Differences between traditional and digital drawing

Digital art is more and more popular! In this lesson, discover the differences and benefits of digital drawing.

Most of us have held a pencil before, even those new to drawing, whether for doodling in elementary school or painting in art class. 

It would be best if you had an idea of ​​how to draw an illustration by hand. 

This lesson will help you discover and understand some essential points about digital drawing if you are a new digital user.

Easy fixes

Everyone makes a few mistakes when drawing. 

One of the most significant advantages of digital drawing is the ability to easily correct mistakes. 

If you do not like the line you just drew, you can go back with the “Undo” function in your software. Thanks to this function, you can draw your lines without fear of bad strokes.

Trying to do the same thing by hand can be time-consuming. It would be best to correct your work using a corrector, wait for it to dry, then draw the corrections again. 

Sometimes you must start all over again. For these reasons, digital drawing is much more convenient.

Different colorization

Another great advantage of digital art is the colorization of different “layers”. Layers are like transparent films. They are like the cellulose used in the animation world. 

Most people use different layers to draw the characters, clothes, and accessories. 

Usually, parts of the “character” layer, such as face, body, hair, eyes. are split over multiple layers. 

Separating layers allows you to modify a specific part without affecting the others. For example, if you divide the face and hair layers, you can correct the hair without touching the face. You can also change the color of the clothes efficiently, without changing the rest.

Bulk Colorizing Tools

You need to prepare various tools for practicing traditional drawings, such as watercolor, oil paint, and pastel, depending on the type of art you want to use. 

In contrast, most classic illustration software includes a [Brushes] tool that lets you switch between many devices. (Some more straightforward software does not have this feature.) Using these tools, you can practice different artistic styles; “anime” colorization, watercolor painting with an authentic blur effect, oil painting.

Economically speaking, the difference is also considerable. Preparing all this material could prove to be very expensive. However, all you need for digital drawing is a PC, pen tablet, and illustration software. 

Therefore, drawing with digital is a more economical choice for people who want to experiment with different art styles.

Add effects

Another essential feature of digital illustration is the use of effects. Just follow the same process mentioned when separating layers. 

For example, overlaying many layers to colorize eyes, such as a [Product] layer for lash shadow and an [Add (glow)] layer for highlights, allows you to create a very complex pupil. Adding shades of purple and red using a [Overlay] layer can also transform the atmosphere of your artwork.

The types of affects you can use vary from software to software. To understand and master the different results available to you, we recommend reading books or tutorials posted on the internet. 

While these features are handy, it is not a good idea to “cheat” and disguise your drawing skills with effects. If you do not master the basics, you will not draw neatly composed illustrations and a concrete perspective. The results should not be the highlight of the drawing but an additional tool to make your art even more enjoyable. Always keep in mind that an abundance of effects is second to none in a pretty illustration!

The three important points of digital drawing

First point

By constantly looking at your monitor, you are exposing your eyes to light. Therefore, your eyes will tire much faster than when you draw with pen and paper. If you draw for a long time, it would be a good idea to use glasses designed for working on a computer screen. 

Second point:

Although illustration software has many features that help the user, that does not mean you have to draw ultimately. For example, you do not get better at drawing if you mess up your draft because you tell yourself you can correct it all later. Plus, making corrections to your artwork when most of it done takes a lot of work and persistence. 

Third point

It can be difficult to observe all his work due to the small size of his monitor. Sometimes, after putting in hours of work on a particular part, you might notice that the overall balance of the illustration is strange. 

You have the flexibility to adjust your work at any time, but it is always best if your artwork is a balance from the start. Be sure to take a step back and check your draft frequently so that the composition of your drawing is correct.

In conclusion

Digital tools are handy, but that does not mean you will get better overnight because you’ve bought a fancy tablet or the most expensive software. Traditional or digital drawing; the most important thing is to spend time practicing with your tools. It is by practicing that you will become skilled. Most importantly, do not forget to have fun and have fun when you draw!

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10 Tips to Save Money on Art Supplies

As artists, we know for a fact that a trip to the art supply store can be (very) expensive!

We have all been through this situation where we only needed a new brush to come out of the store finally. A basket full to the brim! And it is precisely this kind of habit that can quickly become problematic, especially for artists trying to watch their budget or make a profit.

The good news is, that does not mean you will have to skimp on quality or go without the supply you need, just because you cannot afford it.

Finding great deals is within everyone’s reach, especially if you devote a little time to it and follow these ten tips to help you save money on art supplies:

Be a regular buyer

10 Tips to Save Money on Art Supplies

If you are used to going to the same store, do not hesitate to ask if there are any discounts for frequent customers.

Usually, this reduction takes the form of credit, which is a good deal if you know you will be coming back to it regularly.

However, if your must-see art store does not have such deals, it might be a good idea to look for another one, as long as it also offers everything you need and is within your range of price.

Indeed, there is no need to have to travel more kilometers, pay more, or be disappointed with your purchase simply because you have a store credit to spend.

Don’t waste your paint

waste paint

Not using too much paint is a great way to cut costs and avoid unnecessary waste:

When distributing your colors, consider how much you will need for your intended use.

Mix the colors as you go and try using the paint you mixed previously for other works.

Another way to save paint is to buy tubes of glaze rather than impasto. It is because the glazes are more liquid and can be stretch more easily.

If your painting requires more texture, do not be afraid to use texture paste or get creative with collage using, for example, fibrous paper or old newspapers.

As for acrylic paint for students, it is also an excellent option for those who want to paint a particular effect without breaking the bank.

Look for discount coupons

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To save money on all your art supplies, from paint thinner and charcoals to pallets, feel free to cut out and download the discount coupons offered by significant art supply chains or craft stores.

Often these stores have offers that are very easy to find. Just type the store’s name preceded by the word “coupon” into any search engine, and you will be amazed at the results!

