Learn how to use watercolor pencils, watercolors and masking fluid to create fun abstract art in this step-by-step watercolor pencil art lesson! You’ll be both drawing and painting – but don’t worry, it’s not hard at all!
By incorporating matte medium into your paint, you can create luminous scenes. The technique, which is detailed in this tutorial, is simple: Mix acrylic paint with a small amount of matte medium and apply the paint in thin layers, building the color until it creates a rich, complex color.
Learn how to use pastels in this pastel painting workshop. In this pastel portrait painting tutorial, you’ll learn several important techniques that you can use when creating pastel art.
Creating a family of colors or tones to work with in a painting can help you create subtle variances in your painting. Whether it’s slight varieties of skin tones or varying shades of pink, having a family of tones pre-mixed before you paint can really help streamline the process.
When paint is applied to canvas or work surface using a dry brush and paint undiluted by water, you’ll create a strong current of color on the page. Your lines will be uneven, as they won’t have water to soften the edges, but this can be a purposeful painterly effect. Dry brush application lends texture and movement to lines.
If you want to learn how to make acrylic paintings that look just like photographs, check out this in-depth step-by-step guide on How to Paint Photorealism.
Once you’ve assembled all of the necessary tools for acrylic painting, you’re ready for the fun part: putting paint to paper or canvas. Here, we’ll explore some easy key techniques for applying paint, mixing color, and building paintings so that you can paint like a pro in no time.
Start your painting by creating a “sketch” of the image in paint. Often this is done in a color that contrasts with the palette you have in mind for the finished piece. You can paint over the underpainting entirely using opaque acrylic to cover any evidence of the paint below, or you can let parts of it shine through for a dimensional effect.
Painting with Mixed Media is a fun exploration of the many different ways you can mix traditional paint with other media to create an exciting range of artwork. See examples, download a free lesson and learn more about this book in my review!
Want to learn how to paint? These painting lessons demonstrate how to paint using several different techniques to create art in many different styles, from photorealism to abstraction.
Learn how to use acrylic texture mediums to create a 3-D effect in your paintings! This demo also shows you how to create a mask. If you’re wondering what a “mask” is, then do check this out!
The most basic supplies (brush, acrylic paint and paper) can be used in a variety of ways. These are some accessible techniques for applying paint to paper in a variety of styles.
Learn how to create colorful abstract art using simple shapes with these easy-to-follow abstract watercolor painting instructions. You’ll also learn how to mix watercolors.
Instead of fully mixing the two colors, just give them a brief mix with your palette knife. Then, use the partially mixed colors to paint. You’ll get a fascinating mingling of colors as you apply the paint to your work surface.
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These painting tutorials focus on using acrylics, watercolors and pastels.
This is a fantastic method for beginners. Trace your image, separating each color or tone into separate shapes. Create a palette, and then paint in the shapes as if it were your own DIY paint by numbers piece. This is an easy method with monochromatic palettes or can be employed with a variety of colors, too.
The technique is detailed in this post about how to paint a self portrait, but the method could be applied to paint other subject matter.
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You can treat acrylic somewhat like watercolor when you dilute the paint with enough water. You can use the watered down paint to apply translucent washes on your surface. However, unlike watercolor, the acrylic paint will set permanently. Mixing wash and dry brush methods can be very effective in creating a variety of textures in a single piece.
While there are a few tried-and-true techniques all beginners should try out, don’t limit yourself to the basics! Mix and match these methods and techniques, exploring the ways of painting that feel right to you. As you develop your skills, you’ll notice that your techniques will become refined into your own unique method of creating art.
Learn how to combine watercolors and colored pencils to create mixed media art! In this mixed media tutorial, you’ll see how I created this whimsical dog portrait, and learn tricks and techniques for using watercolors and colored pencils.
Using a fairly wet brush, you can flick or splatter paint onto a work surface for an uneven splatter effect. It’s fantastic for creating an abstract landscape or a starry night or for just adding texture to a piece. Here’s more on this fun technique.
This method, often used in drawing, can also be used with paint (Georges Seurat’s work is a fine and famous example). Creating an assemblage of tiny dots to create imagery can be an effective way to show texture and to create a compelling scene with subtle variations in color.
Lee Hammond’s Big Book of Acrylic Painting helps beginners learn how to paint with acrylics, with 192 pages of information, tips, demos and examples. Read my detailed review and get a glimpse at the art and lessons in Lee’s book!
One of the great things about these techniques for building a painting is that they will grow as your skills develop. Mastering these basic techniques is like laying a groundwork for your future painting. These techniques can become more involved complex as you advance.
You’ve got your acrylic paint, your work surface, and you’re really inspired to paint. But how exactly do you do get started? Here’s a guide to acrylic painting techniques for beginners that will help you begin your artistic journey. Want more? Check out our other resources for beginning acrylic painters!
These live online painting lessons are taught by two seasoned instructors, Dennis and Nolan Clark. You can read more about Dennis and Nolan, and their teaching methods, in my in-depth review of their “Let’s Draw” Pencil Drawing Course, one of the best courses out there for budding artists
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A small, fine brush can be used to apply details, such as the whites of eyes or the glisten on the wing of a bird. In our tutorial on how to draw eyes, you’ll get a fantastic primer on detail work in acrylic, which can carry over to different subject matters.
Learn how to paint abstract art flower paintings! This fun acrylic painting tutorial walks you step-by-step through the process of creating fun & easy colorful abstract floral paintings.
Learn how to oil paint in the Classical Realist style with Delmus Phelps! If you want to bring your still life oil paintings to the next level, you’ll want to check this out.
Applying paint with a palette knife is an instant way to make your painting “artsy.” It might seem intimidating or advanced, but it’s a technique accessible even to beginners. Simply use the palette knife to scrape up a bit of paint and apply it to your work surface. Pretend that you’re artfully spreading buttercream on a cake or even butter on bread, and you’ll get the idea pretty quickly.
Layering, which can be combined with either of the two above methods, is simply to paint in layers. This means that you’ll build the painting from the bottom up. You’ll start by painting big blocks of color, often as washes, and then adding more and more refinement as you add layers.
Learn how to paint abstract art in this easy-to-follow painting tutorial that shows you how to paint colors and shapes to create colorful, fun abstract art.
Mixing acrylic colors is fairly simple: Combine colors and mix using a palette knife. But once you’ve mastered color mixing, you can explore some more creative methods. Here are just two.
My It’s All Good 2018 Calendar features 13 vibrantly colored positive phrases that are designed to inspire, encourage and motivate. This calendar also includes an exclusive 12 x 12 inch coloring page illustrating the phrase “Stand tall even when you feel small”. You won’t find this coloring page anywhere else! Check out this video flip-through to get a preview of every page.
Using a corner of a sponge or even a piece of paper towel, you can dab on accents of color. Think of it like very artistic sponge painting. Dabbing adds a lot of texture and movement to a piece. For instance, on the painting above, dabbing with a sponge perfectly captured the texture and movement of trees swaying in a light breeze.