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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 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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The Abundance of Art in Haiti

The Abundance of Art in Haiti

So many art forms surrounded me everywhere I went in Haiti. Artists found inspiration all around them. Boats, waterfalls, wildlife as well as the local people were displayed on many types of materials. There were artists who carved their designs into wooden bowls and urns, depicting life on the island. Wooden items, canvas and found items like metal scraps served as surfaces for paintings. Color and vibrancy filled every piece of artwork. Other artwork came from an unlikely source. Artwork…

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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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