The Importance of Experimenting in Art

I thought I would write this post because having taught hundreds of learners I recognise two types of learner.  Those that experiment and those that won’t and I am sure you can guess which learners have the best results.

What do I mean by experimenting and why is it so important?

I am essentially talking about a free mind to experiment and try things out without knowing where it will lead.  This approach allows discoveries to be made which is part of the learning creative process.  By trying things out we get to discover our own unique style in art, what media we like, the types of marks we can make etc.

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4 Painting Techniques for Beginners

First of all you might be wondering what is a painting technique?  I  thought I would explain as many of my learners get confused about what they are and what media they can be used in.

A painting technique means a way of using the paint – applying it or removing it, to create a desired visual effect.  There are lots of painting techniques you can use, some are general techniques that you might use with any paint media (watercolour, acrylics or oils) and some are designed to be used with one type of media (or are more effective with this type of media).

It can be really confusing when you hear names of techniques and have no idea that they are.  With this in mind I will go through the most basic ones that you might try as a beginner:

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