Painting: Most Popular Articles
My 10 best tips to help you avoid basic mistakes and get better results, right from the start, when painting with acrylics.
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
This right brain / left brain quiz for artists will help you determine which side of your creativity is dominant.
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.
These 10 watercolor painting tips will help you avoid basic mistakes and get better results right from the start.
Read my best 10 tips for getting professional-looking results and never have another oil painting crack again.
If you're completely new to painting, with lots of desire but also questions, this is the place to find some answers.
What are Giclee or Art Prints and how are they made? What kind of quality result do they give? Page 2.
Drawing on my fabric-painting experience, I've put together this list of tips to help make things easier for you!
If you want to sell lots of paintings, what subjects should you be painting? Here's the result of a survey.
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
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.
Find out exactly what you need to do to heat set fabric paint using a domestic iron.
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.
A step-by-step demo showing how to attach d-rings and wire to a painting so it's easy to hang.
Tips to using your camera as a tool for creating more dynamic paintings
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by the elements of composition in a painting or artwork, with examples of each.
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.
Have creative fun with my collection of free, printable stencils of individual letters and numbers, as well as various words and phrases.
Get familiar with the way the primary colors -- red, yellow, and blue -- mix with this online paint color mixing palette, designed specifically for painters.
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.
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.
A humorous look at the things you may do that indicate you're an artist.
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
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.
Professional face painter Cindy Trusty shares her top safety tips for face painting, gleaned from years of experience.
Here you'll find all the essential info you need to know about color theory and mixing, arranged in easy-to-understand lessons.
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.
Turn your acrylic paints into fabric paints using the GAC900 acrylic medium from Golden which leaves the fabric soft.
Creative exercises to get you going when creativity wanes
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.
Find out what I think is the best brand of oil paint on the market in this list of my favorites.
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.
A step-by-step explanation of how to make your own fluid acrylics from your 'normal' acrylics.
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!
A step-by-step demo showing how to create visually interesting texture in painting using acrylic texture medium or paste.
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.
Find out where, how and why you should add your signature to a painting when you've finished it.
An introduction to using a painting knife rather than a brush, including selecting a suitable knife to get you started.
An introduction to the various ways in which pastels can be used in a painting, whether by themselves or as mixed media.
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
Find out what fine art painting technique was used to create the various effects and styles of painting shown in this visual index.
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
Tips on how to paint a wall mural, what to use, and how to prepare the surface.
Have some creative fun with my collection of flower stencils, which you're free to use for your personal craft projects.
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
A painting tip on how to solve the problem of paint tube caps getting stuck.
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.
Find out more about Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting and her world-famous smile, while avoiding the art jargon. Page 5.
In this article a working artist explains his thoughts on what makes something art, whether it has a purpose, and why people paint.
Have fun this Halloween with my collection of free Halloween ready for you to print and cut out for some creative decorating this holiday.
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
Learn about what you can do with a fabric marker or paint pen when fabric painting. Quick and easy creative fun!
Learn the differences between the basic types of watercolor paper, and what is best suited to which watercolor painting techniques.
Find out whether it's okay to make a painting from someone else's photograph, or not, in the Artist's Copyright FAQ.
Learn about the different types of canvas available for painting, and tips on how to decide what canvas to use.
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.
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.
Why you get those little bits of wood or plastic with a canvas, known as canvas keys or canvas wedges.
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
Fine art printmaking has an established convention for how and where to sign, and what to use for your
A look at the different ways you can create a painting, with a photo showing an example of each.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or artwork.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the various types of mediums available for acrylic paints and what you can do with them.
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.
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.
Find out how to stretch watercolor paper so it won't buckle or warp when you paint on it.
Find out where you can obtain reference photos you can freely use in your paintings without worrying about infringing copyright.
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).
An easy-to-understand explanation of the theory behind the right/left brain concepts and why it's relevant to painters.
A look at the various reds paint pigments available to artists, their characteristics and differences.
What to use to create a thick gloss varnish layer on an acrylic painting, if you're not using epoxy resin.
