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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.
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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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Mix the glowing, harmonious watercolors you want, every time. Learn how using fundamental techniques and a limited palette of just six pigments.
Kateri Ewing
Kateri Ewing
Create lifelike watercolors without a lifetime of practice! Use easy-to-replicate techniques to achieve results you're proud to say you painted.
Anna  Mason
Anna Mason
Use acrylic or oil paints to capture the grace, power and personality of horses in portrait. Learn how to paint these magnificent animals using simple techniques.
Andrea Gianchiglia
Andrea Gianchiglia
Discover the fundamentals you need to start painting with three water-based mediums that are easy to learn and a joy to paint with!
Nina Weiss
Nina Weiss
Take your painting skills to breathtaking new heights! Capture the beauty of the sky at any time of day using acrylics or oil paints.
Kathleen  Moore
Kathleen Moore
Capture all the color and beauty of trees, as they appear at any time of year. Learn how to paint realistic branches, bark, canopies, leaves, blossoms and more.
Marianne Broome
Marianne Broome
Capture the energy and excitement of travel in spontaneous sketches. Learn fast, fun and flexible techniques for sketching on location in mixed media.
Marc Taro Holmes
Marc Taro Holmes
Paint lifelike watercolor portraits of any dog or cat! Capture all the personality of pets with gorgeous washes, realistic details and tremendous textures.
Deb Watson
Deb Watson
Paint breathtaking, impressionistic sunsets in a matter of hours. Learn techniques for composition, capturing light, finishing and more.
Larry Moore
Larry Moore
Create beautiful, lifelike flowers that bloom from your canvas! Build oil painting skills for composition, color, form, detail and more.
Jay Senetchko
Jay Senetchko
Sketch breathtaking landscapes with confidence using fundamental pen, ink & watercolor techniques.
Shari Blaukopf
Shari Blaukopf
Learn to select and mix the perfect acrylic pigments for results you love.
Mary  Morrison
Mary Morrison
Expand your repertoire of advanced watercolor painting techniques to infuse your work with interest and excitement.
Mary P. Murphy
Mary P. Murphy
Bring new energy and interest to your work. Learn inspiring mixed media techniques for working with a variety of acrylic paints, mediums and dry materials.
Bonnie Cutts
Bonnie Cutts
Draw any scene that catches your eye in ink and watercolor! Depict the world around you in fascinating detail using a relaxed, methodical approach.
Steven Reddy
Steven Reddy
Capture the beauty and power of the ocean in vivid acrylic seascapes. Transport viewers to breathtaking coastal shores!
Tom Swimm
Tom Swimm
Mix the colors you're dreaming of using just a handful of paints. Plus, learn what causes muddy colors so you only create them on purpose.
Carol  Mclntyre
Carol Mclntyre
Mix, blend and paint true-to-life skin tones for more realistic portraits.
Brian Neher
Brian Neher
Capture the breathtaking beauty of birds in graphite and ink. Achieve accurate proportions, realistic features, colorful ink washes and more.
George  Boorujy
George Boorujy
Paint realistic portraits from photographs. Learn essential oil techniques to achieve convincing dimension, lifelike skin tones, refined facial features and more.
Suzanne Brooker
Suzanne Brooker
Learn essential watercolor techniques. Create vibrant, vivid forestscapes that are a joy to paint.
Ronald Pratt
Ronald Pratt
Learn essential techniques for the painterly approach. Embrace a looser look to bring energy, movement and depth to your oil paintings.
Val  Nelson
Val Nelson
Create remarkably radiant flowers in acrylic with essential color mixing and application techniques. Paint delicate petals, realistic shadows and vibrant highlights.
Lexi Sundell
Lexi Sundell
Learn essential techniques for painting trees in acrylic. Capture the awe-inspiring qualities of every season in forestscapes that transport viewers to tranquility.
Peter John Reid
Peter John Reid
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