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Liquitex Basics: The Best Student Grade Acrylic Paint?

Student grade paints are made with less expensive materials and are considerably cheaper than professional paints. There are many student grade paints on the market, and they vary in quality. While I typically recommend professional grade acrylics if you can afford them, there are many circumstances where student grade paints may be the best option. I was once an art …

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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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The 6 Options for Painting the Sides of a Canvas

In this article, I cover the 6 most common options for painting the sides of a canvas. I also include a number of tips to help you decide which option is best for you. The most popular solutions that I’ve seen are to paint the edges a solid color, leave them white, or to frame the painting. 1 Leave the …

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Liquitex Acrylic Gouache Review and Demo Painting

I’ve always wanted to try some version of matte acrylics so when Liquitex announced they were introducing a line of acrylic gouache, I knew I wanted to give them a try. There are fifty colors to choose from and they range from opaque to semi-opaque.¬† They also offer sets of primary colors or fluorescent colors. In this review, I’m using …

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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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How to Photograph Art: Solutions to Common Problems

Introduction Below are the solutions to the most common problems that I see artists encountering when photographing their own artwork. Being able to take accurate photos of your artwork is very important. It’s the photographs of your paintings that are what makes the first impression on collectors, jurors, and art lovers. As an artist, you should strive to improve your …

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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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Do I Need to Prime a Canvas for Acrylics?

Priming a canvas with gesso is necessary when painting with oils because the linseed oil in the paint will eventually cause the canvas to deteriorate. You may be wondering if the same problem exits with acrylics. Do I need to gesso a canvas for acrylic Painting? No, it’s not necessary to gesso a canvas when painting with acrylics. You can …

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Can I Hang a Painting in the Bathroom?

You’ve bought a painting that you absolutely love, and you think you’ve found the perfect spot for it. The only problem is that the “perfect spot” is in the bathroom. Can I hang a painting in the bathroom? Original works of art shouldn’t be displayed in the bathroom because of the frequent changes to the temperature and humidity can damage …