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  • Tips and tools for creating real works of art with watercolor, discussed and examined. Artists and creators need encouragement and inspiration to continue to create successfully.

    More Advanced Painting with Watercolor

    More Advanced Painting with Watercolor

    by Denise McGill9

  • With so many websites offering to turn your photo into a painting, which basically involves printing and stapling it to canvas, why not do it yourself and have fun actually painting it with acrylics?

    Turn a Photo Into an Acrylic Pop Art Painting

    Turn a Photo Into an Acrylic Pop Art Painting

    by Rich3

  • Acrylic artists need to know and understand how to use different types of paint strokes for creating a portrait or a landscape masterpiece in order to achieve desired effects in the finished product.

    Brush Strokes for Acrylic Artists

    Brush Strokes for Acrylic Artists

    by Tricia Deed0

  • Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his work as a Pop artist, but his work goes deeper and makes a statement about art, culture, and what would soon become of both.

    The Prophetic Paintings of Roy Lichtenstein

    The Prophetic Paintings of Roy Lichtenstein

    by JoRider1

  • How to clean up acrylic paint from brushes, painting palettes, or clothes whether they are still wet or after they are dry.

    How to Clean Up Acrylic Paints

    How to Clean Up Acrylic Paints

    by Robie Benve14

  • Instructional article on how to create paintings using the smoke produced by candle. The technique is called fumage or sfumage and was first popularised by artist Wolfgang Paalen.

    How to Paint with Candle Smoke

    How to Paint with Candle Smoke

    by Adelaide Damoah4

  • If you want some texture under your paintings then you can buy texture in the shops or you can make your own. Find out instructions how and the materials you need.

    How to Make Your Own Painting Texture

    How to Make Your Own Painting Texture

    by Marian L29

  • The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum provides visitors the opportunity to see work created by an American female artist whose paintings and other art creations are recognized around the world.

    Visit The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    Visit The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    by Readmikenow2

  • Can you happily create representational paintings but despair at the thought of attempting something that isn't supposed to BE anything? If so, then you are not alone, help is at hand.

    A Step-By-Step Method For Painting Abstract Art

    A Step-By-Step Method For Painting Abstract Art

    by John Dyhouse16

  • An art lesson on how to draw and paint American flags and easy fireworks for the 4th of July. Step by step instructions on using oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint to create one-of-kind-art.

    Art Projects and Lessons for Fourth of July Crafts

    Art Projects and Lessons for Fourth of July Crafts

    by Dorsi Diaz12

  • Things You Need to Plan Before Starting a Painting. What to paint? How? With what techniques and styles? Learn how to take the most important decisions before and during the painting process.

    How to Decide What and How to Paint

    How to Decide What and How to Paint

    by Robie Benve19

  • Varnishing step-by-step. Your acrylic painting is complete. As a final step, apply the best varnishing techniques to protect your artwork. Your acrylic painting will be ready to hang or be sold.

    Best Varnishing Techniques for Acrylic Paintings

    Best Varnishing Techniques for Acrylic Paintings

    by Robie Benve27

  • Basic Oil Painting Supply List. The 10 things artists need to have to start painting with oils. The answers to the common questions of all beginner painters. Gift ideas for oil painters.

    Oil Painting Tools and Materials for Beginners

    Oil Painting Tools and Materials for Beginners

    by Robie Benve24

  • Lines and shapes are essential elements of painting. How you use them in art strongly affects the composition and overall feeling of the painting.

    Elements of Painting: Line and Shape

    Elements of Painting: Line and Shape

    by Robie Benve10

  • Self portrait, Winsor & Newton Artists' Field Box watercolors in 5" x 8 1/2" Moleskine watercolor journal. Copyright Robert A. Sloan, October 2007, all rights reserved. In the watercolor self portrait I started my Moleskine watercolor journal with,...

    How to Mix Skin Tones in Transparent Watercolor

    How to Mix Skin Tones in Transparent Watercolor

    by robertsloan215

  • Before you can paint on canvas, the fabric should be primed. How do you prep a canvas for acrylic or oil painting? Step by step instructions on how to prime a canvas with acrylic gesso.