And to receive even more benefits, subscribe to the store’s newsletter: they will send you their latest offers and coupons not available to the general public!

Stretch your own canvas

As you know, pre-stretched and primed canvases are expensive. Despite everything, as most artists agree, the canvas is and always will be the perfect medium!

So how can you avoid exploding your budget?

Well, quite simply by stretching your canvas! It will give you more surfaces to work with, and as an artist, it is a great way to experience a new side of your craft.

Another valuable idea for saving money is to reuse old canvases. Too many artists throw away works they no longer like or sell, which is an absolute waste. Remember: a canvas can easily be reused by turning it over or priming it with gesso.

Buy wholesale

If you have enough storage space and know you will use a particular product, it may be a good idea to buy large quantities if the wholesale price is excellent.

Plus, it means higher profit when the time comes to sell your work.

Take care of your existing supplies

Well-maintained art supplies can last for years. For example, a good set of brushes or palette knives can last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, many artists do not maintain them properly, and this frivolity results in the loss of hard-earned money.

I advise you to clean all your equipment with soap and water carefully, or even turpentine (for oils only) after each use.

Then, always make sure to wipe your brushes well in the hairs’ direction and do not mix them! For example, if you used them with oil paints, you should not use them again with acrylics.

Finally, do not forget to check that the paint cans are properly closed and stored at room temperature.

Buy online

Even if you are in your pajamas on your sofa, I assure you that you can also save money!

However, keep in mind that smaller art supply stores tend to charge more due to lower customer volume. Buying in larger stores may therefore turn out to be a better idea. Plus, big brands usually have a more extensive selection of supplies available online.

Private sellers are also a great way to buy online. Do not hesitate to browse the web and its classified ads or online auctions to buy – at a lower cost – the items you need.

Besides, you can also use this method to sell material that you no longer need. It will save you some money, and you will actively participate in the circular economy.

Don’t discredit garage sales

Besides offering great deals, garage sales (unlike online shopping) allow merchandise to be checked carefully before purchasing it.

Plus, now is the perfect time to get your creative mind working! For example, mass-produced prints can easily create very inexpensive blank canvases, and a few screws or wood glue can fix an old easel. All it takes is a little elbow grease and voila. Great savings!

Evaluate what you need

Above all, being a profitable artist means knowing how to evaluate the supplies you need, the supplies you want, and the supplies you can do without it.

The race for bargains to its limits be responsible for limiting waste and not wasting too much space in your workshop. For example, if you paint better with your canvas lying flat on a table, there is no point in buying an easel that you will never use.

Splurge every now and then

And finally, do not forget to treat yourself! It is impossible always to respect your budget to the letter.

There are supplies you need, no matter how much they cost, and sometimes it is best to buy quality materials, but in smaller quantities.

In the beginning, you will have little material (and this is quite normal), but over time, you will build up a solid collection to create works that are still just as masterful, without being angry with your banker!

So, get your brushes ready, paint!

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6 Tips How to find inspiration for painting?

How to find inspiration for painting?

Today you want to create! Your fingers itch with the need to hold a pencil or a brush.

You look at your canvas intently, crossing your fingers that an idea emerges—a simple thought. The promise of a painting succeeds. No matter what, as long as you feel that much-desired inspiration!

You contemplate the landscape through the window. But nothing to do. Your mind remains hopelessly blank. And then this unpleasant feeling hits you: surrounded by all your material, nothing motivates you to create.

Some days you do not have the vision to paint or draw. Finding inspiration then seems more difficult to you than paddling the Atlantic Ocean!

Do not worry, this is normal, and I can assure you we have all been there.

These are bound to be unpleasant times, where sometimes you need a little push to get past what is commonly referring to as “artist blockage.”

Here are six essential tips to help you find inspiration as an artist and get you started in the right direction!

1. Create every day

Easier said than done. Indeed, how do you create art every day if you do not feel inspired in the first place?

It is about taking the problem the other way. If you set aside a little of your time each day of the week to achieve something, even a quick doodle, you will develop a creative habit.

You can start by grabbing a simple sheet of paper and jotting down a sketch in 15 minutes. If you want to paint instead, then go for it! Grab a brush and spread your favorite colors on a canvas.

You will find that it will be complicated for you to get rid of this routine after a few days. The reason is simple: you will be eager to devote some of your time to painting. And believe me, you will develop more ideas than you know what to do!

It is no coincidence that some artists set themselves challenges at the start of the year, such as “creating 365 days in a row!” The goal is ambitious, but the result is definitely worth the effort. Ideas flow freely and develop new possibilities, each more exciting than the last.

2. Get rid of what you do not need

Yes, I know. There is nothing more complicated than asking artists to part with some of their supplies and other painting tools. But the organization of your workspace strongly impacts the way you function as an artist.

If your studio is overcrowded and your shelves are crumbling under the weight of your material, it can prevent you from thriving as an artist.

Here is what I offer you: sort it out regularly!

For your space to be a workplace and not a storage closet, it needs to be filling with materials and paints that you use. If you cannot stand the thought of getting rid of certain items, why not consider donating them to charities?

And as a less drastic solution, you can also put them in a box and store them away. Label this box with today’s date, and if you have not opened it in the past year, no more hesitation. It is time to get rid of it!

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3. Find the hours that suit you best

Ask yourself these questions: What time do I work best? When do I want to paint the most?

Suppose you have a precise answer to these two questions, great! You can stop reading this paragraph now and move on to the next tip. But if not, I invite you to take a pen and a notebook with you and always write down what you did in the previous hour.

I also recommend that you set up a reminder on your phone, so you do not forget to do it!

The objective of this exercise is simple: by noting all of your movements, the way you talk to people, how you feel when you start working or surfing the web, you establish a precise diagram of your behaviors in the world—the thread of the day.

