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Is It Okay for My Paints To Get Mixed Together in My Paint Box?

There's a couple of different ways you can use the paintbox. Dianna Shyne, a great acrylic artist, actually just scoops out piles into her palette from the paintbox with a palette knife. She's not really dipping her brush into her paintbox. So you could scoop paint out with a palette knife and...

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Reference photos are the X factor of painting - here's why

Reference photos are a seriously underrated aspect of painting. I often get asked the questions "What makes a good reference photo?"

Whenever I get asked this question by students I always answer, "It comes down to design." 

When I'm looking at a photograph there are a few design...

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How Do You Get Your Sta-Wet Palette Paper So Clean?

"I reuse my palette paper quite a bit and how do you make sure it is clean enough to reuse?"

Before I answer that question, let me take a step back. Often times artists who are just getting started with Acrylics ask me 'How do you keep your paint wet? My Acrylics dry out so easily!' ...

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How Many Times Should I Practice the Same Painting?

I'm not a fan of working on one painting for a really, really long time. If you can start and finish five smaller paintings rather than one bigger, longer painting, you're going to learn more.

As far as doing a scene over and over again, I know that there are people like Monet who painted the...

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Can You Explain the Dry Brush Technique?

There are different ways to use this technique but one way is to wait until the paint on your canvas is dry, put wet paint on your brush, and drag it, leaving a broken line. You can see it in this painting (above) around the leaf shapes. You can see places where the brush marks are kind of...

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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 a good place to sell my paintings?

Meet Carol Marine. a great artist who started painting small paintings. She slowly developed a following of others looking to sell their paintings paintings and created The Daily Paintworks website so that they could promote and sell their work.

They offer a subscription service for $12.95 a...

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What Type of Varnish Do You Use?

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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