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How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – 3 Easy Ways

How to Make Brown With Two Primary Colours

This easy tutorial will show you how to make brown with primary colours. Read on to find out how to make brown paint, why the colour is important for painters, and how to mix different shades of the colour. As ever, we will include helpful tips along the way. Please subscribe to our email list to receive more high value free art blogposts like this one.

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1 How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – Mix Red and Green

2 How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – Mix Red and Yellow to Get Orange and Then Add Green

3 How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – Mix Red and Blue to Get Purple and Then Add Yellow

The colour brown is often associated with nature, wood, soil, and earth in particular. It is a lovely warm colour suggesting growth and the seasons, particularly autumn and winter.

We relate it to tanned, healthy human skin, as well as a very common colour for hair, eyes, and various different attractive races across the world.

As a result the colour brown will be important for many art and painting contexts, such as landscapes, portraits, mountains, or even animal fur.

In terms of colour psychology brown evokes a sense of reliability, strength, solidity, resilience and dependability. On the flip side it can also suggest sadness and isolation. Think of the famous painting by Edvard Munsch ‘The Scream,’ which contains different shades of brown.

Artists use various different shades of brown in their work, for example burnt sienna and burnt umber.

However, sometimes rather than buying more expensive paints you might find that you simply want to combine primary colours that you already have to save money, time and effort to make brown paint for yourself.

Making brown with primary colours is a great idea and it is not particularly difficult to do either.

In most of the cases all you have to do is mix two primary colours together to get a secondary colour (e.g.orange or purple) which can then be added to another primary colour to get brown. 

It will however take some practice to make sure you don’t end up with a shade that is either too intense and bold or too weak and light. 

You can make brown with primary colours using acrylic paint, oil paint or watercolours. If you are using watercolours just make sure that you factor in the amount of water that you are using (not too much or your colours will be too thin and transparent.

You’ll need a few paintbrushes (around 3 or 4) which are small, medium and large in size so that you can better control the amounts of paint. If you are using acrylic paint or oils you will obviously need a palette.

If you are using watercolours you will need water for dipping, and watercolour paper (ordinary paper can work too!) to mix on. If you are using acrylic or oils a palette knife can be useful for mixing also. 

1 How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – Mix Red and Green

You can make a great brown by using the primary colours red and green. Simply mix equal amounts of red and green paint on your palette until you begin to reach the desired shade of brown.

If you find you don’t like the shade of brown you are getting add some more green if it is too light, and some more red if it is too dark for you.

2 How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – Mix Red and Yellow to Get Orange and Then Add Green

Yet another way to make brown with primary colours is to mix red and yellow together separately to make orange, and then add this slowly to blue until you get your desired shade of brown. 

You will want to start with a roughly 50/50 mix of red and yellow so that your orange is not too dark. Then you can add green a little at a time until you arrive at the shade of brown that suits you.

Make sure you don’t add too much green at once as you will end up wasting paint trying to correct the mix. If it becomes too dark too quickly it can take quite a lot orange paint to lighten it. 

3 How to Make Brown With Primary Colours – Mix Red and Blue to Get Purple and Then Add Yellow

This is another straightforward way to make brown – mix the primary colours red and blue to get purple, and then slowly add yellow until you achieve the shade of brown you are happy with. 

Again, you will need roughly equal parts red and blue mixed together to create purple. Once you have your purple colour then it is just a matter of adding yellow paint a little at a time until you have the right shade of brown for your painting.

If you really need to drastically change the colour mix to make it lighter you can of course use an opaque white colour. Hopefully that won’t be necessary!

If you want to mix a particularly dark brown then you can of course add black or purple paint to the mix. Most artists would agree that black is better than purple because it is just simply more bold, striking, and smooth however purple will definitely work too.

Experiment with both and in different amounts to find what works for you.

Top Tip – If you are aiming for a darker brown then you could use an ultramarine blue in your mixing. If you want a lighter brown then use a lighter red and green to begin with. A good example of a lighter red would be cadmium red.

Equally a good example of a lighter green is cadmium green. 

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How to Draw An Anime Girl

How to Draw an Anime Girl Complete

How to Draw An Anime Girl

Anime has become hugely popular lately, bringing so many inquiries about how to draw an anime girl. Please enjoy our free tutorial “How to Draw an Anime Girl,” and don’t forget to sign up to our email list so we can let you know about more high value articles and how to draw tutorials as soon as they are released!

