This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

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Hello and Welcome to the Beginners Group!


This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

If you are a beginner and would like to share your art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion.

If you are a beginner and would like some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can either post in the WIP thread or start your own discussion.

Experienced Artists--please don't share your artwork in this group unless you are using it to answer a beginner's question.

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to beginner topics.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!


Discussion Forum

Derwent art acadamy

Started by Mike Gullick yesterday. 0 Replies

Just submitted my third lesson to the art acadamy. Not far to go till I get them pencils.

light in painting

Started by Lisa Baird. Last reply by Pat Oct 15. 1 Reply

I am a beginner in acrylic painting and I have an acrylic painting of Oak trees.  I have added shimmering gold Highlights randomly throughout the painting. My problem....When looking at the picture you can not see the highlights  (many many many…READ MORE

Softening My Grip While Maintaining Accuracy

Started by Heather E.. Last reply by Heather E. Sep 24. 6 Replies

Hello All! First Day! I have a very hard grip, which tends to cause lines in my paper. I've tried the knife hold, which doesn't allow me very much accuracy. Is this simply something that needs to be practiced relentlessly or is there another…READ MORE

Tags: hold, grip

Realistic skin tones

Started by Leeton reed. Last reply by Leeton reed Jul 31. 4 Replies

Ok so I am using derwent artist pencils and am trying to get preferably a pale skin tone, would like to know what would be the suggested pencils to use to achieve this, and a basic idea how to get it to work, any advice appreciated, thank you.

the use of reference..

Started by Mika vahlqvist. Last reply by Leeton reed Jul 28. 14 Replies

I have always liked to use my imagination and not use any reference pictures or anything, i have felt it would be almost "cheating" in a way to use reference.But to be honest there are like 1 million poses and i would never be able to just learn…READ MORE

Tags: drawing, reference

critique for my first ever portrait pls

Started by Maria Lalala. Last reply by Leeton reed Jul 28. 10 Replies

its my first portait so any feedback will be…READ MORE

Blending color pencils..

Started by Tina Rich. Last reply by Tina Rich Jul 28. 3 Replies

I am trying to learn how to blend color pencils and I am not doing a good job. Does anyone have any tips on blending?Thanks....TinaREAD MORE


Started by Becky Bailey. Last reply by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) Jul 22. 2 Replies

Do you gesso, even when using pre-primed canvas? If so, do you use colored gesso or add color to it as a part of starting the under-painting?  Any thoughts on best brands of gesso?  What about consistency?  Is thick better?READ MORE

Floating colors

Started by Beth Scrozzo. Last reply by Becky Bailey Jul 21. 1 Reply

HELP~~ I'm doing an exercise where I need to float the acrylic paint. I've watched a few videos on YouTube..but now I'm even more confused.  Can someone please explain this process to me??            Thank you!   BethREAD MORE

Media Change !

Started by Reham A. Lasheen. Last reply by Reham A. Lasheen Jun 9. 9 Replies

Hey there , I have been drawing since , well a lot ..but only in pencils , mostly  mechanical pencils & I've  been thinking about trying something new , maybe paints ?  , but it's so confusing for a beginner in   " painting " to decide , which…READ MORE

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Comment by Ruth E. Sager on September 20, 2014 at 4:57pm
I am painting landscapes at the beginning stage. I am using acrylic paint. What I am finding is that the paint is going on heavier then I want. For example a sky, water, mountains. How do I overcome this?
Lighter brush strokes? Most times I feel I am not holding the brush right. I have a lot of trouble with trees, trunks, branches, etc. all in a day of practice as I am finding.
Ruth sager
Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on July 29, 2014 at 4:58pm

Hi Subhadip, Yes, technically you can use your synthetic watercolor brushes to paint with acrylics - just be sure to clean them right away because acrylics can harden quickly which can damage the brush.

One thing to keep in mind though is that the acrylics might change the shape or alter the bristles of the watercolor brush, because acrylics have different properties than watercolors, so the brushes are designed slightly differently. Therefore if you want to paint with watercolors as well as acrylics it might be better to keep two different sets of brushes. Be sure not to use natural hair brushes with acrylics, only synthetic.

And yes, you can clean the brushes with water and soap when you are done. Hope this helps! :)

Comment by carol adams on July 28, 2014 at 4:42pm

Yes, I have used soap and water in a class using acrylic gloss mediums.

Comment by Subhadip Bharati on July 25, 2014 at 11:56pm

When I do acrylic painting on paper can I use my usual synthetic water color brushes? If yes, can I wash those brushes with water when I've finished my work with an acrylic gloss medium?

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 21, 2014 at 6:53am

just finished. toison d'or pastel background on reeves 110gsm, crayola washable markers, crayola supertips, glasochrom pencils.

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 21, 2014 at 6:44am

erm, i fell over yesterday. this picture is called 'my head'. then i have a W.I.P.

Comment by michele josiane martin on May 19, 2014 at 3:52am

my first lion sketch on ingres fabriano coloured using HB clutch-type staedtler mars technico pencil.

no reference photo - one would have helped, i'm sure. this was from a you tube tutorial.

i think i need to study form. some practice with form and perspective. what are your comments? please consider constructive feedback for my work. thank you, friends. 

michele xx

Comment by Kenneth A. Haines on February 13, 2014 at 1:15pm

Patty, I started using Rangers Glue n Seal, works well, also I here multi medium works good. Never used modge podge, but gesso and other acrylic medium work as well depending on what you want the finished project to look like! Hope this is helpful, I am a newbie to scrapping!

Comment by Donna Duquette on February 13, 2014 at 12:14pm

Hi Kathleen, This answer is really tardy but...

Egg tempera paint, which was the primary medium for Medieval panel painters, is simply powdered pigment mixed with egg yolk and a little water.  It dries very quickly so the paint is mixed in small amounts and is usually applied with a small brush.  The colors you get with egg tempera are very vibrant and highly saturated, and the paint is extremely durable.  I've seen some absolutely stunning paintings done with egg tempera.

Comment by Donna Duquette on February 13, 2014 at 12:02pm

Hi Patty, welcome to the group!  I'm sure everyone has their favorite products, but I usually use Mod Podge or acrylic gel medium.  The acrylic gel medium costs a bit more, so I tend to use Mod Podge when I'm just goofing around.  I also use contact cement (mine is called Amazing Goop Craft) to glue "stuff" like charms, buttons, etc.


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