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Acrylic Over Charcoal Mixed Media Painting Tips

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Have you ever wondered if you can mix charcoal and acrylic paint by painting acrylic over charcoal or drawing charcoal over acrylic? I tried it and here are the results. Read on to find out how to combine charcoal and acrylics into a mixed media painting without smudging the charcoal lines and the paint colors.

How to Make Acrylic Paint Opaque, Vibrant and Brighter

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How can I make acrylic paints opaque, vibrant and bright? Let's go through a few problems with acrylic painting and how to fix them. If you have issues with acrylics not being opaque enough or the colors not being vibrant and bright, you might be making some of these mistakes. I don't really like calling them mistakes, though, but nevertheless, you might find these quick acrylic painting tips helpful to solve those issues.

Crelando Charcoal Drawing Set from Lidl

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I guess I can't stick to just one thing by nature, so I want to try different art supplies, too. Even though materials such as charcoal and soft pastels haven't completely convinced me because of their messiness, I still love the color pay off and contrast they produce. This post is about a charcoal set I got as a Christmas present one year. Want to know what's inside the Crelando charcoal drawing set that Lidl sells? And how to use it and what I think of it? Read on.

What is Animal Artists Collective? + Themes

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Have you heard of the AnimalArtistsCollective on YouTube? If you haven't, here's a quick rundown: It's a group of YouTube artists who make animal art based on a chosen theme (voted by viewers) every two months and at least 50% of the proceeds of selling those artworks go towards animal conservation. They also make speed painting videos on YouTube about their animal art and publish the videos on the same day. It's usually on a Thursday on the second full week of the month, every two months. Read on to find out the past themes and how to take part in the upcoming themes yourself.

YouTube Artists Collective: Themes & How to Take Part

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Have you seen the acronym YTAC in art videos on YouTube and wondered what it means? Read on, because I'll explain what YTAC or YouTube Artists Collective is, why and how to take part in it as an artist and how to vote for the next themes. And then I'll leave you with a list of the previous YouTube Artist Collective themes, so you can use as ideas for your artworks.

How to Paint a Face with Acrylics

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One of my favorite things to paint with acrylics are female portraits and I thought I'd share with you how I paint a face with acrylics including tips for the sketching stage, mixing skin tones, blending with acrylics, working in layers and painting eyes, eyebrows and lips. You can also watch my tutorial video on painting a face.

My art style is maybe somewhere between realistic and semi-realistic and this is just my method for painting a face in acrylics. It also changes from painting to painting, but hopefully the tips in this tutorial will help you in painting a portrait with acrylics.

How to Sketch for a Portrait Painting
When I'm painting a face I usually start by finding a reference photo. It might be from a stock photo site or a photo I've taken myself. A free stock photo site I like to use is pexels.com. Then I use the grid method to sketch the face and get the proportions right. Here's a blog post on the grid drawing method, if you want to try it.

I then tra…

2017 in Review | YouTube Analytics + Yearly Recap

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Time for another yearly recap! This one will be mostly about YouTube since that's what I concentrated on this year. Blogging and my newsletter were on the back burner for most of the year. Read on for thoughts about was it worth it to upload videos twice a week, which videos got the most views and the direction I'm taking in 2018.

How to Prepare Cardboard for Acrylic Painting

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Would you like to paint on cardboard, but have noticed that the paint soaks into and you can't achieve bright colors? I'll show you how to prepare a piece of cardboard for painting with gesso primer. Cardboard works for both acrylic and oil painting and you might sometimes want to use it instead of canvas, board, wood or paper to save money or to be more environmentally friendly.

Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages

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Get ready to color!  Print out these free ethnic coloring pages for kids and adults. You'll get an Indian girl portrait coloring page and a tribal pattern coloring page + envelope by signing up for the Ivy Lily Newsletter here. You'll get the coloring pages (+ more freebies) as PDFs you can download, print out and color with the materials of your choice. Cut, fold and glue the envelope together after coloring and it's ready to use for sending snail mail.

Pretty Little Liars Fan Art

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I've steered away from doing fan art for a long time due to copyright reasons. But I gave in and decided to make some for myself this year. I can't sell fan art so I can use it to experiment without having to worry about the outcome. As PLL season 7b is starting I thought it was a good time to make some Pretty Little Liars fan art.


I started watching Pretty Little Liars, when the first season aired in Finland, but lost interest as season 2 rolled around. Then at the end of 2015 I randomly watched a few episodes I had saved in my digibox and got hooked again. I got all seasons 1-6 DVD sets from the library and watched them in the wrong order. I also made a note of interesting episodes I'd like to use for painting references. And these are the ones I chose.

I painted Alison DiLaurentis from season 4 episode 19 Shadow Play, Emily Fields and Spencer Hastings from season 6 prom episode 9 Last Dance and Hanna Marin from season 4 Ravenswood Halloween Special episode 13 Grave New…