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Learning to Paint: 5 Things You NEED to Know

How to Start Painting

If you're someone who wants to learn to paint, this article is for you. We cover the important inner game of getting yourself to begin and the practical game of buying the right supplies. If you follow these tips, you can experience the excitement and sheer joy of painting.

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Questions & Answers: Learning to Paint with Mike Svob

 
By Jed Dorsey
 
In this session Mike Svob joins us from Whiterock, BC. In 2001 I saw my very first acrylic paintings in a gallery in Whistler, BC. I fell in love instantly. Mike was one of the talented artists and ended up being my first instructor in acrylics. I was so honored this fall...
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What Colors Beyond the Basic Colors Do You Recommend?

It can be so overwhelming to know what colors to purchase. There are so many. You can use a very limited palette using one of each of the primaries (plus black and white). But you may want to add to that palette instead of mixing all your colors. Sometimes it's easier when colors have been...

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What is the Best Lighting For My Studio?

One of our Acrylic University members asked, "What kind of light bulb do you use in your studio? I've noticed that the lighting in my paint area is not correct and I have been reading about lumens and light appearance. Do you take these into consideration?"

If the light on my canvas is too...

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Are Paints Mixed Together in My Paint Box OK?

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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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 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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