How to Finish a Painting | Acrylics

 
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Finishing an Acrylic Painting

When it comes to finishing your painting, here’s what I would recommend:

  1. Wait about three days before applying finish.

  2. ONLY use acrylic varnish for acrylic paintings, and oil seal coat for oil paintings.

  3. 1-2 coats of finish should do the trick. Wait one hour before applying second coat.

  4. You can paint acrylic over top any acrylic varnish. Just let it dry again and paint over it with another coat of varnish.

Types of Varnish

 

Depending on the final look you want to achieve, you have a couple different options for acrylic varnish. In the Animal Art Masterclass, we will just focus on acrylic varnish for now.

  • Gloss: Creates a high glossy finish.

  • Matte: Somewhat pearl looking finish.

  • Satin: Creates a low gloss finish.

Glossy just means a clear, shiny covering. I personally like the high gloss look, which is why I buy the Liquitex Basics Gloss Varnish brand for $9.99 at Hobby Lobby.

The 250mL bottle will last me about 2-3 months or so. I paint about 5-10 paintings a month.

How to Apply Varnish

Simply use any brush to apply the varnish over top. Just remember the following when painting the varnish:

  1. Use a damp brush to apply the varnish.

  2. Make sure surface of painting is clean and doesn’t contain dust, hair, or wet paint.

  3. Use a high quality brush that won’t loose it’s bristles.

  4. Cover the front and sides of the painting.

Paint Your Dog | New Traceable Print Outs

 

At last, my “Paint Your Dog in Acrylics” tutorials are finally complete! Many people have been requesting these tutorials, and here is the first one. The other five will be uploaded to my Online Animal Art Masterclass and ready for viewing on July 21st.

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NEW Traceables

 

Announcing the NEW traceable print outs.

I’m now offering traceables for my YouTube channel AND Online Animal Art Masterclass, however masterclass students get all of them included in their membership.

The “How to Paint Your Dog” tutorial uses Olive the Dingo Dog as the happy model for showing beginner artists how to paint a dogs eyes, nose, ears, whiskers, and more. The traceable for this one is a very simple, straight forward image of Olive. And once it’s been transfer onto your canvas, I walk you through every step, layer after layer, using acrylic paint.

For more details on the NEW traceable print outs, click HERE.

Relax Like a Boss | Mindfullness

 
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I’ve recently been introduced to the blog founder of Relax Like A Boss, John Parrott.

John has so much valuable insight on the art of mindfulness, practicing regular meditation, and everything you need to know about relaxing and enjoying life.

I especially love Johns article about the 25 Low Stress Jobs for People, an artist being one of them.

I love how practical he is on balancing life when you know you struggle with anxiety or depression.

It all makes sense; choose a career that blesses you emotionally.

Being an artist is not a gold mine, but it does allow me to make a living while adding to my life mentally and spiritually.

I’ve had other jobs that pay more, but at the expense of my creativity, energy, and joy!

I also love Johns article called 14 Reasons Why Anxiety Sucks (And How to Fix Them).

Anxiety is not fun, and it feels like one big trap.

And again John helps his followers make small, yet profound baby steps towards anxiety freedom with his realistic approach.

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Learn how to paint bird feathers why relaxing like a boss! Hahah.

Tomorrow I will be posting my newest tutorial “How to Paint an Abstract Whale” so stay tuned for that.

 

Donkey Acrylic Painting | Mother's Day Giveaway

 

Who loves Shrek? I was watching this movie on TV the other day and it inspired me to paint this silly, adorable donkey called Mini Cooper. A miniature donkey with lots of spunk. A great paint for beginners, and you can choose to paint on paper or canvas.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Announcing the winner of my Mother’s Day Giveaway!

The blessed mom who gets “Tiny Grace,” this piggy painting and a FREE month of my Online Animal Art Masterclass.

Congratulations to Joanne Edwards! Happy Mothers Day.

