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Mixed-media birds by Kellie Day
Hi, I’m Kellie Day, a mixed-media painter, art mentor, and art educator for Golden Paints. It’s important to have quick, easy projects to get you painting...
Chinese Brush painting supplies for painting a chrysanthemum flower
Chrysanthemums are the symbol of the Fall season in Chinese Brush painting. Mums come in a variety of colors from the traditional yellow to orange, red, pink, purple, and white. For this painting we will be using the xieyi or “Freehand” style of painting which focuses on conveying the essence or spirit of a subject rather than an exact likeness. Required Chinese Brush Painting Supplies...
Have you ever lost track of time watching painting tutorials on YouTube? I know I have! And I’ve found some really AMAZING painting videos I’d like to share. Today I’m going to list over 50 of the best “how to paint” videos that I’ve watched in the last few weeks. I’ll start with the videos that apply to all painting mediums, and then share several...
painting of a nigh sky with stars over silhouetted mountains and lake
Have you ever wanted to paint a night sky, with all its stars and galaxies? Today’s tutorial will show you how! This tutorial tends to be...
Painting supplies for a Chinese Brush Painting lesson, including a brush, and watercolor paint tubes
In my last tutorial we explored painting sunflowers in the Chinese Brush painting style. This time we will be painting Magnolia blossoms on a branch. Required Chinese brush painting supplies For this painting you will need a medium-size mixed-hair brush, often called a “flow” or “combination” brush. The inner part is made from stiff bristles which help the brush retain a nice point. The outer...
3 framed sunflower paintings painted in the Chinese brushpainting style
Sunflowers are very fun to paint in the Chinese Brush painting style. This is a painting style that uses simple brushstrokes to convey the essence of a subject. For today’s project we will be focusing on the xieyi style which means “to write a picture.” There is no pre-drawing of a subject; all painting is done with the brush. The idea is to convey the...
Photo of thick and thin paint layers
Did you know that learning to draw objects you see around you in real life is one of best ways to learn to paint? The foundational techniques in drawing create a platform to learn how to paint more effectively. If you’d like to brush up on your foundations so that you can paint better, read our new guide How to Draw EXACTLY What You See....
Are you trying watercolors for the first time? If so, here are 5 tips to kickstart your watercolor painting experience: 1. Start off light With watercolors you have to paint from light to dark (the reverse is almost impossible). So try to go as light as possible for your initial layers, and plan for your darker layers later. 2. Add multiple layers to increase contrast...
I am a Canadian watercolourist and have been painting landscapes, florals, and buildings with lots of character for over 30 years. I especially enjoy scenes that are sunshiny days with dancing shadows across the landscape or buildings. While watercolour is my preferred medium, I do enjoy trying my hand at various other mediums, like this painting, Guardian of Thornloe, where I used watercolour crayons on...