Opacity sounds like a good quality for paint to have, right? Maybe. Discover the differences between opaque watercolors and transparent watercolors to see which is best for your paintings!
This is my technique that I have made up for creating abstract paintings with watered down acrylic paint. I have sold quite a few paintings created with this method.
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.
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.
If you are used to painting in the studio, 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.
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.
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.
Detailed explanation of the mother color painting technique, a great way to create color harmony. Learn about how to pick the mother color and how to mix paint harmoniously, unifying the color scheme.
There are moments when all of the practice pays off and you start to click with your watercolors. And what glorious defining moments they are.
Paintbrushes are a precious tool for acrylic painters: it's very important to keep them clean. How to clean art brushes in 10 steps and tips to keep them in good working conditions, just like new for a long time.
Oil paints generally take a long time to dry. If you're in a hurry and want oil paint to dry faster, then try this tip!
How to clean up acrylic paint from brushes, painting palettes, or clothes whether they are still wet or after they are dry.
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.
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...
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.
Basic oil painting supply list. The 8 things artists need to start painting with oils. The answers to the common questions of all beginner painters. Gift ideas for oil painters.
Lines and shapes are essential elements of painting. How you use them in art strongly affects the composition and overall feeling of the painting.
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.
You can make watercolor paints from the rocks or soils that surround you. Create a truly unique palette of color from your own environment.
Verdaccio is a classical underpainting technique used traditionally in tempera and oil painting to produce better flesh tones.
Why is it better to paint on toned canvas, and what color should you choose for the toning? Starting a painting on a colored ground speeds up the painting process and helps to create harmony. What are other advantages of toning?
Tired of trying to find your luggage at the airport baggage claim? This DIY project is fun and will help you identify your bags once you arrive at your destination!
With the endless array of paint colors available, it's a good idea to choose a limited palette that is versatile and can be used to produce beautiful paintings. I'll share how to choose the watercolor paper and brushes you use. You have no excuse to keep from starting, so let's get started!
The appearance of a painting is influenced by the effect of light and atmosphere, the arrangement of darks and lights, and the harmony and balance of color. Light influences all of these factors.
Do you want to try watercolor painting? Take these baby steps and soon, you'll be creating your own masterpieces. I've provided a list of materials that you'll need and tips on how to use them.
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...
Brush stroke techniques for fine art painting. Learn the different brushstrokes and become a more successful painter. Crosshatching, hatching, dry brush, flat wash, scumbling, stippling, etc.
A guide for fine art painters on how to choose and use paint brushes, the best artist's working tools. To achieve the desired painting effects you must choose the right brush for the job.
If you're an artist, it can be useful to know how to stretch a canvas so you can reuse old frames where you have paintings you don't like. it can also be cheaper than buying new canvases.
Painting tips for beginners. A guide to acrylic paint techniques you can use to get creative effects: splattering, pouring, masking, collage, and more.
What general everyday items can you use to add texture to your paintings? Here I list some ideas for a texture base for abstract art.
If you're new to watercolor painting, use these five helpful brush techniques and painting principles to create something beautiful!
Create a pencil drawing sketch and a digital color study for an acrylic landscape painting! I've included step-by-step instructions and a time-lapse video to help you visualize what you need to do.
Walk into any art shop anywhere in the world and you will be confronted with a vast array of products. This article aims to help save you money by offering advice on selecting only those items which you really need to get you started on your journey to becoming a watercolour artist.
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.
Pinterest offers a lot of ideas for projects. My daughter is an avid painter, has a home grown gallery and offers her items on Zazzle. She needed a storage board for her paints and we built one today.
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.
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.
Do you want to learn how to make art pieces from leftover watercolor paint? This is a fun way to use your extra paint and not throw it away. You can easily make several pieces and create an art wall gallery!
Concrete lawn ornaments can really spruce up your yard. Whether you want to touch up a worn ornament or paint one from scratch, I'll tell you what you need to know.
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.
If you are tempted by boxes of miniatures and figures at your local hobby shop, or keep seeing cool figures online, and don't know how to even begin painting figures, discover what supplies you need to get started in the hobby.
