learning to paint with acrylics

Art Terms and Painting Tips – Layering and Glazing

November 9, 2013

Glazing and Layering – Painting Techniques As teachers, we often hear students confuse the art terms they use. It can be a problem if they misunderstand the painting technique the instructor is trying to explain to them. Sometimes it’s good to investigate the real meaning of common ‘artsy’ words we teachers throw around just to confuse you…right? LOL! […]

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Mixing Paints – Pigment Undertones – What Exactly Are They?

August 7, 2012

When Mixing Paints think of pigment undertone like a hidden personality trait. It’s time to start mixing paints. However there is something important you need to know before you begin. Have you ever picked up a tube of green pigment only to discover it is really quite yellow and not the green it looked like […]

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Learn About Paint Brushes Part 2

July 15, 2012

In the previous blog entry, Learn About Paint Brushes Part 1, we talked about how different brushes create different strokes and styles in an art piece. The type of brush you use can help create a master piece. In our last post we discussed: Mops Dome Blender Angles Chisel Blender Filberts/Oval To finish our set, […]

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Learn About Paint Brushes Part 1

July 11, 2012

When painting, different brushes create different strokes and styles in your artwork. When reaching for a paintbrush, many believe that all paintbrushes are equal. Yes – all paint brushes will end with paint on your canvas, but to create the perfect design or art piece be sure to pick the right brush for the job. […]

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A Look into Asian Art

July 6, 2012

America has a wide range of art styles, many that can be found almost on a daily basis. Items such as the popular PopArt, Surreal, and even Cubism have roots based in the States. PopArt, in particular, is a very trendy style now, especially with the younger generation, taking a real life item and making […]

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Painting Techniques – The Old Masters Sure Had It Going On!

June 18, 2012

 Simple painting techniques can have great  impact on your art work! Do you ever wonder how painting techniques can have such impact on your work? Folks spend years in search of one technique after another. The great painters of old created amazing artworks with just a few simple painting techniques! There were no ‘magic’ brushes such as a brush for painting hair, another for ribbons, […]

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Learn to Paint – Are you pointed in the right direction?

May 10, 2012

Learn to Paint with four time saving tips! So you started to paint a few years ago…you dabbled and played around with paint. You went to the nearest art supply store; the clerk had you buy a handful of brushes, a few tubes of paint, bottles of liquid ‘stuff’ and several canvas surfaces. Now what? […]

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Stepping Stones to Creating Original Art – Painting Patterns

May 9, 2012

Painting patterns and online art classes can be a great stepping stone to creativity Many artists want to paint their own original art. They want their canvas paintings to be unique and different right from the start. This is an excellent goal to work towards; however as a new artist just starting out, using painting […]

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Flower Paintings – Tulip Folklore and Legends

April 20, 2012

Tulip Flower Folklore and Legends may help with Flower Compositions: When learning how to paint flowers it is good to know the history of the flower or how the flower came to be popular. This can help the artist create a good composition to showcase the flower in the correct way. For example, if the […]

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Painting For Beginners – What is “blending” and why is it important?

March 24, 2012

Painting For Beginners can start with learning a blending painting technique. The art of blending is an important painting technique for the novice painter to learn. Realistic painting styles that have gone down in history all incorporate blending into their art. But what is blending? And why is it considered an important  painting technique when teaching painting […]

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