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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.
Free Stencils Collection: Christmas
Get decorating for some festive fun with my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Words Stencils: Merry Christmas
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 31.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Bell
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 32.
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.
Color Theory Quiz
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Star
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
Free Christmas Stencil: Bell 2
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 33.
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 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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Angel
An angel stencil from my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 35.
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!
Free Stencil: Bow
An bow stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 24.
Free Christmas Stencil: Holly
A holly stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 12.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: Candy Cane
A candy cane stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 14.
Free Christmas Stencil: Santa
A Santa stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 20.
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 Christmas Stencil: Shepherd
A shepherd stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 40.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Reindeer
A reindeer stencil from my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 19.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowman with Scarf
A snowman stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 18.
Free Christmas Stencil: Reindeer 3
A reindeer stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 22.
Free Christmas Stencil: Wise Man 3
A stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 37.
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.
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 Stencils: Cow
A cow stencil from the collection of free stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 42.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Wise Man 2
A stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 38.
Free Christmas Stencil: Snowman 1
A snowman stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 16.
Free Christmas Stencil: Sheep
A sheep stencil from collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 41.
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.
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.
Our 8 Favorite Watercolor Paints
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
Free Stencil: Christmas Stocking
A collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 6.
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 on Hardboard and Wood
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
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 Stencils
Have some seasonal creativity with my collection of free Christmas stencils, ready to print and cut out for personal projects.
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.
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.
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 Acrylic Painting Texture Medium
A step-by-step demo showing how to create visually interesting texture in painting using acrylic texture medium or paste.
Free Christmas Stencil: Baubel
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 5.
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.
Painting Quiz: Oils or Acrylics?
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
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: Lamb
A collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 43.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Stencil: Baubel with Bow
A baubel with bow stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 4.
Free Christmas Stencil: Candle
A candle stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 2.
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.
Free Stencil: Father Christmas
A Father Christmas stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Top 10 Painting Tips for Creating Stronger...
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
Free Christmas Stencil: Candle with Bow
A candle stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 3.
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 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.
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.
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.
Palettes and Techniques of the Impressionist...
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
The Top 7 Tips for Improving Your Landscape...
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape 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.
"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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Art Glossary: Positive Space
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or 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.
Art Trivia Quiz No 1
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
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.
The Top 5 Tips for Color Mixing
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
Scumbling Painting Technique
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
How to Use Watercolor Pencils & Water-Solub...
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.
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.
Dealing with Stuck Paint Tube Caps
A painting tip on how to solve the problem of paint tube caps getting stuck.
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.
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.
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.
20 Creative Gift Ideas for Artists
If you're looking for an idea for a gift for the artist in your life or an artist friend, look no further!
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 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.
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.
Painting Your Own Christmas Cards
If you'd like to make your own Christmas cards this year, here are various painting techniques you can use to create beautiful cards.
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 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.
Tips for Perfectly Mixing Skin Tones for Your...
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
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.
Which was the First and Only Painting Van Gogh...
Details of the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
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.
What Palettes and Techniques Did Leonardo da...
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
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!
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.
Don't forget crucial steps in your painting...
Making a checklist will help you look critically at your painting and decide whether it is finished
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.
What Is Perspective?
An easy-to-understand definition of what perspective in a painting means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Will Acrylic Paints be Harmed by Freezing...
Will acrylic paints survive freezing temperatures, or is the paint damaged by the extreme cold? Find the answers here.
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.
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.
What You Need to Consider Before Buying a...
If you're wanting to buy your first easel, here's what to consider and explanations of the types of painting easels are available.
Art Worksheet: Linocut Christmas Tree
A printable art worksheet for creating a linocut Christmas tree. Page 12.
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.
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.
What Does the Term 'Medium' Mean?
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term
How to Print Cards from Your Art
Find out how to get greetings cards or postcards printed from your paintings and artwork.
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).
6 Things You Need to Decide Before You Start to...
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.
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 6 Secrets to Painting Realism
Realism is a style everyone can paint, but you need patience not be looking for instant gratification. These essential
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.
What Is Mod Podge?
An explanation of what mod podge is.
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 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!
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