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12 oil painting portrait tips for beginners

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Tags: Painting Tips

Tackling a portrait might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is find a subject, pick up your paint brush and give it a go. If you’re just starting out, we’ve put together our top oil painting portrait tips to get you well on your way!1. Refer back to your subjectWhether you’re painting from a photograph or real life, make sure you regularly look back at your subject. For your first go at a portrait, try painting from an image, rather than life, so that you don’t feel rushed or distracted. You could even try a self-portrait by setting up a mirror–this is a great step for intermediate artists to take before tackling a live portrait.2. Choose a good photographIf you’re using a reference photograph, make sure you choose one that has plenty of contrast be...

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Still life painting tips

Posted Nov 12, 2018
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The beauty of a still life painting is that you can take an everyday item and turn it into a masterpiece. It doesn’t have to be the fruit scenes you often see, it can be any object you like – flowers, books, your favourite food (donuts included) or anything else you have around the house. To help you get started, we’ve listed our top still life painting tips.1. Choose a medium that suits youWhen it comes to mediums, the choice is yours. Still life painting can be done with oil, acrylic or watercolour – it just depends how you want it to look and what effects you’d like to create. Even though each medium is handled differently, the rest of our still life painting tips can be applied to all of them.2. Pick a subject you’re interested inChoosing a subject that you like is an impor...

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10 Rose Painting Tips

Posted Oct 09, 2018
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Painting a rose may seem like a daunting task, but with a few tips and tricks you’ll be well on your way to making a masterpiece. We recently created a rose painting with oil paints and jotted down our top tips along the way. Have a read, get inspired and start painting!1. Draw from lifeUsing photographs as a reference point is helpful, but having a real rose in front of you is even better. Drawing or painting from life gives you more freedom and flexibility. You can explore different angles, get the right lighting and create the perfect composition by moving the rose around.2. Pick a good reference photographWhile drawing from life is great, we confess that we used a reference photograph for our recent rose painting. Why? Well, we found a picture that we really liked and it had all the ...

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How to Use a Painting Board

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Tags: Mixed Media Painting Tips

Although canvas is often the go-to choice for artists, wooden painting boards are proving to be stiff competition. They’ve been around for centuries, but with their versatile surface and the rise of fluid art, painting boards are becoming more popular than ever. If you want to give it a go, below is everything you need to know.What can you use a painting board for?Fluid and spin artFluid and spin art has taken social media by storm. To create this fun and eye-catching art, you pour different coloured paints mixed with medium over a surface and tilt or spin it to move the paint around. Painting boards are perfect for spin and fluid art because they require a large amount of paint. Since the surface of a painting board won’t sag from the weight, it helps move the paint around freely.Land...

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10 Tips for Making Art with Children

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Tags: General Art Tips

Create, bond, throw some paint around and just have some fun! Making art with children is a rewarding and exciting activity that anyone can do. To help you get started, we’ve put together our top tips so that you can make a plan for success.1. Find ideasIf you’re looking for ideas, YouTube is a great place to find fun art activities. Our channel has some fantastic projects for you to try with the kids, whether you’re in the zone for some hand print painting or a slime session. To get the kids excited, let them browse with you and choose an activity they really love.2. Set up a dedicated art spaceBefore you get started, set up a fun and safe area where you can all create. You don’t want to stifle children’s creativity, so choose an area away from anything valuable that could be st...

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How to Create Great Colour Combinations

Have you ever loved a painting but can’t quite put your finger on why? Chances are the artist used strong colour combinations. With some colour theory up your sleeve, you can too. To get you started, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to choose great colour combinations using a colour wheel.What is a colour wheel?A colour wheel is exactly what it sounds like – a range of colours organised around a circle. These colour hues are positioned to show the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colours. To use a colour wheel, rotate the face so that one of the holes lines up with your chosen colour. The rest of the holes will then line up with colours that are harmonious or complimentary to it. But before we get stuck into how to combine these colours, let’s break down...

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How to Draw a Horse

Posted Jun 12, 2018
Tags: Drawing Tips

If you’ve ever wanted to draw a horse but never quite got around to it – now’s the time. Horses have captivated people for thousands of years and make a great subject for both beginners and seasoned artists. No matter what level you’re at, with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own beautiful horse drawing. Step 1: Create the bodyLet’s start with the basics. Draw an egg shape for the chest area, then draw another egg shape on its side as shown. Try to relax your hand a little to create loose lines – remember you can always erase if you make a mistake! For the rump, draw a circular shape that is a little bigger and rounder than the first two. Once you’re happy with the shape of your horse’s body, draw a smooth, curved line for the top and b...

