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Category - Acrylic

These are the most commonly used acrylic painting techniques. Many acrylic painting techniques are similar to those used in oil painting. However there are also some techniques that are specific to acrylic paints.

Avoid Over-Blending

What is Over Blending? Over blending is what occurs when you mix your paint too much on your canvas. When you over blend you create problems within your work. Why should I avoid over blending? I usually avoid too much...

painting lesson on space division and composition

Unequal Space Division

There is one principle of composition that will help your paintings look more interesting to your viewers more than any other technique. The secret lies in how you divide your painting into shapes. The key design...

J.M.W. Turner Neapolitan Fisher Girls Surprised Bathing by Moonlight

Gradations And Edge Notans Assignment

Here is an assignment from one of our more advanced lessons in Workshop J, submitted by Luz. The assignment is designed to help you understand an important aspect of notan: gradations. Comment from Luz: I found this...

Secondary Color Harmony

What is Color Harmony? Much of the pleasure from viewing a painting is derived to a large extent from the harmony of colors used in it. Creating this harmony is the key to beautiful color work and a major part of the...

Impasto

What is Impasto? Thick paint. From the Italian ‘impastare’ – to make paste. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in finished paintings. If your primary goal is to capture the color...

Space Division- Interlocking Shapes

What are Interlocking Shapes? Space division in a painting is more interesting when you create two shapes that interlock, as in a puzzle or jigsaw puzzle. Example You can see the negative sky shape formed by the top...

color hue saturation value

Three Components of Color: Hue, Value, and Saturation

The 3 Key Components of Color: Hue, Value, and Saturation Understanding hue, value, and saturation is critical for creating beautiful color harmonies. These are the basic three key characteristics of color. Hue Hue is...

Creating Color Maps

Why Create a Color Map? There is one technique that will help you learn more about a color in a few months than many people learn in a lifetime. Not only will it help you learn color but it will help you come up with a...

Imprimatura

What is an imprimatura? The imprimatura helps you judge values better, and can also provide a base for optical color mixing effects. How to do it Mix black with a little phthalo blue together with liquin or with a...

Using Brushwork To Create Atmospheric Perspective

After a most spectacular display of spring wildflowers in California, I spent a week camped out in the country trying to capture some of the color. It was important to create a sense of depth in the painting so I used...