Skin Tone Guide

Skin Tone Mixing Guide

  This mixing guide uses a limited palette of 6 Pre-tested Professional Oils to create a range of 66 skin tones and glazes for portrait and figure painting. Each swatch has a list of colors and the proportions needed to achieve the tone shown. This downloadable PDF offers basic guidance on determining tonal ranges for […]

Using Spray Adhesive

Spray adhesive: Test spray on a scrap surface before applying to final work. Make sure nozzle is not clogged and that adhesive is spraying evenly. Spray 6 to 8-inches away from object at a 90-degree angle in both directions for full coverage.  Spray slowly and evenly. Once sprayed, let dry one minute or until tacky, […]

Using Fixatives

Final Fixative Final fixatives are used to fix and protect dry media such as pastels, charcoal, pastel pencils and graphite from smudging and rubbing off. Final fixatives come in glossy and matte finishes. You should always test fixatives on a scrap surface with the media used on your final work before using artwork. Fixatives will […]

Using Spray Varnish

Spray varnishes: Dry Time: With all varnishes, make sure paintings are completely dry. Allow 3 to 5 days for acrylic works and 6 to 12 months for oils. Dry time may very and depends on thickness of paint application as well as environmental humidity. Removal: Remove old varnish before re-varnishing a work. Varnishes can be […]

Watercolors: Masking

Video: Use a masking fluid such as Miskit Liquid Frisket to shield areas of the painting from overlaid washes.

Oils: Painting Medium Basics

Tips: A quick and dirty list of Grumbacher Oil Painting Mediums’ effects on paint.

Painting Prompts

Tips: Short on inspiration? Check out these ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 1. Try copying a masterpiece painting that showcases a particular technique or effect that you’d like to practice. 2. Choose a subject, it could be a still life, a photograph, or a famous work of art.  Divide your canvas and your […]

General Tips: About Brushes

Video: This video overview describes the basic components of an artist grade brush.

Oils: Fat Over Lean

Video: This video shows why it’s important to adhere to the fat over lean principle in oil painting.

General Tips: Neutralizing Bright Colors

Video: When a color is too bright and needs to be toned down, or you want to create a shadow, mix a small amount of the color opposite on the color wheel to “neutralize” the color. For example, add a small amount of ultramarine blue to cadmium orange to take a little of the fire […]