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Watercolour Painting Tips for Beginners

Posted May 04, 2018
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Watercolour is one of our favourite paints to work with. Sure, it can be tricky at the beginning, but it's also a lot of fun to explore and play around with along the way. You'll find yourself discovering new techniques, creating unexpected effects and learning more and more as you dive into this incredible medium. To help you get started, we've put together some of our top watercolour painting tips for beginners. It doesn't matter where you are at in your artistic adventure, watercolour can be used by artists of all skill levels. So, let's create!1. Prepare Your Paints with WaterLiquid Watercolour PaintsWatercolour paints from tubes generally have the texture of butter and need to be mixed with water. Using them is as simple as squeezing your colours onto a plastic palette and using your ...

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10 Sunset Painting Tips

Posted Mar 28, 2018
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The spectacular beauty of sunsets has captivated artists for hundreds of years. While other painting trends have come and gone, sunsets have maintained their popularity. To help you create your own awe-inspiring painting, we’ve put together our top sunset painting tips.1. Place Your Horizon Line CarefullyDrafting up a sunset painting is reasonably easy, but it’s important to position your horizon line carefully. Your horizon line will determine where the sunset is being viewed from. For example, if you position your horizon line low on the painting, it will feel like the scene is being viewed from a high point. If the horizon line is high, it indicates that it is being viewed closer to the ground.2. Tint the CanvasThe secret to a good sunset painting is to create a glow from within and...

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12 Air Drying Clay Tips

Posted Mar 12, 2018
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Over the years, we’ve had a lot of fun creating sculptures with air drying clay. What we love about this versatile clay is that it can be used by artists of all ages and is suitable for a variety of art and craft projects. To help you get the most out of this fantastic medium, we’ve put together our top air drying clay tips.1. Cover up to Prevent StainsSince clay is essentially mud, you can expect it to get a little messy at times. If you’re using tinted air drying clay, the pigment can stain some fabrics. Like many other art mediums, the best practice is to cover up anything that you don’t want to get stained. Cover up your work surface, wear old clothes or an apron, and keep some water and an old towel close just in case a swift clean up is needed.2. Prepare Your Clay CorrectlyPr...

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Watercolour Pencil Techniques and Tips

Watercolour pencils offer a world of creative possibilities. Their ability to achieve a range of painting and drawing effects makes them one of the most versatile art mediums you can use. To help you get the most out of your set, we’ve put together a list of our top watercolour pencil techniques and care tips.1. Sharpen with a Hobby KnifeSince watercolour pencils are held together with dissolving binders, they are generally softer than coloured pencils. Using a standard sharpener can damage the colour strips, so give your set the care they need by carefully sharpening them with a hobby knife instead.2. Store and Carry in a BoxWhen you transport or store your watercolour pencils, keep them bound together with a rubber band and put them in a box. A fabric pencil case won’t offer the prot...

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Top Tips for Cityscape Drawing

Cityscapes have caught the eye of many artists over the years. The awe-inspiring, towering skylines have even made some cityscapes, like New York and Shanghai, iconic. With all their intricacies, it takes a mathematical approach and precise line-work to create a good cityscape drawing. To help you on your way, here are 10 of our top tips for creating your own city skyline artwork.1. Choose the Right MaterialsCityscape drawing requires precision and detail, so choose materials that allow you to create clean line work. Some tools and materials you might like to try include fine tip markers, ballpoint pens, technical pens, dipper pens, pencils with hard leads and watercolour pencils for adding colour to your masterpiece.2. Understand Perspective Example of one point perspective. There are th...

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How to Make Pouring Medium

Posted Dec 11, 2017
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If you want to create stunning fluid art, you first need to master the art of making pouring medium. When done correctly, fluid art produces intricate, colourful, unique and visually captivating effects that often can’t be replicated. One of the most exciting parts is that you never know exactly how it is going to turn out. To get you started, we’re going to share our pouring medium recipe for success with you.What is Pouring Medium?Pouring medium plays a key part in creating fluid art. Its primary roles are to:1.   Lower the viscosity of the paint so it will flow with enough surface tension to prevent it from flattening and dripping off the canvas.2.   Slow the drying process so shrinkage doesn’t occur.3.   Raise the gloss level of the paint for a consistent finish without red...

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10 Watercolour Tips for Realistic Watercolour Painting

Creating realistic paintings with watercolour comes with a unique set of challenges. The best way to overcome these challenges is to understand the characteristics of this medium and the artistic possibilities it presents. Our 10 watercolour tips for realistic painting help you understand watercolour so you can leverage its unique characteristics and create beautiful artworks.1. Test Your ColoursWhile most paint mediums create an opaque layer on your painting surface, watercolour is translucent. For this reason it can be difficult to mix realistic colours on the palette. We suggest that you always have a sheet of paper on hand to test out colours prior to committing to the finished piece.2. Use Smooth PaperRealism in watercolour generally involves fine work. For this reason it is a good Id...

