What brushes do you use?
As of mid October 2018, I am using the Royal & Langnickel Zen brushes. In an effort to standardize my brushes from “here on out” I have selected this line of brushes! The good news is, these are readily available at Amazon, Michael’s and most arts and craft stores!
Sizes may vary by tutorial, here are the sizes that I most commonly use:
Amazon Sells the Zen in 5 Packs:
What paint do you use?
I use a few different brands and sometimes I mix brands. My two favs are Liquitex BASICS and Decoart Americana Premium. I also like Artist’s Loft and some tutorials were done with basic craft paints. If you are just starting out and/or doing this with your kids, the Apple Barrel Craft paints are friendly and versatile to use! Then you can level up if this hobby is here to stay.
What Supplies do you use?
How often do you upload tutorials?
I try to get one new tutorial or one new blog post uploaded every week. I’d love to publish 3+ paintings a week but I simply do not have that much time 😉 I’m a stay at home mom of three little ones so things are always really busy! I’m always hustling to get a new painting up as fast as I can 🙂
What is the easiest painting on this website?
You can look at the list that I recommend for kids (but they are actually for all ages). Also, these tutorials are easy and could be great “first paintings”: American Flag, Cat and Moon, Owl and Moon, and Bear Silhouette Moon.
How will I know when there’s a new one?
Do you take requests?
Yes! It may take awhile to see your request based on my current workload, but I really do try to honor requests as they come along. If it is a current seasonal request, you may see it sooner. Send me a message here with your idea.
How long will the paintings take me to do?
Depending on the complexity, the paintings should take anywhere from 2-3 hours to complete.
How do I show you my painting?
I uploaded my “tried it” on Pinterest but you haven’t seen it yet.
As of now I don’t have the means to check all my pin “tried it” uploads anymore 🙁 Occasionally I’ll click around and look at the art and try to comment but there’s just so many! If you really want me to see it, please upload on our Facebook Page instead!
Are there color differences among different brands of paints?
I find that most brands market their colors very similar. If anything, there may be a slight difference that won’t affect the outcome of the painting. For example: “Titanium White” is across the board the same white. So if you’re at a craft store and the lesson calls for “Phthalo Blue” and you can only afford the “Artist loft” “Phthalo blue” or “Dark Blue” craft paint, you will be okay! The differences come in the quality of the paint, how well if flows, how saturated the color is, etc…
Where do you buy art supplies?
Amazon, Hobby Lobby & Michaels are my go to places.
Can I use craft paint?
Yes! Craft paint is acrylic paint (unless it says otherwise on the bottle). I like it because it flows nicely and dries fast. I think craft paint is friendly for the absolute beginner or families and kids. A lot of us have this kind of paint laying around. There are a few cons of using craft paint (like needing to apply multiple coats because it is thin paint). However, if fun and frugality are all your’e after then craft paint is okay!
What about professional acrylic paint?
Name brands like Liquitex and Golden are the two common brands. If you are turning this into a professional hobby or just want to explore how the higher quality paints compare, I encourage you to try artist acrylic paints. You will notice a huge difference with your paintings when you use it! The colors are rich, the texture is buttery soft and it applies so smoothly!
Can I use craft and artist acrylic in the same painting?
Yes you can mix multiple brands. I do it all the time especially if I ran out of a certain color. I never have issues!
What canvases do you use?
I get the bulk pack at Michael’s! They sell multiple sizes in their bulk packs. The Artist Loft brand canvases at Michael’s is an inexpensive but great option. I also get this 11″x14″ bulk pack at Amazon. Note: as of October 2018, I am using exclusively the 11″ x 14″ size.
Do I have to prime my canvas?
Most likely the canvas you bought already has “gesso” on it. In fact, if it is a bright white color, it is pre-gessoed! That means the acrylic paint won’t soak into the canvas at all.
What easel do you use?
Although I’m so used to painting flat because I video myself painting flat, I like to use these easels from Hobby Lobby. I use them for my private paint parties that I do locally.
How do I clean my brushes?
I use water and a little dish soap. Sometimes if I forget to get all the paint off a brush and it sits overnight, I revive it in dove soap or vinegar for 24 hours and the dried paint comes right off!
How do I store my brushes so they last longer?
Always, always, always store your brushes so the bristles are facing up!! If you store the bristles down, they will become permanently bent and that’s no fun! Make sure you clean them well too.
Can I paint over a painting that I messed up on ?
Yes! I do it all the time. Use white acrylic paint or black paint. You can also use gesso (the preferred way).
Can I finish my paintings with a varnish sealer?
Yes! I usually don’t varnish paintings unless I’m planning on selling something or gifting a painting to someone. I use this brand of acrylic sealer in the satin finish. The semi gloss and satin finish will make colors look more richer and deeper!
Can I “do my own thing” and change the design in the tutorial?
Of course! Creativity is always encouraged! You don’t have to copy everything step by step and I LOVE seeing when you add your own thing to your paintings, so you definitely won’t offend me at all! 😉
Is this really all free?
Yup! All my tutorials (except a few that I have in my downloadable E-book Shop) are free. I do generate commission from art supplies ordered from “affiliate links” on this website and I use a third party advertising management network to run ads on this site. Those two things help cover the costs, time and effort it takes to do all this and keep it free! :-
Can I use your tutorial in my classroom?
Yes! If you are a public school art teacher, volunteer, non-profit teacher, etc. then use of these tutorials is okay and encouraged! Please still credit the website whenever and wherever possible.
Can I give my painting as a gift or donation?
Yes! Gifting and donating is perfectly fine.
Can I sell my painting?
You can sell paintings you’ve created from utilizing this website. I ask that if you are selling, that you provide an attribution on the back of the painting and/or on your online listing to give credit to this website or myself (Tracie Kiernan).
Can I use your tutorial for my DIY paint night?
Yes! DIY Paint Nights are encouraged 😉
Do you license to Paint Party Businesses and Mobile Paint Nights?
Contact me here.
I would like to license an image for a commercial reason?
Please contact me for inquiries about how you’d like to license an image for a specific commercial reason.
I’m a non-profit, can I use your tutorials for a class?
Non-profit use is typically okay as long as any funds generated go back to the organization. Please respect the copyright of all the designs on this website and provide credit anytime you use my designs.
Do you have a policy for bloggers wanting to do a round up post?
Yup! You’re welcome to use my images as long as you provide a link back. Using my images without a link and without expressed permission is strictly prohibited. Please do not copy and paste my entire post without permission.
There’s a glitch or a link is broken!
Let me know! I’m my own editor. While I try to make everything “polished” I am definitely not perfect and have my fair share of blunders. Contact me here.