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Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Acrylic Painting for Beginners

You’ve always had the itch to start painting but never knew where to start. Acrylic paints are a great place to start. They create amazing results, yet are easy to use and quick drying. There is no mixing chemicals, like you do with oil paints. Some of the tools you’ll use are similar to what I talked about in my “Watercolor Painting for Beginners” post. This includes using quality materials. Choose Quality Brushes Look for brushes that have quality bristles….

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Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor is such a unique, fun way to paint. We all painted with watercolors as children. Now try it as an adult. Choose Quality Brushes Choose brushes that have quality bristles. You do not need to spend a lot of money. Choose one or two brushes of high quality instead of a large pack of brushes that lack quality. Experiment with different types. I enjoy painting with bamboo brushes. Purchase Watercolor Paper Normal art paper will bleed when you apply…

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How to Design and Create Your Very Own Art Gallery Wall

How to Design and Create Your Very Own Art Gallery Wall

Surround yourself with art you love on a daily basis. That is where art gallery walls come in. They are your own personal museum you get to “tour”daily. Think about the pieces you want to include. What to Include The art doesn’t need to include priceless masterpieces. Think prints from local artists that catch your eye. If you have children, you can frame their artwork. Don’t leave out your breathtaking vacation photos. Even thrift shop finds count. Frame them or leave…

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How to Stretch a Canvas

How to Stretch a Canvas

There was nothing else to do except bring home some of the art from Haiti. I purchased this beautiful landscape painting from a street vendor. He removed the frame and rolled it so that I could travel with it on the plane.  I called a few local framing shops as well as visited Michael’s once I got back home. Many didn’t offer what I was looking for or were extremely expensive. Artist & Craftsman Supply assured me I could stretch…

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Creating an Inspiration Board

Creating an Inspiration Board

Being goal oriented helps us to grow. When I was younger I had so many goals. As I near 30, I am glad to have reached so many goals and milestones. However, I also can tell when I start to feel stagnant. This means I need new goals to achieve. As a visual and creative person, inspiration boards are a great way for me to be goal oriented in a creative way. We have so many things like Pinterest and…

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DIY: Host a Wine and Painting Party

DIY: Host a Wine and Painting Party

  There are so many wine and painting places popping up. They are great places to get together with friends. Have you ever thought of hosting one at home? It’s easier than you think. What to buy: Wine of course (one bottle per group of three people) Appetizers Canvases in a range of sizes Acrylic or gouache paint (One or two sets will work for a pretty large group of people. If purchasing individual bottles, purchase a color range of…

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DIY Drop Earrings

DIY Drop Earrings

A while ago I made similar earrings as gifts for friends. So I decided to share how I made them. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself. Step 1: Decide which beads to use and add those beads onto the earring post. Step 2: Slide one earring hook on top. Step 3: Position the pliers about 1/4 in (0.5 cm) from the hook, then bend at that point. Step 4: Another 1/4 in (0.5 cm) from the…

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