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          Got more canvas tote bags than you know what to do with? Rather than let them pile up in the closet, give 'em new life with a stencil and paint.
          Bluprint
          This Easter basket is filled with brightly-colored eggs, pink chicks, jewel-like jelly beans and a big chocolate bunny. What could be sweeter? With this simple tutorial, you can dream up your perfect basket, then bring it to life with watercolor.
          Margie Moore
          Paint a duckling that'll waddle right into your heart. It's the perfect Easter — or springtime— project!
          Margie Moore
          Real talk: you can never have too many adorable bunnies in your life. And in just a few steps, you can capture the twitching noses, gazing eyes and long, floppy ears in watercolor. Hop to it!
          Margie Moore
          Forget store-bought cards: opt for one that's hand-painted instead! This lacy heart is perfect for that someone special on your Valentine's Day list.
          Margie Moore
          Fact: you can never go wrong with a handmade gift. But if your recipient lives far away, navigating how to ship your homemade goods can be totally stress-inducing, especially a painting. What if it's too big for an envelope? Or it gets wet in transit?
          Elise Engh
          There's more to painting clouds than loading your brush with white paint and making big blobs in the sky. Remember, there are different types of clouds — throwback to grade school science class! — and each has its own opacity, shape and way to paint it. So whether you want to paint a landscape en plein air or work from a photo, these are the four cloud types to know — and the tricks to keep in mind when making 'em.
          Margie Moore
          Sometimes you've gotta mix it up — especially when it comes to making art. If you're itching to experiment with abstract painting, you've hit the inspiration jackpot.
          Bluprint
          Watercolor sketching refers to any watercolor work that's completed quickly, with a loose, informal style. It's often used as a "warm up" for a bigger, more detailed painting, but it's also a great practice for any on-the-go artist.
          Bluprint
          Blue summer skies and starry watercolor night scenes are fun to paint, but dreary days deserve some love, too. Think of a snowy day, the pearly light of a cloud-covered sun illuminating the horizon. How about a November morning with drizzle so fine it tints the air with silver mist?
          Kateri Ewing
          Kateri Ewing
          Whether you're a watercolorist, acrylic maven or colored pencil crazy, we've got a flower-fabulous project for you to tackle! Don't sweat it if you've got a black thumb — these blooms will never wilt and will always brighten your day.
          Bluprint
          If one art medium is good, two or more is even better, right? Mixing up your materials is a great way to open up new creative territory with your artwork. Give it a try and if you're lucky, you'll surprise yourself!
          Bluprint
          Long, lovely days mean... more time for painting! These seven projects are all about that easy summer vibe.
          Bluprint
          As if acrylic paint isn't cool enough already, modifying it with different mediums makes it positively magic. Just by mixing your medium of choice into your base paint, you can make your paint thicker, thinner, shinier, textured and even change how long it takes to dry. The first step: understanding the basic types.
          Sandrine Pelissier
          Let it snow and let the paint flow! Freezing temps are the perfect excuse to cozy up with your brushes and create a few wintry works of art. Cocoa optional.
          Bluprint
          Whether you're painting from a reference photo or working en plein air at your favorite park, creating landscapes has got to be one of the most relaxing and inspiring forms of painting. And the more different subjects you tackle, the more your skill set will grow.
          Bluprint
          Outdoor watercolor painting is something I recommend to all of my students. When you're out in nature feeling the air and watching the light change right in front of your eyes, you can bring more than just an image of a landscape to your paintings; you can bring a sense of atmosphere and emotion.
          Kateri Ewing
          Kateri Ewing
          Watercolor painting isn't just about where you put your paint, but also where you don’t. Leaving some white space on your paper gives your paintings contrast, creates highlights and puts the snow on those mountaintops.
          Sandrine Pelissier
          The days are getting longer, and you know what that means... more daylight for painting! So grab a palette and get ready to bloom, big time.
          Bluprint
          If you already know your way around the basics of brush and palette, it's time to let your skills set sail!
          Bluprint
          So many acrylic paints, so little time! If you ever wandered the aisles of an art-supply store feeling half-excited, half-overwhelmed, we feel you. You just need a little guidance. So here's a quick lesson on the main types of acrylics out there and what each can do for you.
          Paul Heaston
          A pet portrait is an excellent way to honor your fur baby, BFF (best feathered friend) or other beloved critter. Painting one is easier than it may look; in fact, you might be surprised to learn that capturing a pet’s likeness on canvas actually uses many of the same techniques as painting any portrait.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          There’s an old saying in my family that the best way to ruin an adventure is to bring too much stuff. I have found that to be true for en plein air watercolor painting, too.
          Kateri Ewing
          Kateri Ewing
          So you're comfy with the watercolor basics, and now you're looking around for something to paint. We've gotchu. These fave projects range from sweetly simple to ahhh-mazing, and we love every single one. Time to wet your brushes!
          Bluprint
          At first glance, making green paint is easy: Just mix yellow and blue. Done!
