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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.
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.
Our 8 Favorite Watercolor Paints
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
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
Right Brain Quiz for Artists
This right brain / left brain quiz for artists will help you determine which side of your creativity is dominant.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Paint on Hardboard and Wood
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Star
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
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.
Color Theory Quiz
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
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.
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.
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
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 Started with Lino Printing: A Beginner's...
Find out what lino printing is and what's involved in making linoprints in this step-by-step tutorial.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Holly
A holly stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 12.
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!
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.
Why is Picasso's Guernica Painting So Famous?
Picasso's Guernica painting is famous worldwide. What makes it such a powerful painting?
How to Use Watercolor Pencils & Water-Solub...
Learn how to use watercolor pencils and water-soluble crayons in this tutorial, which starts right at the beginning by explaining what they are and how they differ from normal pencils.
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.
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.
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.
The Top 10 Painting Tips for Creating Stronger...
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cut Out Your Own Stencils
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Painting Quiz: Oils or Acrylics?
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
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.
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.
The Top 7 Tips for Improving Your Landscape...
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
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.
The Top 5 Tips for Color Mixing
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
Art Glossary: Elements of Painting
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by the elements of painting (also called the formal elements of art) along with examples from the About.com Art Glossary.
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.
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.
Perspective in Paintings
An easy-to-understand explanation of what perspective in art is, and how to implement it in your own paintings.
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.
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.
Acrylic paint is very versatile
You can even paint pumpkins with acrylic paint!
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.
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.
Free Stencil: Star
A stencil of a star, from my collection of free printable crafts stencils. Page 4.
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.
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 Painting a Garden
A flower garden can provide an endless source of inspiration for painting. Get out your paints and take advantage of its constantly changing beauty!
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.
An Introduction to Fine Art Printmaking
An introduction to what traditional fine art printmaking is all about, the styles or forms it can take as well as techniques and conventions involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Scumbling Painting Technique
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
Dealing with Stuck Paint Tube Caps
A painting tip on how to solve the problem of paint tube caps getting stuck.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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
10 Techniques for Painting More Loosely
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.
How to Paint a Sunset
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
How to Use a Waterbrush
An illustrated, step-by-step tutorial on how to use a waterbrush with watercolor paints and pencils.
What Does the Term 'Medium' Mean?
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
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.
Free Stencils Collection: Dog Stencils
A collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out.
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 Reflections in Water, Using...
A watercolor painting tutorial that teaches you three different way to paint reflections in water.
Sea Painting: Understanding What You're Trying...
Tips on how to paint the sea, understanding what you're looking at, the colors to use and how to deal with an ever-moving subject.
Free Stencil: Human Footprints
A stencil design featuring footprints, from my collection of free printables for crafts and painting. Page 5.
What Is Mod Podge?
An explanation of what mod podge is.
Palettes and Techniques of the Impressionist...
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
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.
Free Dog Stencils Collection: Paw Prints
A pawprint stencil from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 4.
Free Printable Nature Stencils
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.
7 Steps to a Successful Painting
An explanation of the seven steps to a successful painting, by Canadian artist Brian Simons. Though this method of painting may seem quite simple and unsophisticated, it works.
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.
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.
Selecting Watercolors
Here are the 12 colors I have in my personal watercolor set, chosen to mix well and be vibrant. And yes, it does include my favorite blue, Prussian.
Painting Problem Solver: Is Rolling Up a Canvas...
If you want to roll up a canvas for storage or to post it, find out what do you need to do to ensure it's not damaged.
Which was the First and Only Painting Van Gogh...
Details of the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Art Trivia Quiz No 1
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
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.
How to Repair a Tear in a Canvas Painting
Having a tear in a canvas doesn't mean you need to throw the painting away, it is possible to repair it.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Holly Wreath
A holly stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 13.
How to Paint Using a Reference Photo as a...
How to paint abstracts using a reference photograph as a starting point and source of inspiration.
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.
How Do I Mix Cream Colors?
Here is advice on how to mix cream colors, detailing the base to start with as well as sharing tips for achieving the tone you want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Flower Stencil: Daisy Border
A stencil from the collection of free flower stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 6.
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!
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.
What Palettes and Techniques Did Leonardo da...
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
How to Read the Label on a Tube of Paint
Find out what the 'small print' on a paint tube label means.
Kolinsky Sable Brushes
Find out what the big deal is about using a top quality Kolinsky sable brush, why these brushes are worth the money.
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.
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.
Unleash Your Inner Artist: 7 Ways to Mix Paint...
There's more than one way to mix paint colors, and varying how you do it adds interest to your final painting.
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.
How to Blend Paint Colors
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
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.
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.
Reference Photos for Artists: Flowers
A collection of flower photos for artists to use as reference in paintings.
Art Glossary: Painting
An easy-to-understand explanation of what exactly is meant by a painting in the art world, from the About.com Art Glossary.
Before You Buy Watercolor Supplies
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.
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.
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.
Myths About Being an Artist
There are a lot of myths about what it takes to be an artist. Starting with the myth that talent is essential... it's not.
How to Paint in an Expressive or Painterly Style
Find out what it means to paint in an expressive or painterly style, and then learn how to do it yourself. Be prepared to work loosely, and perhaps get a bit messy!
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.
7 Tips for Painting Springtime Like the...
Here are 7 tips to help you capture the freshness and softness of springtime in your painting using the style of the Impressionists.
How to Create Depth in a Landscape Painting
If you're struggling to get a realistic sense of depth or distance in your landscape painting, these techniques will help.
Painting Composition Class: How to Make a...
Simple Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Viewfinder to Use When Composing a Painting.
Best 7 Brands of Water Mixable Oil Paints
If you're wondering which of the various brands of water mixable oil paints to use, here's my list of what's available and my thoughts on them.
Art Glossary: Masking Fluid or Frisket
An explanation of what masking fluid or frisket is and why an artist would use it, from the About.com Art Glossary.
Painting by Numbers
A look at what Painting by Numbers involves, and why I think it's a helpful technique for beginners.

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