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How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 1 – Draw a Centre Line and a Circle for the Head

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 2 – Capture the Chin By Drawing Two Lines Beyond the Circle of the Head

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 3 – Draw the Neck and Shoulders

How to Draw An Anime Girl Step 4 – How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 4 – Draw the Basic Outline of the Eyes

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 5 – Draw the Eyebrows

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 6 – Draw the Nose

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 7 – Add in the Mouth

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 8 – Draw in your Ears

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 9 – Draw the Hair 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 10 – Add in the Top of the Hair

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 11 – Draw in the Finer Details

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 12 – Add Colour If You Like

Basic Essentials

You will need nothing more than a pencil and paper. You can add colours through felt tips or crayons if you wish.

When you are considering how to draw an anime girl it’s worth remembering that anime girls are designed to be ‘cute’ so drawing a cute anime girl is going to be the way it’s going to go. Sometimes you may want your character to be a little less generic and obviously cute so that you can have a main character who is less clichéd, with a little more depth. You may also want to have an anime girl who is a villain (dark colours will work here), so you can adapt this tutorial in various ways to suit your preferences. Don’t worry we’ll give you useful suggestions as we go.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 1 – Draw a Centre Line and a Circle for the Head 

Start about roughly halfway across the top of your page, and draw a straight vertical line down the middle of your blank page. Just like any drawing this line allows you to create a sense of symmetry. You need to make sure the line is long enough to include the head, then the neck and also the top of her shoulders. 

You can now draw in a circle which illustrates the head of your ‘cute’ anime girl. Use your vertical line to ensure that the head, neck and shoulders are symmetrical. When you add in the facial features this line will help make your eyes, nose and mouth look more realistic and well positioned. 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 1

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 2 – Capture the Chin By Drawing Two Lines Beyond the Circle of the Head

Now you are going to draw two lines heading downwards from the lower half of the circle, angling towards the centre line of Step 1. These lines are going to meet in a curve which captures the chin in two angles which sharply meet each other.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 2

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 3 – Draw the Neck and Shoulders

It’s time to draw in the neck using the vertical line to make sure your whole drawing is symmetrical. You want to make sure the neck is thin in comparison to the head, and that it is a decent length. Long slender necks are elegant and ‘cute’ which works well for anime characters. This will also help you to draw thin and prominent shoulder muscles which will translate into appealing shoulders.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 3

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 4 – Draw the Basic Outline of the Eyes

At this point we are going to draw the eyes, and this involves dividing the head in two with a horizontal line. To make your anime girl look extra cute you want to draw the eyes just below the halfway point. Don’t worry if the forehead seems large – this will eventually add to the overall cuteness of your anime girl.

Now you can draw the basic outline of the eyes, making them narrow with thick eyelashes at the top. Make sure you draw the eyes far enough apart so you could fit another eye of the same size between them. See the picture to help.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 4

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 5 – Draw the Eyebrows

The eyebrows will be thicker at the ends pointing towards the centre of the face, and thinner at the ends pointing towards the ears. Eyebrows can give your anime girl a certain personality – for example if you raise one it makes your anime girl more sassy. Have some fun with it.

How to Draw an Anime Girl – Step 5

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 6 – Draw the Nose

At this point you can add in the nose just above the halfway point of the middle of your anime girl’s head. The nose will be slightly oval in shape becoming flatter as it moves towards the centre of the face. In many Anime drawings and cartoons the nose is very small which adds to the beauty and symmetry of the character.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 7 – Add in the Mouth

The mouth will also be quite small, you want to place it roughly halfway between the bottom of your nose and the farthest point of your chin.

Although you could improvise here to make your mouth curve downwards, it’s usually best to curve upwards so your anime character looks happy. 

If you do want to play around with your character’s expression you could make your character unhappy, happy or even confused by the direction of the line of your mouth.

How to Draw An Anime Girl – Step 6 and 7

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 8 – Draw in your Ears

Now it’s time to draw your anime girl’s ears. Make sure that the tops of the ears are just slightly below the highest point of your anime girl’s eyes, and the bottom the ears are just slightly below the bottom of your anime girl’s nose. Don’t worry about adding too much detail because the ears will end up being mostly covered by your character’s hair.

How to Draw An Anime Girl Step 8

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 9 – Draw the Hair 

Now that your facial features are suitably in place you can begin drawing the hair. For the purposes of this tutorial we are going to give her a nice neat hairstyle and add to her beauty by showing that she takes care of her hair. 

