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10 tips for dotted painting

Posted Jun 12, 2019
Tags: General Art Tips Painting Tips

Dotted painting looks great on your wall and doubles as a relaxing mindfulness activity. We recently gave it a go and learnt a lot along the way. If you’d like to create your own dotted painting, check out our top tips below and get started!1. Prepare your canvasFirst things first, let’s get your canvas in order. If your canvas came with wooden wedges, put them into each corner on the back to make the surface even and tight. Next, paint on a dark background so that your dots will really stand out. For our tiger painting, we used black chalkboard paint to make it easy to draw on the outline and so that the black dots could be seen against the slightly lighter, matte shade of black.2. Select an imageWhen you’re choosing your image, look for one that has good symmetry. This will make it...

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10 modelling paste tips

Posted May 14, 2019
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If you want to create texture or 3D effects in your artworks, modelling paste is a great place to start. We love using this medium and we’ve got plenty of tips up our sleeve for you. Below are our top 10.1. Tools to useModelling paste is thick, so the best tools to use are a palette knife, butter knife or paint scraper.2. Choose a firm surfaceYou will need a strong surface such as a wooden painting board, Masonite panel or double thick canvas. Modelling paste is quite heavy, so we’d recommend inserting timber wedges into each corner of your canvas to keep it tight.3. Create textureOne of our favourite things about modelling paste is that you can use it to create all kinds of textures. It also comes in handy if you’re using acrylic paint and trying to achieve a thick surface.4. Create...

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10 tips for sculpting with polymer clay

Posted Apr 09, 2019
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Are you thinking about making a polymer clay sculpture? We love working with this amazing material and have learnt a lot along the way. Below are some of our top tips so that you can bring your masterpiece to life too!1. Keep it cleanFirst things first – set up a clean surface to work on. Sculptors often use a sheet of Perspex because it’s smooth and easy to clean, but you can also use a place-mat or other surface that does the same job. You should also give your hands a quick wash before you start to remove any dirt or oil.2. Make a framework (armature)A general rule to follow when you’re working with polymer clay is to build a support for anything that’s bigger than an egg or more than 50mm thick. To do this, you will need to create an internal structure to support your sculpture...

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8 tips for creating a plaster of Paris cast

Posted Mar 12, 2019
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If you’re curious about making a plaster of Paris cast, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been experimenting with this great medium lately and picked up plenty of tips along the way. Below are just a few to get you well on your way to bringing your cast to life.1. Safety firstWe touched on this on our previous plaster tips article, but it’s worth another mention. Look after yourself and always wear a dust mask and latex gloves when you’re working with plaster of Paris.2. Making the masterThe first step in plaster casting is to create a master to make your mould from (this is also called a plug). A ‘master’ is basically the original sculpture that will form the shape of your mould. You can create this from wood clay, modelling clay, wax or polymer clay.3. Creating the m...

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11 Plaster of Paris tips

Posted Feb 12, 2019
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Are you thinking about creating a Plaster of Paris project? Whether you’re working on a fun art activity with the kids or creating a beautiful sculpture, we’ve put together our top Plaster of Paris tips to help you out.1. Use protective gearLook after yourself and always wear a dust mask and latex gloves when you’re working with Plaster of Paris. You should also open the windows to keep your work space ventilated.2. Never submerge hands or feetYou might not realise it, but plaster can heat up to 60 degrees Celsius when it’s setting. To prevent injury, never submerge your hands or feet in plaster to create casts.3. Add plaster to waterSprinkle your plaster into water (rather than adding water to your plaster) and stir it immediately until all lumps are gone. This order is important ...

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10 Tips for Alcohol Ink Markers

Posted Jan 08, 2019
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Whether you’re an alcohol marker aficionado or you’ve never tried them before, this article has a little something for everyone. Get the most out of your markers with these quick tips!1. Store your markers uprightWhen you’re not using your markers, store them upright and keep them out of direct sunlight. It might sound basic, but you should also make sure you put the lids back on properly (you’d be surprised how easy it is to miss the mark if you’re in a hurry).2. Choose the right paperAlcohol markers will work on all types of paper, but you can get better results on a thicker stock. We like to use our bleed proof paper, 150gsm sketch books or water colour pads.3. Draw from light to darkSince dark tones can’t be covered with light tones when you’re using markers, you’ll nee...

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12 oil painting portrait tips for beginners

Posted Dec 11, 2018
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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
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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
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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
Tags: Painting Tips

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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