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Acrylic Painting Tips for Beginners
Here are acrylic painting tips for the beginner that will soon have you painting like a pro!
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
Watercolor Painting Tips for Beginners
Here are 10 watercolor painting tips that will get you well on your way to painting with this sometimes unpredictable but rewarding medium.
Top 10 Tips for Beginning Oil Painting
Here are 10 great tips that will help the beginner oil painter get started with this rewarding medium!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Paint on Hardboard and Wood
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
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.
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.
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.
Color Theory Quiz
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
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.
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.
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.
Painting Techniques and Style of Edouard Manet
Manet was a revolutionary painter who influenced generations of painters who followed him. Find out what made him such an innovative painter.
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.
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...
Professional face painter Cindy Trusty shares her top safety tips for face painting, gleaned from years of experience.
The Top 10 Painting Tips for Creating Stronger...
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
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.
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.
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!
How to Use a Waterbrush
An illustrated, step-by-step tutorial on how to use a waterbrush with watercolor paints and pencils.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cut Out Your Own Stencils
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Decide What to Paint
There are so many things to paint. These 3 tips will help you narrow down your choices and decide what to paint.
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 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.
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 Top 7 Tips for Improving Your Landscape...
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
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.
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.
Perspective in Paintings
An easy-to-understand explanation of what perspective in art is, and how to implement it in your own paintings.
The Top 5 Tips for Color Mixing
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
How to Begin Painting
Painting for the first time can be intimidating. Using a water-based medium like acrylic, watercolor, or gouache makes it less overwhelming and easier to begin.
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.
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
How Do I Transfer a Drawing from Paper to Canvas?
There are various methods you can use to transfer a drawing from a piece of paper to a canvas. Find out what they are here.
How do I Sell a Painting by a Famous Artist?
How do you sell a painting by a famous artist without getting ripped off? Find out here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Easy Steps to Setting Up for Acrylic Painting
Acrylic paints are great for beginner painters. Here are 5 steps that will get you off to a great start.
Palettes and Techniques of the Impressionist...
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
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 Approach an Art Gallery with Your...
How to approach an art gallery with your paintings: tips for artists wanting to get an art gallery to represent them and sell their paintings.
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.
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.
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.
Sketches and Sketchbooks of Famous Artists
Look inside the sketchbooks of a variety of famous artists and see the fascinating steps of their creative process through their unique artistic styles.
Turn Your Paintings into Notecards or Greeting...
Turning your paintings into notecards will bring you some extra cash, publicity, and may even increase sales of your original artwork!
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 Tips for the Intermediate Oil Painter
If you've started oil painting and now want to know more, here are some tips to help you take your painting to the next level.
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.
Tips for Keeping a Sketchbook or Visual Journal
Keeping a daily sketchbook or visual journal will help you keep your eyes open and become a better artist!
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.
How to Approach Painting on a Very Big Canvas
If you dream of painting on a big canvas but feel intimidated, here are some tips to help you turn a vast expanse of a big, white canvas into a painting.
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.
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.
Tips for Perfectly Mixing Skin Tones for Your...
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Painting Techniques: Sgraffito
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the painting technique known as sgraffito is and how to use it. (You'll probably find you're already doing it!)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Art Trivia Quiz No 1
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
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.
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.
9 Common Problems with Acrylic Paints
Sometimes it's nothing you're doing wrong but the paint that's the issue, so I've put together a list of acrylic paint problems you might encounter.
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.
How to Paint a Sunset
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
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.
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.
Scumbling Painting Technique
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
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 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.
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.
What Is Perspective?
An easy-to-understand definition of what perspective in a painting means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
Oil Painting Supplies List
If you're thinking of starting to paint with oils, you'll obviously need some art supplies. To make it easier, I've put together a shopping list of the essential oil painting supplies to get you going.
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 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.
How to Blend Paint Colors
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
Free Stencils Collection: Dog Stencils
A collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out.
How the Size of an Art Paint Brush is Indicated
An easy-to-understand explanation of the sizes used for art paint brushes sizes, and what to look out for when buying a brush.
Which was the First and Only Painting Van Gogh...
Details of the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
Where to Sell Your Art
A look at the options available to artists wanting to sell their work, with the pros and cons of each.
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.
Art Glossary: Focal Point
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a focal point in a painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.
Can I Make Paintings from Reference Photos in...
Artist's Copyright FAQ: What about reference photos, aren't these there to be used for paintings?
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.
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!
Free Valentine's Day Stencil: Hearts
Heart stencil from the collection of free Valentine's Day stencils to print and cut out. Page 6.
Art Glossary: Positive Space
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or artwork.
10 Useful Water-Soluble Pencils and Crayons
My selection of the best out of all the brands and variations of water soluble pencils around.
Number Stencils: No. 1
The first in my set of printable number stencils, which you're free to use in your craft projects.
Reference Photos for Painting: Landscapes
Reference photos for painting: photographs of landscapes to use for inspiration and reference in your paintings and artwork.
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.
The "Happy Accident," "Beautiful Oops," and...
Mistakes can be beautiful and expand your creativity when you change your perspective and know enough to let them be!
What Does the Term 'Medium' Mean?
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
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.
Art Glossary: Complementary Colors
An easy-to-understand definition of what complementary colors in a painting are, from the About.con Art Glossary.
"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.
Free Valentine's Day Stencils
Have some creative fun this Valentine's Day with my collection of free printable stencils. All you still need is some red paint!
What Is Mod Podge?
An explanation of what mod podge is.
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.
What Paint Did Jackson 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 Glossary: Foreshortening
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the technical art term foreshortening means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?
Will using house paint rather than artist's quality paint save you money or will be end disastrously? Here's what I think.
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.
How to Read the Label on a Tube of Paint
Find out what the 'small print' on a paint tube label means.
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.
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.
How to Choose Between Pan and Tube Watercolors
Discover the differences between watercolor paints that come in pans and those in tubes, and how to decide which is best for you.
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.
Art Glossary: Horizon Line
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term horizon line means when talking about perspective in a painting.
Negative Space in a Painting
A tutorial on what negative space in a painting is, how and why to use it, and why it's so useful.
Learn How to Mix Colors and Create a Color Wheel
Creating a color wheel by mixing the warms and cools of each primary
Free Christmas Stencil: Star
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.

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