Category: Painting

Oct 13

Learn How To Oil Paint – Part II

How To Oil Paint – Part II (courtesy of

(continued from Part I, found on this site)…they’re gonna be different shades. Let’s grab some of this yellow ochre. This makes me excited – I hope it makes you excited, too! It is a good feel. See, we just add a little color – just look at these trees coming along. Fall is coming, but not quite here, yet. It plays a key role in nature. Let’s grab a little of this cad yellow and go with that, too, just brighten it up just a tad…just a tad. It’s got some leaves, still.

Let’s go back here, to this little tree right here, and we’ll cover it. Hide some things…we’ve got all kinds of things..just a hint. If you just tap them with a little bit of color, it still makes them appear far off, like you got a lot of things hiding in there.

OK, now, we’ve got those background trees taken care of. I’m gonna use a 2-inch brush, and let’s go into some of the van dyke brown and some of the ivory black, and let’s tap some color into this. I’m gonna show you a little trick that I like to do. I’m tapping straight down. This color is pretty dark. But, I’m gonna have to fill in all of this – we’re gonna block all this in right here. So let’s work on that.

Notice how I started below that, and work my way up. See? It lets the color gradually get lighter, because there’s not much paint in my brush. Let’s just work on that, and see what all we can come up with….get some of this light area right there. See if we can’t get all of this laid in here. This kinda works good, this way.

Using a 2-inch brush – a clean one – let’s go into some highlight colors. Let’s go into that Indian yellow, some of the cad yellow. Now, remember, it’s gotta be thinner, so I wanna dip into this…I got a little linseed oil here I’m gonna cut with that…put a little of that linseed oil in it. If I can get my words right! I get tongue-tied sometimes! Remember, you gotta have enough paint on here, but it’s gotta be thin…gotta be thin.

Let’s put in some grass. Let’s start from the right side over here. Just tap in some highlights…not quite enough, so get some more linseed oil…tap in here. Let’s go back here in the back…there we go…it’s working now! Laying in some highlights…let’s make it a little greener…add a little more blue. Definitely worked! This is a nice color, here – let me turn it around here so you can see it. Sometimes they come out just a little bit too light, and you have to work with them. Get some more linseed oil…just a little problem, but, we’ll take care of it here in a moment. A bit more cad yellow so it’s as shadowed as I want it to.

Alright! Let’s stop just a moment. I want to put in, maybe like a little pond right there. Let’s take a 2-inch brush – a clean one – I have a lot of brushes up here that’s already cleaned so I don’t have to do a lot of cleaning all at one time. Make things move by a little easier! OK, we’ll take a little bit of this white, go up to the canvas right here, bore down, bore down, bore down. This will give us a bit of a reflection right there…something to make it look shimmery.

OK, lay that brush down, let’s get another clean, 1-inch brush. Gently, go across…see that? Instantly, you have a little pond! You got a little light. And, who knows? Let me get this other brush and add our highlight color on it. That’s one good thing about keeping it…and, let’s tap in some of the…just a little bit of this color that we used on the grass up there. Gently blend those, too. See that?

OK, I’m using a palette knife now. Go into some of that van dyke brown, a little bit of lizard crimson. You can see right here. Just mix up a little bit…makes the dirt. A little yellow ochre will help it – give it a little warm flavor! OK, let’s go right over here and cut a roll off. Get it nice and flat, cut a roll off, like that, and gently pull right across through there, like that. See, you got your…you got dirt. That easy! You don’t even have to go dig it up out of the yard! I make some funny comments sometimes – that’s what I like to do. Gotta have fun!

OK, now, use a little bit of white in with that mixture, let’s use a little bit of Indian yellow. Just a little – a bit more white. We’re gonna make a highlight for that dirt! See there? We’re using that same, dark mixture. Pull it out nice and flat, like that, cut you a roll across…just a little bit. See there? That dirt just comes alive! This makes it stand out, there – see that? But that dark – if you didn’t have that dark on it, you wouldn’t have anything at all. Just a gob of paint! Every little thing helps.

