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The Difference Between Mars Black and Ivory Black

At first glance, choosing a black paint seems like an easy decision. The two most popular black pigments are Mars Black and Ivory Black. One is warm and the other is a cool, you just have to decide on which one you want to use…right? Not exactly, It’s a little more complex than that. So what’s the difference between Mars …

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Yellow and Black Makes Green

You may find it perplexing that yellow turns green when you mix it with black. Some artists use this to their advantage when painting with a limited palette, but it can catch you by surprise if you aren’t expecting it. So, why does yellow turn green when you add black to it? Dull olive green is an accurate representation of …

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Acrylic Color Mixing Chart: Free PDF Download

Click on the following link to download my free acrylic color mixing chart as a PDF. (Please read the section on acceptable uses). It contains 29 color mixing recipes for mixing the most common colors used in painting. Prints of it are also available. Color mixing can be confusing, even for experienced painters. I created this chart to help make …

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9 Acrylic Blending Techniques

There are a number of blending techniques that you can use with acrylics. In this post, I demonstrate 9 ways to blend acrylics using a different brands of regular and slow drying acrylics. I demonstrate each blending technique by creating a simple gradient on a canvas panel. Throughout the post, I also provide a few examples of my paintings that …

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Magenta Is the Secret to Mixing Purple

If you’re having trouble mixing purple, it’s probably because you’re mixing red with blue. For reasons explained in this post, mixing red and blue creates brown. So how do you mix purple? The key to mixing a brilliant purple is using magenta instead of red. You can mix purple from Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue. Other blues, such as Ultramarine …

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The Top 90 Art Terms in Plain English

In this post, I cover the top 90 art terms that are most relevant to drawing, painting, and photography. There are many terms that are unique to art. You’ll encounter new words and phrases when learning about art through books, magazines, and workshops. If you don’t understand what they mean, it will be difficult to follow the discussion. Some of …

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Color Mixing Demo: Matching 8 Colors With Acrylics

Everybody has a simple understanding of the basic color mixing recipes, but it requires more skill to match a color exactly. Fortunately, there are some basic strategies and principles that you can learn. In this article, I discuss the basic color mixing strategies that I use for achieving exact color matches. It includes a 20 minute video where I match …

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11 Ways to Mix Black Paint

While it’s convenient to buy a tube of black and squeeze it out on your palette, there are a number of benefits of mixing your own. Aside from learning more about color theory, you can free up an extra spot on your palette. The black that you can mix from other colors is more interesting than the black you find …

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The 7 Colors You Need to Begin Painting with Acrylics

If you’re a beginner, selecting a set of colors to start with can be intimidating. Some lines of acrylics have over hundred colors to choose from. Obviously it’s not practical to buy them all. It would cost a fortune, and it would be impossible to manage all of those colors on your palette. So the next logical step is to …

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8 Palettes for Acrylic Painting

There are a wide variety of palettes available for acrylic painting. In this post I cover every palette that I have tried and I explain what their advantages and disadvantages are. I also offer tips on how to arrange your colors on the palette in the most efficient manner. These palettes aren’t listed in any specific order. Visit my recommended …