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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Hello and Welcome to the Beginners Group!


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

Mountain River

Started by Richard Giordano. Last reply by SueB Sep 3. 2 Replies

My first acrylic painting from therapy class and no lessons...Do not know if any of you are struggling with the brush and canvas as I did, I hope this is a source of inspiration to begin.Enjoy the view and thank you for visiting.…READ MORE

New Member First Posting

Started by Judith M Mosley Jan 31, 2018. 0 Replies


sooooooo intimidating

Started by Jennifer Gibson. Last reply by Judith M Mosley Jan 31, 2018. 5 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

What type of art are my drawings?

Started by James Griffin Nov 29, 2017. 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.

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 12, 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

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Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on July 10, 2011 at 8:57am
Wayne, when I lived in the UK I ordered online from They seem to have a good selection - not sure how prices compare with other UK art stores though.  There was also a stationers I went to - can't remember what they were called - they sold mainly books but also had an art supply section with very affordable canvases, brushes, paints etc.  That was several years ago now so I can't remember the name!  If it comes back to me I'll let you know.
Comment by Wayne Llewellyn on July 10, 2011 at 6:59am
Can any one point me in the direction of a good cheap art supplier. Thanking you all in advance for your help.
Comment by Donna Duquette on July 5, 2011 at 2:14pm
Hi Pauline, and welcome to the Beginners group!  You've asked an excellent question!  I'm going to create a discussion thread and answer there so that it will be easier for other members to read and share their thoughts.
Comment by Pauline Donohoe on July 5, 2011 at 11:01am

Thanks Donna for setting up this group.  I'm a beginner teaching myself to draw and experimenting with pastels, coloured pencils and graphite.


I have a question to start of the group with!  I'm wondering if it is best to use photos to draw from when learning or to draw from real life. Is it a matter if what ever is easier, or is it better to do both, or is one better than the other for learning.


I'm always torn between whether I should try and draw a real still life I've set up or a photo. Somehow when I use a photo I feel I'm being a bit lazy as it seems easier lol.  But I'm not sure if it really is.  Or is it better to draw in plein air instead of landscape photos. Are photos a substitute for not being  able to get outdoors or are they good to learn from.  Thank you and I look forward to your reply. Sincerely Pauline


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