How to Mix Acrylic Paint

Hi friends! In this video I’m sharing the basics of mixing acrylic paint, demonstrating the two ways you can mix acrylic paint (on the canvas or on your palettes), how to blend your colours together on the canvas, how to tone down a colour that’s too vibrant, and how to avoid mixing mud while you’re mixing your paint!

I hope this video is helpful to you, please subscribe if you’re new, and leave me a comment if you enjoyed, thanks!

Resources mentioned in the video:

My Color Bias Video
How to Mix Grey Video
Acrylic Painting for Absolute Beginners Ebook

Thanks for watching!

-Ashley <3

3 Free Watercolor Painting Tutorials

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a few really great watercolor tutorials I found on Pinterest, and the best part is that they’re all free! These tutorials can help if you’re looking for watercolor painting techniques, how to blend watercolors, or how to add detail to a watercolor painting.  Click on the pictures to be taken to the tutorials, and enjoy!

Starry Night Watercolor Tutorial

This tutorial by Zakkiya of Inkstruck deonstrates how to create a pretty galaxy-style watercolor painting with a silhouetted landscape. It demonstrates the basics of painting wet-in-wet, which is how watercolors get their beautiful loose, flowy designs:

watercolor wet in wet technique

Watercolor Feather Designs in 3 Ways

This next tutorial by Rachel of Adventures in Making demonstrates how to paint a beautiful feather in watercolor using three different techniques.  The watercolor techniques demonstrated in this tutorial can be used in any other watercolor painting, so it’s worth taking a look!

watercolor painting techniques

Beginner Color Mistakes

This last tutorial by Singarl on DeviantArt shows the common mistakes beginners make when attempting to paint a scene. The tutorial itself is done on the computer, but the principles apply to watercolor, acrylics, oils, any color medium! It’s great color theory rules to keep in mind when you’re working on a watercolor landscape or still life.

watercolor blending techniques
Click the image to see the full tutorial.

 

So that’s it for now, guys! I hope these free resources help you in your watercolor adventures! It can be a big difficult to get the hang of, but painting with watercolors is one of my most favorite mediums because it can produce gorgeous effects that other mediums simply can’t. So stick with it, and till next time, keep creating!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Ashley <3

The Illusion of Time in Painting

Hi friends! So today I wanted to write a little tutorial-style blog post about the illusion of time in painting. A lot of beginners to painting and those unfamiliar with painting or art in general tend to think that a work of art is created in one long painting session.  We like to picture the artist infront of the canvas, painting for hours on end.  Letting all of the colours and textures come together in a fluid, magical rhapsody that results in a beautiful work of art. And while this may be true for some artists, for many it is far from the truth.

You don't have to dedicate hours of uninterrupted time to finish a painting!
You don’t have to dedicate hours of uninterrupted time to finish a painting!

In most cases, art is created in short, frequent bursts of work as opposed to a long unbroken painting session.  More like a cluster of sprints instead of one long marathon. We start a painting, go so far, then usually come to a point where we have to stop.  It could be that we need to wait for certain layer of paint to dry before we can progress, or maybe we need to stop and regroup because the painting is going in a different direction than we would like.  Or maybe we need to pause and find a new reference image for something we’ve forgotten the details of.  Or maybe we need to rest our eyes because we’ve stopped being able to see our mistakes or forms properly due to eye tiredness. Or maybe we need to pee.

A coffee break is sometimes just the break we need to continue our painting session.
A coffee break is sometimes just the break we need to continue our painting session.

The point of the matter is, one work of art is not created from start to finish without at least a few breaks somewhere in the midst.  A break could be as simple as pouring yourself a cup of coffee and returning with fresh eyes to your canvas, or it could be as long as a few days.

So don’t be discouraged if you feel your painting is “going nowhere”.  It actually takes many layers of paint (specifically with acrylics) before any real form starts to show.  So if you’ve invested a couple hours into a painting one afternoon and then need to stop to make dinner, don’t feel discouraged.  Your painting may not look very different than it did when you started working on it, but keep repeating that little painting session over the period of a week or two, and you’ll be surprised at the change that can happen.

Like many things in life, changes and progressions in paintings happen gradually, so gradually that at the time we may not notice too much of an improvement.  But after a while of continuous effort, a painting will gradually emerge, and you’ll be proud of yourself when you look back on how far you’ve come.

So paint whenever you can, even if it’s just a little 30 minute session here and there.  It will all add up, and eventually your painting will be finished, and you’ll be happy you stuck with it instead of scrapping it because you felt that it was “going nowhere”.

Have you ever struggled with this feeling? I know I have! Let me know in a comment below what you did to push through and finish your painting, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

Salt Watercolor Technique Tutorial

Hi guys! This video was requested by a lovely viewer, so here it is! Using salt with watercolor produces an effect similar to the alcohol effect, but without the fisheye-looking bubbles and rings. This salt technique makes an effect that looks more like frost, or snowflakes. It would be great for a snowy scene or even against a dark background as a starry sky.

The technique itself is easy to do, but timing it can take a bit of practice. Learn my tips for getting it right the first time in this video!

Watch the Alcohol Techniques tutorial here!

Leave a comment below letting me know how you like to use salt in your artworks, and thanks so much for watching!

-Ashley <3

3 Common Watercolor Mistakes & How to Fix Them

Hi guys! So mistakes are something we all make, and there are three mistakes in watercolors everyone makes (both beginners and experiences painters!). These are spilling paint on an unwanted part of the paper, paint mixing and flowing into an area you didn’t want it to go into, and paint drying with unintended sharp edges.

common watercolor mistakes and how to fix them

The easiest way to fix these mistakes is to avoid them altogether, but we’re not perfect and mistakes do happen. So this video lists some ways you can correct, camouflage, or if all else fails, cope with the common three mistakes in watercolor!

So please enjoy and let me know in a comment what’s the worst mistake you’ve ever made with watercolors, and what did you do about it?? (Mine was the reaching for the coffee incident I described in the video!) Oh coffee…the source and solution to many painting complications!

Thanks for watching!

-Ashley <3