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Top acrylic painting techniques explained


Acrylic painting Information

To be a professional artist, all you need to do is practice more. Painting will not be so easy from the start but with several classes or lesson, you can perfect your technique. With oil painting like acrylics, different techniques give you different results. The best way to get a good painting every time is to ensure you learn basic acrylic painting techniques, learn more about the differences between painting and drawing at https://www.arttothe5th.com/painting-vs-drawing-basic-comparison/

Rush grip and orientation and varying pressure

There are many brushes for acrylic painting which seems a little confusing at first but once you learn several gripping techniques you will e more comfortable using them.

While there are several gripping techniques available, oil and acrylic painting requires a fluid and precise movement while painting. This mean you should hold the brush as far back as possible for this technique to ensure you give sensitive strokes on the canvas.

You also need to master the brush orientation especially if it is double edged. The flat side of the bush is perfect for wide strokes and the sides can do sharper lines really well. When you master orientation, you will be able to paint precise strokes faster.

Most times, a heavy had is the first culprit of a ruined painting. When working with acrylic and other oil-based painting medium, the strokes define a balance between a ruined painting and the perfect one.

To get the perfect results, you will need to apply minimal pressure on the strokes. Familiarize yourself with heavy, medium and light strokes and how they appear on the canvas, this can help you minimize risk of ruining the painting during the process.

Top acrylic painting techniques explained

Be careful of the colors and medium

The painting medium plays an important role; it determines how the texture and finish of the painting is going to look at the end.  There are not standard measurements for the medium but you should avoid using too much because it will leave your paint flat.

Using the right kind of medium ensures the paintings comes out vibrant and energetic. Cleaning the brushes will help in keeping the colors on your painting untainted. Consider cleaning them as much as you can in between the color switches so you can leave them pure and intense throughout. Your painting skills can help you design professional logos for your websites and for your clients website, you can turn you painting passion into your dream job.

While mixing up the colors can add a rich flavour to the oil paintings, you need to find the right balance to reduce any confusion. Mixing more than 4 colors will reduce the vividness of your painting, unless that is exactly what you are looking for.

Start by mixing two colors and work your way up until you get the exact shade you were looking for. Paintings often feature different strokes all round which means the measurements, density and intensity of the paint is different.

Dry and wet brush

Switching up your brushes will definitely help you get good texture and style of your painting. Use both dry and wet brushed to increase gradients, transition and textures on your painting. This can also help you learn different techniques like wet in wet painting.

Keep in mind that when you are working with oil paintings, some techniques will work better than others.

The Documented Life Project – 6/7 (Week 24) Challenge


Journal Bound Workshop with Roben-Marie

Journal Bound Workshop

Showcase your gathered mail art stash within two uniquely styled and bound journals. Get those mailed treasures out of your bins and into an artful display – journal style.

Together we will travel a step by step approach to creating a colorful grungy cover in my signature messy style. Then we will bind our art-filled journals using a simple and creative system that once quickly learned can be used repeatedly to create handmade art journals from here forward.

Don’t have a mail art collection?

I will demonstrate an alternative using found papers. Beginners are welcome and encouraged in this workshop as each process is fully demonstrated to accommodate all skill levels. I even include downloads of my designs for your use.

So many possibilities, so much creativity. Pack your bags, we are Journal Bound!

As we all love a good sale, for a limited time, this workshop will be offered at a special price of $20!  Sale ends Saturday, June 7 at 8:00PM EST.

Spotlight Interview Artist – Debby Schuh

as interviewed by Rae Missigman

Debby Schuh

We are so thrilled to be featuring a very special and talented artist today – Debby Schuh.

Debby can’t remember a time when she wasn’t tucking her photos and all kinds of “stuff” into scrapbooks… she still has her scrapbook from when she was two years old! After teaching school for many years and working as a staff designer for Anna Griffin, Debby now shares her love of memory-keeping and story-telling with students at stores and events around the world. Her class projects are known for their clever techniques, design details, and meaningful themes. She says she is most gratified when her students are inspired to fill their creations with their own stories and photos and treasures – to use the projects they’ve made! She also takes ladies on shopping trips to New York, London, and Paris, guiding them to all her favorite places.

In addition to a busy teaching and traveling schedule, Debby has had her designs published in many books and magazines through the years and is the author of the book Kids Scrapbooking… Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Debby feels incredibly blessed to do what she loves – travel the world and meet wonderful people, do a little shopping along the way, and share her passion for preserving our stories. She lives near Buffalo, New York, with her husband Dave. Their two sons are living on opposite sides of the US now… one in California and the other in the Army, stationed in Virginia.

You can read more about Debby’s classes and adventures on her blog at debbyschuh.typepad.com.

A5: Where is your home and your studio?

DS: Buffalo, New York

A5: What kinds of art do you do?

DS: I am mainly a “paper-crafter.” This project is my first attempt at using mediums other than an ink pad and doing any type of “art journal.”