It helps you understand when you are most productive and motivated.

4. Make mistakes

Many times a failure of inspiration comes from our fear of making even minor mistakes. We do not want to spoil what we are working on it. We do not want to take any chances if it does not pay off.

And yet, overcoming this fear can help you be even more inspired!

Inspiration is stifling when an artist approaches any creative endeavor with the fear of doing something wrong. Many options and other possibilities are eliminating in an instant.

You may have felt intimidated, scared at the thought of ruining a painting you were making in the past. This simple possibility completely blocked you and prevented you from pursuing your artwork, even though you knew full well that it does not finish yet.

It is that same fear that holds you back from stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing your creative limits. And that is how you do not progress in your art and never take it to the next level.

Keep in mind this: art is all about risk! And for this reason, creativity should not be limited. Once you accept to make mistakes, then you open the door to endless possibilities.

5. Add a touch of nature to your days

It does not matter where you are now. By adding a little touch of green to your daily life, you can develop your creative cells like never before. Even a strong cup of coffee does not compare! Not to mention that it is also better for your health.

Even if you do not intend to paint a flower, just looking at one can be inspiring.

Even better, go for a walk! But do not just walk around constantly thinking about your problem. Take this outing to clear your mind completely. It will give you the necessary perspective to find possibilities that you had not thought of before!

And if you cannot hike in the woods, that is fine. Just open your window and watch the landscape stretch out before your eyes. Take the time to observe in more detail this magnificent tree that overhangs the road or these dappled clouds which glide peacefully on the horizon. On the ground, a weed is making its way through one of the cracks in the sidewalk. 

These are special moments, which remind you that beauty is in the details.

6. Watch, listen and read new and inspiring works!

We are fortunate to live in a time when access to culture and all forms of art has never been so easy and quick.

Sitting comfortably on your favorite sofa, it only takes a few seconds to access your phone or your computer. Millions of paintings display high resolution, music, films, photos of magnificent landscapes that make you travel around the world, and even online painting lessons! Isn’t that great?

And yet, we often tend to watch the same things over and over and stay toasty in our comfort zone.

I will be candid with you. That does not bode well for your inspiration!

From the beginning, humankind has pushed the boundaries of what was once thought possible by observing, improving, and demanding more. The first planes? They make of wood and canvas. And now look where we are!

A few words to conclude

Have confidence in yourself. The world is full of wonders, things to observe, to understand, and from which you can draw inspiration for your following paintings. The possibilities are limitless.

However, finding inspiration in art is a process that sometimes takes a little time. Do not be frustrated if you have not had that flash of genius seconds after installing your hardware!

The solution is in your mind, but you must reach for it and grab it at the right time. It is how you will create what you want.

So, what are you waiting for to get started?

Let me know in the comments if you have any inspiration issues. And if these few tips will be helpful to you!

You cannot break if you feel like your inspiration is trapping in a cage. It is time to think outside the box. Yes, you can do it! You may not realize it yet, but you have the weapons you need to find inspiration and overcome all obstacles. All you need to do is show curiosity and cultivate your mind differently.

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5 easy techniques for painting with a Spatula

Let me start this article by telling you this: painting Spatulas are a fantastic tool, and I will show you why!

Contrary to popular belief, the Spatula is not only helpful in mixing paint on a palette. It is much more than that.

You can use the Spatula to create works with textures rich in detail, tremendous color variations, and a striking vibrancy that is otherwise not possible with a brush!

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists who used this method in the 19th century. By applying thick dabs of oil paints with a Spatula, he obtained those magnificent swirls and other textures that have made him famous for all eternity.

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists who used this method in the 19th century. By applying thick dabs of oil paints with a Spatula, he obtained those magnificent swirls and other textures that have made him famous for all eternity.

Today, many contemporary artists continue to use painting Spatulas in the same way to create expressive works that seem to come off the canvas.

I find Spatula techniques fascinating, and that is why I am presenting this guide to you today to help you master all the intricacies.

But before getting to the heart of the matter, I highly recommend that you read my article on the materials you need to paint with a spatula. You will learn everything you need to choose your blades well and get off to a good start!

How to properly use a paint spatula?

First of all, I would like to share some tips for getting started with using this tool with you.

Thick pigments, such as oil paint and acrylics, are best suited for Spatula techniques. To load the paint on it, you need to sweep your palette with the edge of the blade gently. If you use a sharp Spatula, you can significantly dip the abrupt end into the paint.

As for the grip, I recommend that you hold the handle firmly with your thumb on the top and use your wrist to change angles on the canvas. You can achieve many effects depending on your movements, and this is what we will see in detail later.

Be aware of one thing: it is essential to wipe the blade well every time you load paint! It will allow you to achieve smooth and regular marks and thus avoid unfortunate stains or mixtures.

5 painting techniques with the spatula

1. Draw fine and regular lines

You can use the painting Spatula to create beautiful lines with a regular and clean finish. All you need to do is dip the edge of your blade in a small amount of paint and gently dab the canvas.

For a crisp and precise result, make sure the paint is evenly distributing over the entire length of the slice!

This technique is beneficial for representing hand-crafted elements, such as the straight and angular edges of pretty wooden furniture, the imposing facades of modern buildings in their glass and steel cases, or more. Simply the fence posts!

And that’s not all: by modulating the pressure and angle of the Spatula, you can transform these lines into beautiful fans or even create series of zigzags and other sinuous curves.

I encourage you to experiment now!

2. Add texture to your painting

A painting Spatula is an ideal tool for creating both the illusion of texture and the texture itself. Fine lines can reproduce patterns such as the grain of the wood or the flexibility of a few blades of grass that bend in a gentle breeze.

