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Simple Hand – Acrylic Painting Tutorial

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Simple Hand – Acrylic Painting Tutorial

Howdy,

I’m no expert on painting people – not by a long shot – but for some strange reason I can make hands. Here’s how I do it.

1. Use thick paper and acrylic paint. Then decide which hand you’re going to make. It seriously helps to have a model. I’ll be painting the hand that I’m using (my right hand).

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Position your hand the way you want it and try to keep it that way throughout the painting (yes, I know, it’s hard, especially if you’re using that hand. But at least try to memorize how you’re holding your hand). Mine will be positioned as above.

2. Grab your flesh-colored acrylic paint and smallish paintbrush. Just start painting what you see – I started with the thumb here. Don’t outline the nails yet; those will be a different color. Include little details but not too many.

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Forget how you’ve made hands in the past. Just paint this.

3. Continue outlining the thumb and the finger that’s in front. Include slight lines of the other fingers, but not much yet. Fade out at the wrist.

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4. Add the nails in a different color.

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5. For the finishing touches, add the brush that the hand is holding (at least in this case) and the fingers inside the circle that the hand makes.

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Here’s the finished product compared to my hand. Well, they’re not exactly the same, but you get the idea.

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Enjoy your hand-making!

~Heather

Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

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Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

Salutations,

I want to tell you why I do what I do – why I paint, sketch, craft, whatever. And why I put it on this corner of the internet for you to see.

So why do I paint or sketch or craft?

I love the feel of the paint on the brush, smoothing over the paper.IMG_6521

I love mixing things and making something new. I love experimenting and doing my own thing, which sometimes happens to be what no one’s done before. I can’t keep myself from the paint and the pencils.

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Sticking with the crowd isn’t my thing. I like to think outside the box and create outside the box.

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My random brain sometimes creates weird paintings or sketches. Some are just plain ugly.

I’m OK with that.

Because they’re mine.

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But why do I want you all to see my paintings and my other art?

Maybe it has something to do with how my English teacher puts it – “You’re not writing for yourself.” You’re writing for other people.

So I’m not painting for myself. I’m not snapping photos for myself. I’m creating for the world. I’m creating for you.

~Heather

 

Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

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Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

Salutations,

I recently discovered a way to make some kind of exploding star out of acrylic paint, and I thought I would share it with you all. So here we go…

1. Start out with your paper, small/medium brushes, and acrylic paint. Of course, have a cup of water handy, and a paper towel. One fun thing to try is not letting yourself rinse your paintbrush – just let the paints layer. Experiment with your ideas.

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2. Paint a star-ish thing. See picture 🙂 The right-hand side would probably be best, but experiment with different locations as well.

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3. Now (I didn’t bother waiting for the paint to dry – huge waste of time, in my mind), add another star on top of that one – but slightly to the left (and also in a different color). Basically, just scootch the center of the star over. Actually, you can go either direction, but for the purpose of this tutorial, let’s just go left.

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By the way, sorry the picture don’t look super awesome. I’ll have to work on that 😛

You’ll see in the picture above that the center of the star isn’t really shifted at all – you have to go very gradually. In fact, you can just paint the second star right on top if you want.

4. Keep repeating the star, moving the same direction each time. Eventually, you’ll have something like this:

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Change colors at will, make it random or make a pattern.

5. Almost done! Keep adding stars.

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6. Now, add whatever else you want, or just leave the rest of the paper white. I added a black background just for kicks – I mean, it is a star!

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Here is another finished product of a Raging Star:

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Have fun with your stars! If you have any feedback or any post ideas, let me know in the comments!

~Heather