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Jan 31, 2011

Drawing with confidence.

Looking at how one holds a pencil may indicate how confident or otherwise, an artist is with their drawing equipment. As a professional T tutor, I watch

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Jan 31, 2011

perception

When you are painting a face for example, the parts of the face that protrude (i.e. the nose) should be slightly lighter than the rest of the face. To

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Jan 31, 2011

Drawing with confidence.

Most artists tend to use HB pencils when they are drawing. However, this grade can cut into paper leaving permanent grooves.... I prefer to use a

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Jan 31, 2011

Painting stars

In one of my compositions, I've wanted to paint stars - and not just as random points of light against the night sky but in constellations. Obviously,

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Jan 31, 2011

Cut price Acryilic Impasto Medium

Only reccomended for expermenting with as I've no idea about the long term stability of the following. Been expermenting with using decorating acrylic-based

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Jan 31, 2011

Cleaning brushes

I use shampoo to clean my brushes instead of dishwashing liquid. If it happens to be a natural bristle brush, I also use conditioner. Shampoos and conditioners

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Jan 31, 2011

Acrylic paint storage.

Acrylics will keep in medicine (pills, tablets) organizers that are easily available at pharmacies. By spraying regularly with water from a spray bottle

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Jan 31, 2011

Push and Pull Make the background count.

In this rose painting I painted water on the background and only when the shine had gone I painted in shapes of the back ground roses (as the paper was

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Jan 31, 2011

Salt effect

Inspired by a book I read, I found that while the colour is still wet to sprinkle a small amount of table salt which gives a very intreasting effects,

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Jan 31, 2011

How to make gray.

How to make gray - my 2 methods.

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Jan 31, 2011

Masking Alternative

I live in a country where art materials are in short supply. You can buy masking fluid here - 2 shops stock it and it's all from the same shipment -

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Jan 31, 2011

How to help your oils dry faster without your paintings turning yellow over time

I use a product called Liquin. You can get it in Original, Light Gel or Fine Detail. I use the Fine Detail, it makes the paint flow very easily and will

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Jan 31, 2011

Cheap, non toxic clean up

Use detergent, yes, regular liquid dishwashing detergent (not the store brands, but standard brands like Dawn, Palmolive, Sunlight) instead of turps, commercially

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Jan 18, 2011

Quick and easy storm clouds

First, wash in the sky ultramarine blue, then while it still wet, streak in some paynes grey diagonally. Next take a 1 brush and push it into the grey.

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Jan 18, 2011

A cheap pastel holder for those nubs.

I learned from a thread on Wet Canvas of an idea for a inexpensive holder for the nubs of hard pastels. Use the end of a disposable razor! Here's the thread

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