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!
Test your knowledge of basic color theory with this quiz
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by the elements of composition in a painting or artwork, with examples of each.
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.
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 step-by-step demo showing how to attach d-rings and wire to a painting so it's easy to hang.
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.
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.
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.
Professional face painter Cindy Trusty shares her top safety tips for face painting, gleaned from years of experience.
Find out what to do if you want to paint a pumpkin rather than carve it this Halloween.
Have creative fun with my collection of free, printable stencils of individual letters and numbers, as well as various words and phrases.
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.
Get familiar with the way the primary colors -- red, yellow, and blue -- mix with this online paint color mixing palette, designed specifically for painters.
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.
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
A humorous look at the things you may do that indicate you're an artist.
Here you'll find all the essential info you need to know about color theory and mixing, arranged in easy-to-understand lessons.
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.
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!
A step-by-step demo showing how to create visually interesting texture in painting using acrylic texture medium or paste.
A step-by-step explanation of how to make your own fluid acrylics from your 'normal' acrylics.
Find out what I think is the best brand of oil paint on the market in this list of my favorites.
Turn your acrylic paints into fabric paints using the GAC900 acrylic medium from Golden which leaves the fabric soft.
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.
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
The landscape can be overwhelming - learn how to simplify and work efficiently.
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.
Find out exactly what you need to do to heat set fabric paint using a domestic iron.
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.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by positive space in a painting or artwork.
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 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.
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
Find out more about Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting and her world-famous smile, while avoiding the art jargon. Page 5.
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.
Have some creative fun with my collection of flower stencils, which you're free to use for your personal craft projects.
An introduction to the various ways in which pastels can be used in a painting, whether by themselves or as mixed media.
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 where, how and why you should add your signature to a painting when you've finished it.
Get decorating for some festive fun with my collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out.
Learn the differences between the basic types of watercolor paper, and what is best suited to which watercolor painting techniques.
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.
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
An introduction to using a painting knife rather than a brush, including selecting a suitable knife to get you started.
Find out how to stretch watercolor paper so it won't buckle or warp when you paint on it.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a still life painting, and what objects are typically included.
Learn about what you can do with a fabric marker or paint pen when fabric painting. Quick and easy creative fun!
A painting tip on how to solve the problem of paint tube caps getting stuck.
Tips on how to paint a wall mural, what to use, and how to prepare the surface.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by mark making in a painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
Fine art printmaking has an established convention for how and where to sign, and what to use for 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.
Find out whether it's okay to make a painting from someone else's photograph, or not, in the Artist's Copyright FAQ.
Find out what fine art painting technique was used to create the various effects and styles of painting shown in this visual index.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 26.
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the theory behind the right/left brain concepts and why it's relevant to painters.
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.
A free, printable art worksheet that will help you understand and use negative space. Page 7.
An easy-to-understand explanation of the various types of mediums available for acrylic paints and what you can do with them.
Learn about the different types of canvas available for painting, and tips on how to decide what canvas to use.
If you want to sell lots of paintings, what subjects should you be painting? Here's the result of a survey.
A collection of free printable stencils for Halloween.
How to decide whether acrylics or oils would suit you best. Advice from experienced artists working in both mediums.
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.
A star stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 11.
What to use to create a thick gloss varnish layer on an acrylic painting, if you're not using epoxy resin.
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
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 what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what pop art is in the art history world.
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.
Why you get those little bits of wood or plastic with a canvas, known as canvas keys or canvas wedges.
A look at the different ways you can create a painting, with a photo showing an example of each.
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
Understand and learn how to do the two fundamental watercolor painting techniques: wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet.
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).
An easy-to-understand definition of what perspective in a painting means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas designs to print and cut out for personal use. Page 27.
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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.
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.
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 in-depth look at how to paint skin tones (both realistic and expressionist), what pigment colors to use, and how to mix suitable colours.
Find out where you can obtain reference photos you can freely use in your paintings without worrying about infringing copyright.
Have some creative fun with my collection of free animals and insects stencils, designed to be easy to print and cut out.
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.
An experienced oil painter reveals the simple secrets behind his success with glazing, a technique which produces gorgeous, rich colors in a painting.
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.
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 28.
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.
Instead of using a brush or knife to apply painting, this painting technique involves pouring it onto and cross a canvas.
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.
Realism is a style everyone can paint, but you need patience not be looking for instant gratification. These essential
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple.
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the technical art term foreshortening means, from the About.com Art Glossary.
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 step-by-step tutorial explaining how to paint clouds working wet-on-wet using acrylics or oil paints.
A free art worksheet to print out for for a lesson in painting basic shapes, in this instance a sphere. Page 6.
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 29.
An easy-to-understand definition of what complementary colors in a painting are, from the About.con Art Glossary.
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.
A holly stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 12.
Artist Brian Rice explains his success with painting glazes using acrylics.
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!
Whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor these tips will help you create gorgeously rich colors by layering and glazing.
A pawprint stencil from the collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out. Page 4.
Find out how much you can dilute acrylic paint before it looses its adhesive properties in my Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the art term negative space means, with links to examples and a worksheet.
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.
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
Some facts about water and ways to paint its fascinating colors and details
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.
How to paint abstracts using a reference photograph as a starting point and source of inspiration.
A snowflake stencil from the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 30.
What makes a painting good or bad, acceptable as fine art or not? Here are various opinions from artists.
A free art worksheet for a color theory lesson on primary and secondary colors using a color triangle. Page 3.
From the collection of free Christmas stencils to print and cut out for personal use. Page 31.
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 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!
Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece, but do these five easy things and you're doomed.
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 printable art worksheet for creating a linocut Christmas tree. Page 12.
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.
My selection of the best how-to-paint and artists' magazines from across the world. There's a great choice available, whether you're a beginner or a professional artist looking for a creative boost.
A look at the colors the Old Master artist Rembrandt has on his palette, and the painting techniques he used.
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.
See exactly how to paint a background for a still life or portrait in this step-by-step painting demo.
A free art worksheet to print out for for a lesson in painting basic shapes, in this instance a sphere. Page 5.
The third in my set of printable number stencils, which you're free to use in your craft projects. Page 3.
Learn how to successfully mix multiple colors where they meet in this step-by-step tutorial on blending paint.
Find out what fine art painting technique was used to create various effects and styles of painting. Page 5.
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.