    How to Prepare a Canvas for Painting Step by Step

    How to Prepare a Canvas for Painting Step by Step

    by Robie Benve24

  • I would like to make people aware of the alternatives to paint thinners when it comes to oil painting. Would you like to learn about an easy way to paint in oil with beautiful results, and, without the fumes? Read about it in this article about walnut oil based paints.

    Walnut Oil Painting Without the Danger of Solvents

    Walnut Oil Painting Without the Danger of Solvents

    by thoughtfulgirl236

  • Understanding the differences between and possibilities with watercolor and gouache, two similar but fundamentally different mediums

    Watercolor vs. Gouache

    Watercolor vs. Gouache

    by Rosie Lockie24

  • Derwent Inktense Blocks, photo by Robert A. Sloan Derwent, formerly called Rexel Cumberland, is an old, old UK company that more or less invented pencils and to this day creates more variety, inventiveness and sheer colorful weirdness in pencils...

    Derwent Inktense Blocks

    Derwent Inktense Blocks

    by robertsloan25

  • There is a lot more that goes into a live painting that the few minutes it takes to create it. There are weeks of preparations, moments of worry and so much more. I will share with you my journey.

    Making a Performance Painting

    Making a Performance Painting

    by Hannah Beam0

  • Painting rocks to look like lady bugs is a fast and easy project for beginning painters. This is a great project for rainy days when the kids are bored.

    How to Paint Ladybug Rocks

    How to Paint Ladybug Rocks

    by hysongdesigns31

  • I’m presented with the “beauty” issue all the time. What galleries want and don’t want to hang; what people want and don’t want to decorate around; what is and isn’t beautiful. So what is beauty?

    What Is Artistic Beauty?

    What Is Artistic Beauty?

    by Denise McGill13

  • This article, from Georgina Crawford, a British artist shows you haw to paint a semi abstract landscape of water, trees and stepping stones, using acrylic paints and pre prepared canvas.

    How To Paint Water With Acrylics

    How To Paint Water With Acrylics

    by Georgina_writes9

  • Oil painting tools and materials for beginners. Which are the best oil painting materials and tools to buy for a new artist? How do you choose the best art supplies? How do you avoid buying art materials that you don't need? This guide will help you get started with oil painting - economically.

    Oil Painting for Beginners - Tools and Materials

    Oil Painting for Beginners - Tools and Materials

    by Les Trois Chenes25

  • Understanding color temperature control is crucial in painting, especially when rendering depth. You can set the mood of a painting by controlling the temperature of color mixtures.

    Color Temperature for Artists

    Color Temperature for Artists

    by Robie Benve4

  • Simple step-by-step guide on how to paint galaxies using paints, a paintbrush, water, sponges and a toothbrush!!

    How to Paint Galaxies

    How to Paint Galaxies

    by Monique K-G0

  • 10 great tips on how to paint skies and sunsets. Sharing the techniques I learned the hard way hopefully will help beginners to avoid my mistakes and improve their paintings.

    10 Tips on Painting Skies and Sunsets

    10 Tips on Painting Skies and Sunsets

    by Robie Benve4

  • Abstract Wheels created with three primary color Sennelier oil pastels and one black Caran d'Ache Neopastel for the strong black lines. If you're looking for a fine art medium that is clean, portable, lightfast and powerful, consider oil pastels. ...

    Fine Art Oil Pastels are Worth the Cost

    Fine Art Oil Pastels are Worth the Cost

    by robertsloan224

  • Columbine, 4" x 6" watercolor on cold press watercolor paper by Robert A. Sloan. The finished painting for this step by step demonstration. This step by step demonstration can be done using my colors and choice of flower, or you can use the...

    How to Paint from Negative Space in Watercolor

    How to Paint from Negative Space in Watercolor

    by robertsloan220

  • Paintbrushes are a precious tool for acrylic painters: it's very important to keep your brushes' clean. Step-by-step method to clean art brushes.