How do you represent distance and depth in art? Learn aerial perspective and tips on how to render the illusion of recession in painting.
Varnishing step-by-step. Your acrylic painting is complete. As a final step, apply the best varnishing techniques to protect your artwork, and getting it ready to hang or to be sold. Learn how to brush on or spray the varnish, and how to remove it.
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.
To get some great paint effects on a textured canvas base you need to apply the paint in different ways - check out my hints and tips of how to apply paint to a textured surface.
If you've seen Banksy's Girl With a Balloon, the image has probably stuck with you. But what does it mean?
The joy of expressing the essence of a subject, learning the brush strokes and mix of paint on the brush, and finding balance and harmony in our life.
Acrylic paints provide the opportunity to experiment both watercolor and oil painting techniques. A review of the most popular acrylic painting techniques.
An example of how to paint an abstract painting using acrylic paint, masking tape, and bubble wrap on canvas.
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 improve your landscape paintings. A list of eight practical and helpful tips to help you improve your artwork.
Fans make useful gifts or party or wedding favours. They are inexpensive to purchase and can be decorated by adults or used for kid's craft.
Painting tree leaves with water colour appears tough especially to the beginners. With this trick painting tree leaves will become very simple and easy.
Use a dry-brush technique to paint stonework! It enhances a miniature diorama and makes it look more believable.
A list of alcohol ink painting supplies including inks, surfaces, and other materials used for creating colorful art with this unique medium.
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 a minimalist abstract landscape with acrylics, step-by-step. Easy acrylic landscape painting, great for beginners.
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.
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.
Simple step-by-step guide on how to paint galaxies using paints, a paintbrush, water, sponges and a toothbrush!!
Fine Art Tips. What makes a painting good? Learn the essential elements to include in your paintings. Focus on technique and technical aspects, personal and emotional involvement, and novelty.
Relax and paint your stress away with nothing more than a Buddha Board, Water, and Your Paint Brush. No mess, no fuss, no stress...
Learn how making thumbnail sketches and using them as value studies helps you create winning painting compositions. How to sketch the value and tone relationships, create an interesting composition by testing out value and tone of your masses. Tips to plan a good painting.
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.
The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace presents Portrait of the Artist, the first-ever exhibition of portraits of artists in the Royal Collection.
I absolutely loved Anna's character in ABC's Once Upon A Time. In this tutorial, I'll show you how I painted a portrait of her with watercolors!
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.
Do you want to create a beautiful acrylic landscape painting on a toned canvas? I've laid out step-by-step instructions for the painting process and included a time-lapse video of the sketching that you can reference.
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.
Things you need to know on how to paint with acrylics that can make your painting a lot easier and less stressful.
Understanding and controlling color temperature are crucial in painting, especially when rendering depth. Learn how to set the mood of a painting by controlling the temperature of color mixtures.
Painting from photos vs. from life. What are the differences and the challenges? Professional artists and art teachers recommend painting from life. Learn the 9 things to be aware of when painting from photos, and the 9 tips and solutions to maximize the use of photos and make great paintings.
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.
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...
It doesn't matter if you're painting the interior of your home or a little ceramic figurine—inevitably, you're going to get paint on your clothes. Let me help you remove it with these simple tips!
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.
A step-by-step overview of the different stages and decision making involved in a landscape acrylic painting, with an example featuring a cow in an Alpine pasture.
Learn how to paint a seagull with acrylic paints! I've created a detailed step-by-step tutorial with photos and a video that shows how to create a painting of a seagull standing on a beach. You'll also learn some general tips and techniques for painting with acrylics.
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.
Learn how to prepare the canvas, choose a subject, and transfer a sketch from a drawing pad to your canvas.
How to paint areas where sky and tree meet, making them look natural and believable. Learn how foliage and thin branches change the color of the sky.
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.
Learn to draw fish in an underwater scenery with a very unique and creative theme using plastic bags. It is very simple and even kids can easily make it. It depicts the scenery seen by a scuba diver in deep sea.