The best way to start is to draw the sides of the anime girl’s hair – you want to aim to draw two long clumps beginning from the top of the head and ending just below the shoulders. The hair will end with a pair of splits which are slightly curved, hugging the face of your character but getting a little wider as they progress towards the shoulders. You want to aim to draw the front part of your anime girl’s hair so that it is split down the middle and then tucked down at the sides. See the pictures and video to help you.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 9

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 10 – Add in the Top of the Hair

The top part of the hair will actually be split down the middle, the hair will stick further up at the top and then gradually get closer near the top of the sides of the head. At the final point you need to draw it so that it curves away from the head, as it moves past the middle moving towards the bottom of the head. Again, check out the drawings and the video to help.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 10

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 11 – Draw in the Finer Details

The devil is in the details, as they say but in this case it’s just a matter of adding some small details to improve the features of your anime girl. 

You can add a grey shading to the irises or use a blue, brown or even green colour to make your anime girl stand out. Consult the drawings and the video to help.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 11

When you have finished the finer details to the eyes you can move on to adding extra hair folds as final flourishes to your drawing. Again, check out the pictures and video to help with this. 

There is also the option to add in a small mole wherever it suits if you like. Many models have a beauty spot or two which adds to their own unique beauty. 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 12 – Add Colour If You Like

You can now add colour if you wish, or you can leave your drawing as a pencil sketch – it’s up to you! 

You might like to add in brown, blonde, or red to your anime girl’s hair. You also have the option to make their eyes whatever colour suits you. Examples of unique finishing details would be:

  • A small shadow to either side of the nose
  • Shading in the ears
  • Shadows around the eyelids cast by eyelashes
  • Shadow cast by the chin on the neck.
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Deep Doodle – A Powerful Way to Unlock Hidden Creativity?

Deep Doodle – Unlock Your Hidden Creativity

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Deep Doodle – Definition

Deep Doodle – What are the Benefits?

A Deep Doodle Produces Unexpected Results

A Deep Doodle Can Show the Inner Workings of Your Mind

A Deep Doodle Gives You A Sense of the Whole Without Using Words

Deep Doodle – Definition

What is a deep doodle we hear you ask? Well, it is a sketch or drawing that comes from your unconscious mind without your conscious mind interfering. Think of it as what doodles usually are but in an extended way and coming from a deeper place.

A useful comparison is the idea of automatic writing where writers just start scribbling down ideas in a kind of flow state without thinking intentionally about what they are writing. Deep doodling is the artist’s version, allowing for a spontaneous flow of art free of organisation and forethought. Does that sound weird or fun to you? Perhaps both!

We are going to look at the idea of drawing a deep doodle, as well as what certain aspects of your doodle might show about how your own mind is working. As a creative exercise it really can unlock a freedom of expression from your unconscious mind.

Deep Doodle – Example of A Leaf Doodle

Deep Doodle – What are the Benefits?

If you think about your experience in the classroom (whether present or in the fading past!) you probably remember people who were always doodling, and getting told off for it. 

While it may look like such people aren’t listening (and some may not be!) and wasting their time, research suggests doodling may help you focus better, assist with problem solving, bring memories to the surface that aid in giving a sense of better perspective, lead to positive processing, and even relieve stress.

A deep doodle can leave you feeling relaxed and therefore more able to concentrate. 

A Deep Doodle Produces Unexpected Results 

As a creative exercise deep doodling produces unique and interesting results. The doodler looks down and wonders how they have produced such lovely patterns and begins to think about how those patterns could be used more intentionally in their drawing, painting and sketching. At its best deep doodling can bring about fascinating spirals, swirls, and shapes that can quite stunning. Unexpected and awesome designs can be accessed in an indirect way. The unconscious mind is often problem-solving and being creative in ways that the conscious mind can’t always activate.

Deep doodling can work in a similar way to what our minds do when we are asleep – sifting through our deeper desires and wishes and helping us integrate them into our ‘waking’ life. This can help us be aware of what is really important to us – not just constantly paying attention to paying the bills or maintaining a surface routine which may not be helpful for us in the longterm.

A Deep Doodle can Show the Inner Workings of Your Mind

Have you ever been struck by inspiration when you were doing something that you have become really used to and don’t need to think about? Perhaps you have been driving up a familiar road, brushing up, or washing the dishes and you have come up with a really good idea. 

