Art Techniques

In art-making, you will find your skill growing with leaps and bounds when you have good technique–and here’s where you’ll find it. Delve into our art technique articles to find the painting tips and techniques you are looking for. There is so much to learn and it is all here, so click away!

Mitchell Long, Kitchen painting

Defy Expectations–See In a New Way

Use Composition & Perspective to Change It Up No matter the venue, the accepted rule of thumb is that a painting should always be hung just above eye level. As a result, many artists create paintings with this point of view. That means perspective and composition become even more important if an artist wants to…

Technique: Growing Your Own Garden

For many artists, growing and tending to their own gardens provides an additional outlet for creative expression. by Naomi Ekperigin Tulips in a Square Vase, by Susan Van Campen, 2006, watercolor, 23 x 30. Courtesy Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York. Every artist has, at some point in their studies or their career,…

Technique: Working With a Complementary Palette

Working with a complementary palette can lead to harmonious paintings and the creation of clear, vibrant colors. By Naomi Ekperigin Still Life of Egg and Glass, by Jacob Stevens, 2007, oil on board, 24 x 18. Private collection. For many artists, choosing a palette can be difficult. Each poses different sets of benefits and challenges,…

Oil Painting Techniques: C.W. Mundy: Painting From Upside-Down Photographs

C.W. Mundy teaches his students to paint effective portraits. Here, we look more closely at his innovative technique for painting portraits from upside-down photographs in this step-by-step demonstration of Bourbon Street Chef, New Orleans. Step 1Mundy began the demo by lightly sketching in an underdrawing. Step 2Holding his photograph upside down to make sure he…

Technique: Trudy Kraft's Watercolors: Art and Nature, Symbol and Pattern

Trudy Kraft expresses her love of art and the natural world in complex, multilayered paintings.   by Lynne Moss Perricelli Cosmogenesis2006, watercolor, gouache, and masking fluid, 25 x 30. All artwork this article courtesy Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, unless otherwise indicated. Looking at Trudy Kraft’s paintings brings forth a variety of associations, ranging from…

Technique: Trudy Kraft's Multilayered Watercolors

Trudy Kraft expresses her love of art and the natural world in complex, multilayered paintings. In this online exclusive gallery, we present more of Kraft's mixed media watercolors. Terma Zone No. 022007, watercolor and masking fluid, 30 x 25. All artwork this gallery courtesy Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Terma Zone No. 082007, watercolor andmasking…

Technique: Mosaic Art: The Tile Creations of Carl and Sandra Bryant

Artists Carl and Sandra Bryant use tiny pieces of glass to create intricate mosaic works of art. by Stephanie Kaplan Autumn Landscapeby Sandra Bryant, 2006, glass mosaic, 24 x 32. Collection the artist. Mosaic Landscapeby Sandra Bryant, 2005, glass mosaic, 24 x 24. Collection the artist. Art is often a labor of love, but it’s…

Technique: Lana Grow: Going With the Flow and Exploring Abstraction

As an experimental artist, Minnesotan Lana Grow has no rules. She begins her paintings in different ways and lets them evolve.   Like what you read? Become a Watercolor subscriber today! by Linda S. Price Simply Flora2006, watermedia, 22 x 22. Collection the artist. This is a direct painting without much layering, representing the artist’s…

Technique: Watercolor Pencil Tips and Techniques

Learn about working with water-soluble pencils from Kristy Ann Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting With Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, New York). by Kristy Ann Kutch Water-soluble colored drawing products include: 1) watercolor pencils and woodless pencils, which have cores of watercolor pigment blended with binders 2) water-soluble ink-type pencils, which are used…

Technique: Sissi Siska: Transforming Silk Painting

New Jersey artist Sissi Siska reinvents traditional silk-painting techniques to create multimedia works of art. by Stephanie Kaplan Orchids on Blue Ferns2005, dyes, gutta, and wax on crepe de chine silk, 6’ x 3’. Collection the artist. Detail of Orchids on Blue Ferns. New Jersey artist Sissi Siska transforms delicate pieces of silk into complex…