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Turn your attention to fluid mediums. Michele explains what they are and how they work as you practice using gloss and matte mediums.
Gel mediums are ideal for extending colors without losing their body. Rhéni shows you how to achieve varying thickness by applying and mixing regular gels with these thicker gels. And for dramatic texture, find out how thicker paints can help. Along the way, you'll pick up new applications for mediums you've already visited.
Nina walks you through constructing your own custom canvases, from buying supplies to finishing corners.
Explore more than 20 essential acrylic techniques! Add inspiring richness and professional quality to your paintings as you plumb the depths of modern acrylic mediums.
Rheni Tauchid
Rheni Tauchid
Harness the power of water and pigment for stunning results every time! Here, Kateri teaches you the basics of creating washes. Find out how to make, or avoid, blooms, how to fade edges and more.
You've got your acrylic paint, your work surface is ready to go, and you're really inspired to paint. Now comes the fun part: Actually putting paint on paper!
Jessie Oleson Moore
Discover how to set the stage for your trees with Peter's versatile technique for painting skies and other background elements. Peter shows you his preferred setup and method for working with quick-drying acrylics. Learn how to blend wet colors into each other to create beautiful, smooth gradations. You'll also see Peter's technique for glazing and creating a partial wet-in-wet blend, perfect for painting beautiful sunsets or depicting mist on the water.
Consider the qualities of aerial perspective as Lynne points out methods to create a sense of depth and distance using acrylics. Then learn how to mix and apply translucent glazes, a classic technique that will add an eye-catching glow and timeless appeal to your work.
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Improve the realism of your waterscapes by learning how to paint convincing reflections on both tranquil and choppy waters.
Peter John Reid
Peter John Reid
Start your second project: an atmospheric landscape of a cornfield in autumn. For this one, you'll use an expanded palette. First practice your washes for the sky and background. Then add texture and fill in the foreground to create the illusion of depth.
Create tonal washes using watercolor pencils using Nina's demonstration of a landscape drawing. Mix darks and lights for shadows and warm and cool color variations to add dimension. Learn how to save your white space on paper and add lines to create detail on top of the color-washed painting.
Build your skills and create a watercolor painting that you can be proud of, even if you’re a beginner!
Mary P. Murphy
Mary P. Murphy
Reason No. 486 to get your namaste on? So that you can make — and use! — a custom painted yoga mat. This project is a great way to express yourself by creating a downward doggone-cool piece of art that makes exercise fun. Plus, it's seriously easy.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Explore a more expressive, gestural watercolor style. Start by dropping color into a water glaze on paper and see if any shapes or subjects emerge. Then lift, push and pull the pigment to refine the shape, using colored pencils and pens to define your subject.
Jump into your first project as Sharlena helps you select a reference photo that will set you up for success. You'll learn how to rough in your sketch before creating a wash to lay in a base color for your work. Additionally, Sharlena shares valuable tips for making all of your works turn out exactly the way you want them to look.
Develop essential acrylic skills and paint a dreamlike landscape inspired by your imagination!
Greg Houston
Greg Houston
This competition show takes portraiture to the next level.
We're Watching
Elevate your art journaling with a variety of water-based materials.
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Join artist Micah Ganske as he draws on the basics of mixing, glazing and layering to create a narrative portrait.
Micah Ganske
Micah Ganske
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Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell return to host a new series of Sky Arts' inspiring fine art competition that aims to uncover the UK's next great portrait artist.
The capital cities of the British Isles play host to a competition to find the UK and Ireland’s most talented portrait artists and to celebrate the art of portraiture. The winner receives a £10,000 commission to paint celebrated author Hilary Mantel for the British Library’s permanent collection.
Take the next steps in your watercolor journey with three nature-inspired paintings.
Kateri Ewing
Kateri Ewing
Dive deeper into acrylic painting as you create two compelling abstract pieces.
Michele Théberge
Michele Théberge
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Artists. Innovators. Problem solvers. Tastemakers. Meet 16 brilliant creatives who boldly push boundaries and challenge the status quo, inspiring others to follow their hearts and pursue their passions.
Bluprint
Bluprint
Elevate your art journaling with a variety of water-based materials.
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Many artists use their work to express and question ideas about the self. In this Bluprint Original miniseries, we investigate identity through the lens of four individuals, taking a glimpse into their process as they embark on one of the most personal artistic exercises — the self-portrait.
Everything you need to start painting with acrylic — tools, techniques and more.
Nina Weiss
Nina Weiss
Build your skills and create a watercolor painting that you can be proud of, even if you’re a beginner!
Mary P. Murphy
Mary P. Murphy
Incorporate a daily sketching routine into your busy 21st-century life.
Suma CM
Suma CM
Record and celebrate your everyday and extraordinary adventures.
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Judith Cassel-Mamet
Everything you need to start painting with watercolors.
Kateri Ewing
Kateri Ewing
Master a mixed media combo for art that’s saturated with color, depth and creative inspiration.
Janie Gildow
Janie Gildow
Brush up on essential watercolor techniques and watch your abilities bloom.
Kristy Rice
Kristy Rice
Put a stencil on anything!
Ed Roth
Ed Roth
Go beyond the paint to breathe new life into your acrylics!
Rheni Tauchid
Rheni Tauchid
Stretch your creative boundaries with materials you’ve never tried before.
Carol  Nelson
Carol Nelson
Learn how to paint realistic-looking fruit using versatile watercolor techniques.
Anna  Mason
Anna Mason
Learn accessible techniques for beautiful mixed media!
Lindsay Weirich
Lindsay Weirich
Learn painting essentials to start working with oils and acrylics! It's never been easier with an online class you can refer to for years to come.
Patrick Howe
Patrick Howe
Improve the realism of your waterscapes by learning how to paint convincing reflections on both tranquil and choppy waters.
Peter John Reid
Peter John Reid
Capture any view that captivates you! Paint your favorite outdoor scenes quickly in loose, luminous watercolor sketches.
Angela Fehr
Angela Fehr
Capture the magic of the outdoors in well-composed landscapes with exceptionally vibrant color.
Robert Carsten
Robert Carsten
Simplify any cityscape to capture the character of your favorite urban scenes. Learn how to sketch building facades, textures, windows and much more.
Shari Blaukopf
Shari Blaukopf
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