Oil Painting Tips for Beginners

Oil Painting Tips for Beginners

People always think oil painting is the hardest medium to learn. I say it’s the easiest IF you do a few key things! I’m sharing some of those in these 8 oil painting tips! Tip #1 Paper Towels Oil paint doesn’t play nicely with all paper towels. The...
6 Tips for Beginner Charcoal Drawings

6 Tips for Beginner Charcoal Drawings

Charcoal is one of my favorite mediums for beginners to art to start with. It’s fast, it’s forgiving of mistakes, and it helps you to perfect your values! Tip #1 – Paper Type You can use charcoal on most types of paper, but if the paper is too...
10 Tips for Pan Pastels

10 Tips for Pan Pastels

Pan Pastels and colored pencil are a great mixed media combo. I’m sharing 10 tips on how I use them to get the best results! Tip #1 – Paper Choice Use a paper that the pastels will stick well to. My favorite is sanded paper. I use LuxArchival. Unlike ALL...
Color Mixing Painting Tips

Color Mixing Painting Tips

My friend Nick was having some trouble with color mixing. He sent me a video of the problem asking for help. The main issue I see in the video above is that he was using too many colors to try and mix what he wanted. Those colors all got him to the end result he...
Top 10 Tips for Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle

Top 10 Tips for Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle

Graphite Aquarelle is water-soluble graphite. It’s not like using regular pencils because you’re going to be painting! Tip #1 – Reference Photo These pencils can go even darker than usual graphite when you layer and blend them right! Choose a high...
Using Canvy to make your artwork look even better online!

Using Canvy to make your artwork look even better online!

Canvy is a service that lets you upload your art and save them in various rooms with different frames so that you can show your customers how great your work would look in their homes! Today’s video is sponsored by Canvy Use this link to get two free months of...
Top 10 Tips for using Derwent Inktense Blocks & Pencils

Top 10 Tips for using Derwent Inktense Blocks & Pencils

Do you need help with using Derwent Inktense? I’m sharing my 10 best tips for beginners with using Inktense. They’re similar to watercolor but different in some pretty major ways!\ Tip #1 Mix your Inktense blocks like you would a pan watercolor. Add water...
Why your colored pencils won’t blend right!

Why your colored pencils won’t blend right!

Have you tried odorless mineral spirits like Gamsol or Mona Lisa odorless paint thinner to blend your colored pencil and they came out grainy, blotchy or streaky? I’ve got the solution to your problem! Teresa sent me some of her work to demonstrate the problems...
Must-Have Charcoal Art Supplies

Must-Have Charcoal Art Supplies

If you’re not already using charcoal, you should pick some up! It’s inexpensive, fast to work in (if you’re like me and love that near-instant art gratification), and it’s great for perfecting your values. First, we need to get the supplies....
Christmas Gift Ideas for the Artist in Your Life

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Artist in Your Life

Here we go! It’s that time of year again where we have no idea what to buy for people! I’m here to help you choose gifts for the artist that won’t end up in a closet somewhere…unless that’s where they store the art supplies they love...
What is the best white colored pencil?

What is the best white colored pencil?

What is the best white colored pencil? Which one will show up the best over black paper? What about over dark colored pencil? How about over airbrushed backgrounds and sanded paper? These tips and techniques can make your whites stand out! Supplies used: (amazon...