Displaying Your Nature Close-Up Paintings

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Today, we’re looking at a couple different ways you might use or display the nature close-up watercolor paintings developed in the last post.

mounted watercolor paintings

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Nature Close-Ups

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Beginner Watercolor Painting Project Tutorial

This is an easy watercolor project with no drawing required.  Instead, the project makes use of grey-scale photographs printed on watercolor paper to jump-start your painting.  Turn completed paintings into a collection piece by mounting them together or use them on handmade greeting cards for little functional works of art.

 

watercolor blue rose

 

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Abstract Poppy Painting

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Beginner Acrylic Painting Project

 

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  – Mark Twain

 

Sometimes the hardest part about painting is just getting started.  Many artists struggle with “blank canvas syndrome,” the feeling of not knowing exactly how to begin or what to paint.

This project makes it easy to overcome the blank canvas.  It begins with relaxed random painting. Have fun mixing colors and splattering paint directly on the canvas.  Then you’ll use a negative space painting technique to turn the randomness into a colorful floral image for your wall.

 

abstract poppy acrylic painting

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Brushes and More

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Exploring Brushes, Knives and Other Paint Tools

Explore the painter’s tools of the trade.  Discover the anatomy of a paint brush and learn to  choose the proper brush for your next painting project.   See what each of five common brush types can do as you create a colorful ‘brush stroke’ painting.
 
brushes and painting knives

 

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The Color Wheel: Bonus Technique

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Image Transfer for Color Wheel Mandala

Image transfers using gel medium is a fun technique to add interest to your artwork.  It works because acrylic medium applied on top of a toner-based print or copy will trap the ink from the print. Once you remove the paper, you’re left with a transparent version of the image to adhere to your painting.
 
Color Wheel Painting

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