Top Art Techniques & Tips

Bring new life to your work with our wide selection of art demonstrations, techniques and tips. A new painting pointer, drawing trick or art tool might make the difference in your next still life or portrait. Now you can paint with knives or learn how to scumble. Art techniques can stretch across media, so whether you work with watercolor, oil, colored pencil or pastel you’ll find something to advance your art.

Watercolor painting by Mary Whyte | ArtistsNetwork.com

Advice From Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte's watercolors tell stories of Americans whose work and traditions are fading into the past, but not before she documents their existence in artworks that could strongly stand on their own even without the meanings behind them.

pouring acrylic paint wash pour

Finish Your First Perfect Painting

Contemporary acrylic paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects. Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring is a relatively simple technique, it...

The Chamber by Vincent van Gogh, oil painting. The work shoes one-point perspective, with a vanishing point at the bottom right window pane, roughly.

The Rules of One-Point Perspective Always Stay True

You Can Tilt Your Head, Wink, Blink or Rub Your Eyes — It Won’t Change a Thing It’s nice to have a few things in our changing world that stay constant. The rules of one-point perspective definitely apply. Once you discover what is behind this aspect of linear perspective, you will be able to...