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Paint a Tiny Storefront using Mixed Media in 7 Steps

Paint a Tiny Storefront using Mixed Media in 7 Steps

Size does matter, no matter what you've heard. In this case, Mike Thomas shows us in his FREE demo how small may be somewhat challenging but is just as enjoyable as big.  Grab a coaster and some art supplies; we're doing a tiny urban painting, a quaint blue store from Soho, in West London. Let's do this mini mixed media challenge together! Step 1: Tools and Prep  You'll need a coaster made of thicker paper or cardstock. If you're reusing one from your last pub visit, make sure it isn't too destroyed. Because coasters were designed to be incredibly absorbent, you'll have to prime...

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How to Create Depth in Lineart in 4 Steps

How to Create Depth in Lineart in 4 Steps

Do you feel as though your fineliner pen drawings are a bit flat? Or do you struggle even to put the lines in the right places once you commit your sketch to ink? These are both common struggles when you’re just beginning to use fineliner pens, and luckily they are easily overcome with a bit of practice.  A good line drawing starts with a good sketch, then comes to life if you know the right tricks. Megan Biffert, known for her paintings of houses, came in for a FREE Demo and showed us all about how she starts her paintings...

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Introduction to Drawing and Painting with Coloured Inks

Introduction to Drawing and Painting with Coloured Inks

There's a medium similar to watercolours which has little to no need for diluting or "prepping" the paints. It is coloured inks, also called drawing inks. While they're not precisely the same as liquid watercolour, I'll explain the differences and show you what you can do with them. What are Coloured Inks? Coloured inks are liquid colours used for writing, drawing, or painting, unlike watercolour in the sense that they're already diluted but similar in performance.  They're also often made from dyes instead of pigment granules, which means most will have a staining effect. Plus, almost no inks will have the granulation factor found in some watercolour paints....

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How to Paint a Watercolour Landscape with a Limited Palette

How to Paint a Watercolour Landscape with a Limited Palette

Painting landscapes doesn’t have to be labour-intensive or filled with too many colours to keep track of. Anastasia Milly’s FREE landscape painting demo shows us how simple and fun watercolour can be, even when using a limited palette! Let’s get right to it then, shall we? Step 1: Prep and Skies  As always, the first thing to do is to make sure you have your workstation and tools prepped and ready to go. This includes a 9” x 12” or A4-sized block of cold press watercolour paper (300gsm, and 100% cotton as we’ll be using a lot of water), artist’s...

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6 Steps to Painting Dreamy Clouds in Watercolour

6 Steps to Painting Dreamy Clouds in Watercolour

One major thing that draws a painter to watercolour is how light and ethereal the clouds often look in well-made watercolour paintings. It takes practice to achieve this look, and there are numerous techniques to try! Eleanor Mill has an approach that I haven’t seen anywhere else, and, likely, you haven’t seen too many people do it either, so in this post, we’ll be recreating a painting she made in a FREE Demo to understand her method better. Step 1: The Sketch As with nearly all watercolour paintings, this one begins with a light and minimal sketch in graphite. Don’t press...

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How to Paint a Vibrant Seascape using Watercolour in 8 Steps

How to Paint a Vibrant Seascape using Watercolour in 8 Steps

You may be used to seeing watercolour paintings have desaturated pastel colour schemes, but that’s not the only way they work! Elina Zhelyazkova joined us for a FREE Demo recently in which she shared her technique for making a seascape with rich, dreamy colours. Let’s follow along step by step to learn her secrets! Step 1: A Light Sketch Draw a faint indication of the horizon line and a little sailboat, just dark enough to see but not so dark that it will show through the paint later on. Step 2: A Generous Wash Wet the entire page so it’s nice...

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