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A comparison of craft, student, and professional quality acrylic paints.

Best Acrylic Paints for Beginners

If you are interested in painting with acrylic paints, you are probably wondering, “what are the best acrylic paints for beginners to buy?” There are tons of options on the market and it can be SUPER confusing to know what to get! Let’s consider three of the most important considerations when selecting paints; cost, quality, and performance and compare a few options. CRAFT PAINTS: First let’s talk about craft paints. Craft paints can be found at […]

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Step by Step Flower Painting – Learn to Paint Fall Chrysanthemum Flowers

Flowers are one of my favorite things to paint. They are easy to find, so they are always available as reference, and once you learn some basic painting techniques, you can paint many different types of flowers pretty easily. Since autumn is just around the corner, I decided to paint some chrysanthemums with acrylic paints and I’d love to walk you through the process! Continue reading for step by step flower painting instructions. Here’s what […]

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Selling on Etsy: How to Create a Successful Online Shop

STARTING AN ETSY SHOP One of the most rewarding and profitable things I have done during my career as an artist was to start selling on Etsy back in 2012. I thought it would be a good way to sell some of my original paintings, so I listed three paintings, added my name to my shop, and waited for them to sell. Then I waited some more… and some more… and some more… Well, I was […]

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Zodiac Wall Art Online Class

My latest class on skillshare.com teaches you how to paint a galaxy and stars on a wooden panel and add your favorite zodiac constellation with decorative nail heads. This trendy celestial wall hanging makes a great DIY birthday gift idea or looks great added to a gallery wall display. If you want to learn how to prepare a wood panel for acrylic paints, blend acrylic paints, paint stars, or prepare a piece of art to […]

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5 ways doodling can improve your life

5 Ways Doodling Can Improve your Life

Get it done! Figure it out! Pay attention! Calm Down!… ugh!! Life is so busy and stressful and just plain overwhelming sometimes! What if I told you that there was an easy, fun, and totally accessible way to help you to 1) be more productive 2) solve problems 3) find focus 4) relieve anxiety 5) and increase your creativity and happiness? The good news is that there is a way, my friend. It’s the simple […]

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Painting Roses with Acrylic Paints

Painting roses is easy and fun in this acrylic painting class on skillshare.com. This course is for anyone interested in learning: 1)      how to paint easy, loose, and fun decorative roses and leaves step by step.  2)     a simple method for creating dimension and interest in your paintings. 3)     some basic brushstrokes and the brushes you need to make them. 4)     easy to understand rules on how to compose […]

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