Learn the nine steps to painting trees, starting with the most important feature of the tree, its contour, and ending with the details. Robie Benve shares her nine secrets to painting trees that are believable and that present character and dimension.
In this beginner’s guide to oil painting step-by-step tutorial, you'll learn how to turn a blank canvas into a finished oil painting.
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.
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?
Hand-painting rocks is a timeless craft that can provide hours of fun and relaxation for anyone. I hope you try it!
As it’s coming up to Mother’s Day, I thought I’d celebrate by compiling a hub about Mothers in Art. Initially, I thought of blue gowned Renaissance madonnas, or chubby Renoir babies balancing on the knees of fresh cheeked country girls.......
Painting fire can seem intimidating to the novice artist. However, with a lot of observation and mastering of the basics, you can easily paint fire convincingly. This article includes some basic tips.
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.
Art tutorial for sealing and protecting your alcohol ink projects on yupo paper and ceramics. Learn three ways to best preserve your artwork from fading, discoloring and prevent yellowing over time.
If you enjoy painting but just aren't inspired, check out these painting ideas. Lots of photographs are included!
Acrylic painting for beginners: all you need to get started. Great info about art supplies and materials needed to start painting with acrylics for beginners. Tips on what paint, brushes, canvas, and easel they should buy.
How to mix brown using a limited palette of primary colors and different colors of paint. Any shade of brown can be obtained from some kind of red, yellow, and blue.
Learn the basics of acrylic pouring for a beginner, including how to get started and tips to making a great-looking piece of art.
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,...
Sketch or draw in pencil a portrait of your choosing, bring it to life painting with acrylic paints. Sketching, drawing, and painting are valued techniques to producing a fine art portrait.
Learn to make colorful bookmarks using simple watercolor techniques and materials! A fun project for artists of all ages, making bookmarks is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of reading!
Learn the acrylic ink pouring technique in this tutorial for beginners. Find out what supplies are used, learn the basic steps of pouring ink, and some helpful tips for creating beautiful paintings.
Learn how to make your own chalk paint! Need a custom color? Only need a small amount of a certain color? This is the perfect tutorial on how to achieve that!
Learn the process of completing a still-life oil painting in one session. Watch the video that shows the painting process and delves into how I chose the colors of my limited tetrad palette. Alla prima is a direct painting technique, also known as wet-on-wet.
How do you find photos that can be used as a reference for a painting without risking copyright infringement?
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. ...
Rock painting and ladybug rock art. How to paint ladybugs and ladybirds on rocks. Tips and ideas for painted rocks. These sell very well at my craft shows.
This hub is all about my experience of making a painting in a dark room. It was a crazy experience with an even crazier result!
Making and stretching your own canvas doesn't have to be difficult. It's actually an art in itself. Learn how in this hub.
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.
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.
Still life painting step-by-step: setting up a successful composition, lighting it, sketching it, and getting ready to paint or draw it.
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?
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.
What are the 13 most common beginner painters' habits to avoid? Keep from creating paintings that look amateurish or mediocre. Know what not to do in order to take your work to the next level.
Learn how to add color to clear lacquers with pigments and dyes to create fast-drying custom paints and toners!
Learn acrylic pour painting tips about the process, things to avoid, and ways to improve your skills so you can accelerate the path from beginner to experienced pour painter.
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.
Step by Step instructions on how a professional artist created an abstract acrylic painting using texture and various paint techniques.
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.
It is easy and fun to to paint animals in mixed media. I start with acrylic, and then garnish with a few add-ons. Let me show you how!
Value measures the lightness and darkness in visual art, like drawing, painting, and photography. Learn how value is the key to a successful painting, not color. How to understand and see values in art.
What kind of presents can you get for an artist that paints with acrylics? A list of tools and supplies that would make great gifts for any painter.
Use these 10 great tips to paint gorgeous skies and clouds. I'm sharing the techniques I learned the hard way to hopefully help beginners avoid my mistakes and improve their paintings.
Repurpose and up-cycle a tin container into a unique and useful paint brush holder for your favorite artist. Our step-by-step instructions uses an inner stand to keep your artist neat and organized.