In another style, thick lines loaded with paint create very sculptural marks, bringing a surprising volume. This extra dimension can be very appealing, emphasizing the lushness and physicality of the painting itself.

And if you feel like you have done too much, do not panic!

With the Spatula, you can also reduce the texture. All you must do is put the blade flat on the still-wet paint and make small circular movements to erase the overflow of details.

Depending on how much pressure you apply, this is also an excellent way to mix colors right on your canvas!

3. Work on the color gradients

Paint Spatulas are great tools for blurring the edges between two colors, creating a beautiful gradient.

Graduation is an expression of the artist, which subtly reveals what he wants to highlight and the pace at which he wants the viewer to examine his work.

Whether you want to achieve fades with worked nuances or rather sharp and rough contrast between two colors, the Spatula is an ideal tool to use.

To have a clean, straight edge that draws attention to a particular area of ​​the board, start by loading a small amount of paint onto the blade.

Then apply it to the canvas and stop your movement for a few seconds before finally spreading the paint away from the edge you want to create. This momentary stop in the gesture makes it possible to deposit a large volume of paint, which strongly marks this contrast between two colors.

If, on the contrary, you want a smooth fade that glides through the eyes, I advise you to press the blade on the precise area that defines the two colors and to make small movements from front to back. In this way, the colors will gently blend into each other, and you will get gorgeous shades!

4. The “sgraffito” technique: scraping the paint to correct mistakes or add details

It is with this technique called “sgraffito” that the palette Spatula shines! You can use the blade to scrape the paint off your canvas and correct any mistakes or expose part of the undercoat and bring new colors and nuances to your artwork.

It is also a great way to add lots of little details to your board. For example, you can complicate a landscape of vegetation by scraping the paint to create trees and their leafy branches.

If you opt for this technique, it is essential that you have in mind the color of your underlay, which is exposed to the light of day after scratching! You do not want unpleasant surprises.

5. The broken colors

The painting Spatula allows you to paint several successive layers without the paint mixing. Thus, you can achieve stunning effects of “broken” colors that are impossible to achieve with a simple brush!

By lightly loading your blade with paint, then gently spread it over the first still wet layer, you add a new layer with small openings that allow you to see the previous colors.

this technique gives stunning results, delivering a vibrant and dynamic mix of colors that draw on what is commonly referring to as “optical blending.”

The Impressionists commonly use this method and rely on a juxtaposition of two or more colors perceived by the human eye as a completely new color. Guaranteed effect!

Moreover, if you want to perfect your Spatula technique (or start), you can join the continuing education “Painting is Easy!”. And enjoy dozens of hours of lessons on the subject.

In conclusion, Spatula painting is an intense, exciting, and fun activity. This tool offers a very different rendering of the brush with rich and surprising textures. This technique gives pride of place to the artist’s gesture, revealed in all its splendor.

Admittedly, it takes some practice to master all aspects of it but believe me. It is worth the effort! It is a great way to expand your repertoire and develop your creativity.

If this article has inspired, you. Or if it just made you want to take over the Spatulas, let me know in the comments. I will be delighted to read you.

Are you ready? So, take your Spatulas!

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5 Criteria How to choose your sketchbook?

How to choose your sketchbook?

Your sketchbook is a bit like your second brain.

It is a safe place where you can play with new techniques, experiment with different mediums, and think about your following painting subjects. Just that!

That is why I consider working with a sketchbook regularly to be an integral part of the design process and one of the best ways to find your artistic style.

But which sketchbook to choose?

With the abundance of models on the market, it can sometimes be challenging to find the one that suits you best.

If you are a beginner, you probably wonder which size of the notebook to favor, the type of paper, or even the ideal number of pages.

And why are some sketchbooks so expensive, while other models only cost a tenth of that?

The list of questions seems endless.

Do not panic! I am happy to present to you in this article 5 criteria to choose your sketchbook and find the one that suits you perfectly!

1. The size

One of the first criteria to take into account when choosing a sketchbook is the size.

My advice is: do not think about what size you think you must work. Instead, focus on the size of a notebook that inspires you and feels comfortable expressing your creativity!

Consider whether you will be using this notebook primarily at home or whether you will need to carry it with you regularly.

You do not want to have to lug around a big, heavy notebook everywhere, especially if you do not have a bag!

Still not sure how to use it? So, I recommend that you first go for an A5 format.

Indeed, it is a size comfortable enough to draw, and that fits easily in most bags. And if that turns out to be too small afterward, then you will know your next model needs to be a bit bigger!

2. The type of paper

A fundamental criterion!

Paper is the real stuff of your sketchbook. It is, therefore, a question of choosing it carefully, to meet your needs perfectly.

To help you in your decision, I reveal four significant characteristics to take into account when it comes to selecting the paper for your notebook:

  • The type of medium you are going to use.

Do you plan to use this notebook for pencil drawing? In ink? Or instead, paint watercolors?

The medium you use should match the paper perfect for the best results.

If, for example, you are addicted to lightly penciled sketches, a drawing paper will suit you very well.

However, if you plan to use your notebook primarily for painting, I recommend that you choose a model with a good paperweight.

  • Grammage.

The weight of a sheet of paper for painting is generally between 200 and 400 g / m2 and can go up to 640 g / m2!

It means you can apply paint with confidence without having to worry about the paper warping or curling.

Think of it this way: the more you plan to use wet techniques, the thicker the paper you need should be.

If your paper is too thin, you might have a very nasty surprise when the paintings you just made will slip through several successive sheets of paper and ruin your other sketches!

A sketchbook with a weight of around 100/110 g / m² is the ideal weight for a simple pencil or pen sketch.

  • Finishing.