A5: What medium or craft did you start with?

DS: I’ve done just about every craft- from counted cross-stitch to embroidery to sewing to scrapbooking and stamping to decoupage to shaker-webbing- you name it and I have probably tried it!

A5: You are packing your art travel bag with your top five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.

DS: I travel all the time teaching paper art classes around the US and world, so I carry an art travel bag with me in case I get to work in my DLP planner. I have a glue stick, black ink pad, scissors, water color paints and a few acrylic paints, along with an assortment of cling stamps. I’m leaving this week for almost a month in Italy and Germany and I will be taking my art bag with me.

A5: What is your latest product discovery?

DS: I’m trying so many new things that it is hard to pick just one. I would say my favorite new discovery is the joy of doing a little “art” page just for me, just how I want to do it, in just my own style, in my DLP planner.

A5: Tell us about your work space.

DS: I am fortunate to have two work spaces- one is my studio which is a renovated “in-law” kitchen off our master bedroom, and the second it my “kit” room where I store all the product inventory for my classes and pack the project kits to be shipped around the world.

A5: What is one thing you MUST HAVE when you create? 

DS: I love to have it be quiet and I love my coffee!

A5: What do you wish you were better at?

DS: I wish I was better at drawing. When I taught school, my students even made fun of my stick people!

A5: What color(s) are you loving right now?

DS: Of course, my color is pink, through and through!

A5: What is your favorite pen?

DS: I don’t really have a favorite pen. I am a pencil girl for journaling and working in my planner.

A5: Photograph your favorite pair of shoes.

DS: My favorite pair of shoes or “Schuhs” are my boys!

To find more inspiration and read all about her latest adventures, visit Debby at her website HERE.

Documented Life Project 2021 – are you ready??

It is time!! for Documented Life Project

We are so excited to be sharing details of DLP 2016 with you.  It has been months in the making and even longer in the dreaming.

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We have combined all of our very favorite things into the unPlanner! We listened to those of you that emailed us to gently plead that you missed the planner aspect. We do too! The art journal was a wonderful stretching tool. The growth that we have seen in our member’s confidence and abilities makes us so proud! You all deserve a round of applause!

Now we are taking that new found confidence and ability and applying it to our planners. We are suggesting a structure that is very flexible. Add whatever your heart desires to make it perfect for you.

So without further ado – here are the details.

1.  We will be working in a small three ring kraft binder.

After hours of research, we found a binder and creative supplies that we LOVE. And some we designed ourselves!

We fully expect to need TWO binders for the year.  Tuck that thought away. We would love to thanks Cliqued Hosting for offering as free domain hosting and digital marketing our website.

2. We have created a kit

EDIT: due to high demand – we have a very limited number of pre-sale kits HERE

It is chock full of our very favorite items that we have collected for you.  As we did not want to see a repeat of last year where the journal was sold out everywhere online and then the price jumped drastically due to demand, we took control.

 The kit is NOT necessary for participation. Use your stash if you prefer!

3. DLP will work a bit differently this year.

It will be held in the classroom at the Academy.  This is where you find the downloads, challenges, class instructions and all manner of other goodies. This year, there will be a very small fee for the class.  We can no longer manage the escalating costs of this enormous effort alone so we are asking for $1/month (USD). That’s it – one dollar or 4 quarters or 20 nickels per month! As a thank you for your support, you will receive immediate access to a huge bundle of hand drawn downloads for your planner valued at $20 available in the classroom.

4. That is a $12 fee for the class and $20 worth of downloads free.

This is a win-win for everyone.

Ready?  Join the class…

5. We will have our DLP 2016 private Facebook group.

The FB group is ready for you to join immediately after joining the class. Our lovely moderators have signed on for another year and we could not be more grateful. These ladies are volunteers and are committed to making our community safe and supportive. And news that we are very excited about – A5 will be present on the FB group! We have missed you and will be available for conversations and community. Now that we are not working 24/7 to pay the bills, we can be with you. It is something about which we feel strongly!

6. We will officially start on January 1, 2021.

There will be a focus on art, list making, goal setting, community, friendships and documenting our lives. To make the time pass more quickly, Rae and Sandi have committed to documenting December. Grab your kit and play along with us! It will get us all warmed up and ready to go in January. Lorraine will join us in 2016.

And from Roben-Marie:

Hi, guys! I am taking some time off from DLP in 2016,  allowing me to focus on family and a variety of creative pursuits so my role will be more behind the scenes in the new year.

Pocket Journals Classroom Moves To Its New Home

Pocket Journals Workshop has moved to its new home HERE 

https://cliquedhosting.com/ is the new home for Pocket Journals, Pocket Journals Stamps and Art Cards plus coming soon hand-picked classes from our favorite instructors. Host anything you like, we have some best packages for your needs.

We look forward to seeing you in the classroom!