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  • Before You Buy Pastel Supplies Created: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Tips from an experienced artist on what you should consider when buying pastels and pastel paper so your money is well spent.
  • Where to Sell Your Art Created: Sunday, June 17, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    A look at the options available to artists wanting to sell their work, with the pros and cons of each.
  • What Can I Use to Create A Thick Gloss Varnish Layer on an Acrylic Painting? Created: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    What to use to create a thick gloss varnish layer on an acrylic painting, if you're not using epoxy resin.
  • Color Theory: Know Your Reds Created: Saturday, February 06, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    A look at the various reds paint pigments available to artists, their characteristics and differences." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Had a slip of the brush or painted something you now regret? It's not a total disaster because, if you're using acrylics or oils, it's quite easy to cover over a mistake.
  • How To Design a Web Site for Your Art Yourself Created: Sunday, November 16, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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  • Painting Color Class: Tones or Values Created: Saturday, March 11, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    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.
  • Pastel Painting FAQ: What Varnish Should Be Used On Oil Pastels? Created: Sunday, February 25, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Find out what the type of varnish to use on oil pastel that's been applied over acrylic paint.
  • Art Materials on a Budget Created: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Practical tips on how to save money on materials and make your budget go further without compromising your art.
  • Art Supplies Shopping List for Acrylic Painting Created: Monday, August 24, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    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.
  • Acrylic Paint Problems Created: Sunday, January 30, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Sometimes it's nothing you're doing wrong but the paint that's the issue, so I've put together a list of acrylic paint problems you might encounter.
  • Painting in the Style of Old Masters: Sfumato and Chiaroscuro Created: Friday, July 27, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    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."
  • What Colors to Use for Painting a Copper Color Created: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    What colors to use if you're wanting to include a copper-colored object in a painting.
  • Famous Paintings: "The Red Studio" by Henri Matisse Created: Saturday, August 30, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    A look at why Matisse's Red Studio painting is so significant in the development of modern painting. (Hint: It's to do with flattened perspective).
  • Famous Painters: LS Lowry Created: Saturday, October 02, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    A look at the painting style of the famous English painter LS Lowry, the "matchstick man" artist.
  • Oil Painting Supplies List Created: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    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 go...
  • 7 Ways to Price a Painting (Depending on Your Personality) Created: Saturday, September 13, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    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.
  • Learn a New Hobby Created: Thursday, February 02, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    If you're thinking it's time to take up a hobby or start a new one, here's a list of ideas, with links to the information you need to learn all about how to get started.
  • Right Brain / Left Brain: What Is It All About? Created: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    An easy-to-understand explanation of the theory behind the right/left brain concepts and why it's relevant to painters." itemprop="description">> itemprop="de...
  • Why Does My Watercolor Pigment End Up at the Edges? Created: Monday, September 15, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Find out how to solve the problem of watercolor pigment migrating to the edges of a painted shape.
  • How Do I Use Watercolor Canvas? Created: Monday, April 17, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Find out what watercolor canvas is like to use and whether it involves any special techniques in this Watercolor Painting Problem Solver.
  • How Can I Know if a Paint Color is the Same in a New Brand? Created: Thursday, December 27, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    How to identify what a particular paint color actually is in a tube using the color index name, or pigment code, on the tube label.
  • Acrylic Painting Techniques: Pouring Paints Created: Sunday, December 30, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Instead of using a brush or knife to apply painting, this painting technique involves pouring it onto and cross a canvas." itemprop="description">>
  • Mixed Media: Charcoal and Graphite Created: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Learn about mixing graphite and charcoal in a mixed media painting, what to expect and how to do it successfully.
  • What Colors Do I Need to Start Painting with Oils? Created: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    What colors do you need when you first start painting with oils? Find out in this Oil Painting Problem Solver.
  • Art Glossary: Focal Point Created: Thursday, July 05, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a focal point in a painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.
  • Finger Painting Created: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Don't believe it's only for children, finger painting can be great fun for adults too!
  • Can I Paint on Watercolor Paper With Acrylics? Created: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Find the answers in this Acrylic Painting FAQ: Is it okay to paint on watercolor paper with acrylics? Do you need to gesso it first?
  • Can You Use Oil Paint Straight Out of the Tube? Created: Thursday, August 15, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
    Find out if it's okay to use oil paint as it is, straight from the tube, or do you need to add anything to it.

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