• How to Blend Oil Pastels in a Zen Doodle Drawing

    Taco Winter

    If you’re new to the style, let me explain: Zentangle is a way of drawing geometrical or organic patterns that weave throughout each other. In its most authentic practice, artists try to reach a Zen-like meditative state while drawing, which is what makes Zentangle stand out from other forms of art. While some artists prefer…

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  • Painting Tips: Masking a Painting using Cellophane and Paper

    Taco Winter

    There’s more than one way to mask an area of a painting to protect it from overspray, washes or contact. You can use liquid masking fluid, shelving paper, templates, plain paper and different types of tape. I often need to cover one part of my painting to allow another part to be flooded with very…

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  • Drawing Basics: 6 Art Terms to Know

    Taco Winter

    There’s a romantic side to art that is what lures so many to create: the idea of expressing yourself with drawing ideas, of creating a meaningful image or scene, or of tapping into “the zone” and peacefully drawing or painting to your heart’s content. And then there’s the academic side. It’s point A in your…

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  • How To Transform Your Paintings With Your Surroundings

    Taco Winter

    Traditional methods of painting and drawing are fun, but sometimes your artwork will benefit by incorporating another material or approach. After making a few simple cuts in your work, you’ll unlock a new realm of pictorial possibilities with cut-out art. I was originally inspired by artist Shamekh Al-Bluwi. He draws glamorous portraits of women, then cuts out the…

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  • Watercolor Wreath Painting Tips and Tricks

    Taco Winter

    If you’ve been following the watercolor trends, you’ve probably noticed that floral wreaths are big right now. You can a watercolor wreath for wedding invitations, logos or even as a framed piece of art for your home. Because flower petals are translucent, watercolor is the perfect medium to capture their essence. Watercolors are a great medium for…

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  • 5 Common Watercolor Mistakes

    Taco Winter

    Whether you’re just starting to learn watercolor or you’ve been working with it for a while, mistakes are inevitable. Mistakes let you you explore the medium and its endless possibilities. Still, sometimes, you want to avoid mistakes to achieve the right look. 1: Overworking The Painting Sometimes it takes only one wrong brushstroke for a watercolor painting…

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  • Watercolor : Vital Tips for Beginners

    Taco Winter

    Watercolor can strike fear in beginners. Especially to those who are accustomed to opaque media such as acrylic, watercolor can seem a foreign and tricky medium to master. But as these beginning watercolor painting tips prove, working in watercolor can truly be a wonderful and enjoyable artistic adventure, accessible to artists at any level. Watercolor is wonderful. It can be…

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