choice on the market, which is the best brand of art pastels available? Here's my personal selection, with reasons why.
A Look at the Properties of Various Drying Oils...
A look at the properties of the various drying oils or mediums used in oil painting to change the consistency of the paint, to make it thinner and spread more readily.
12 Ways to Find Original Painting Ideas
If you haven't got painting ideas, then all the technical skills in the world will do you no good. This list tells you where to find painting ideas and how to develop them into your own, original paintings.
Is It Okay to Use Hairspray to Fix Pastels or...
A scientist answers the question whether it's okay to use hairspray to fix pastels or whether should you use only artist's pastel fixative.
The 6 Secrets to Painting Realism
Realism is a style everyone can paint, but you need patience not be looking for instant gratification. These essential
Free Flower Stencil: Daisy
A stencil from my collection of free flower stencils, all designed to be easy to print and cut out for personal arts and crafts projects. Page 5.
Scumbling Painting Technique
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
What Palettes and Techniques Did Leonardo da...
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
The 8 Best Art Materials Shops in London
If you're looking for art materials or art supplies in London, you've got quite a few choices of shops. This is a list of my favorites.
Tips for Perfectly Mixing Skin Tones for Your...
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
Art Glossary: Still Life Painting
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a still life painting, and what objects are typically included.
Free Christmas Stencil: Star
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
Art Worksheet: Linocut Christmas Tree
A printable art worksheet for creating a linocut Christmas tree. Page 12.
Don't forget crucial steps in your painting...
Making a checklist will help you look critically at your painting and decide whether it is finished
6 Things You Need to Decide Before You Start to...
Before you put brush to paint, there are various decisions or choices you need to make. Here's my list of what I think is essential when planning a painting.
Learn How to Paint Like Claude Monet
Learn how to paint like the Impressionist Claude Monet, starting with the colors on his palette and using broken color as a painting technique.
The Secrets and Techniques of Oil Painting...
An experienced oil painter reveals the simple secrets behind his success with glazing, a technique which produces gorgeous, rich colors in a painting.
Why Should You Varnish Your Paintings?
Discover the reason for varnishing an acrylic or oil painting when it's finished (and why you should do if you're serious about your art).
10 Practical Stenciling Tips to Get Professiona...
Stencils allow you to reproduce a pattern or design over and over again, as many times as you like. These tips will help you get good results.
Free Stencils Collection: Dog Stencils
A collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out.
What Does the Term 'Medium' Mean?
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
Techniques for Glazing with Watercolor
Learn how to control the value of your watercolor painting and create new colors by using the technique of glazing, or overlaying washes.
7 Resources for Learning How to Paint Shadows
If you're after information about how to paint convincing shadows, this is a list of all my articles on the subject.
Art Glossary: Positive Space
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or artwork.
Elements of Composition: Balance
See what is meant by balance in composition in this analysis of the underlying structure of the famous Mona Lisa painting.
How Much Water and/or Medium Can I Add to...
Find out how much you can dilute acrylic paint before it looses its adhesive properties in my Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
What Does 'Fat Over Lean' Mean?
Find out what fat-over-lean is about and why it's an essential technique for oil painting. It's a rule you ignore at your peril!
Fine Art Painting Techniques
Find out what fine art painting technique was used to create the various effects and styles of painting shown in this visual index.
Number Stencils: No. 3
The third in my set of printable number stencils, which you're free to use in your craft projects. Page 3.
How to Fix Mistakes and Remove Errors in a...
If you make a mistake in a watercolor painting, you either need to react fast and remove it almost instantaneously, or wait for the painting to dry.
Acrylic Painting Techniques: Pouring Paints
Instead of using a brush or knife to apply painting, this painting technique involves pouring it onto and cross a canvas.
9 Things You Need before Starting to Fabric Paint
A list of the supplies you'll need to start fabric painting, things that are essential and things that are handy.
What Palettes and Techniques Did Rembrandt Use?
A look at the colors the Old Master artist Rembrandt has on his palette, and the painting techniques he used.
What Makes a Painting Good or Bad?
What makes a painting good or bad, acceptable as fine art or not? Here are various opinions from artists.
Top 7 Tips for Painting Glazes Using Oil...
Whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor these tips will help you create gorgeously rich colors by layering and glazing.
"Inside the Painter's Studio" is Enlightening...
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Leonardo da Vinci Notebook
Seeing one of the notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci in real life is unforgettable, and gives a glimpse of his artistic, curious mind. This one's in the collection of the V&A Museum in London. Page 6.
The Relevance of Right Brain Left Brain Theory...
An easy-to-understand explanation of the theory behind the right/left brain concepts and why it's relevant to painters.
All You Need to Know about Plein Air Painting
If you're wanting to go paint on location (or, in art jargon to go plein air painting), these practical tips will help you get the most from the experience.
Which Types of Hairs and Bristles are Used in...
An easy-to-understand introduction to the types of hairs and bristles used in painting (art) brushes and which are the best for what.
What Is Mod Podge?
An explanation of what mod podge is.
Painting Ideas
If you're looking for painting a day ideas and inspiration, here's a whole load of ideas that'll keep you painting day after day.
Art Quiz on Vincent van Gogh
Test your knowledge of Vincent van Gogh's life with this quick quiz.
Free Dog Stencils Collection: Paw Prints
A pawprint stencil from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 4.
Tips to Help You Write a Personal Artist's...
If you're confused about what to put in your artist's statement, these tips will help you write one that's meaningful and personal. (And sensible!)
Free Stencil: Flower Pot 1
A stencil from the collection of free flower stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 7.
How to Blend Paint Colors
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
Moisture-Retaining Palettes for Acrylics
Using a moisture-retaining palette solves the problem of acrylic paints drying out before you can use them. Find out how to use one, and make your own.
Best 10 Painting Easels
If you're thinking of getting a painting easel, this list will help you choose what's best for you from the different types available. I explain the reasons for my choices, and my particular favorite.
Art Trivia Quiz No 1
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
Acrylic Paint Drying Time (by Brand)
Which brand of acrylic paint dries the slowest or faster in this list of drying times. You may be surprised to discover not all acrylics dry within minutes.
Painting With Water Soluble or Water Mixable Oils
Find out what water soluble oil paints are like to use with these first-hand accounts from artists using them.
Art Glossary: Mark Making
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by mark making in a painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.
10 Useful Water-Soluble Pencils and Crayons
My selection of the best out of all the brands and variations of water soluble pencils around.
The Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Painting
Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece, but do these five easy things and you're doomed.
What You Need to Know about Sfumato and...
There are two classic styles of painting which we associate with the Old Masters, sfumato and chiaroscuro. Find out what the difference is, and how to implement the styles in your own paintings.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About...
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.
Free Printable Animal and Insect Stencil...
Have some creative fun with my collection of free animals and insects stencils, designed to be easy to print and cut out.
Art Glossary: Horizon Line
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term horizon line means when talking about perspective in a painting.
Perspective in Paintings
An easy-to-understand explanation of what perspective in art is, and how to implement it in your own paintings.
Free Printable Nature Stencils
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.
Color Theory Lesson: Primary and Secondary...
A free art worksheet for a color theory lesson on primary and secondary colors using a color triangle. Page 3.
What Can I Use to Create A Thick Gloss Varnish...
What to use to create a thick gloss varnish layer on an acrylic painting, if you're not using epoxy resin.
What Paint Did Pollock Use?
Learn about the type of paint the famous American Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock used in his paintings, and about his painting technique.
Art Worksheet: Painting a Sphere 1
A free art worksheet to print out for for a lesson in painting basic shapes, in this instance a sphere. Page 5.

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