Art Mediums & Drawing

What’s your favorite fine art medium in which to work? Find what you’re looking for here, or discover something new! Our articles include works on pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, collage, mixed media, how to draw people and more. Learn a new art technique or enhance what you already know with our hundreds of art instruction resources.

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Pastel Pointers | Making New Friends

Sometimes the experience of painting can feel more like a battle than a party. I once overheard an artist describe it as a roller coaster ride. We go up and then we go down—back and forth until the ride stops. At a recent workshop, a dear artist friend of mine, Kathy Detrano, had a...

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Silver and Gold | Acrylic Paintings By Jim Seitz

It took New Orleans artist Jim Seitz four months of trial and error to develop his method for successfully combining acrylic and metal leaf. His process begins with taping the outside of a gallery-wrapped canvas to create a crisp edge ...

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Your Fall Must-Have Acrylic Resource | Acrylic Artist Fall 2014 Issue

Explore your creativity with the Fall 2014 issue of Acrylic Artist, a special 124-page issue celebrating the versatility of acrylic. Featuring a wide variety of vibrant and varied acrylic and mixed-media paintings—along with tips from fellow artists who share their processes—you’ll be inspired to experiment with acrylic-specific mediums to change the dynamic of your paints,  discover ways to incorporate...

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Figures and Faces | Acrylic Painting Gallery

Four award-winning acrylic painters—Del-Bourree Bach, Harry Burman, Jason Sacran and John Walker—are known for their acrylic paintings of the human figure and face. See a sampling of their acrylic paintings below, and read their insights and best practices for capturing the emotional potency of the subject in Acrylic Artist, a 124-page special fall release from the...

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The Chaos of Nature | Greg Navratil Acrylic Gallery

Oregon acrylic artist Greg Navratil‘s brilliant nature scenes combine heightened realism with a strong underlying abstract sensibility.  When you stand in front of one of his acrylic paintings, there’s a lot to take in. First there’s the size, which is generally large, with some paintings comprising numerous square panels adding up to several feet on...

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Energetic Acrylics | Richard M. Greene Gallery

The acrylic paintings of Richard M. Greene radiate a decisive energy as bold brushstrokes assemble themselves without fuss or backtracking into powerfully telling images. The freshness and inventiveness of the works are all the more remarkable when we discover that they were painted by an artist in his later years. Sadly, Greene passed away...

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The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

Sandra Angelo, a well-known instructor with Artists Network, has offered to share three ways that she likes to use colored paper to make her colored pencil paintings pop. See what she has to say, and consider which technique you might take advantage of in your next drawing.

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Take Your Art Further

There's a fine line between being finished with a piece of art, and having gone too far into the world of overkill. I have drawn myself right into a ditch at times, knowing I should've quit while I was ahead. But unless you have a lot of experience, chances are you're not going far...

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Practicing Intuition | 9 Underpainting Exercises

Whenever I'm demonstrating an underpainting technique, someone—at some point—will ask: Why did you put that color/value in that area? It's a tough question to answer since so much of what I'm doing is responding to the current painting situation with an anticipation of what will be done with the over-layers of pastel to come.