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Basic Instruction

Learn the basic techniques to get you started in no time!

Collage, Anyone? star
Composing a collage from found items and things found in nature. A good project to do with kids or grandchildren.

Color and Beyond star
Using color to it's best advantage is often a daunting task. This is a book that will help you learn everything you wanted to learn about color but were afraid to ask!

Creating a Dream Board for Your Art star
Create a dream board to help you visualize and realize your artist goals.

Drawing: Perspective, Shading & Shadows star
Use of good perspective, shading and shadows can make or break any work of art. Mary Gibilisco has produced a superior learning experience for anyone who wants to learn "everything you ever wanted to know about perspective, shading and shadows".

Food For Painters star
Relieve some of the stress of the holiday season and give yourself more time to paint by using some quick, easy painter's recipes that use very few, everyday ingredients and get you out of the kitchen fast!

Get the Most Out of Your Online Art Class star
Online art classes are exploding in popularity. What could possibly be better than art in your pajamas and in your own house? Use these offerings to your best advantage by following these key tips.

Getting Started with Gel Meduims star
Explore the big wide world of gel mediums for your acrylic paints.

How to Get Started on a Blank Canvas star
Tips and ideas to help you move past the blank canvas, pick-up your paintbrush, and flex your creative muscles.

I Can See Clearly Now - Shapes star
To make your artwork easier, you can begin to "see" the people, places and things around you in a different way. This article will get you started.

Inspiration For Spring Paintings star
Finding inspiration for your next painting can be as easy as taking a nice walk on the next beautiful spring day. You will find ideas galore in this article!

Kid's Artwork For Father's Day star
An art project for Dad or Grandpa for Father's Day could be something you and your child can create together. Best of all, it's FREE and Dad will enjoy it over and over for months!

Learning to Draw on the Right Side of the Brain star
Perhaps you thought you could not learn to draw or you could stand to increase your drawing skills or just make the whole process easier. This book can and will do all of the above by following the simple exercises it shows.

Lettering on Walls star
The newest rage is to use quotes and cute sayings to add to the decor of about any spot in your home. We will help you figure out all the basics and make a statement that reflects yourself and your family.

Letters and Fonts and Capitals, OH MY! star
Lettering your signs or other artwork the easy way is described in this article meant for all artists at some time or another.

Monochromatic - One Color At Time! star
Working with just one color is not only an interesting exercise, but can sharpen your painting skills.

Painted Hand Made Cards for Unique Gifts star
You can easily and economically make handmade greeting cards for beautiful gifts for your friends and family. A "Help for Haiti" tip is included at the end, too.

Painting Furniture in Shabby Chic star
Lets work on some old (did someone say "vintage"?)furniture and make it an accent or conversation piece.

Painting Essentials star
Five items I cannot live without when painting.

Painting on Metal star
This week's article is in response to a question received about painting on metal surfaces.

Painting Overview star
How to get started painting when you think you can't!

Summer Art With The Kids star
Summer is here and that means time to share with the kids and grandkids. Try inspiring them to develop their skills and appreciation for the world of art with ideas like the ones in this article.

The Care and Feeding of Brushes for Oil Painting star
Taking good care of your brushes can make a big difference in your work and your budget!

Traveling Art Kit star
Take a traveling art kit with you wherever you go and you will never worry about being unprepared. Here are a few things that you might consider.

Versatile Chalkboard Fun For Kids And Adults star
Kids always want to write on the walls. Well, fix them up with a chalkboard and /or magnetic board and they can have all kinds of fun without ruining your living room walls! This article will help you do a custom job for a do-it-yourself price.

When White Isn't White star
Painting a landscape or still life with snow or white flowers can be a challenge. This article discusses how to give depth and shading to your work when "painting the town white"!

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