Einstein said he had his best ideas while shaving, but perhaps as artists we could have our best ideas while doodling? It’s probably obvious to most of us that when we doodle luscious lips or attractive portrayals of body forms that we are highlighting latent sexual desires but equally the doodles we engage in could be highlighting forgotten dreams, wishes and desires that we have not yet explored or fulfilled. 

This is the beauty of doodling – we are unconsciously accessing the inner workings of our minds. We need to give ourselves permission to go and create, or at least begin the search to find our next creation. A deep doodle could be our starting point.

This approach could apply to a tattoo we would like to have done, or a tribal, political or social symbol we would like to explore in a painting, pencil sketch or a logo in graphic design. The possibilities are endless.

Deep Doodle With a Floral Theme

A Deep Doodle Gives You A Sense of the Whole Without Using Words

It’s an old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is a certain truth to it. A deep doodle allows you to experience a sense of the whole story without having to use any words. This is always a useful thing for artists to do – to convey or suggest something without having to use the limitation of words. There are some things that are so profound that putting them into words is actually detrimental. The sense of the mystical whole, the mystery of life, even of love itself is sometimes cheapened by using words. Use your deep doodle access this wordless place to suggest a language beyond words, and beyond art itself.

A Deep Doodle Can Become A Painting

The only question left to ask is ‘When will you begin your next deep doodle?’

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How to Draw Angel’s Wings – 12 Easy Steps

Angel wings are as popular a subject for drawing as ever, and can be used symbolically for a loved one who has passed on, or in cartoons, anime, graphic novels and the like. Please enjoy our ‘How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step by Step’ tutorial and have fun with it.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Finished Drawing

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 1 – Start with the Main Outline of the Left Wing 

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 2 – Mirror the Same Curved Line on the Other Side

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 3 – Draw the Flight Feathers 

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 4 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Right Wing as a Mirror Image

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5 – Add the Flight Feathers on the Bottom Half of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 6 – Join up the Start of Your First Line with the Base of the Wing

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 7 – Shade in the Top of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 8 – Add Feathery Textures to the Centre of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 9 – Draw in Another Curved Line around the Base of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 10 – Draw in Another Layer of Feathers  

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 11 – Draw One Final Layer Of Flight Feathers

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 12 – Add Curved Lines to the Outside Feathers For More Detail

You will need a pencil, sketching paper – felt tips or crayons are optional for colour. You can leave it as a pencil sketch if you want to. We have opted for an organic drawing without a ruler or drawing out a background grid. This makes the ‘angel’ look like he/she is standing a little sideways. Think of a bird in real life – one wing rarely aligns perfectly with the other!

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 1 – Start with the Main Outline of the Left Wing

Start at the bottom left of your page and draw a relaxed ‘S’ shape in a curved diagonal line. This will form the main outline of the top of the left wing.  

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 2 – Mirror the Same Curved Line on the Other Side

Now you can draw an exact mirror image of this shape on the right hand side of the page. See the picture of the video to help you with this. Now you have the outline of the tops of the two wings.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Step 1 + 2

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 3 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Left Wing

Starting at the top of your left wing you are going to draw 3 feather (or finger) shapes which are all roughly equal sizes. Think of them as relaxed ‘n’ shapes. See the picture or video to help with this.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 4 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Right Wing as a Mirror Image

Repeat the previous step on the right wing taking care to mirror the feathers on your left wing as closely as possible.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Step 3 + 4

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5 – Add the Flight Feathers on the Bottom Half of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5

Starting with the right wing you are going to draw in the feathers for the bottom halves of the two wings. Repeat this on the left wing matching the shapes of the feathers as closely as possible. Again you will be using loose ‘n’ shapes.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 6 – Join up the Start of Your First Line with the Base of the Wing

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Step 6 – Complete the Base of Each Wing as Shown on the Right

Join up the start of your first line with the bottom of each wing. Use a curved ‘n’ shape and then some smaller tighter ‘n’ shapes. Mirror this process on the other side. Now you have completed the entire outline of the two wings!

