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.
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.
Have creative fun with my collection of free, printable stencils of individual letters and numbers, as well as various words and phrases.
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.
Get familiar with the way the primary colors -- red, yellow, and blue -- mix with this online paint color mixing palette, designed specifically for painters.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by the elements of composition in a painting or artwork, with examples of each.
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.
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
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.
Find out exactly what you need to do to heat set fabric paint using a domestic iron.
A humorous look at the things you may do that indicate you're an artist.
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
Professional face painter Cindy Trusty shares her top safety tips for face painting, gleaned from years of experience.
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.
Here you'll find all the essential info you need to know about color theory and mixing, arranged in easy-to-understand lessons.
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.
Turn your acrylic paints into fabric paints using the GAC900 acrylic medium from Golden which leaves the fabric soft.
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.
Find out what I think is the best brand of oil paint on the market in this list of my favorites.
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.
Creative exercises to get you going when creativity wanes
A step-by-step explanation of how to make your own fluid acrylics from your 'normal' acrylics.
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.
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!
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
An introduction to the various ways in which pastels can be used in a painting, whether by themselves or as mixed media.
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
An easy-to-understand introduction to the types of hairs and bristles used in painting (art) brushes and which are the best for what.
Find out where, how and why you should add your signature to a painting when you've finished it.
A step-by-step demo showing how to create visually interesting texture in painting using acrylic texture medium or paste.
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
An introduction to using a painting knife rather than a brush, including selecting a suitable knife to get you started.
Find out whether it's okay to make a painting from someone else's photograph, or not, in the Artist's Copyright FAQ.
Tips on how to paint a wall mural, what to use, and how to prepare the surface.
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
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.
A painting tip on how to solve the problem of paint tube caps getting stuck.
Find out what fine art painting technique was used to create the various effects and styles of painting shown in this visual index.
Why you get those little bits of wood or plastic with a canvas, known as canvas keys or canvas wedges.
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.
Have some creative fun with my collection of flower stencils, which you're free to use for your personal craft projects.
Learn about what you can do with a fabric marker or paint pen when fabric painting. Quick and easy creative fun!
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.
Learn the differences between the basic types of watercolor paper, and what is best suited to which watercolor painting techniques.
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 look at the different ways you can create a painting, with a photo showing an example of each.
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the various types of mediums available for acrylic paints and what you can do with them.
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.
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.
In this article a working artist explains his thoughts on what makes something art, whether it has a purpose, and why people paint.
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).
What to use to create a thick gloss varnish layer on an acrylic painting, if you're not using epoxy resin.
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.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the theory behind the right/left brain concepts and why it's relevant to painters.
Find out more about Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting and her world-famous smile, while avoiding the art jargon. Page 5.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or artwork.
Fine art printmaking has an established convention for how and where to sign, and what to use for your
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.
A look at the various reds paint pigments available to artists, their characteristics and differences.
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
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.
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 decide whether acrylics or oils would suit you best. Advice from experienced artists working in both mediums.
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.
Realism is a style everyone can paint, but you need patience not be looking for instant gratification. These essential
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.
Understand and learn how to do the two fundamental watercolor painting techniques: wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet.
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.
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A free, printable art worksheet that will help you understand and use negative space. Page 7.
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.
Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece, but do these five easy things and you're doomed.
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.
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.
Whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor these tips will help you create gorgeously rich colors by layering and glazing.
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!)
The answer to the question "What color is watercolor paper?" is not a simple "White, of course." The
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 26.
Get decorating for some festive fun with my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out.
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.
Have some creative fun with my collection of free animals and insects stencils, designed to be easy to print and cut out.
How to paint abstracts using a reference photograph as a starting point and source of inspiration.
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a still life painting, and what objects are typically included.
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the sizes used for art paint brushes sizes, and what to look out for when buying a brush.
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
A step-by-step tutorial explaining how to paint clouds working wet-on-wet using acrylics or oil paints.
An artist's guide to the shapes and characteristics of commonly seen clouds and how to paint them.
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
Looking for ideas for paintings? The Painting Ideas Machine will generate plenty of options for you.
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.
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.
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.
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
Artist Brian Rice explains his success with painting glazes using acrylics.
A pawprint stencil from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 4.
Tips for regaining your inspiration when you are suffering from artist's block or facing a creative blank.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
If you're wanting to buy your first easel, here's what to consider and explanations of the types of painting easels are available.
See exactly how to paint a background for a still life or portrait in this step-by-step painting demo.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas designs to print and cut out for personal use. Page 27.
Details of the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
If you're after information about how to paint convincing shadows, this is a list of all my articles on the subject.
Find out how much you can dilute acrylic paint before it looses its adhesive properties in my Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
Find out what water soluble oil paints are like to use with these first-hand accounts from artists using them.
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!
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 28.
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.
Free stencil designs for personal use - alphabet 1
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 colors the Old Master artist Rembrandt has on his palette, and the painting techniques he used.
What makes a painting good or bad, acceptable as fine art or not? Here are various opinions from artists.
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 long it takes for a coat of oil paint to dry before it's ready for you to put another coat on.
Test your knowledge of Vincent van Gogh's life with this quick quiz.
Find out what to do if you want to paint a pumpkin rather than carve it this Halloween.
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.
Find out how quickly acrylic paint dries once you've squeezed it out a tube in the Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
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 about the different shapes and types of art brushes you can use for painting, and what you can do with each, with this photo index.
Instead of using a brush or knife to apply painting, this painting technique involves pouring it onto and cross a canvas.
Learn how to how to paint a realistic tree with green foliage, such as an oak tree, in this step-by-step painting demo.
The sphere is one of the basic shapes that creates the illusion of reality in a painting. Find out how to paint a sphere, not just a flat circle.
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.
A tip on using how to control the results you get with painting with watercolors.
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.
Find out more about rigger brushes in this introduction to the different types of art paint brushes that you can use for painting. Page 8.
A dog kennel from collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 3.
A free art worksheet for a color theory lesson on primary and secondary colors using a color triangle. Page 3.
There are certain signs that point to your not yet being as good as artist as you think you are.