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Special Acrylic Painting Mediums – Tips for GACs

Special Acrylic Painting Mediums – Tips for GACs

Feel confused by all those GAC mediums on the art store shelves? What ARE they all for?  I am happy to share what I've learned through many years working as a Certified Working Artist for GOLDEN, and how I use these mediums in my paintings. First things first!...

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PAINTING IDEAS FOR BEGINNING ARTISTS

PAINTING IDEAS FOR BEGINNING ARTISTS

If you find yourself house bound and stir crazy, here are three family-friendly, not-too-messy, non-toxic painting ideas to stay creative even if you can't get to the studio. Use these ideas to paint at home, along with children and friends of any age and art...

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5 Best Acrylic Pour Painting Techniques

5 Best Acrylic Pour Painting Techniques

Amy Anthony is Guest Author on Nancy Reyner's blog, writing this article on Acrylic Pouring. Acrylic Pour Art involves an incredible mix of colors where the textures and shapes are developed strictly from the pouring of paint. The art itself is stunningly beautiful,...

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How to Create A Great Painting

How to Create A Great Painting

  What Makes A Great Painting? An answer everyone can agree on may appear impossible. For the past decade I’ve delved passionately into this question. I discovered a significant tool that makes an average painting soar into the arena of great. Using this tool in...

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Tips for Using Glitter with Resin

Tips for Using Glitter with Resin

Here's an article I wanted to share that has good advice on using metallic glitter with pouring resin. It's from a company that specializes in resin pouring products called Resin Obsession, and written by their guest writer Tess DiNapoli. Enjoy!  How to Get...

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Painting Small but Big

Painting Small but Big

Size matters. At least for painters. Small paintings appeal to us like a precious gem. Medium sizes self-reflect like a mirror. Larger sizes evoke an expansive space. The size of a painting significantly affects a viewer's experience. With this in mind I recently...

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Best Ways to Express Emotion in Painting

Best Ways to Express Emotion in Painting

Painters paint for many reasons, and I believe emotion is one of those. The act of painting in itself can be a release of feelings, or a way to handle life events. So emotion plays a part in the making of the work, but it also plays a part in the viewing of the work....

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Acrylic Mediums, Gels & Pastes. What are they?

Acrylic Mediums, Gels & Pastes. What are they?

ACRYLIC - It’s not just paint! Acrylic is an amazing medium for fine art painters. Acrylic research and development has taken acrylic far beyond what any other medium, like oil or watercolor, can do. When we compare acrylic to all the other available mediums for...

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Award Winner Linda Harbert

Award Winner Linda Harbert

Linda Harbert, The School and It's Environment, oil on canvas, 35.5" x 47.25" The journey an artist takes in creating their work has always interested me. From their first decision to create art to the point where they discover their work is uniquely theirs can take a...

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The Complete Guide to Acrylic Painting

The Complete Guide to Acrylic Painting

Nancy's Most Popular Course on AcrylicFind the magic to bring your visions to life on canvas. From your very first brushstroke to your ultimate masterpiece – this course has it all.A Do-it-yourself courseFully demonstrated techniquesAcrylic Paint. You'll love it!And...

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How to Paint with Layers – in Acrylic & Oil

How to Paint with Layers – in Acrylic & Oil

To capture rich depth and atmosphere in my paintings, I use layering techniques, applying one layer over another, until the final effect I want is achieved. My paintings shown above and below are created this way using multiple layers. The process of layering while...

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Oil Pastel – A Great Medium for Painters!

Oil Pastel – A Great Medium for Painters!

Oil Pastels are Versatile Oil pastels are still my number one favorite medium, even though I also paint with acrylic and oil. When working with oil pastels I feel as if I am able to combine both painting and drawing qualities using just this one medium.   Oil...

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