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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Painting outdoors can be a lovely experience. Here are 11 tips to make your next outdoor painting session a successful one!
How to Improve Your Landscape Paintings. A list of practical, helpful tips to help you improve your landscape paintings.
How to clean up acrylic paint from brushes, painting palettes, or clothes whether they are still wet or after they are dry.
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.
Learn about the color wheel, a precious tool that helps with choosing the right color schemes and mixing colors. Learn how to use it and why it's useful to the artist.
Use a dry-brush technique to paint stonework! It enhances a miniature diorama and makes it look more believable.
Verdaccio is a classical underpainting technique used traditionally in tempera and oil painting to produce better flesh tones.
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.
Acrylic paints provide the opportunity to experiment both watercolor and oil painting techniques. A review of the most popular acrylic painting techniques.
In this beginner’s step-by-step guide to oil painting, you'll learn the simple steps to turn a blank canvas into a finished painting.
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.
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...
Learn how making thumbnail sketches and using them as value studies helps you create winning painting compositions. It's essential to see value and tone relationships for better painting.
If you're new to watercolor painting, use these five helpful brush techniques and painting principles to create something beautiful!
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!
Which art supplies and materials do you need to start painting with acrylics? Great list for those who want to start using acrylics but are not sure about what art supplies are needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Paint a minimalist abstract landscape with acrylics, step-by-step. Easy acrylic landscape painting, great for beginners.
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.
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.
Relax and paint your stress away with nothing more than a Buddha Board, Water, and Your Paint Brush. No mess, no fuss, no stress...
Hand-painting rocks is a timeless craft that can provide hours of fun and relaxation for anyone. I hope you try it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simple step-by-step guide on how to paint galaxies using paints, a paintbrush, water, sponges and a toothbrush!!
Fine Art Painting Brush Stroke Techniques. Understanding brush strokes helps artists painting more successfully.
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.
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.
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.
Still life painting step-by-step: setting up a successful composition, lighting it, sketching it, and getting ready to paint or draw it.
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.
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?
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!
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...
Step by Step instructions on how a professional artist created an abstract acrylic painting using texture and various paint techniques.
The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace presents Portrait of the Artist, the first-ever exhibition of portraits of artists in the Royal Collection.
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!
Painting tips for beginners. A guide to acrylic paint techniques you can use to get creative effects: splattering, pouring, masking, collage, and more.
The rule of thirds is a precious tool to help artists and photographers planning a winning composition.
Things you need to know on how to paint with acrylics that can make your painting a lot easier and less stressful.
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.
Making and stretching your own canvas doesn't have to be difficult. It's actually an art in itself. Learn how in this hub.
This Color Guide includes: HOW TO USE a Color Wheel. A Warm and Cool Color Chart. A Mood Color Chart. Tint, Tone, and Shade. A Color Schemes and Design Style Color Chart.
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.
How to mix different colors of paint and get brown using a limited palette of primary colors. Mixing brown from Red, Yellow, and Blue.
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.
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.
Painting tree leaves with water colour appears tough especially to the beginners. With this trick painting tree leaves will become very simple and easy.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Understanding the differences between and possibilities with watercolor and gouache, two similar but fundamentally different mediums
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.
Detailed explanation of the mother color painting technique as a great way to create color harmony. Learn about how to pick the mother color and how to mix harmoniously.
Learn to draw fish in Underwater world and to use a plastic packet to draw scenery of the underwater world as seen by a scuba diver.
A step-by-step overview of the different stages and decision making involved in a landscape acrylic painting.
Learn how to add color to clear lacquers with pigments and dyes to create fast-drying custom paints and toners!
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...
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.
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. ...
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!
If you enjoy painting but just aren't inspired, check out these painting ideas. Lots of photographs are included!
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.
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,...
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. 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.
Value means light or dark, an essential element in drawings and paintings. Learn how value is the key to a successful painting, not color. How to understand and see values in art.
How do you represent distance and depth in art? Learn Aerial Perspective and tips on how to render the illusion of recession in painting.
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.
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.
How to paint ladybugs and ladybirds on rocks and stones. Ladybug rock art. Crafts that Sell well at craft shows
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?
What present can you get to an acrylic painter? Here are some great gift options for your artist friends.
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!
Lines and shapes are essential elements of painting. How you use them in art strongly affects the composition and overall feeling of the painting.
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.
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.......
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.
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.