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.

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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...

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...

The Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil by Claude Monet, 1873. Demonstrating the principles of linear perspective.

Putting Perspective Into Perspective

Principles of Linear Perspective with Mark and Mary Willenbrink Both magicians and artists entertain with illusions. Magician use smoke, mirrors and other props. The artist must rely on a flat two-dimensional surface to imply an illusion of visual depth and convince the viewer that a scene is three dimensional. One of...

oil painting texture, oil painting glazing, Paul Fenniak artist

A Ruby Glow — Glazing Secrets from Vermeer to Rembrandt

Modern Oil Painting Needs an Old Master’s Boost: Glazing “Just as we can look deep within a ruby so can we look deep within a skillful glaze.” Powerful words from Michael Wilcox but he knows that of which he speaks–and delivers! The author of a gorgeous book simply titled, Glazing, Wilcox offered us...