    Tips for Cleaning Acrylic Paint Brushes

    Tips for Cleaning Acrylic Paint Brushes

    by Robie Benve12

  • For thousands of years, the process of converting tree resin into lacquer to add beauty and longevity to everyday objects has been practiced and perfected by Asian craftsmen.

    The Art of Japanese Maki-e for Middle School

    The Art of Japanese Maki-e for Middle School

    by Gina Welds Hulse7

  • Some common mistakes quickly ruin paint brushes. How you clean and store paint brushes determines their life span and how they stay in shape. Great tips for beginner artists.

    How to Ruin Paint Brushes

    How to Ruin Paint Brushes

    by Robie Benve16

  • Painting landscapes successfully is a learning process. I learn best through visual means. So, I have shown things that will help you succeed and also provided some videos to help you learn.

    How to Paint Landscapes

    How to Paint Landscapes

    by Judy Filarecki28

  • Having problems mixing colors when you paint? Understanding color theory will simplify color mixing for you. We start with the basics and move to the more complex including some video demonstrations.

    Simplifying Mixing Colors for Artists

    Simplifying Mixing Colors for Artists

    by Judy Filarecki31

  • Acrylic paints provide the opportunity to experiment both watercolor and oil painting techniques. A review of the most popular acrylic painting techniques.

    Acrylic Painting Techniques

    Acrylic Painting Techniques

    by Robie Benve16

  • Want to try watercolor painting? Take these baby steps and soon you'll create your own. Things you'll need and how to use them. Step-by-step instructions for a basic landscape.

    Baby Steps to Beginning Watercolor Painting

    Baby Steps to Beginning Watercolor Painting

    by Stephanie Henkel49

  • My scan of the cover of my favorite Japanese ink painting book. First, as a hobby, Sumi-E or Japanese ink painting is not expensive to start up. Beginner kits range from $10 to $10 from various suppliers including Dick Blick, ASW, Acorn Planet and...

    Book Review: The Sumi-E Book by Yolanda Mayhall

    Book Review: The Sumi-E Book by Yolanda Mayhall

    by robertsloan20

  • This article gives information on how to avoid having watercolor paper warp and buckle when creating a watercolor painting. Several methods and materials are discussed.

    How to Prevent Watercolor Paper from Curling

    How to Prevent Watercolor Paper from Curling

    by Dbro20

  • I love watercolor. It isn't as hard as everyone says. Armed with just a few simple techniques, you can be turning out some fabulous paintings with impressive skies. Come and see for yourself.

    Painting Watercolor Sky Techniques

    Painting Watercolor Sky Techniques

    by Denise McGill5

  • Water-Soluble-Oils have come to the rescue of people who love to paint with oils but are allergic to many of the components of traditional oil painting. Here's some help to make the transition easier.

    Water Soluble Oils Using Oil Painting Techniques

    Water Soluble Oils Using Oil Painting Techniques

    by Judy Filarecki70

  • If you’d like to learn how to paint with oils, this three-part series will show you what supplies you'll need, how to prepare a canvas, choose a subject and get started on your first oil painting.

    Beginner's Guide to Oil Painting: Article 1 of 3

    Beginner's Guide to Oil Painting: Article 1 of 3

    by carolynkaye8

  • Need to paint a dark background in watercolor? Need help in achieving depth or luminosity in your painting? This tutorial is my step-by-step process for creating both dark and luminous backgrounds.

    How to Paint Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

    How to Paint Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

    by Gayle Dowell125

  • This article will explain my approach to painting images of vintage cars. It will follow my process step by step to help artists create beautiful watercolor images of some of history's greatest cars.

    Painting (Pictures of) Vintage Cars in Watercolor

    Painting (Pictures of) Vintage Cars in Watercolor

    by Dbro16

  • Painting from photos vs. from life. Why professional artists and art teachers recommend painting from life and not from photo. What are the differences and the challenges?

    Art Tips: Painting From Photos

    Art Tips: Painting From Photos

    by Robie Benve17

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