Arts

Forget the Frame: 7 Creative Ways to Display Your Artwork

When it comes to displaying your art in your home, you automatically think of picture frames. Am I right? While frames offer a traditional, clean way to display art, it’s nice to have some variety and make things interesting once in a while. Switch up the look of your artwork in your home with these easy-to-create and fun art displays! 1.Clothes ...

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Tips for Painting with a Limited Watercolor Palette

Limiting your watercolor palette can push your creativity and result in a beautiful piece of art. As long as you have a few basic watercolor skills and supplies, you can give it a try with this tutorial. I’m creating a beautiful card with this tutorial, but it’s also a great exercise to learn a new skill. Materials Used: A piece of ...

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Paint Lush, Lovely Cherry Blossom Trees in Watercolor

Spring is in the air! Get inspired for longer and warmer days ahead by making a beautiful cherry blossom painting in watercolor. This simple tutorial is accessible for artists of any level. Even better, it requires minimal supplies and yields beautiful results. Try out this simple method for how to paint a cherry blossom tree, and then take it further by experimenting in ...

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7 Simple Strategies for Creating Watercolor White Space

Have you ever seen a watercolor painting that looked a little dull or not quite right, but you couldn’t figure out what was missing? It may be that the painting lacked enough white space or negative space. White space in a watercolor painting lets the artwork breathe. White space gives it life. One of the most important things to remember, and one ...

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Working in Reverse: How to Paint on a Black Canvas

When you’re learning to draw and paint, it’s common to hear the following: start light! Don’t press too hard with your pencil or add too much pigment to your acrylic painting. Gradually build up your tone and color. Perhaps these guidelines are why it can be so daunting to paint on a dark canvas—and not just dark, but black. But the truth ...

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Watercolor Palette

What type of watercolor palette works well for you? With so many shapes, sizes and styles, it can be hard to know which one is best. The good news is that there’s not one type that is “better” than the others, however that also means that it can be tricky to find which one fits your style! Deciding on a ...

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Shake Up Your Urban Sketching: Add Colored Pencils!

If you’ve been practicing your urban sketching for a while and are looking for ways to shake it up, why not try changing your medium? For your next sketching trip, consider updating your urban sketching with colored pencil. Most urban sketchers work in pen or pencil. Fewer people work in colored pencil, but this medium is urban sketching’s secret weapon ...

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4 Must-Know Pencil Shading Techniques

It’s amazing how a simple drawing tool such as a pencil can be used by different artists and yield such different results. Still, all those artists use some of the same techniques, especially when it comes to shading. With these pencil shading techniques, you can explore all kinds of artistic expressions. 1. Smooth Shading You can get a super smooth ...

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2 Ways to Set Up a Basic Color Palette for Watercolor Painting

Whether you’re just starting out with watercolor painting or you’ve been at it for a while, setting up a basic color palette with the most useful colors and your go-to ones is essential. Why Set Up A Custom Watercolor Palette? First of all, it’s incredibly convenient. Before you sit down to paint, you don’t have to wonder what colors you should use ...

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How to Draw a Beautiful, Lifelike Bird

Birds are my favorite creatures to draw and paint, and my most frequent request from students: “I want to draw a bird, but it looks so hard!” Drawing a realistic bird all comes back to seeing our subject closely and paying extra attention to the eyes. When our bird has a spark of life in its eye, the rest falls ...

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