I am talking about the texture of the paper here. Indeed, there are different finishes:

  • Fine and satin
  • Moderate, moderately rough texture
  • Coarse grain (you guessed it, this is a very textured and rough paper)

The finish of the paper determines to some extent, how your paintings look when dry. The more textured the paper, the more your paintings will have that characteristic roughness.

Also, think about the possibility of using a pencil or ink. You do not necessarily think about it, but more textured paper can eat away at excellent points, requiring you to sharpen your pencil constantly.

  • The color of the paper.

There are a wide variety of color options on the market for your sketchbook paper. And that is a perfect point!

You do not necessarily have to orient yourself towards a classic blank-leaf notebook.

Again, take the time to think about the mediums you plan to use. For example, white gel pens, pastels, charcoals, white watercolors, and even gouache show up brilliantly on darker or colored papers.

3. The orientation of the notebook

It may seem less important at first, but the orientation of your notebook dramatically affects the way you draw! It is therefore essential to think about it when making your choice.

There are horizontal sketchbooks that lend themselves very well to landscapes, while vertical notebooks are the best choice if you are working on portraits.

These are the most common but be aware that there are also square format models. It all depends on your preferences!

4. The binding and cover of the notebook

You have the choice of spiral binding, sewn, or glued. And I am sure you already have a preference!

Spiral notebooks have one advantage, potentially a significant problem from your perspective: pages can come off very quickly!

Some people greatly appreciate this freedom of separating the sheets to work on them individually, while it can be very frustrating for others.

Nothing could be worse than taking your notebook out of the bag and having the nasty surprise of seeing that some sheets torn off during transport.

The cover of your sketchbook comes into play when considering its durability and how you use it.

If you are more of the type to work with your notebook resting on your lap, the hardcover is ideal for serving as support, in addition to being resistant to the use of time.

5. The price

The price of a notebook often depends on the brand but also the quality of the paper selected.

Keep in mind that most of the time, your sketchbook is for you to practice!

Some artists choose a notebook that features the same paper they will use for their final work. It is indeed an excellent practice for mastering the behavior of painting and the brush technique. Thus, no unpleasant surprises when embarking on the creation of the painting. You know what to expect.

One problem encountered, and one that is not often thought of is that many artists sometimes find it extremely difficult to express themselves freely when using high-quality materials. The fear of “wasting” an expensive notebook can indeed add significant additional pressure.

No matter the price, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable using the notebook to develop your creativity!

And why not make your sketchbook? It is a fun activity that allows complete control of all the criteria discussed in this article!

And you, what type of notebook do you use? Please feel free to share your feedback and advice in the comments below!

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On the contrary, the softcover makes it easier for you to put the notebook in a pocket as it weighs less. However, it is more fragile.

The decision is yours!

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The Difference Between An Aqua Brush, Water Brush, And a Regular Watercolor Brush?

Have you ever wondered about the difference between an aqua brush, water brush, and a regular watercolor brush?

In this article, we will talk about the differences, the similarities, the pros and cons of different brushes. 

A water brush consists of hair made from synthetic bristles, a plastic handle with a water tank inside that you can use to squeeze out water.

You can also find water brushes in different sizes and shapes. To use a water brush, you need to unscrew the handle and then fill it up with water by pouring it from a jar, tap, or using a pipette.

Do you use both or stick to one?

Once you have filled up the tank with water, you need to screw back the handle firmly.

To release the water, you need to press the tank, and the water is released through the brush head.

And you can use this ability to activate your watercolors in your watercolor palette and blend out the paint and clean your brush.

Here you squeeze out some water to clean the bristles, and then you can use tissue paper to soak up the excess water and paint if needed.

Water Brush

Now with a water brush, you need to be careful not to contaminate the water.

This contamination can happen when the brush sucks in the paint inside the tank when you push and release it.

You will need to push on the handle to release the water and clean the bristles with tissue paper before painting. When you paint with a water brush, it can be more challenging to control the water flow. As a result, you can create patchy washes of paint, or the meeting can even leak, depending on the quality.

Since the water runs out of the synthetic bristles faster than regular high-quality brushes, you need to constantly press the water tank, which can cause streaky results again.

Also, find that when you use a water brush like a regular brush. It can be uncomfortable to hold the meeting because the water tank is far away.

This brush works better whenever you want to paint a small area and do not necessarily need much water in one go.

On the other hand, water brushes are super compact and convenient for anyone who travels and wants to paint on the go.

You do not need additional water, and you can easily clean the bristles by squeezing out the water.

But water brushes are not only great for travelling and sketching, but you can also use them for other quill techniques. You do not necessarily need a ton of water.

For example, you can combine watercolor pencils or watercolor brush paints with your water brush to create a watercolor effect. Or you can use them as a hand measuring tool.

You can add some liquid watercolors inside the tank and experiment with that as well. So, you could use three different brushes and fill them up with primary colors of your choice and then paint and mix on the go, as well, so you do not have to carry around all sorts of paints.

And again, this takes some practice in getting used to how the brush behaves because sometimes the quality might not be as excellent. The meeting will leak, and you will not be able to paint smoothly, so this is a learning curve, sure.

A regular watercolor brush consists of a brush head made of either natural or synthetic hair, a metal ferrule, and a wood handle. You can also find traditional watercolor encounters in different sizes and shapes.


With regular watercolor brushes, you will need to use a water container and bring it with you when you travel. However, even though traditional brushes do not have a water tank. That is very handy when travelling. You can still buy smaller travel brushes and then use a small water container.

Compared to water brushes, you can buy regular watercolor brushes in different qualities and sizes. You have a lot more options and can choose a meeting according to what you need and want.

It depends on the quality and size of the brushes you choose them. Are more accessible to paint larger paintings and control the water flow and make sure that your washes of paint are evenly applied if you are going.

Even though you must use an additional water container, it is still easy to control the water on brushes and clean them more thoroughly in clean water.