OK, while I’ve got that knife with me – I’ll wipe my knife off here right quick. OK, get some of this white…it’s got a little of this purple tint to it from that mixture that I have – that’s good. You don’t want it to be just stark, stark white. I’m kneading this paint, I guess you could say, it makes it a little creamy. That way it will go on the canvas a bit better. Sometimes these whites are thick, so…cut across the top, push it forward. Go up here, and let’s cut in a little water line. See that? Cut right there…just cut it in like that…just like that. Maybe there’s one out here…see that? We’ve got all kinds of things happening. That’s what I like. That’s how you can get all sorts of little things.

Alright, lets get some grass back up on top of this right quick. Take some of that ochre, come right here and tap in some of that grass right here. Push that dirt down…just like that. OK, lay that brush down…alright, where’s my big brush again? There we go. Tap into these three colors here, a little of the Indian yellow, some yellow ochre and some of the cad yellow. Add a little more linseed oil…(Part III to follow)


Jan 21

Learn How To Paint A Wall Quickly

How To Paint A Wall Quickly (courtesy of Paint Helpers)

Painting the corners of a room has always been a two-step process. Well, not anymore! This is a brand new product. What we’ve done with this product is, we’ve combined the speed of a roller with the accuracy of a paintbrush. No one’s ever done this before!

So, the way it works is, the brush fits right here, on the shield, behind the roller. You put paint on the roller, like this, okay, load it up nice and good. Saturate the roller – close your shield. You come up to your edge – say this is a door frame or a window frame or ceiling or whatever else you’re gonna paint up to. And really, all you need to do is put the roller on the wall, roll down, roll up, roll down.

The secret to this device is a tiny paintbrush that spreads the paint right to the edge of the wall, where the roller can’t go! That brush paints that little gap right here. So, the roller puts paint on the wall, the brush picks up paint right here, and moves it over to the edge. And, you can see, it gives you a very, very sharp edge. And, the roller falls off, so you don’t have to get your hands dirty by pulling it off.

In today’s Paint Helper’s Product Reviews, we’ll be taking a look at the Accubrush Paint Edging System, which you’re seeing in use right here. Take a look at how quickly we can edge around this window, using this device. There is not a product on the market which can edge as quickly or as accurately as the Accubrush Paint Edging System. It can be used as a roller in small spaces, but, most importantly, it’s got a little brush which will automatically give us professional results against doors, windows, ceilings, all sorts of trim.

It also comes in a pole-mounted version. This is the Accubrush XT which you’re seeing here, and this is our product tester, Kat, who is edging along this ceiling without having to get up and down on a ladder. And, she is edging a perfectly clean line with no paint getting up on the ceiling. We’ll be looking at the Accubrush Paint Edging System in this edition of Paint Helper’s Product Reviews, coming up next.

You’ll be saying that painting is just so easy, from now on! It’s not the big, horrible, strenuous job that you thought it was. This actually makes painting easy. What we’ve developed is a new paint edger that combines the speed of a roller with the accuracy of a paintbrush. This paintbrush has been specially designed to paint right up to the edge, so you don’t have to worry about taping or masking off anything. So, it’s a roller and a brush, and the shield here allows you to open it up, roll paint on the roller, close the shield.

Start away from the wall a little bit…and I’m done! Like I said, it’s a roller, and then the brush fits in behind it. And the brush is actually what does the final cutting, and that is what allows you to get right up to the edge. Without that brush, this doesn’t work. So, the roller basically puts paint on the wall first, and then the brush comes behind it and moves that paint right up to the edge. So, you’re never actually putting paint on the brush itself, so it makes for a very fast operation. The consistency and the results of the painting job when you’re finished are amazing…they are very, very accurate. They are as good as a professional painter.

