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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.
Right Brain Quiz for Artists
This right brain / left brain quiz for artists will help you determine which side of your creativity is dominant.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Number Stencils Set 1
A set of free printable number stencils.
How to Paint on Hardboard and Wood
Find out what the advantages of painting on hardboard or wood are and how you prepare it.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our 8 Favorite Watercolor Paints
My choice of the best watercolor paints from all the various brands available today.
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!
Number Stencils: No. 1
A set of free printable number stencils.
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.
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.
How to Make Your Own Fluid Acrylics
A step-by-step explanation of how to make your own fluid acrylics from your 'normal' acrylics.
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.
Free Easter Stencils Collection: Basic Easter Egg
An Easter egg stencil from the collection of free Easter stencils to print and cut out. Page 5.
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 Colors to Start Painting with 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 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 Hang a Painting with 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. Page 3.
Absolute Beginners to Painting: 15 Commonly...
If you're completely new to painting, with lots of desire but also questions, this is the place to find some answers.
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 Stencils Collection: Easter
A collection of free Easter stencils to print and cut out.
How to Paint a Wall Mural
Tips on how to paint a wall mural, what to use, and how to prepare the surface.
How to Sign a Painting
Find out where, how and why you should add your signature to a painting when you've finished it.
How to Decide What 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.
Artist's Copyright FAQ: May I Make a Painting...
Find out whether it's okay to make a painting from someone else's photograph, or not, in the Artist's Copyright FAQ.
Number Stencils: No. 2
A set of free printable number stencils.
What You Need to Know Painting Canvas
Learn about the different types of canvas available for painting, and tips on how to decide what canvas to use.
Selling Paintings: Which Subjects Sell Best?
If you want to sell lots of paintings, what subjects should you be painting? Here's the result of a survey.
How To Stretch Your Own Canvas
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.
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.
Top 10 Painting Tips for Strong Compositions
Use these painting tips to create stronger compositions in your art.
Basic Techniques for Pastels
An introduction to the various ways in which pastels can be used in a painting, whether by themselves or as mixed media.
Top 7 Tips for Landscape Painting
A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
Mixing Skin Tones
Find out what colors to use to mix skin tones for a figure painting or portrait.
Choosing Art as a Career
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Canvas Keys: What Are They For?
Why you get those little bits of wood or plastic with a canvas, known as canvas keys or canvas wedges.
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 Stencils Collection: Animals and Insects
Have some creative fun with my collection of free animals and insects stencils, designed to be easy to print and cut out.
How to Prime a Canvas For Acrylics or 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.
Number Stencils: No. 3
A set of free printable number stencils.
Painting with a Knife Rather than a Brush
An introduction to using a painting knife rather than a brush, including selecting a suitable knife to get you started.
Right Brain / Left Brain: What Is It All About?
An easy-to-understand explanation of the theory behind the right/left brain concepts and why it's relevant to painters.
Fabric Painting with Fabric Markers or Paint Pens
Learn about what you can do with a fabric marker or paint pen when fabric painting. Quick and easy creative fun!
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.
An Introduction to Acrylic Mediums for Painting
An easy-to-understand explanation of the various types of mediums available for acrylic paints and what you can do with them.
6 Secrets to Painting Realism
What many people mean when they say they'd like to learn to paint, is they'd like to learn to paint realism.
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.
An Introduction Fine Art Printmaking
Fine art printmaking has an established convention for how and where to sign, and what to use for your
Painting Quiz: Oils or Acrylics?
Find out what kind of paint would best suit your personality with this quick, fun, 10-question quiz
Before You Before You Buy a Painting Easel
If you're wanting to buy your first easel, here's what to consider and explanations of the types of painting easels are available.
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.
Number Stencils: No. 5
A set of free printable number stencils.
How to Cut a Stencil
Save money by cutting out your own stencils following these step-by-step instructions to get the best results.
7 Techniques for Creating a Painting
A look at the different ways you can create a painting, with a photo showing an example of each.
Number Stencils: No. 4
A set of free printable number stencils.
'A' Paper Sizes and Dimensions
'A' paper sizes and dimensions in millimeters(mm) and inches(in). Includes 2A0, A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7. The smaller the number, the larger the sheet.
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.
Techniques of the Impressionists: Broken Color
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.
Painting Color Class: Tones or Values
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 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.
Top 5 Color Mixing Tips
Tips to help you get the best results when mixing different paint colors.
What is Art and the Purpose of Making It?
In this article a working artist explains his thoughts on what makes something art, whether it has a purpose, and why people paint.
Free Stencils Collection: Nature
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.
Best 8 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.
What Paint Did 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.
How to Stretch Watercolor Paper
Find out how to stretch watercolor paper so it won't buckle or warp when you paint on it.
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.
Techniques of the Impressionists: What Colors...
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.
Painting Glazes: An Acrylic Painter Reveals His...
Artist Brian Rice explains his success with painting glazes using acrylics.
Why Varnish a Painting?
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).
Color Theory: Know Your Reds
A look at the various reds paint pigments available to artists, their characteristics and differences.
Art Words List
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 Find 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.
What You Need to Know About Watercolor Pencils...
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try. Page 3.
