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What Is Tempera Paint? Everything You Need to Know

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Tempera paints are common in schools because they’re easy to use and inexpensive. Even though tempera paint is popular, there’s some confusion about what it is and what it’s made from.  What is tempera paint? Tempera paint is a water based paint that cleans up with soap and water. Most brands are certified non toxic and are free from allergens. …

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Does Watercolor Paint Expire? Everything You Need to Know

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Have you ever found an old set of watercolor paints that you had forgotten about? It’s like finding hidden treasure, but the question is–are they still good?  Does watercolor paint expire? According to manufacturers, tubes of watercolor will last for 5 years. Pan watercolors should be good for at least 10 years. This varies depending upon the storage conditions. Moldy …

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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 …