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 Donna Duquette on February 13, 2014 at 5:02pm

Hi Patty, welcome to the group!  I'm sure everyone has their favorite products, but I usually use Mod Podge or acrylic gel medium.  The acrylic gel medium costs a bit more, so I tend to use Mod Podge when I'm just goofing around.  I also use contact cement (mine is called Amazing Goop Craft) to glue "stuff" like charms, buttons, etc.

Comment by Patty meiners on February 12, 2014 at 10:41pm
What type of glue is best for gluing pages of altered books together, gluing items into an altered book, and gluing items to the paper in drawing, doodle, entangle, etc.? Thanks
Comment by Lisa Booker Bown on December 17, 2013 at 1:29pm

I have just bought a set  of Faber Castel pencils and they are great.. i also have water soluble graphite set which is  Dewent.. both are nice quality that dont keep breaking of when you sharpen them

Comment by Kat on November 8, 2013 at 4:12pm

Hi guys, can anyone explain "egg tempura paint"? Thank you!

Comment by Jan Heck on October 8, 2013 at 9:50pm
Welcome Justin, here is the best place to grow your art, have fun, make new art friends that enjoy what you do, you will find laughter and serious artists and most of all everyone here will be great encouragers. Have a look around you will be amazed at the wonderful art you will see to enjoy.
Comment by Pat on October 8, 2013 at 3:05pm

Welcome Justyn, you will enjoy this site, great people...Look through the Gallery Justyn, there are quite a few paintings of dogs..

Comment by Justyn Simon on October 8, 2013 at 3:02pm

Hello, I'm Justyn, I'm new here on art colony and I have been into drawing for over 4 years now. I enjoy drawing animals, mostly dogs

Comment by Jan Heck on September 11, 2013 at 11:41pm
How do I start painting on a picture I started 16yearsago. How do I prepare the canvas before I put paint on paint on the canvas?
Comment by roberta Wilson on September 6, 2013 at 1:42pm

Thanks for the help  Anton Abela and Kenneth A. Haines for your help. Anton, I can wait as long as you need me to and appreciate whatever you can offer me.

Comment by Anton Abela on September 6, 2013 at 10:27am

Hello Roberta...
If you can wait till next Monday I can provide you with a little list of books/publications relating to Acrylic paint, colour, techniques etc. (have to hunt for mine)
Till then ... :)


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