Number Stencils: No. 6
A set of free printable number stencils.
Where Can I Find Reference Photos For Paintings?
Find out where you can obtain reference photos you can freely use in your paintings without worrying about infringing copyright.
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.
Free Easter Stencils Collection: Easter Egg...
Add dots to your Easter Egg; from the collection of free Easter stencils to print and cut out. Page 6.
Painting Glazes: An Oil Painter Reveals His...
An experienced oil painter reveals the simple secrets behind his success with glazing, a technique which produces gorgeous, rich colors in a painting.
Know Your Painting Brushes: Hairs and Bristles
An easy-to-understand introduction to the types of hairs and bristles used in painting (art) brushes and which are the best for what.
Should I Use Acrylics or Oil Paint?
How to decide whether acrylics or oils would suit you best. Advice from experienced artists working in both mediums.
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 Choose a Watercolor Paper
Learn the differences between the basic types of watercolor paper, and what is best suited to which watercolor painting techniques.
Top 7 Tips for Painting Glazes
Whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor these tips will help you create gorgeously rich colors by layering and glazing.
Painting Glazes in Oils or Acrylics
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.
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.
Number Stencils: No. 7
A set of free printable number stencils.
How to Write an Artist's Statement
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 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 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.
Number Stencils: No. 8
A set of free printable number stencils.
Painting Ideas Machine - Get Ideas for Paintings
Looking for ideas for paintings? The Painting Ideas Machine will generate plenty of options for you.
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.
10 Tips for Stenciling
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.
Drying Oils or Mediums Used in Oil Painting
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.
Oil Painting Techniques: Fat Over Lean
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!
Is It Okay to Paint with Oils Over Acrylics?
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.
Best Artist's Magazines
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.
Watercolor Painting Techniques: Wet-on-Dry and...
Understand and learn how to do the two fundamental watercolor painting techniques: wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet.
Art Trivia Quiz No 1
Test your knowledge of art and art techniques with this art trivia quiz
Abstract Art: An Introduction
My introduction to abstract art explains what it is, how it developed, and what characterizes it (without incomprehensible artspeak).
Art Composition Rules
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 to Paint like 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.
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.
Art Symbols Dictionary: Flowers and Plants
Learn how to add hidden meaning to your paintings by including flower to symbolize love, jealous, and more.
Organize an Exhibition of Your Paintings
Find out how to organize an art exhibition of your paintings and, more importantly, get people to come to it.
Top 5 Ways to Ruin a Painting
Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece, but do these five easy things and you're doomed.
Art Glossary: Mod Podge
An explanation of what mod podge is.
Plein Air Painting: Taking Your Paints Outside
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.
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.
Free Flower Stencil: Daisy
A stencil from my collection of free flower stencils, all designed to be easy to print and cut out for personal arts and crafts projects. Page 5.
Palettes and Techniques of the Impressionist...
A look at the painting techniques and colors used by that most famous of Impressionists, Claude Monet.
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.
Number Stencils: No. 0
A set of free printable number stencils.
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.
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.
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.
Number Stencils: No. 9
A set of free printable number stencils.
Art Glossary: Medium
: The term medium has various meanings. For starters, it's used for the substance that binds the pigment
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 5 Stages in Making a Painting: From Start...
Find out what it takes to make a painting, and understand the stages or steps in every painting's creation.
Palettes and Techniques of the Old Masters:...
A look at the colors that the Old Master Leonardo da Vinci used in his paintings.
100 Tips for Artists
Look no further for great painting tips than this list of 100 top tips I've compiled, with the aim of helping you improve your painting and artistic creativity.
An Introduction to Art Paint Brushes
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.
Free Easter Stencils Collection: Easter Bunny 2
A collection of free Easter stencils to print and cut out. Page 13.
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.
Oil Painting: Solvents and Resins
No need to be confused when oil painting! Here's an easy-to-understand explanation of the properties of the various solvents and resins used in oil painting.
How to Fix Mistakes and Remove Errors in a...
If you make a mistake in a watercolor painting, you either need to react fast and remove it almost instantaneously, or wait for the painting to dry.
Hare by Albrecht Dürer
Find out more about the famous hare (or rabbit) painting by the painter Albrecht Dürer, including what he used to paint it. Page 2.
Famous Paintings: The Starry Night by Vincent...
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists to inspire you and to help you expand your knowledge of great paintings, such as 'The Starry Night' by Vincent van Gogh. Page 14.
Scumbling Painting Technique
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do this art technique yourself.
Free Stencils Collection: Dog Stencils
A collection of free dog stencils to print and cut out.
Painting Clouds Wet-on-Wet Using Acrylic or Oil...
A step-by-step tutorial explaining how to paint clouds working wet-on-wet using acrylics or oil paints.
How to Repair a Tear in a Canvas Painting
Having a tear in a canvas doesn't mean you need to throw the painting away, it is possible to repair it.
Moisture-Retaining Palettes for Acrylics
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.
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.
How to Paint a Sunset
Tips on how to paint a sunset working quickly and decisively.
Art Glossary: Glaze
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a glaze or glazing in a painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.
How to Paint Reflections in Water, Using...
A watercolor painting tutorial that teaches you three different way to paint reflections in water.

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