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Too big! Too small! Just right!? Picking the right art-canvas size can be tricky — and highly subjective.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          You thought you'd mastered the tree back in preschool — a brown rectangle topped with a big blob of green. But once you traded in those tubs of tempura for tubes of acrylic, you learned the humbling truth: Trees are actually pretty tricky to paint well, especially if you're going for a bit more realism.
          Brandon Schaefer
          If you've got a disposable plastic dinner plate, you have a painting palette. Just saying: Many artists, myself included, started out with one of those.
          Dorothy Lorenze
          You were in kindergarten when you learned to mix blue and yellow to make green — and you nailed it! Yet somehow mixing watercolors to create just the right shade still seems hard. How exactly do you get the right color and consistency and not end up with a big puddle of mud?
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Stocking up on paint brushes can put a serious dent in your art budget, especially if you're buying high-quality ones. You want to protect that investment, don't you?
          Paul Heaston
          Let's be honest: You don't need to stretch your own canvas anymore. You don't need to prime your own canvas. You don't even need to paint your own painting.
          Paul Heaston
          Splatter painting, the technique made famous by Jackson Pollock, is energetic, unpredictable and a whole lot of fun. It's also a lot harder than it looks.
          Sara Barnes
          It's pretty much impossible to paint animals without knowing how to paint fur. True, not every species has fur, but if you want to paint animals that look real, at some point you'll need to deal with the fur factor.
          Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz
          Acrylic and watercolor might seem to live in two completely different universes. After all, the two mediums result in dramatically different looks. Acrylics deliver a flat, opaque, almost plastic-like finish. Watercolors, on the other hand, create a luminous look, full of tonal variations, depending on the amount of water used.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          When you're painting a landscape or a seascape, keep your eye on the sky. Sunny, stormy, cloudless or hazy, the sky can play a supporting role in your composition, or it can be the most riveting element. 
          Maria Stezhko
          This Valentine's Day, give a piece of your heart with a cool mashup of collage and watercolor. Not a watercolor fan? No sweat — you can reinterpret this design using markers, colored pencils or even glitter. Whatever medium you choose, your boo will heart it.
          Kristen Magee
          We get it: Painting with watercolors can be challenging, especially if you're a newbie. Who out there can create a killer artwork the first time they try a new medium? Yeah, no one.
          Cady Driver
          Taking a journey to anywhere can jump-start your creativity. But that's not all a trip can do. It can also help you edit your watercolor supplies as you pack. The payoff: a lightweight, portable kit that lets you paint as well on the go as you do at home.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Lifestyle
          You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. But how to make it happen when there are so many options? The truth: Just. Go. Start.
          Liz Callahan Schnabolk
          One of the best parts of winter is watching falling snow. (Sorry California, you're stuck with this all year round.) So wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to capture that magic in watercolors? Of course it would. Here's how to do it.
          Maria Stezhko
          Water is endlessly inspiring to artists. There's something deeply compelling about its ever-changing nature, whether in a still, reflective pond or a rushing stream. But water is also one of the most difficult things to paint realistically in acrylic.
          Brandon Schaefer
          Sometimes when you're working with acrylic, you want your paint to have a more liquid effect (like if you're painting a water scene). Diluting acrylic paint in water isn't necessarily the path: if you dilute beyond 50 percent, the paint won't cover your substrate evenly or adhere well. That's just frustration waiting to happen.
          Sandrine Pelissier
          We all know that painting a portrait is a challenge, and painting a portrait in watercolor is even more so. But if you do it right, a watercolor portrait can be an incredibly satisfying project.
          Paul Heaston
          You already know red plus yellow equals orange, yellow plus blue equals green, and blue plus red equals purple. But did you know those combos are only a tiny fraction of the millions of colors you can create just by mixing primary colors?  
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          People who've never used acrylic paint before think it's a tough medium to master. It's anything but. In fact, it's one of the more accessible methods of painting for beginners. Supplies are minimal and the method is easy when you break it down. 
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Got paints. Got paper. Go for it. We're never going to discourage free-roaming exploration. But if you want to ground your watercolor play in a little technique, we've got you covered.
          Bluprint
          Painting a watercolor landscape is about more than copying nature. You don't just want to show a mountain; you also want to capture a mood and really express how that gorgeous scenery makes you feel.
          You've decided to take up acrylic painting, have your supplies all ready to go, and are totally psyched to sit down and get started. But then it hits you smack in the face: A blank canvas can be a little scary. Yup, painter's block is totally a thing. The good news? You can get through it with help from our six prompts below.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          From Vincent van Gogh to Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and Cecily Brown, the list of art world superstars who've experimented with watercolors is endless.
          Sandrine Pelissier
          Watercolors are notoriously unpredictable. Whether you're new to watercolors or have been rocking these paints for years, one thing is certain: Mistakes will be made.
          Maria Stezhko
          Oil paint brushes might look skinny, but they definitely punch above their weight. Those brushes are the most important tools in your art arsenal, so take the time to find the right ones for you. You won't be swiping right on every brush you try, but once you figure out which ones you love using, the happiness factor goes way up.
          Dorothy Lorenze
          Your canvas is ready, and so are you. Time to create your masterpiece! But there's a big decision you still need to make: what kind of paint to use.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
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