The Accubrush will save you enormous amounts of time, especially along ceilings. Ceilings are notoriously the most difficult part of edging; especially, since you have to carry your paint with you up on the ladder if you want to brush it in. You often can’t tape a ceiling because the tape won’t stick or there’s texture on your ceiling or whatever else. With the Accubrush, it doesn’t matter if there’s texture on your ceiling. It will allow you to paint right up to that edge, quickly and cleanly. Now, look how close that is! You can’t get anywhere this close with your hand, by using tape, or any other method!


Sep 14

Learn How To Airbrush

How To Airbrush (courtesy of


Sep 03

Learn How To Paint

How To Oil Paint Part I (courtesy of

Hi, I’m Michael Thompson, and it’s a great day to paint, and I’m glad that you’re with me! We’ll go up to the canvas here, and let me explain something. This is a 16 x 20 primed canvas, and we have a thin, white oil medium on this. And the colors I use – we’ll put them on the screen for you as we go.

Alright, I’ve got my 2-inch brush. Let’s go up to the canvas, and remember, paint can make it happen!

Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Indian Yellow
Cobalt Blue
Vandyke Brown
Alizarin Crimson
Ivory White
Titanium White

Let’s go on to the cobalt blue…I’m using my 2-inch brush and just loading it up. I’m tapping, because it loads it evenly, OK? Just like this. Now, we go up to the top of the canvas, and, if you’ll look, I’m doing “X” strokes, just like this, right across through there, see that? Work my way down…work my way down. Let me re-load right quick…I don’t have quite enough. There we go – it’s doing good, now! Let’s get this sky really blended good. This’ll kinda give you a good work out…that’s good for you! If you get some dark spots, just simply stay in that spot and work them out.

Let’s bring this on down…just like that. See, I’m going back and forth to remove my brush strokes so it will be nice and smooth…nice and smooth. But, you can already see how the sky has got dimension. Let’s take care of this little spot right here before we stop…ok!

Alright, I’m gonna reach down here and get a fan brush – let’s go put some clouds in the sky! Using the titanium white, I’m gonna load this brush up really good. I don’t wanna…I don’t want the paint…let me say this. I don’t want the paint to come up into the ferrules, back up here in the back part. As you can see, I have a lot of paint in there, but, if it cakes up in the back, then that will cause your brush not to perform correctly and your brush won’t last as long.

Let’s go up here to the top. Let’s make one, big cloud today…right up in here. I’m doing circles, using the corner of that brush, flip it over. If you run out of paint, you’ve got a whole other side, there. Let me reload right quick. Let’s go right up here…see there? Free sample! Let’s just do some of this…see there? That will make that cloud look like it’s coming rushing up to you to meet you! Good things happen…it’s always good. Alright, we’ll stop right there – I believe that’s enough. Let me get a uh…I’m using a 1-inch brush, here – a clean one. And I’m gonna use just the top corner to blend this, so, I just gently blend, like this. See there? And remember that the paint we’re using…we use oil paints. Not acrylics or not water-based…they’re oil paints.

Alright, let’s fan some of this out, here. And you gently hold the brush down, like this, I’m gonna pull up, but I’m gonna pull up at an angle, either that way or this way. So, let’s go this way…seems like you can see that a little better. Very gentle – I mean, no pressure. No pressure at all, see that? Then, gently go back and forth…you gotta talk quiet – it helps! I need everything to help, sometimes! But, it makes it nice…nice little effect. See there? I’ll bet you can do that pretty easy. You’re probably sitting back waiting on me! That’s ok…alright, I think we’ve got our cloud done…

OK, I’m gonna use a 2-inch brush, and let’s put in some background trees right here. We can do that by simply tapping. Let’s go into the van dyke brown, and tap straight down, like this, and let’s add just a little bit of the ivory black – just a little. Adding a little bit of the titanium white kind of lightens up the mixture. Gotta get that tonal value right, ’cause things in the distance are lighter, and they gradually get dark as they come to you.