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10 Tips for Underwater Seascape Paintings

Posted Oct 08, 2017
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Creating an underwater seascape painting has it’s own set of challenges. Before you get started, here are some of our top tips for achieving the right perspective, composition and effects.1. Build Your BackgroundEven though it’s not at the forefront, it’s important to get the background of your seascape painting right. Give your background depth and sparkle by first tinting the canvas with a pearl or silver, waiting for it to dry, and then glazing a translucent colour on top of it.2. Paint Underwater PerspectiveWater acts like a filter and effects the way colours look. To get your underwater perspective right, remember that the closer the element is to the viewer, the clearer it is. Use softer tones for elements that are in the distance. You can achieve this effect by tinting the col...

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Top Tips for Realistic Flower Painting with Acrylics

Posted Sep 08, 2017
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Realism is recognised as the first modern movement in art, a style where imagined ideations were rejected in favour of a more accurate depiction of nature, contemporary life and still life paintings.For a work to look realistic, elements need to be rendered in a particular way, and that is achieved with soft transitions between colours, the depiction of shadows and reflected light. In painting terms, these effects are suggested by the blending of colours into one another.To suggest the effects with acrylic paint that have been outlined above, we need to exploit its benefits. Here are our top tips for painting realistic flowers in acrylic paint:1)      Paint the background in one application and paint flowers onto the background. This has to be done so that you don’t create a mess ...

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Glazing Tips for Beginners

Posted Aug 07, 2017
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Creating luminous effects is something most artists aspire to. Glazing can take your painting’s finish from flat to multi-dimensional, and your work from good to great. Here we explore some of the basics of glazing - including what it is, how to glaze properly, and a basic formula to get you started. Image Source: Just PaintWhat is Glazing? Put simply, glazing is the technique where a painter lays a transparent layer of paint over an already dry layer of paint. This dry coat of paint is referred to as the underpainting. When the second colour is laid over the underpainting, a new colour is created through the colours optically mixing, but the colour created is more intense, vibrant and deep, due to the unique ‘shine through’ effect. This effect is not obtainable by an application o...

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Why Using Colour Theory In Art Works

Sir Isaac Newton invented the original colour wheel by splitting white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue beams. Colour wheels have been consulted by many artists as to the best colour composition for their artwork, depending on the feel, mood and look they wanted to achieve. We’ve listed further down all the colours and their uses in art, branding, technology as well as their effects - from making you feel hungry to calm - so you can arm yourself with this knowledge the next time you’re planning your painting’s composition and scheme.We’ve listed further down all the colours and their uses in art, branding, technology as well as their effects - from making you feel hungry to calm - so you can arm yourself with this knowledge the next time you’re planning yo...

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Practical Ways to Improve Your Artistic Work Flow

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Tags: General Art Tips

It's not always easy to 'just do art', so we need to be proactive about making time for it. Here are some tips to help you with your workflow and hopefully enable you to become creatively fertile. 1. Allocate an Area for YourselfIf you haven’t got an area in which to do your artwork you will need something like this. In a past blog we wrote about some options for creating an art studio to suit your specific needs. But it will really cut into your workflow if you have to spend half an hour setting up an area, and after your session, spending more time in cleaning it up. You really want to step in to your area and start working straight away to maximise your limited time. 2. Don't Wait for InspirationIf you can only do your artwork when you are inspired, your output is going to suffer. ...

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Understanding Composition

Posted May 08, 2017
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Have you ever created a project, yet on viewing the work you felt there was something not quite right with it?  You rendered it well, the colours chosen all complement each other, and the perspective looks right...so why hasn’t it worked?  Despite the subject matter being good, in most cases this is due to the compositional side of the work not being successful. What is Composition? Why is it Important?Composition is basically the term used to describe how one arranges the visual elements in an artwork.  Design elements such as line, shape, colour, value, texture and negative areas are all organised to best bring a harmonious vibe to the work.  If all these elements are composed according to the principles of art and design, it can impart contrast, movement, rhythm and guide the vie...

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How Best to Display Your Work

Posted Apr 07, 2017
Tags: General Art Tips

There is no better feeling than hanging a painting that you are proud of, whether you decide to hang it in your own house or apartment, somebody else’s, or even in a public place. As well as adding vitality and a burst of colour to your chosen spot (and a way of getting kudos from family and friends), it’s also a brilliant way to inspire yourself every time you look at it. You pat yourself on the back and ruminate “I did that! I should do another one!’’. It also has the positive benefit of working to keep your inner creative self alive. Displaying your work can be a very rewarding endeavour, so here are a few little things that might help you if you are thinking of hanging some of your art. Framing SolutionsOnce upon a time all paintings were framed. Somewhere in the 1960’s ar...

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