Category: How To

  • How To Make Paint Binder Without Gum Arabic

    How To Make Paint Binder Without Gum Arabic

    Most paints are made using Gum Arabic but what do you do if you’re making your own paints and don’t have any gum arabic? You have to learn how to make paint binder without gum arabic. All you need is xanthan gum, glycerin and some water. You can even follow the ancient Egyptians and use […]

  • Framing Pastels Without Glass Using This Simple Money Saving Hack

    Framing Pastels Without Glass Using This Simple Money Saving Hack

    Every art medium has its own considerations when framing, especially pastels. Pastel paintings are fragile because of the pigment’s susceptibility to smudging. Framing pastels without glass is possible but it is highly not recommended, no matter if it’s for home or gallery hanging. Pastel paintings need glass to protect them from damage and UV rays.  […]

  • How To Store Oil Paintings While Drying – Pro Tips

    How To Store Oil Paintings While Drying – Pro Tips

    When learning how to store oil paintings while drying you need to know that oil paint is notorious for taking a long time to dry.  The exact length of time it takes depends on such factors as the quality of the paint, its foundational ingredients, and even its color. Oil paint will generally start to set after […]

  • How to Get Better if You’re Good at Drawing Bad at Painting

    How to Get Better if You’re Good at Drawing Bad at Painting

    Art making, specifically drawing and painting, helps people stay connected to the world.  While this is true of any creative expression, from collage making to sculpting, drawing and painting seem the most closely related in that they both concern themselves with mark making.  However, it is not always the case that someone can be good […]

  • How To Use Colored Pencil Over Acrylic Paint For Effect

    How To Use Colored Pencil Over Acrylic Paint For Effect

    When I first started creating mixed media artwork, one of the first things I wanted to know was can you use colored pencils over acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is a versatile medium that can be used for a variety of applications. It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other media to […]

  • What Is Floating Medium? Learn How To Use It Now

    What Is Floating Medium? Learn How To Use It Now

    What is floating medium? Floating Medium is a commercially produced additive for paint. It is a medium that has a gel-like consistency and is used mostly by watercolor and folk artists to help with painting watercolors and water based paints using a technique called “Floating” to create interesting effects with highlights and shades. This medium […]

  • What Can I Use Instead Of Masking Fluid – Just Arrived

    What Can I Use Instead Of Masking Fluid – Just Arrived

    Masking fluid allows an artist to preserve paper or paint by protecting it from additional layers of paint. Both watercolor and acrylic painters can use masking fluid. However, for artists that don’t like using masking fluid, if you’re wondering what can i use instead of masking fluid then there are several cheap products that can […]

  • The Best Minimalist Aesthetic Flower Drawing Ideas You’ll Love

    The Best Minimalist Aesthetic Flower Drawing Ideas You’ll Love

    You want to draw minimalist aesthetic flower drawings but don’t know what they are or how to start. Just about every artist, casual or professional, starts their drawing education with line art. It’s simple, easy, and trains your hand-eye coordination so you can get your idea out of your head and onto paper. Line art, […]

  • How To Print Onto Watercolor Paper – You’ll Love This

    How To Print Onto Watercolor Paper – You’ll Love This

    Did you know that you can use an inkjet printer to print onto watercolor paper and paint over it? It is a relatively simple process, and almost anyone can figure it out even without a lot of technical know-how. Additionally, you can make high-quality, professional-looking art prints to sell or share with others. If you are a […]