• 7:50

    Using Inspriation Photos to Sketch Floral Arrangements

    Artist Mia Whittemore finds sketching flowers from photos to be a great artistic warmup. Mia collects photos of flowers and leaves that inspire her and prints them out so she has them handy for reference. In her drawing warmup, Mia mixes flowers and leaves from…

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  • 5:46

    Choosing A Color Palette for Floral Illustration

    When it comes to choosing a floral color palette, the color wheel is a great place to get information about how colors work together, says artist Mia Whittemore. The color wheel is anchored by the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Mix any two…

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  • 7:43

    Tips For Using Tracing Paper

    Tracing paper is an essential tool for artists that allows them to transfer their designs to their final paper or helps them sketch out ideas before committing to them, which is often how artist Mia Whittemore uses it. When Mia is working on a sketch…

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  • 9:25

    Floral Illustration Materials

    Artist Mia Whittemore leads a discussion on her favorite floral illustration tools and media, based on personal trial and error. Mia prefers to paint with watercolors, acrylic gouache, and water-based gouache. Rather than working straight from the tube, Mia suggests putting the watercolor paint into…

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  • 2:58

    How To Quickly Clean a Messy Drawing

    Drawing often starts with blocking in, broad gestural movements, or other lightly sketched lines. Artist Mackenzie Swenson finds that whenever she starts a drawing, she quickly has lines that are obsolete, too dark, or even smudged on her paper from where her hand may have…

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  • 6:58

    Choosing And Using a Measuring Tool

    Accurately capturing the original source material in the initial sketch is paramount for many artists. A simple measuring tool can help do that, says artist Mackenzie Swenson. You don’t need a ruler, the measuring done here is about translating what your eye sees onto paper,…

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  • 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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  • 3:32

    Glazing And Scumbling in Oil Paint

    When you find yourself looking twice at a painting you thought was done, spotting areas you wish were brighter or warmer, there are two classic techniques that can give you a second chance. Artist and instructor Katie Liddiard says that glazing and scumbling can be…

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