OK, tapping just like that…let’s start right here. Just tap in some shapes and designs out of our little cloud back there. OK…just like this. Reload a few colors, there. Let’s go right over here. Alright, just a few little trees of all different sorts. You want them to be kind of dark – you don’t want them to have a lot of these open spots in here, so let’s take care of that right quick. See all that? Looky there – it happens automatically! OK, we’re finished with that…let’s go ahead and put some tree trunks in.

I’m using my liner brush, and some linseed oil that I dipped in to, and a little bit of this ivory black…mix a little bit more of that black in here and get it real thin. If you’ll twist through the brush like this right here – twist the paint. K, go right here. I’m gonna stick right here in the center. Look how good that paint flow, see that? It’s really nice…really, really nice. Reload. A lot of these will disappear when we put our highlights on, but it’s fun to practice a little when you put them in. It’s always fun! Give it a little twist, bring them down just a little bit, make it closer. A little up in here – just everywhere! Just everywhere – a few here and there. That’s always nice. Alright – I think that will work!

OK, then! We’re going to some highlights. I’m gonna get a 1-inch brush. I’m gonna use just a little bit of the linseed oil to tap in to on my 1-inch brush. Let’s go into some of the white…maybe some of that indian yellow. Some of that yellow and just a little bit of the cobalt. Let’s make our own green. Remember, yellow and blue make what? They make green! I like to make my own green. Tap down.

Let’s go to this tree right over here. Go slightly above and just tap. See that? It’s already got some dark behind it to make some shadow. It makes a nice shadow. These colors work really well together. Skip around – you notice I didn’t just keep going in order. Let’s skip around with these colors…


Oct 20

How to Oil Paint – Toning a Canvas

How To Oil Paint: Toning A Canvas (courtesy of

This is Don Stewart, the artist at, and in this video, we’re going to tone a canvas!

First question – Why do you tone a canvas? Well, not every artist does. I like to tone my canvas for a couple of reasons:

In the beginning stages of a painting, if the canvas is white, any color you put down there…you’re not really getting a true read on that tone, that color. Most colors appear darker when they are painted on a white surface.

Another reason I like to tone my canvas is that I don’t always paint over every square inch of the canvas, and so, a little bit of the tone will show through here, and a little will show through there. And that gives a nice unity to the painting. So, the toned canvas acts as a harmonizing element that ties together the colors that are painted over it.

Second question – How do you tone a canvas? I know, that’s what we’re here for, right? Well, let me step back here, and I’ll show you!

Now, this canvas has already been primed with a white ground. I purchased it that way. And, what I’m going to do is add a transparent tone to this white ground. Now, I could tone this canvas with an opaque ground. To do that, I would get primer or gesso, mix some paint with it and paint it right on. But, that would dry opaquely…I don’t want it to do that. What I want to do, instead, is to tone this with with a transparent ground. Toning with a transparent ground will allow light to reflect up through the colors of the paint. That will help give a luminosity to the finished painting.

OK, let’s get started! I choose the color, based on the colors in the final painting. As a general rule, I like to use earth tones because they dry quicker, and also, because they are a nice, neutral tone – they are unobtrusive. For this painting, I’m using burnt sienna, but you can use burnt umber, raw umber, raw sienna, venetian red…some artists will combine ultramarine blue with raw umber, and that works pretty well.

I thin down the paint before brushing it onto the canvas. I like to use a combination of 50% to 50% of my favorite medium. But, it’s perfectly OK to just use solvent. So, you would use gum turpentine or odorless mineral spirits…which I prefer, because it’s less of a health hazard.

Now, you want this to be very thin – I’d say 60 to 70% solvent. If you get it too thick, when you apply it to the canvas it will end up being too dark, and you’ll lose that luminous quality that you’re looking for. I apply the thinned down paint to the canvas with a brush, but you could skip this step and use a rag instead.