A free, printable art worksheet that will help you understand and use negative space. Page 7.
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.
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.
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.
An easy-to-understand introduction to the types of hairs and bristles used in painting (art) brushes and which are the best for what.
Get decorating for some festive fun with my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out.
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.
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.
An experienced oil painter reveals the simple secrets behind his success with glazing, a technique which produces gorgeous, rich colors in a painting.
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 decide whether acrylics or oils would suit you best. Advice from experienced artists working in both mediums.
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
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.
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.
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.
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A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 26.
Understand and learn how to do the two fundamental watercolor painting techniques: wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet.
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.
The answer to the question "What color is watercolor paper?" is not a simple "White, of course." The
Realism is a style everyone can paint, but you need patience not be looking for instant gratification. These essential
The third in my set of printable number stencils, which you're free to use in your craft projects. Page 3.
The second in my set of printable number stencils, which you're free to use in your craft projects. Page 2.
Have some creative fun with my collection of free animals and insects stencils, designed to be easy to print and cut out.
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!)
Whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor these tips will help you create gorgeously rich colors by layering and glazing.
A step-by-step tutorial explaining how to paint clouds working wet-on-wet using acrylics or oil paints.
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas designs to print and cut out for personal use. Page 27.
If you're looking for an idea for a gift for the artist in your life or an artist friend, look no further!
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a still life painting, and what objects are typically included.
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.
Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece, but do these five easy things and you're doomed.
Tips for regaining your inspiration when you are suffering from artist's block or facing a creative blank.
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.
How to paint abstracts using a reference photograph as a starting point and source of inspiration.
Looking for ideas for paintings? The Painting Ideas Machine will generate plenty of options for you.
Find out what to do if you want to paint a pumpkin rather than carve it this Halloween.
Given all the choice on the market, which is the best brand of art pastels available? Here's my personal selection, with reasons why.
Find out how much you can dilute acrylic paint before it looses its adhesive properties in my Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
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.
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
If you're wanting to buy your first easel, here's what to consider and explanations of the types of painting easels are available.
If you're after information about how to paint convincing shadows, this is a list of all my articles on the subject.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 28.
A look at the colors the Old Master artist Rembrandt has on his palette, and the painting techniques he used.
The things that symbolize death or that we associate with mourning, vary across the world. Here is a collection of symbols and signs associated with death.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
Artist Brian Rice explains his success with painting glazes using acrylics.
Theories about the link between creativity and mental illness do not tell the whole story
A pawprint stencil from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 4.
Find out long it takes for a coat of oil paint to dry before it's ready for you to put another coat on.
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!
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
What makes a painting good or bad, acceptable as fine art or not? Here are various opinions from artists.
Test your knowledge of Vincent van Gogh's life with this quick quiz.
Find out what water soluble oil paints are like to use with these first-hand accounts from artists using them.
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
If you think your art is too stiff and rigid, try these tips and techniques which will help you paint in a looser style, to free up your painting.
If you're wanting to start painting with watercolor but aren't sure what supplies to get, here's some advice from an experienced artist to make it easier.
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.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the sizes used for art paint brushes sizes, and what to look out for when buying a brush.
Look no further for great painting tips than this list of 100 top tips I've compiled, with the aim of helping you improve your painting and artistic creativity.
My introduction to abstract art explains what it is, how it developed, and what characterizes it (without incomprehensible artspeak).
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 29.
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If you're looking for ideas or inspiration for abstract art, this collection of photos and explanations of ideas you could develop from them is the place to start.
Find out how quickly acrylic paint dries once you've squeezed it out a tube in the Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
Mixing a green and a blue to create a green is only the beginning when it comes to greens, there are more options to investigate that will enhance your paintings, as I explain in this article.
There are a lot of false beliefs about what it takes to be an artist, such as the myth that if you can't draw, you can't paint. Page 4.
A holly stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 12.
Van Gogh's adventurous use of color changed the direction of painting. Find out what colors he used in in his palette.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what pop art is in the art history world.