Because I’m so grateful for the other moms who participated, they get a 10% OFF Discount on all my paintings and prints with the promo code: HAPPY MOM.

Have a beautiful Mother’s Day everyone!

Husky Painting Tutorial | Mini Painting

 

I’ve prepared another animal painting tutorial, accept this one is for dog/Husky lovers. Based on popular request, I’ll be making the next few painting tutorials of different dog breeds. This tutorial is quick, fun, and easy, using a 6” x 6” mini canvas. It’s a great paint to relax and recharge your batteries with, even if you can’t afford a lot of supplies. This tutorial uses very little paint.

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Piggy Painting Tutorial | NEW Paintings

 

Mr. Piggy is smothered in ice cream! Mint chocolate chip to be exact. This painting is extremely fun, soothing, and bright to help de-stress and get centered again. You’ll also get to see new studio updates and events coming up.

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Dexter The Lion Kitty

Commission. 16” x 20” Acrylic Medium.

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Dole Mansion

In just a few days, on March 1st from 5-8 pm this painting and many of my others from my growing new series “Faith over Fear” will be on display at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.

I would just love to see/meet you. Make sure you RSVP on the Facebook page.

 

Overcoming Perfectionism | Pet Portrait Time-Lapse

 

I can’t wait for you to see this one! A full time-lapse of the making of this commission. I also give helpful tips, encouragement, and advice for those struggling with perfectionism. Something a lot of artists often experience in different seventies thorough out life. And if I can be of any support and hope for you, let me know in the comments section. I would love to help in any way I can.

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Flo & Stagger

Commission. 24” x 30” Acrylic Medium.

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Fish Painting Tutorial | Studio Updates

 

Join me in another relaxing animal painting tutorial! Learn how to paint these two very cheerful, tranquil fish. You’ll also learn how to explore color pallets and helpful products to enhance your acrylic paintings.

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In The Moment

This painting is about half way done and I almost don’t want it to be over. I absolutely love the layout and softness of this painting. It’s almost got a mystical, vintage look to it. And the prayer I’ve done while painting this horse has been so energizing for me. Building my confidence and trust in the Lord and what he’s doing in me and through me.

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Stay tuned for the final reveal of this painting. I know it will be spectacular! One of my favorites I think.

Dole Mansion

On March 1st from 5-8 pm this painting and many of my others from my growing new series “Faith over Fear” will be on display at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.

I would just love to see/meet you. It’s a show I’m so very excited to share with the community!

 

Galaxy Deer | New Tiger Painting

 

I’m going GALAXY crazy if you couldn’t already tell by my recent paintings. And so it’s no surprise that today’s tutorial has brilliant stars and colors. Make sure you check the description box for materials. I’ve got lots of blues and purples for us to explore on canvas!

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New Tiger Painting

I call it, Small but Courageous. “16 x 20”. Acrylic Medium.

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I knew I wanted to have another tiger painting for my solo show at the Dole Mansion, but I wanted to give it a little something, something!

A butterfly came to mind as I compared the two. One fragile, meek, and delicate, compared to a strong, bold, hardy, and dominant feline.

That’s when I thought of the story of David and Galiuth. Two opposites facing one another. For David it “appears” to be hopeless. Everyone assumed he would be trampled on by Galiuth.

In our world, it “seems” like joy and hope and victory is more impossible than possible. We focus on the things that don’t get better and base our future on that “truth”. We put our faith in people or what we can do or what we have.

But for David, even when things appeared hopeless, he knew his giant could be defeated with the help of His Lord. He rested in the immense courage and strength that God can provide us with, even with an ounce of faith.

His focus wasn’t on what he could do, but what God could do through Him. That’s why he had such fierce courage.

And this little butterfly is facing his giant straight on. Courageous but small.

Dole Mansion

On March 1st from 5-8 pm this painting and many of my others from my growing new series “Faith over Fear” will be on display at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake.

I would just love to see/meet you. It’s a show I’m so very excited to share with the community!