So, all in all, it depends on what you want to do on your watercolor journey. If you are going to paint mostly at home and control the quality, water flow. You want to learn how to paint with watercolors with more ease. Then a regular watercolor brush would be the right choice for you. Because even if you are going to paint on the go,

you can still find travel size, good quality brushes offered by many good brands, as well.

But if you want to quickly paint or want to loosely paint small sketches or paintings or add a few watercolor effects. You do not necessarily need the best brushes. It would be best if you had something convenient; a water brush could be the right choice for you. You can use both options depending on what you are in the mood to paint.

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Easy Fall Watercolor Painting Ideas for Beginners Step by Step

Do you feel motivated and ready to create art to spend some quality time to relax before, in between, or after a long day of work, but you do not know what to paint?

In this article, I’ll show you a few simple watercolor painting ideas you can try out that will take you only a few minutes.

You can even paint them side by side and stop whenever you must move to something else, and then just come back later.

These fall-inspired watercolor paintings ideas are super fun and so relaxing to point, and I hope you enjoy them as well. Let’s get started. Let’s start with the first painting.

I’m using 100% cotton cold press watercolor paper that I already divided into three sections using washi tape. And then you want to start by distributing clean water all over the first section.

Here I’m using a flat synthetic brush, and I distribute clean water as evenly as possible. You don’t want any pools of water gathering around the edges.

While the paper starts absorbing some of the moisture, let’s prepare some paint. In my reference picture that you can see here, you can see that there is very foggy weather, and I can see some browns and greys. So, in this case, I’m going to use my black and sepia-coloured watercolor painting ideas and dilute it with water so it’s not too dark.

I started with small pools of water, and then I added just a little bit of pigment into each collection.

Once we’ve prepared the paint, use a round brush and spread colors to different areas on your paper. You want some spots to be brown, some greyish.

Once you’ve covered everything with pain, add a little more brown pigment to the pool to create a more concentrated paint consistency. Then start painting a thin and thick line on top of the paint’s wet layer to create tree trunks and branches. Because here we’re using the wet-on-wet technique, the lines will look blurry, making it look like these trees are very far away and covered in fog.

Once you’ve added these blurry lines, you can either wait for everything to dry naturally or use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process. Once everything is dry,

the painting looks like this.

Easy Fall Watercolor Painting Ideas for Beginners Step by Step

Now it’s time to add more layers on top

This time you’re going to paint trees that are closer to the viewer and covered in less fog.

For this step, we’re going to use the layering technique. I run out of paint, create a new pool of water, and add brown color paint to dilute it again.

You want to create a light value of a brown color because we will layer the paint on top of another layer of color to look slightly darker automatically.

From there, load up your brush with paint and start painting an additional row of tree branches and trunks.

As you can see, I only use one round brush and change up the pressure to create either thick or thin lines.

And don’t worry about making the lines perfectly straight. You want to make the lines somewhat wavy and uneven, so it looks realistic.

Once you’re done with that, let everything completely dry again. No, we’re going to add another row of trees that is even more visible to the viewer.

Again, you want to use an even darker value of the same color. I’m using the same sepia-colour, adjusting it with water and some of the reddish-brown because I just wanted the color to be slightly warmer and more reddish.

In this case, I use my English red color. Once I was happy with the color, I started adding another row of trees—one tree on the right and one on the left.

I added a little more pigment for the left tree to look darker and more visible to the viewer. I also made it look like the frame cuts it off, so we only see half of it.

From there, I continue painting more branches and additional details. Here you can also play around with the wet-on-wet technique and add some shadows as well. In this case, I use more pigments to make the color darker and add it to a few areas focusing on the tree’s left side. And now, using the tip of my brush, I went ahead painted a few thin branches following my reference as a guide. Again, don’t try to make the components perfectly straight or something like that.

Make them wavy and have fun with them. I even left out some space in between some brush strokes to loosen up the style.

And this is how it looks for now. Once everything is dry, it’s time to add the fall leaves. For this step, I’m using my Indian and lemon yellow and mix them.

Then you want to start dabbing on the paint to create small blotches of color to make leaves.

Here I also used the wet-on-wet technique again to make loose transitions between a few colors. Instead of keeping something orange, I added just a tiny drop of my brown, red color to darken a few areas.

I think this way, and the leaves look a lot more interesting. Repeat this step until you’re happy with the number of leaves, and then we can add some more details with the tree.

For this step, I used my black color paint and lightly brushed over the pigments over the dry layer of paint. I use the dry brush technique to add some texture to the tree without overthinking the step.

And this is how it looks so far. While the first painting is drying, let’s move on to this second painting. Again, begin by distributing clean water all over the page. Make sure you remove any excess pools of water so that you can keep everything under control later. Next, we want to use the wet-on-wet technique again and start with the first layer.

For this step, dilute brown and grey color paint with water to create a very light value,

and then you want to start distributing it to the top part of the paper to create the gloomy sky.

Next, add the same light brown color and added it to the upper third of the page to create a loose silhouette of trees. As you’re painting wet-on-wet, the edges are very fuzzy, and it looks like the trees are covered in fog as well. Because I felt like the sky looked a little bit too brownish, I added a little bit of grey on top and blended everything. Next, load up your brush with a reddish-brown.

Here’s I’m using English red and a little bit of sepia to make it darker, and then you want to start dabbing on the paint right below the first silhouette you just added.

From there, play around with different fall colors. For example, I dabbed it on some oranges and browns and used my brush’s pointy shape to create loose silhouettes of trees.

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When these trees dry, they will look like they are hidden by the fog far away from the viewer.

Now let’s move on to the foreground. Again, I’m using a reference as loose guidance, so I decided to use my leftover yellows, oranges, browns, and a little bit of green to apply those to the foreground. Don’t be afraid to make your colors look muddy.

