• 3:16

    Cleaning And Storing Brushes

    You’ve invested a lot in your oil painting brushes, and one of the best ways to maintain them is to keep them clean, says artist Katie Liddiard. Follow Katie’s step by step process for keeping your brushes in tip-top shape to last many years, if…

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  • 1:37

    Toning A Canvas

    Toning a canvas for oil painting means creating an initial thin layer of fairly neutral color on the canvas that will be underneath your painting so no white canvas shows through. It’s one of the most important foundational steps you’ll learn as an artist, and…

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  • shades of black and gray paint on paper

    Mixing Black in Oil Paint

    Many artists insist that they never use black straight from the tube. It might seem like an odd rule to follow, but artist Katie Liddiard explains why you might want to do the same, and how you can achieve deeper, richer darks by mixing them.…

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  • 1:40

    Varnishing an Oil Painting

    “You’ve completed a beautiful, carefully rendered oil painting that you’re proud of — congratulations! Now there’s just one final and essential step, and that’s varnishing the painting for a last layer of protection after it’s completely dry. Artist Katie Liddiard demonstrates this easy process that…

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  • 5:08

    Oil Painting Colors for Painting Flowers

    Flowers give us some of nature’s most beautiful colors, but as an artist, capturing those colors isn’t always easy. Artist Katie Liddiard shares her tips for a palette that will set you up for success and joy in painting flowers with vivid, vibrant tones. Working…

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  • Stretched Canvas and Panels

    Choosing Your Surface for Oil Painting

    As an oil painter, you have many choices for surfaces to paint on. Begin by asking yourself if you want to paint on a stretched canvas or on a panel. Artist and instructor Katie Liddiard breaks down the differences between these two painting experiences, and…

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  • Different Types Of Brushes For Oil Painting

    Oil Painting Brushes

    Are you daunted by the selection of oil painting brushes in art supply stores? With so many different types of bristles and shapes of brushes, it can leave you uncertain about what you need and perhaps buying far more than you need. Artist Katie Liddiard…

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  • paints on a palette

    Palette Set Up for Oil Painting

    “By maintaining a consistent palette setup, as artist Katie Liddiard does, you’ll always know where to reach for the color you need. For her basic palette setup, Katie begins the row of light to dark and warm to cool paints with lead white, a creamy,…

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  • guide to using acrylic paint

    Introduction to Acrylic Mediums

    Go beyond the paint to breathe new life into your acrylics by adding mediums to your repertoire of materials. Mediums are the real manipulators of acrylic paint — but which ones do you use, and when? How do you combine them with your colors, or…

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