This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

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This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

If you are a beginner and would like to share your art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion.

If you are a beginner and would like some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can either post in the WIP thread or start your own discussion.

Experienced Artists--please don't share your artwork in this group unless you are using it to answer a beginner's question.

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to beginner topics.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!


Discussion Forum

What type of art are my drawings?

Started by James Griffin Nov 28. 0 Replies

I've been drawing for over 5 years now and I'm not really sure what type of art or label I should put on my style. If anyone could look at what I've posted so far and help me out that would be great.

sooooooo intimidating

Started by Jennifer Gibson. Last reply by Ellen Pray-Lipscomb Nov 28, 2016. 4 Replies

I always wanted to try to draw. And I always wanted to paint. I started sketching in February to keep my hands busy because I was trying to stop smoking because I just was hospitalized on the 14th and I had 2 blood clots in my lungs. So to keep my…READ MORE

Acrylic on Cardboard

Started by carollee adams. Last reply by Ellen Pray-Lipscomb Nov 28, 2016. 5 Replies

I have been painting on Cardboard since Jan.   My goal has been to do something with Paints 5 days a week.   Cardboard has been wonderful for me...not intimidating, easy to throw out and free...just cut boxes apart.READ MORE

My very first painting

Started by kim fryer. Last reply by Cathey E. DeRosa Jun 7, 2016. 13 Replies

After weeks of following discussions on this site, researching for tips on painting with acrylics, I finally did it.  …READ MORE

Blending color pencils..

Started by Tina Rich. Last reply by Cole T Beedes Apr 6, 2016. 8 Replies

I am trying to learn how to blend color pencils and I am not doing a good job. Does anyone have any tips on blending?Thanks....TinaREAD MORE

hello, i've done some more pieces…i'm drawing every day!

Started by michele josiane martin. Last reply by michele josiane martin Mar 22, 2016. 8 Replies

hope these are ok to look t!…READ MORE

How much paint is needed?

Started by Judy Lynn. Last reply by Judy Lynn Dec 20, 2015. 2 Replies

i have a 16x20 canvas. how much acrylic paint will i need to cover the whole thing in a solid background color?  i get the liquitex heavy body 2 ounce tubes. the reason i ask is because i'll have to mix the color and want to be sure to make…READ MORE

Should I buy a kit, all single colors, or a kit plus a few single colors? I want Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic.

Started by María Camp. Last reply by María Camp Oct 11, 2015. 13 Replies

I found this recommended list online somewhere; however, I have also encountered suggestions to include Mars Black and Mixing White. I am a little concerned about the chemicals in the paints because I just read some articles (pro and con) about…READ MORE

Tags: cadmium, acrylic, body, heavy, Liquitex

Remove canvas?

Started by Judy Lynn Aug 14, 2015. 0 Replies

Does anyone have a good way to remove a canvas from it's stretcher frame? I can't get the staples out so I've been cutting it out with an exacto knife from the back side. (should I have added a comment instead of a discussion?)

Bigger canvasses and working on an easel

Started by Judy Lynn. Last reply by Judy Lynn Aug 12, 2015. 2 Replies

I'm finally painting 16x20 canvasses that are too big to work on flat. I'm on my 2nd on an easel. I've tried sitting, standing - which requires reseting the easel. I'd like some tips about working on an easel. Where do you have your palette, water…READ MORE

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Comment by Elizabeth McEwan on November 5, 2014 at 2:18am

Comment by Elizabeth McEwan on November 5, 2014 at 2:17am

Hello - I am new to this forum and also very new to painting. I have been procrastinating for almost a year and recently put a DVD tutorial I had purchased into the computer and away I went. I was amazed at how quickly I could turn a blank sheet of canvas into something that to my eye resembled a rather rustic Australian Landscape. I am now onto my 2nd painting on the same theme by incorporating additional items such as clouds and Aussie gum trees. Once I figure out how to upload the painting I will post it and will also welcome your comments and advice as to where I can go from here. I am still a bit of a coward and experimenting with shading and blending using only 2 colours - burnt umber and white. Hopefully I will soon have the confidence to move to more colours .... baby steps .....

Comment by Lynn He on November 4, 2014 at 8:42pm

Hello!  I just joined.  Glad I found this site!

I am looking for two things:

1.  Resources to get ideas for different lettering styles.

2.  Good guidance for mixing vivid paint colors (any type of paint) and using them in unusual ways...whether Impressionist, post-Impressionist or contemporary in style.

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated!

~Lynn H.

Comment by Ruth E. Sager on September 20, 2014 at 4:57pm
I am painting landscapes at the beginning stage. I am using acrylic paint. What I am finding is that the paint is going on heavier then I want. For example a sky, water, mountains. How do I overcome this?
Lighter brush strokes? Most times I feel I am not holding the brush right. I have a lot of trouble with trees, trunks, branches, etc. all in a day of practice as I am finding.
Ruth sager
Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on July 29, 2014 at 4:58pm

Hi Subhadip, Yes, technically you can use your synthetic watercolor brushes to paint with acrylics - just be sure to clean them right away because acrylics can harden quickly which can damage the brush.

One thing to keep in mind though is that the acrylics might change the shape or alter the bristles of the watercolor brush, because acrylics have different properties than watercolors, so the brushes are designed slightly differently. Therefore if you want to paint with watercolors as well as acrylics it might be better to keep two different sets of brushes. Be sure not to use natural hair brushes with acrylics, only synthetic.

And yes, you can clean the brushes with water and soap when you are done. Hope this helps! :)

Comment by carollee adams on July 28, 2014 at 4:42pm

Yes, I have used soap and water in a class using acrylic gloss mediums.

Comment by Subhadip Bharati on July 25, 2014 at 11:56pm

When I do acrylic painting on paper can I use my usual synthetic water color brushes? If yes, can I wash those brushes with water when I've finished my work with an acrylic gloss medium?

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 21, 2014 at 6:53am

just finished. toison d'or pastel background on reeves 110gsm, crayola washable markers, crayola supertips, glasochrom pencils.

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 21, 2014 at 6:44am

erm, i fell over yesterday. this picture is called 'my head'. then i have a W.I.P.

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 19, 2014 at 3:52am

my first lion sketch on ingres fabriano coloured using HB clutch-type staedtler mars technico pencil.

no reference photo - one would have helped, i'm sure. this was from a you tube tutorial.

i think i need to study form. some practice with form and perspective. what are your comments? please consider constructive feedback for my work. thank you, friends. 

michele xx


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