Fall colors are usually full of muted reds, greens, and yellows.

As you can see here, I use different colors, and added them wet into wet to create an open field with lots of other fall colors.

I also added just a few reddish-brown dots here and there to make them look like loose flowers on the field.

And this is how everything looks once everything is dry. Now we can go ahead and add the second layer of paint. This time we’re using the wet-on-dry technique. Following my reference as loose guidance again, I went ahead and outlined a few colourful trees right below the blurry row of trees.

Here I’m using the tip of my brush to dab on yellows, reds, and some browns to create simple silhouettes of trees. Make some trees smaller, some taller and looks more attractive.

And to make them more three dimensional, I added a few drops of my dark brown color to the lower parts of the trees and then just let it melt into the wet paint below.

Now we can move on to the foreground. As you can see, the foreground looks around paler when dry. We went over with the same colors and applied another layer of paint to make the colors more miniature pail.

I also keep the area around the trees brighter and made the foreground rather dark. The viewer invited to look at the trees and isn’t distracted by the field in front of him.

And to add a few details, I used a lifting technique and shaped a few light reflections on top of the field. Instead of painting the grass one brushstroke at a time, I lifted the wet painted to reveal the more golden color below.

Now let everything completely dry, and we can move to some final details. You can keep it the way it is because I like the way it looks, but I spontaneously decided to paint the tree on the reference picture as well, but you don’t have to do that.

Your job as an artist is to pick the things you want to paint and leave out unnecessary elements.

For this step, I used different greens and browns to shape the tree by dabbing on the paint, and then I used some of the same color to add details in the field.

Instead of lifting off the paint as I did in the previous step, I painted some of the lines instead, and this is how it looks. While this painting is drying, let’s move on to the third painting idea. Again, start by evenly distributing clean water all over the paper and remove any excess pool of water if you see anything.

For this painting, we’re going to use the wet-on-wet technique again. Once you’ve applied the water to your paper, load up your brush with blue color paint. Here I’m using a mix of my two different blues and distribute them starting at the top and bottom.

You want to blend out the paint loosely. And leave out some white areas in between to make them look like clouds. While you do that, leave the centre of the paper free from any paint.

Now load up your brush with a muted green color paint. Here I’m using my green that was already in my mixing palette, and I added just a little bit of my sepia color to make it less vibrant. From there, start applying the wet point onto the damp paper. I’m following a reference picture again and make sure I used the paint to create the trees and the reflection and the water at the same time.

Here I switched between yellows, reds, and greens while adding paint to the top to create the actual trees and the reflection. Once I applied the first wash of color, I divided the colors by adding a horizontal dark line where the shadows will be.

Now to make the water look like actual water, let’s add some light reflections. For this step, use either a clean flat brush or a round brush with a pointy tip, and then carefully lift some of the wet paint by creating these horizontal lines.

You don’t need to add a ton of those lines, just right around the areas where the trees are reflected onto the water. You can also use the same trick to add a few additional

light reflections inside the trees.

And this is how it looks. Now let everything dry, and we can add some final details. Once the paint is dry, you can add another layer of color, this time wet-on-dry, similar to the previous painting.

I’m using pretty much the same colors and applying them slightly lower than the previous roll of tees for this step. You can see the contrast between trees that are far away and trees closer to the viewer. I also added just a little bit more highlights and shadows. The watercolor painting ideas is finished.

Now you need to remove the tape, and you’re done.

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Best Paints Watercolor vs Gouache vs Acrylic: Do You Know the Difference?

In this article we will learn about the similarities and the differences between watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint

Watercolor comes in various shapes, and if you know which type you want, it will make it easier for you to work.

How can we use these technical aids?

Watercolor is water-soluble paint. So, to paint, we need to activate with water. Depending on the amount of water you will mix into your paint. Shades of color can be either lighter or darker. Since watercolor is a transparent medium that works with white for paper, you prefer to dye it rather than cover it with paint.

It is essential to use clean water to load your brush with fresh paint if you want to keep your paper clean. The transparency also gives you many opportunities to use lots of different watercolor techniques to create other effects that can have a more automatic feel.


For example, you can paint specific areas in another color to create different moods in the painting or add salt to create an exciting texture. One of the primary things with watercolor is that you need to observe the rules of watercolor. For example, timing is everything. (Clock ticking)

Although watercolors need time to dry, different stages in the drying process are essential. If you want to create smooth, even gradients, you need to make sure that wetness is there to avoid unwanted spots or affect the background.

Because watercolors are transparent, they should run from light to dark. This action means you need to start with a lighter shade first and then intensify the paint one coat at a time. Furthermore, you cannot paint over an already dark area to make it brighter. You also need to plan out the most promising regions and mask them if required.

How do we incorporate this artistic media into artwork? 

Watercolors can also interact in the mixing board. However, the correction is much more difficult once the paint is done on paper. You can re-incorporate the paint a little with water and a clean brush, but you can add some color to add detail to your painting.

Watercolor Gouache Acrylic Paint 2

So watercolor is excellent for loose watercolor effects with unexpected results. Nevertheless, the cool thing is that you can also combine watercolor and gouache to turn them into more pastel colors. Gouache usually comes in tubes, but you can sometimes get it in pens.

To work with gouache, you need brushes, clean water, and you can also use any white or even colored paper.

Traditional gouache is also called opaque watercolor because it can use the same thing but is more intense. Since the paint is water-soluble, you can achieve different opacities by using just a little water to keep the shade more opaque; and darker or dilute it to make the paint more transparent.

The big difference with watercolor is that compared to watercolor, with gouache, you can work from light to dark and from dark to light, as the paint becomes opaque. So you can repaint the areas several times, or you can use colored paper without any problems. Gouache also begins to dry quickly, but the result appears relatively flat and matte once dry.

