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Acrylic Books and Patterns are Here to Help Learning

Many artists who are just starting out with painting find themselves searching for acrylic books and patterns. They usually find they need help with learning a variety of painting techniques and styles. Most will turn to the internet, but knowing what to focus on can be overwhelming and confusing. We can help you.

Acrylic Painting Pattern with HD Videos  

For Example: This design featured above is of a Plumeria Flower Grouping, painted with acrylic and presented as a Downloadable Painting Pattern complete with written instructions and line drawing...But it also includes many video clips showing the artist Sue Pruett painting different sections of the design. If learning how to paint Plumeria Flowers is on your `to do`list...then select this painting pattern to help you learn how. Its as simple as that.

As a veteran teacher of painting, the best advice I can give is to focus on techniques that can be used with a variety of painting styles and methods. Start with learning the basics…Then the sky is the limit when it comes to style. 

Knowing how to manage color, use brush technique and brush control are some of the most fundamental, yet important concepts to learn. It’s often not enough to simply load paint onto canvas. Just like we take a skiing lesson or a sewing lesson to learn the basics, we need some guidelines to help us on our way with painting.

Once the basics have been mastered, we can branch out and try new subjects, more complex compositions and new mixed media projects for developing creativity. Another example is the design blow...not only can one learn how to paint grapes, but also how to paint a beautiful garden bird. Didn`t I tell you...the sky is the limit!


There is a huge range of acrylic books and painting patterns available, and many of these can be your best source of inspiration and knowledge. You`ll turn to these resources over and over again. 

At the Art Apprentice Online we have created a wide range of art educational materials to help you learn and whet your appetite for more. Written by professional artists, for students who want to learn and build a good foundation with painting…  

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  • Acrylic Painting Books and Patterns

Moms Who Create on a Tight Budget

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Explore Warm Colors

Warm Colors - Not Just Orange Hues!When we think of fall colors some of us automatically think of the popular analogous colors that sit side by side on the warm side of the color wheel, at least I do. However not everyone likes to paint with hot orange or bright yellow hues. If we know [...]

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Meet Gaby Hunter - Teacher & Artist

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Are You a Closet Painter?

             Many of us are 'closet' painters, I don't know about you, but us 'closet' painters enjoy and need the solitude for painting alone. Are you one of those? I am, mostly because I don't do well with interruptions when I paint. Having to stop to answer a question breaks my train of [...]

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Working with Under-Painting and Color Harmony

South American Landscape by Frederic Church, 1873 In the painting of the South American Landscape above, Church paints a luminous golden light that bathes his entire composition and creates a harmony that is breathtaking!So too, in the painting of red plums below, artist Levi Wells Prentice paints a warm earthy still life composition that's naturally harmonious. [...]

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​Working with Under-Paintings for Harmony

Under-Paintings for Color HarmonySome artists deliberately allow the under-painting to show through the final painting. When colors of the under-painting show in the final painting, they help tie the colors together.In the painting on the right, the warm earth tone under-painting can be seen in several of the shadowed areas. look closely at the cushions,bottom of the dress, the face, [...]

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​3 Useful Tips when Selecting Artist's Paint

Pigment Properties and Qualities Pigments have properties such as permanence, tinting strength and hiding power. There are others, but for now let's just look at 3 of them. Check the label to see these important properties. Permanence refers to the light-fastness of a pigment. Will the colors fade over time when exposed to outside elements such as [...]

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Beginners Painting Tips for Acrylic and Oil

Learning Painting as a Beginner Artist Learning Painting can be easier when we understand how to use transparent colors. Most beginner artists start with wet in wet painting techniques. As they collect different colors, chances are they will unknowingly pick up a few transparent pigments. Unless one understands the purpose for transparent colors, frustrations will occur. [...]

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The Joys of Painting with Yellow!

Painting with Yellow - When your painting is inspired by the season or wanting to create a moodWhen painting warm color objects, or you want to inject warmth into the mood, we often turn to the yellow family of hues. Yellow is one of those necessary fall colors that can be challenging to work with... It's [...]

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