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  • The color wheel is a great tool that helps artists decide what color scheme they want to use with a geometrical mixing method, taking into consideration the distance between colors on the wheel. Learn how to use it and how the color wheel can help you choose color schemes and mixing colors.

    How to Use the Color Wheel to Plan Color Schemes and Color Mixing

    How to Use the Color Wheel to Plan Color Schemes and Color Mixing

    by Robie Benve13

  • 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 Filarecki71

  • 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

  • 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 hysongdesigns32

  • 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

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

    Watercolor vs. Gouache

    Watercolor vs. Gouache

    by Rosie Lockie25

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • If you are used to painting indoors, the first few paintings you do outdoors are going to be very challenging. However, painting en plein air can be a great experience and teach you a lot. Here are 11 tips that can help you make outdoors painting a little easier and more successful.

    11 Tips to Painting Outdoors for Beginners

    11 Tips to Painting Outdoors for Beginners

    by Robie Benve10

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Step-by-step painting tips for beginner artists. Learn what supplies you need to paint with acrylics, how to get started, how to plan your painting composition, and how to proceed in the painting process. A very helpful article for beginners.

    Step-By-Step Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    Step-By-Step Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    by Robie Benve121

  • 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 Benve6

  • Plein air painting is becoming popular. A lot of artists think that painting landscapes on location is the best way to go. Learn about the advantages and challenges of painting outdoors. Would you enjoy it? Plus, tips to help you have an easier and more successful outdoor painting experience.

    Plein Air Painting Is so Popular, but Is It for You?

    Plein Air Painting Is so Popular, but Is It for You?

    by Robie Benve7

  • Acrylic painting for beginners- all you need to get started. Which art supplies and materials do you need to start painting with acrylics? This article provides great info to those who want to start using acrylics and are looking for tips on what paint, brushes, canvas, and easel they should buy.

    Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Getting Started in 10 Easy Steps

    Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Getting Started in 10 Easy Steps

    by Robie Benve26

  • Connie Hayes’s paintings are often recognizable for her vibrant use of color and her loose painting style. Well-known as a painter of Maine landscapes, she uses color and composition to create unique views of small towns and unseen places in Maine. Her paintings beautifully depict the quiet moments of daily life.

    The Paintings of Maine Artist Connie Hayes

    The Paintings of Maine Artist Connie Hayes

    by Donna Herron4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The way elements are arranged in the picture acts as the armature and supporting structure of a painting. To make a piece successful and interesting for the viewer, plan a composition with a strong value structure. Squinting helps. Seeing simplified shapes, it’s easier to “see” the composition.

    Enhance Your Painting Composition by Planning the Value Structure

    Enhance Your Painting Composition by Planning the Value Structure

    by Robie Benve1

  • 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

  • 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 to Paint and How to Do It

    How to Decide What to Paint and How to Do It

    by Robie Benve19

  • 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

  • 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 Benve26

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 10 great tips on how to paint skies, clouds, 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 Clouds and Skies

    10 Tips on Painting Clouds and Skies

    by Robie Benve4

  • 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

  • The rule of thirds helps artists and photographers to plan a winning composition. Use it as a guide to composing pictures that looks balanced and interesting. Keep the rule of third as guidance, but integrate more structural elements to make the scene visually pleasing.

    How to Use the Rule of Thirds in Painting Composition

    How to Use the Rule of Thirds in Painting Composition

    by Robie Benve15

  • People have asked me if watercolor was hard. I had heard that too and avoided watercolor for a long time in favor of oils; I was afraid it would be too hard to tackle. My fears were unfounded.

    Watercolor Techniques for Everyone

    Watercolor Techniques for Everyone

    by Denise McGill13

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