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Essay: My First Earthscape by Chris Dunmire
Painting : Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache, and Alkyds

Creative Painting Techniques

Painting with Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache, and Alkyds

We enjoyed experimenting with watercolor paints as children in our elementary school art classes. We were fascinated by the effects such a chalky substance could create on paper! If you left your watercolor painting passion back in third grade, you can continue exploring this softer art medium by taking in some of Creativity Portal's instructional articles and visiting some of the following Web resources offering free watercolor painting instruction, project inspiration and ideas, and plenty of tips and tricks to help you master this fine art form.

How-to Watercolor Painting Sources

One Thing You Must Have to Complete a Successful Painting
By Stephen Blackburn
What is the one thing you must have to complete a successful painting? Without this, you will muddle along with your work and probably never paint anything that will make you proud.

Free-atively Dabbling in Watercolor Art
By Molly J. Anderson-Childers
Are you new to the world of watercolor painting and just itching to get your brush wet in some creative play? If so, you'll enjoy this free-style instructional tutorial that simply encourages you to experiment and play with paint!

Unpretentious Painting: My First Earthscape
By Chris Dunmire
Four valuable things I learned about the creative process when I painted my very first landscape painting with acrylics and gouache.

Watercolor Primer with Diana Trout
This 2-part tutorial by Diana Trout (author of Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression) illustrates building a watercolor palette, sketching, layering colors, and expanding your watercolor repertoire.

Watercolor Painting and Projects
Watercolor painting instruction, techniques, lessons, tips and advice on how to paint watercolors, with "free" step-by-step visual tutorials, illustrations, and hand painted examples.

Ellen Fountain's Watercolor Tips
Visit the Watercolor Learning Center featuring watercolor painting techniques, tips and instruction — also available online and in Ellen's watercolor videos and workbooks.

Watercolor Painting and Projects
Watercolor painting instruction, techniques, lessons, tips and advice on how to paint watercolors, with "free" step-by-step visual tutorials, illustrations, and hand painted examples.

Robert Dance
Instructional essays by painter Robert Dance. Includes: Painting with Alkyds; Painting with Watercolors; The Basics of Realist Painting; Painting Atmospheric Effects; and Building Scale Models for Study.

Watercolor Paintings and Lessons
Watercolor paintings and free online watercolor painting lessons by watercolorist Roland Lee. His pencil drawings, sketch books, and landscape painting have been featured in many art magazines including "The Artist's Magazine" in March 2005. He regularly teaches painting workshops in England and the US.

Art and Watercolor Lessons
From the art of Larry Weiss — fine artist painter. Features a learning area with tips and advice for beginning a new painting; lessons on color theory, mixing colors, color effects, and color schemes; and a lesson in masking fluid for watercolor painting.

Water-Based Painting Basics
Michaels Artist's Studio Education helps you learn about the three primary water-based painting mediums watercolor, gouache, and tempera, and how-to's to application. Includes an informational glossary of terms to help you better understand these fine art mediums and how to use them.

Watercolor Online
"Dedicated to the promotion of all forms of watercolor and the artists who create works in the various media encompassed by this broad classification. You can view works in acrylic, gouache, transparent watercolor, tempera, and various other water based paint."

Watercolor Painting
Offers free watercolor tutorials, free step-by-step watercolor painting lessons, current news, featured artists, artist galleries, art shows, art links, and original instructional material for everyone wishing to learn how to paint watercolors.