However, it helps to keep in mind that darker colors tend to lighten, and lighter colors tend to darken when dry. So please mix the paint accordingly to get the desired result. However, you can always re-energize the stain with water once it dries, not only on the mixing board but also on the paper, to keep working on it or changing things.

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How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? 4 Best Techniques: Acrylic Colors Painting for Beginners

How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas?
Acrylic colors are quick drying artificial colors, as they retain their luster even after drying.

They do not flow easily and require special skill due to the difficulty of adjusting mixing them on the painting.

Because it dries quickly and is less affected by heat and other destructive forces compared to oil paint, as well as being preferred by artists concerned with the health risks, arising from treating oil paints and inhaling associated fumes.

So, How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Due to all these desirable properties, these colors became popular among artists, when they were promoted it first commercially took place in the 1960s, and notable 20th century artists who used this acrylic paint were:

Mark Rothko, Ellsworth Kelly, Barnett Newman, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley and British artist David Hockney.

How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas

You must follow some tips that may help beginners to How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas when starting the drawing process, most notably:

Acrylic colors are quick to dry, so you should take a little color out of the tube, and then put a water spray bottle next to you to spray the colors from time to time, and that is from in order to keep colors wet and give professional painter effect.

• How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Use the palette to mix and experiment with colors, not the canvas for painting, as unlike oil paints you do not have time to paint directly on the canvas, because it will dry very quickly.

• How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Use high quality materials such as those used by a professional artist; To make your final artwork appear more beautiful and of higher quality.

• How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Take care of your paint materials; Paint brushes will damage very quickly if you don’t clean them properly every now and then. Painting on colored canvas is much easier than on white canvas, as it can be very difficult to paint the dark areas of your drawing directly onto a white canvas.


• How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Use large sized brushes; Because it is easier to cover all the canvas, as well as the small brushes are more accurate and realistic, so it may be difficult for beginners to use them, and professional painters prefer to use large brushes.

• How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Apply the paint layer by layer, starting from the bottom up.

Advantages of acrylic colors

How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas? Acrylic colors have many different characteristics, the most prominent of which are:

• Acrylic colors are distinguished; They are bright, fast drying, and long-lasting colors, as well as being the least harmful and toxic of all colors.

• Acrylic colors are resistant to water and oil and are not flammable.

• It can be diluted with water but adding a lot of water may lead to a loss of consistency of the colors and their ability to adhere to the painting, so the colors must be mixed with water in specific proportions.

• Acrylic colors are used on a wide variety of surfaces such as: cardboard, cloth, wood panels, concrete, bricks, and wall coloring.

• The brushes used for acrylic paints are the same as those used for oil paints.

• Acrylic colors are sold in a wide variety of shapes such as bowls, tubes, ink bottles, and many more.

• The surface of the dry acrylic sheet can be cleaned by washing it with soap and water, and the brushes also clean the same way with acetone.

Facts and information about acrylic colors

How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas?

There are many facts and information about acrylic colors that you may not be aware of in advance, the most prominent of which are:

• It is less than a century old, the first type of acrylic paint that became commercially available was the household polymer-based paint, which became available in the forties.

• Many artists use it as an alternative to oils or watercolors.

• Painting with acrylic colors gives your painting a sharp, clear, and bold effect, which is a good choice if you want a painting that looks realistic.

• As already mentioned, these colors dry quickly, although materials can be added to the paint; To slow down the drying process.

• You can paint one layer on top of another, and the one on top will not be visible at all.

• Acrylic colors can be applied to a wide range of surfaces. Acrylic board that dries completely tends to attract dust; So, once you are done working on it, a layer of varnish must be added to prevent dust from collecting and damaging it.

• If you have a lot of acrylic paint on your brushes or on your hands, all you need is soap and water to clean it.

• Acrylic colors are known for their vibrant, loud, and attractive colors.

How to paint with Acrylics on Canvas Like The most famous painters of the world


We review with you the following the most important and most famous painters in the world, they are:

• Leonardo da Vinci: Born in 1452, a painter who is well known, a scientist and inventor, Da Vinci is one of the most famous painters in the world because of his very famous painting, Mona 1519.

Vincent Van Gogh: Born in 1853, he is a Dutch painter famous for his famous paintings such as: Sunflowers, Starry Night and Terrace Café at Night, he died in 1890.

Rembrandt: Born in 1606, he is of Dutch origin and one of the greatest painters. Among his most famous paintings are: The Jewish bride and the storm of the Sea of Galilee, died 1669.

Michel Angelo: Born in 1475, he is a painter and an architect, he has many famous paintings such as the epic frescoes on the Sistine Chapel, he died in 1564.

Claude Monet: Born in 1840, he is a painter of French origin, one of his most famous paintings; Waterlilies, Women in Garden, and Impression Sunrise, died 1926.

Pablo Picasso: Born in 1881, a painter of Spanish origin, whose famous works include Guernica and the Bird of Peace, died in 1973.

  • Raphael: Born in 1483, he is an Italian painter, as Raphael, Da Vinci and Michael Angelo make up the trinity of the Renaissance, and among his famous paintings are Mond Crucifixion and The Wedding of the Virgin, died 1520.
  • Auguste Renoir: Born in 1841, a French painter influenced by the Italian Renaissance, one of his most famous works is Dancing at Le Moulin de la Galette, he died in 1919.
  • Jean Vermeer: ​​Born in 1632, he is a Dutch painter specializing in genre painting – a vivid depiction of still life, paralyzing His famous paintings, The View of Delft, Girl with Pearl Earring and Milkmaid, died in 1675.
  • Paul Cézanne: Born in 1839, a famous French painter, who has many famous paintings, the most important of which are: The Players Card and Still Life with Curtain, died in 1906.
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