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How To Create Luminous Acrylic Paintings: Glazing

translucent layer of paint brushstrokes
Glazing with acrylic paint can offer your artwork a truly luminous quality and it's a fairly simple process. The layers of paint create a thicker film of semi-transparent acrylic that helps to enhance the colours that you are using. A few simple steps can do wonders in enhancing the effects. Here's what you need to know if you want to try out this beautiful technique. It's very
easy to make.


1. Prepping your surface is an important…

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Why I'm Praising Spray Varnish


For a painter spray varnish is one of those things you just aren't drawn to using because we just love painting our varnish on with a paint brush. ....but this is an essential tool to have in your arsenal and here's why.


I was recently varnishing work right before an exhibition (not a good idea by the way!) and I had applied an isolation coat of medium before moving to the stage of varnishing. I went for a coffee to give it time…

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How To Prepare A Canvas For Acrylic Painting

A prepared canvas


Getting nerdy about preparing an amazing painting surface to work on can add such a high level of quality to your work. You can experiment with coloured grounds and textures to build up the surface for a unique effect or go with a more classic smooth and white finish.


If you have bought a prestreched canvas from a shop then chances are it has a layer or two of gesso on it already. These layers tend to be pretty thin so you can…

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Understanding Paint Made With Natural Pigments

A pile of blue powdered pigment

Natural pigments come from a wild array of sources from pregnant beetles to precious stones. When used as paint they offer a natural palette of harmonious colours , especially in comparison to the synthetic look of chemical pigments. Natural pigments are your oxides, cadmiums, carbons, ochres, and siennas. See a longer list of natural pigment names at the bottom of this article. The above image shows the pigment used to make Ultramarine…

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Understanding Paint With Chemical Pigments


Pigment and the words: think you know your paint? 

Whether you are a new painter or have been painting for a while you may not know that all paint pigments fall into two categories. Chemical or natural. Knowing this can help you as a painter - forever. It's one more point of knowledge up your sleeve. 


I am really a kid in a candy store when it comes to shopping for art supplies. I spend more time and money on these purchases than all my other shopping ! When it comes to…

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6 More Wacky Behaviours of Pigments

Semi precious stones and materials for pigments

When we buy our paint colours at the art supply shop we take it for granted that the contents of each colour come from remarkably diverse sources. Burnt wood, pregnant beetles, semi-precious stones,'s no wonder that some strange behaviours may manifest with some of these colours!!


Here are 6 strange behaviours that are worth taking note of in your pigments. 


6 More Wacky Behaviours of Pigments as provided by Winsor +…

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Are Your Favourite Paint Colours Likely To Fade ?

Piles of brightly coloured pigments

Some pigments are going to fade faster than others. It's a simple fact! If you have any concerns about the colours in your paintings fading you can rid your paint box of colours that have crummy lightfast ratings for a start. 


There are scientific labs that exist internationally that provide these ratings. The common place that provides ratings for north american art supplies is the ASTM (The Amercian Society for Testing Materials).…

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How To Stretch Canvases: All By Yourself !!

Someone stretching canvas with the words stretching canvas. 

Stretching canvas can be a good way to pay less for your painting surfaces and control the overall quality of your piece of art from the very beginning. You can custom the size of the canvases as well instead of having to stick with the standard shapes and sizes. So go ahead and make a freaky long and skinny canvas - if you dare! If it's your first time please start with a small size - like an 8" x 10" just so that you can practice.…

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Understanding Canvas: What You Need To Know

Canvas and the words: Know Your Canvas 

Canvas is a durable cotton fabric for painting on .... and that's where many artist's knowledge of canvas stops.  When buying canvas you are going to find that the shop will probably stock different types. If you've been blindly buying your canvas maybe you have just gone with whatever is cheapest, on sale, or more expensive (guessing that it must be worth it somehow).


Here's what you need to know about canvas so that you can make…

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