OK! I’m finished! And, I will let that dry for a few minutes, and then I will take a clean, dry cloth and use that cloth to rub off the paint I just applied. I keep rubbing until it’s a nice mid-tone, like this. And, you can see the beautiful, luminous quality already. Now, if I get too dark with it, I’ll go back with turpentine and rub the turpentine on there and make it lighter, because it’s better to be too light than too dark!

There you have it – a toned canvas! And, as you can see, I like to smooth mine out a lot. Some artists will leave streaks – it’s just a matter of personal preference. Another thing some artists will do is tone their canvas with acrylic paint, because it dries, you know, immediately. I don’t see anything wrong with that, but, some people say, well acrylic paint hasn’t been around very long and we don’t know how stable that surface will be. You know, will the painting last for a century? Regardless, I’m a purist – I like to tone with oil paint. So, I need to let this dry for 24 hours, preferably 2 or 3 days. Then, I can start my next painting! And I will be chronicling that for you guys, so, I’ll be back!


Dec 02

How-to Airbrushing – Fixing a Bent Airbrush Needle

Accidents happen, but they’re not the end of the world. Watch this how-to video on fixing a bent airbrush needle before throwing in the towel.


Aug 26

How to Faux Finish Using a Color Wash

How To Faux Finish Using A Color Wash (courtesy of FauxLikeAPro)

Well, if you’ve got a big area that you’re painting and you can’t decide between 2 colors, you might be able to put them together with a color wash. And, Sandra from Faux Like A Pro is gonna show us how to do it!

Now, this is the colorwash?

Yea! Now, these are the 2 greens that you’re talking about. We’ve got 2 colors that we put together. We’ve got a blue-green and we’ve got some blue color – very complimentary to one another.

The important ingredient here is the glaze. You need a long open time glaze. I’m working with the Faux Like A Pro glaze.

And, open time means it stays wet longer?

Yea. More time to work. And we’re doing a wet on wet technique, so the entire wall needs to stay wet.

Our ratio for this is going to be 5 parts glaze to 1 part color.

The 3rd bucket we’re gonna keep as clear glaze, and that’s gonna be our 3rd color.

Ok, these are color washing brushes. This, again, is a soft-hair brush. The approach here is just to use long, sweeping strokes, because we have a huge wall to cover. I’m just gonna work with the green first, because that is the most dominant color.

Now, notice the spacing I have between each stroke. That’s gonna leave some space for the blue and also the clear glaze.

The blue can intersect with the green a little bit, almost like you’re doing a little blending while you’re stroking. Each time you place your brush down, you need to move to another area.

The final pass is going to be the clear glaze, and, we’re gonna just kind of fill that in and blend with this brush a little bit.

And that’s just gonna soften the colors?

Yes, it softens – all I have is clear glaze on here, and see what’s happening? Pick up a little of the green, and we can kind of just place a little bit in here. And, then, go back in and blend.

Once the glaze is set up, you can basically switch over to what’s called a bristle block brush, and we’re gonna blend this, and we’re also drying up the glaze, because the glaze stays wet for up to an hour.

We’ve got a lot of glaze in here and very little color. And, just by pulling up on this brush, you can eliminate all of those brush strokes if you don’t like them.

Alright – I’m ready to give this a shot!

You ready to go? Ok, good!

Nice, broad strokes – wonderful! And, the angles are important! You know, we don’t want to do vertical, we don’t want to have these angles, and spread the glaze as much as you can. See how beautiful!

And then, the final finish, we’re just gonna do another softening with this bristle block.

Ok, well, Sandra and I are gonna finish up this wall, but, this color wash is a great idea if you’re just looking for a little, subtle color. Beautiful! I can see why this is popular!


Aug 20

How to Paint Wall Trim

Learn how to paint trim and give your room a professional finish with this video from YouTooCanDo.


Aug 12

How to Airbrush Realistic Flames

Learn how to create realistic flames with an airbrush with this video from


Jul 29

How to Use an Airbrush

This tutorial from will go over some airbrushing basics.


Jan 19

How to Paint Walls

Learn how to paint interior walls from the professionals with this video from!


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