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What’s the Difference Between Gouache and Acrylics?

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Acrylics and gouache are water based paints that clean up with soap and water. While they can have similar appearances, they each have unique properties which make for completely different painting experiences.  What is the difference between acrylics and gouache? Gouache paint is opaque watercolor then remains water soluble after it dries. You can use it on paper or illustration …

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Can You Use White in a Watercolor Painting? Includes Examples

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When you’re first learning how to paint with watercolors, you’ll wonder if it’s okay to use white in your paintings. Teachers sometimes discourage the use of white, but famous watercolor artists use it successfully in their paintings. So, what’s the answer? Can you use white in a watercolor painting? Yes, you can use white in a watercolor painting. Watercolor artists …

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The Complete Guide to Canvas Panels

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If you’re new to canvas panels, you may have a number of questions about what they are and how to use them. In this post, I’m going to explain all of the various aspects of painting on canvas panels.  What Is a Canvas Panel? Canvas panels are rigid boards with a layer of canvas glued to them, they’re a good …

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Do You Need to Stretch Acrylic Paper?

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If you’re new to acrylics, you may be wondering if you have to stretch acrylic paper before painting on it. Do you need to stretch acrylic paper? You don’t have to stretch the acrylic papers that I mention in this post. You can begin painting on them without any preparation because they’re extra thick and contain enough sizing to prevent …

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What Colors Make Brown? The Ultimate Guide to Mixing Brown

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In this post, I demonstrate how to mix brown, dark brown, and light brown. I include a video demonstration and a free PDF that contains all of the recipes for mixing brown. These formulas will provide similar results in acrylics, oils, watercolor, and gouache. How do you mix brown? Brown is basically dark red or dark orange so the easiest …

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Can You Paint on Both Sides of Watercolor Paper?

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There are a number of reasons why you may want to paint on the back of a sheet of watercolor paper. For example, it’s a good way to make use of failed paintings, or perhaps you just prefer the texture. Painting a double page spread with watercolor in a sketchbook is another instance where you have to to paint on …

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What Is a Watercolor Block?

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If you’re new to watercolor painting then you may be wondering what a watercolor block is and how to use it. I first saw a watercolor block when I was in high school. I couldn’t figure out why it was glued on all four edges until my art teacher demonstrated how to use it. What is a watercolor block? A …

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3 Ways to Frame a Canvas Panel

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I like painting on canvas panels because they’re convenient and the wood board makes them resistant to damage. They’re great for painting outside because they’re thinner than regular canvases. The one downside is that you can’t hang them on a wall unless you frame them. Some artists aren’t sure about how to go about framing them. How Do You Frame …