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.
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.
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.
April showers bring... May watercolor flowers! This project is a win for any artist, no matter where you are on your watercolor journey. And it's a great way to build your skills in manipulating tints and shades. (Believe it or not, this gorgeous composition only requires four basic colors!)
Starry night or cloudy dusk, we can't decide which watercolor sky we love more. The key to painting both of these gorgeous scenes is to work quickly without letting the paint dry. Once you're done, you'll be a master of the wet-on-wet watercolor technique!
Unleash your inner artist! Learn to paint an abstract piece in oil and wax with expert guidance from artist Kristen Abbott. Kristen walks you through the process step by step, sharing methods and techniques that you can use for this and future projects. Even if you're new to painting, you'll come away with a piece that you'll be proud to hang.
This bold bloom is so fresh you can practically smell it! But creating this painting isn't about perfect realism. Instead, you'll play with rich, bright colors and explore tons of different watercolor techniques in a loose, free approach.
Mama and baby birds are a first sign of spring — and the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day. This card is fun to customize to your family, and it'll come out great even if you've never tried watercolor before. Tweet!
Get hoppin' and string up a colorful, festive garland before that Easter Bunny arrives! This project is easier than dyeing eggs (though that's another fun way to spend a crafternoon), and is a great way to get the whole fam in on the holiday action.
For this year's holiday cards, flex your painting skills! These fancy snowflakes pop with color and are crazy simple to create, so you can whip up a custom version for everyone on your list. Grab your brushes, fill a cup with water and let's go!