Is there anything more satisfying than adding the finishing touches to a project? This step can be a little bit nerve-racking for beginners to DIY mosaics, but you'll be amazed at how you'll feel when your grout is wiped clean. Check out our video for this process here.
STEP 1: MIX THE GROUT
Put a small amount of your grout powder into your disposable cup. The amount will vary based on the size of your project. For a 6"-12" project, start with about a half cup of grout. Keep in mind that you can always mix more, but you can't reuse grout later that you've already mixed up.
Next, add a couple of tablespoons of water at a time. The goal is to have grout the consistency of a thick milkshake. It needs to be thick enough that it won't drip, but thin enough to be smooth and spreadable.
Do you want to learn more mosaic techniques or tips like how to color grout? Check out Our Guide to an Absolutely Stunning Mosaic!
For some people, picking colors for canvas paintings is very intuitive. For others, it can feel like a shot in the dark. Painting may not be rocket science, but there is definitely a science to what our eyes are naturally attracted to. If you don't feel confident selecting colors for your paintings, we have good news for you! There are four types of easy-to-learn color schemes that can make this process incredibly simple. All four of them are covered in our FREE How to Choose a Background Color course, as well as our comprehensive Foundations Studies course.
Today, we're going to cover the simplest of the four color schemes: complementary colors. The reason that this is the easiest color palette to create is that you are simply selecting opposite colors on a color wheel.
Now that you understand the concept, how do you use it? Let's put this into practice by showing some examples in paintings!
In this case, you would more than likely also want to adjust the background color from purple to something that will make the red stand out more. If you don't want to use green as the complement to red in this case, check out How to Choose a Background Color for other color palettes that would work well!
Below you'll see two examples of butterfly paintings that we made using our Butterfly Canvas Painting Kit. In one, the artist wanted the butterfly to be yellow, so they chose to make the flowers purple to complement the yellow. In the other, the artist chose orange for the butterfly, so blue was the natural choice!
As you can see, this is a super easy method for choosing two colors that look great together. Want to get more in-depth and advanced with your color theory skills? Check out our Foundations Studies courses, which each include around 10 video art lessons and everything you'll need to do several exercises and complete paintings!
As beloved painter Bob Ross used to say, "We don't make mistakes; we just have happy accidents." Here at The Sketching Pad, we firmly believe that to be true. Making mistakes in painting gives you a chance to learn something new. Sometimes, you learn to fix your mistake and reset. Sometimes, you like what you accidentally did more than you liked what you intended to do!
We use acrylic paint for all of our canvas painting kits here at The Sketching Pad, because it's a fantastic paint for beginning canvas painters. There are a lot of reasons to love acrylic paint. It dries quickly, goes on smoothly, and is easy to clean up.
In most cases, just let the accident dry, and paint right over it with the correct color! If you try to fix it while it's still wet, you're just going to keep smearing your painting until it's a muddy mess. But letting it dry or drying it with a hair dryer will mean you can add another corrective layer of paint - no smudges involved!
It really is that simple! Always let mistakes dry completely before trying to cover them, and when necessary, use a layer of white to help cover darker colors. If you do that, there's absolutely nothing you can't fix when painting with acrylics. When you're a canvas painting beginner, you should expect to make mistakes and layer your paint until you get it exactly the way you like it. That's just part of painting! Embrace the process, and enjoy the peace of mind you get from knowing that absolutely anything can be fixed until you love your masterpiece.
WOULD IT HELP YOU TO SEE THIS PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP IN A VIDEO?
We'd love to send you access to a video for this, along with all of our other acrylic painting tips and techniques videos. Access to our video library is completely FREE!
KEEP LEARNING & KEEP CREATING!
Have you seen the Barbie movie yet? Between our almost all-female team here at The Sketching Pad, the ladies who come into the studio to paint with us, and the girls we teach in classes, the Barbie buzz is really something! Whether you found the storyline to be moving, or you just like sparkles, throwing a Barbie Painting Party is a great excuse for some girl time. We've released a Barbie Canvas Painting Kit to ensure that the painting part of your party is covered. Next, we gathered all the best Barbie-themed snacks and decorations to make your party planning a breeze!
One thing that's included with the Barbie Canvas Painting Kit is glitter paint! We hear you - glitter can be a huge mess in your house when you use it for craft projects. But the glitter we include in this kit is a gel that you brush on just like the rest of the paint, so you won't be finding glitter in your carpet for months. It's practically mess-free!
Be sure to add into the invitation that they'll get to paint during your party - it'll make them even more excited!
Want more tips on how to prepare your home for your party and keep messes to a minimum? Check out our post 3 HACKS TO A MESS-FREE PAINTING PARTY.
Looking for more ideas on setting up your painting activity and decorations? We'd love to send you our FREE guide: Every Step to the Perfect Painting Party. It lays out everything you'll need to prepare for your party, all of the supplies you'll need, and so much more!
Because it typically takes a couple of hours to paint a canvas, you don't have to add a lot of activities to your party. The painting is the activity! That said, if you want to add in another activity, consider a quick Barbie-themed game or something that doesn't take a lot of time.
Want more info on every little detail for the perfect painting party? We'll explain how to prep your house, what to buy, and even give you printables for your guests!
The Sketching Pad has been helping people just like you have fun and stress-free painting experiences for over a decade. Whether we're helping people create masterpieces in person in our studio, or we're guiding people who are painting at home through our painting kits and video tutorials, we are passionate about helping people see that everyone can be an artist with the right tools and guidance!
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