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How to Paint a Pumpkin
Find out what to do if you want to paint a pumpkin rather than carve it this Halloween.
Free Stencils Collection: Halloween
Have fun this Halloween with my collection of free Halloween ready for you to print and cut out for some creative decorating this holiday.
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.
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.
Right Brain Quiz for Artists
This right brain / left brain quiz for artists will help you determine which side of your creativity is dominant.
Happy Halloween! 9 Free Printable Stencils
A collection of free printable stencils for Halloween.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Color Theory Quiz
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Free Stencils Collection: Christmas
Get decorating for some festive fun with my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out.
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 Pumpkin Stencils to Print and Cut Out
A collection of free pumpkin stencils to print and cut out for Halloween designed exclusively for About.com by your Painting Guide.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowflake 2
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 26.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowflake 3
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas designs to print and cut out for personal use. Page 27.
Photo Gallery of Halloween Face Painting Designs
If you're looking for inspiration for Halloween face painting, look no further than this photo gallery of design ideas from ghosts to ghouls.
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.
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.
Our 8 Favorite Watercolor Paints
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
How to Paint on Hardboard and Wood
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
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.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowflake 4
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 28.
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 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.
Art Jokes: You Must Be An Artist If...
A humorous look at the things you may do that indicate you're an artist.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowflake 5
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 29.
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 Christmas Stencil: Snowflake 6
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 30.
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.
Free Words Stencils: Merry Christmas
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 31.
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.
The Top 10 Painting Tips for Creating Stronger...
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
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 Christmas Stencil: Snowflake 1
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 25.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Star
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
Painting Quiz: Oils or Acrylics?
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
Using symbols in drawing comes naturally
And for some, such as Paul Klee, symbolic painting spans a career
Art Glossary: Positive Space
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or artwork.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Bell
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 32.
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.
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.
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.
The Top 7 Tips for Improving Your Landscape...
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
Free Christmas Stencil: Holly
A holly stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 12.
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.
Face Painting Designs: Easy Clown Face
Learn how easy it is to face paint a clown design with this step-by-step demo, which breaks it down into really simple stages to follow.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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 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.
Face Painting Halloween
If you want to do face painting this Halloween, here are tips, info on paint supplies, and some face painting videos to help you.
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.
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 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 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.
Palettes and Techniques of the Impressionist...
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
Free Stencil: Christmas Tree 1
A Christmas tree stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 8.
Dealing with Stuck Paint Tube Caps
A painting tip on how to solve the problem of paint tube caps getting stuck.
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.
What Palettes and Techniques Did Leonardo da...
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
Tips for Perfectly Mixing Skin Tones for Your...
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
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.
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.
Tips on How to Paint a Wall Mural
Tips on how to paint a wall mural, what to use, and how to prepare the surface.
The Top 5 Tips for Color Mixing
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
Free Dog Stencils Collection: Paw Prints
A pawprint stencil from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 4.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Bell 2
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 33.
How to Use Watercolor Pencils & Water-Solub...
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.
Art Glossary: Foreshortening
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the technical art term foreshortening means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
What Is Perspective?
An easy-to-understand definition of what perspective in a painting means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
Free Dog Stencils Collection: Dog Kennel
A dog kennel from collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 3.
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
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).
Free Stencil: Bow
An bow stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 24.
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.
Scumbling Painting Technique
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
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.
Art Glossary: Pop Art
An easy-to-understand explanation of what pop art is in the art history world.
How to Attach Stencils to Pumpkins
Easy-to-follow instructions on how to attach a stencil to your pumpkin so it's easy to carve or paint.
Free Christmas Stencil: Angel
An angel stencil from my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 35.
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!)
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.
Free Stencil: Christmas Tree 3
A Christmas tree stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Stencil: Christmas Tree 2
A Christmas tree stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 10.
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.
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.
What Does the Term 'Medium' Mean?
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
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.
Free Dog Stencils Collection: Bone
A juicy bone from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 2.
Free Christmas Stencil: Reindeer 2
A reindeer stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 23.
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.
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 the Impressionists Changed the Colors and...
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.
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.
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.
Free Stencil: Christmas Star
A stencil of a Christmas star, from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 7.
Free Christmas Stencil: Santa
A Santa stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 20.
The Meanings Associated with Various Flowers...
Learn how to add hidden meaning to your paintings by including flower to symbolize love, jealous, and more.
Free Christmas Stencil: Santa's Sleigh
A Santa sleigh stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 21.
Free Christmas Stencil: Wise Man 1
A stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 36.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Candy Cane
A candy cane stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 14.
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.
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.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About...
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.
Decorative Painting Photo Album
Photos of decorative painting projects submitted by About.com Painting readers.
Free Christmas Stencil: Gingerbread Man
A gingerbread man stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 15.
How to Blend Paint Colors
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
Face Painting Stencils
A collection of free, printable stencils for you to cut out and use when face painting..
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.
10 limited color palettes to use in your painting
Using a limited color palette may actually broaden your painting horizons.
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.
Stuck on a color? Look to the masters.
Computer program helps identify color palettes of famous paintings
Painted Pumpkins (Face and Witch) by MaryAnn Heeb
A couple more pumpkin paintings, from the inspirational photo album of completed painting projects. Page 7.
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.
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.
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 Christmas Stencil: 3 Wise Men Together
A stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 39.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowman 2
A snowman stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 17.
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