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What Product Do You Recommend for Glazes?

In our recent VLOG on YouTube you can see how I did a glaze over a painting and used Golden fluid acrylics (jump ahead to 5 minutes and 24 seconds to see how I do this) which is a great product to do glazes. Now this wasn't a step by step tutorial, so I thought I'd explain a little...

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Is Daily Paintworks Website a Good Place to Start Selling My Paintings?

Carol Marine, a great artist who started painting small paintings, and then developed a following of people who were also painting small paintings, created The Daily Paintworks website so that they could promote and sell their work.

They offer a subscription service for $12.95 a month, and you...

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What Type of Varnish Do You Use?

supplies varnishes Jan 09, 2020

What type of varnish do you use on your paintings? Gloss or matte or a combination of both? Any advice on the application?

I have a couple of different kinds of varnish that I use. For smaller works, I use the paint-on kind that you’d apply with a brush or a roller or a spray varnish...

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How Can I Avoid Overworking My Brushstrokes?

I have a tendency to overwork and go over my brush strokes until sometimes they're no longer visible. So how can I avoid this pitfall?

Be intentional about what you're doing. It's controlling your mind, and letting your brain say, "Okay, I'm not going to work anymore." You are in charge of your...

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What is the Best Way to Package Artwork for Shipping?

There are lots of ways to package and ship paintings but this is what works for us!

These are the supplies you need to get started:

tools for packaging paintings

1. Foam Wrap - This is to protect the painting, especially the corners which are easily damaged in shipping. 

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How Can I Make Small Snippets of Bright Color Peek Out Throughout My Painting?

jed dorsey underpainting Dec 22, 2019

Just Off The Beaten Path - 18x24 - Jed Dorsey

If you want to have bright colors shining through in the end, the first step is to have an underpainting that's bright - like quinacridone magenta or quinacridone gold. The second step is just simply to not paint over everything––but to...

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Are Golden Open Acrylics Suitable for Landscapes?

In a recent Q&A one of our members asked:

"Have you used Golden Open Acrylics? I use them for portrait work because they blend so readily, but I'm not sure if they're suitable for landscape painting."

Golden Open Acrylics are acrylic paints that stay wet longer than traditional acrylic...

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How Do I Photograph My Paintings?

photoshop taking photos Dec 19, 2019

This depends on what you're trying to do. If you're trying to take a good enough image that you can make prints from you definitely need a high quality camera. I have a couple different ones. I have a Nikon D5300. And a few cameras that we use for video work - Panasonic Lumix G5s. They...

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What I Learned About Painting Trees From Artist Edgar Payne

Which Is The Real One?

We are starting the new monthly learning modules soon which will look at how to paint all sorts of subjects, from trees to mountains, water to clouds, and so much more. And as we were planning out the first set of lessons - which will be on trees - I kept thinking of Edgar...

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How Can I Keep My Paintings Loose?

painting loose supplies Dec 16, 2019

Grab the biggest brush that you have and don't grab a smaller brush!

That's the easiest and most straightforward answer. Just keep the big brush in your hand and honestly, force yourself not to use smaller brushes. Maybe at the very end take out a small brush and give yourself a limited number of...

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