Painting - Video Tutorials

Always wanted to learn how to paint with acrylics - or improve your skills?

10 FREE video tutorials from my popular painting classes and workshops!

The focus of these friendly and accessible videos is aspects of landscape painting,

however these techniques are of course transferable to all kinds of subjects in acrylic.

If you've come to my classes and workshops these will be helpful reminders,

if you're new to this website then I hope you can get some ideas and options for

approaching acrylic painting in a different way to get

the successful results you're looking for in your paintings!

How to paint with acrylics - which paints to use? - cheap vs expensive

One of the questions I get asked the most is "which acrylic paints are good to use?" It can seem like there are so many options that you just don't know where to start - and are cheap paints ok to use? What if I'm on a budget and can't afford to buy the best?!

 

Charlotte explains some of the differences and gives some tips on which to use - and when!

 

Paints mentioned: Derivan student acrylics; Atelier acrylic; Pebeo high viscosity acrylic; Golden fluid acrylics; Golden acrylic; Winsor & Newton professional acrylic and artists acrylic; Reeves artists acrylic

How to paint with acrylics - how to use a palette knife

Always wanted to use a palette knife but never been shown how to get the best results?

 

Need a few tips and techniques?

 

This clear and friendly tutorial will show you some of the ways to get the most out of a palette knife with acrylics.

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylic: white, red (cool), phthalo blue

Expressions Italian style palette knife (set of 5) number 3

How to paint with acrylic - skies - soft blending for blue sky and sunrise sky

Having trouble getting soft blends - especially in your skies?

 

This acrylic tutorial will help you to get great results quickly and with ease!

 

Demonstrating a summer blue sky and a sunrise from pink to peach.

 

materials used:

Derivan student acrylic: white, phthalo blue, red (cool), yellow (warm)

Da Vinci Hobby Brush flat size 80

palette knife cloud samples by Charlotte

How to paint with acrylics - easy soft cloud effects using palette knife

Want to add some cloud effects to your paintings without any stress?

 

This tutorial shows how to use some simple palette knife techniques adding the impression of clouds to your wet-paint skies.

 

Charlotte demonstrates a couple of variations on a blue sky and a sunrise pink-to-peach sky.

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylic in white, red (cool), yellow (warm), phthalo blue.

Palette knife no. 3 from Expressions Italian style knife set

How to paint with acrylic - easy cloud effects with brush

Are clouds giving you trouble?

 

Charlotte shows some quick and easy ways to get great cloud effects with acrylic paint and brush... not to mention a little finger painting too!

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylic: white, phthalo blue, red (cool), yellow (warm)

Da Vinci Hobby Brush Flat size 30,

Da Vinvi College Flat brush size 10,

Da Vinci College round size 8 (very old and frayed!)

cloud sample done with brush by Charlotte

How to paint with acrylic - easy realistic ocean seascape using brush

Need some tips on getting a fabulous, realistic looking ocean views without any stress?

 

These acrylic techniques from Charlotte will help you paint amazing ocean areas in your paintings - fast!

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylic: white, phthalo blue, red (cool), yellow (warm)

Da Vinci Hobby Brush Flat size 60 and size 30, Da Vinci College Brush flat size 10

ocean painting sample by Charlotte

How to paint with acrylics - easy ocean scene at sunrise - brush and palette knife

Want to create a lovely seascape with muted colours reflecting on the water from a bright sky?

 

This easy-to-follow tutorial uses brush and palette knife to create wonderful ocean effects, including some fluffy surf and wet sand.

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylic: white, red (cool), yellow (warm), phthalo blue

Da Vinci Hobby Brush flat size 50

Expressions Italian style palette knife set - number 3

sunrise sea with palette knife by Charlotte

How to paint with acrylics - easy 3D rocks in water and on beach

Want to add some rocks into your seascape paintings?

 

Charlotte guides you through this easy process of creating realistic rocks with just 3 tones, to make strong 3-dimensional looking objects.

 

These techniques and process can be used to paint much larger rocky objects like cliffs, islands - or even smaller shapes like pebbles!

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylics: white, red (cool), yellow (warm), phthalo blue

Da Vinci College flat brush sizes 10, 6, 4

rocks in water and on beach - sample by Charlotte

How to paint with acrylics - easy grass effects and blending

Need some help getting grass to look realistic - or working out how to blend colours smoothly on close-up leaves or stalks?

 

This video talks you through some very simple brush techniques to get realistic looking layers of grass in a field far away, or close up.

 

Materials used:

Derivan student acrylic: white, red (cool), yellow (warm), phthalo blue

Da Vinci Hobby brush flat size 50 and 20 Bristle brush 4cm with frayed end

grasses sample by Charlotte

How to paint with acrylics - Part 1 -trees and leaves close up and far away

Trying to work out how to get trees and leaves to look realistic with very little stress?

 

This cheerful tutorial explains in detail (real time start to finish) how to build up realistic leaves in the foreground and trees on the horizon, with just 4 paints and a few simple brush marks.

 

This is part one, working through the layers of leaves - part 2 deals with the final bright layers of leaves, the trunk and the shadows on the ground.

 

Materials used: Derivan student acrylics: white, red (cool), yellow (warm), phthalo blue

Da Vinci College flat brush size 10 and 2

How to paint with acrylics - Part 2 -easy trees and leaves with dappled shadow on the ground

This is part two, working through the final layers of leaves, the tree trunk and the shadows on the ground.

 

Materials used: Derivan student acrylics: white, red (cool), yellow (warm), phthalo blue

Da Vinci College flat brush size 10 and 2

 

tree leaves and shadow sample by Charlotte
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