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Complete the Base of the Wings on Both Sides

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 7 – Shade in the Top of the Wings

At this point you are going to draw a curved line right across the top of the inside left wing, as shown in the picture and video. This will extend from the tip of the feather right down to the base of the wing, as shown in the picture. Mirror the same curved line on the right wing.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Shade in the Tops of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 8 – Add Feathery Textures to the Centre of the Wings

Now you can draw another curved line across the centre of each of the wings, roughly parallel to the top edge of the wings. This will add further feathery textures to the angel’s wings. As usual be careful to make sure the line on the right is as close to a mirror image of the left as you can manage.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Add a Feathery Texture to the Centre of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 9 – Draw in Another Curved Line around the Base of the Wings

Draw another curved line to show the small feathers around the base of the left wing, as shown in the picture. Now mirror it exactly on the right wing. This will make up the small feathers around the base of the wings.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 10 – Draw in Another Layer of Feathers  

The next layer of feathers and will be like a smaller version of the bigger outline extending along the bottom edge of the wing, and will also be like the ‘n’ shapes or finger shapes we used in Step 3. Mirror the shape on the other wing.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings -Draw in Another Layer of Feathers

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 11 – Draw One Final Layer Of Flight Feathers

Now you are going to draw one final layer of feathers which are roughly going to follow the shape of your overall outline, and rise to a point. Again repeat this process on the other wing on the right hand side. See the picture to help.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Draw One Final Layer of Flight Feathers

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 12 – Add Curved Lines to the Outside Feathers For More Detail

This is the final step. You can now add in some curved lines around the outside flight feathers near the bottom of the wings for extra detail and sharpness. See the picture to help.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Final Step

If you want to draw in a male or female form in the middle of the wings you can. Or you can leave your detailed, beautiful feathered wings as they are. Halos are also optional! 

You could even make your angel a little edgier by colouring in the wings grey, or even black. It’s entirely up to you!

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Video

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Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners – Our Best Tips 2021

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Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 1 – Make Sure You Have a Decent Watercolour Box Set

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 2 – Make Sure You Have A Good Range of Brushes

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 3 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Wet Method

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 4 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Dry Method

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 5 – Have a Paper Towel to Hand

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 6 Make Sure You Master the Flat Wash

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 7 – Use Your Brush to ‘Pull In’ To Distinguish Light From Dark

Watercolor Paint Ideas – for Beginners Tip 8 – Take Care to Mix Your Paints Well

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 9 – Be Aware of Dry-Time

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 10 Create a Watercolour Painting with Bold Contrasts Between Light and Dark

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 11 – Use the Splatter Technique

We all have our preferences when it comes to paint choices, and there are some brilliant artists who focus on acrylic and oil painting and never bother with watercolour painting. Watercolour painting can feel very different to using other paint mediums, and so some artists avoid it entirely. 

If you are a beginner and have never used acrylic or oils, watercolour painting may be the right medium for you, especially because it will dry more quickly for you than acrylic paints and particularly oil paints which take longer again. 

Many of us gravitate towards watercolour paints as kids and beginners because there is something so magical and appealing about adding water to your brush and then bringing your watercolour paints to life. Watercolour painting can be so playful, fluid, and rewarding much like the ocean itself.

Thankfully you don’t need an awful lot to get started with watercolour painting. You just need a brush, a few paints, and watercolour paper. And of course some water!

Here are our absolute best tips for watercolour painting for beginners.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 1 – Make Sure You Have a Decent Watercolour Box Set

In terms of colours you actually don’t need many at all – 6 is enough. A basic palette will involve the 6 primary colours : black, white, green, red, yellow and blue. You can see this in the picture below.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners – An Example of a Basic Watercolour Palette

An artist’s palette (a slightly more advanced palette version) can be seen in this picture.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners – Example of An Artist’s Palette

Watercolor Paint Ideas- For Beginners Tip 2 – Make Sure You Have A Good Range of Brushes

It’s so important to have good paint brushes for watercolour painting. You want to aim for at least 3 brushes – a large one for broad brushstrokes, a medium one, and a more accurate small one that has a pointed tip to help with accurate brushstrokes. For greater flexibility 6 is best overall – see the picture above. It’s a good rule of thumb for painting or drawing that you start with more general broad strokes and then slowly move towards more specific detail.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners – Examples of Brushes

Expensive brushes are usually made of natural hair but for beginners it’s wise to get brushes which have a mix of synthetic and natural hair because these brushes are much more affordable and for the most part just as useful.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 3 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Wet Method

There are two basic methods for painting with watercolours: Wet-On-Wet and Wet-On-Dry. Wet-On-Wet is very much like it suggests – it means painting onto a surface that is already wet. This works really well for the first layer of paint for a sky or landscape, making the paint flow in soft washes. All you have to do is dip the brush in plain water and then use it to ‘paint’ in a shape of your choice, a rectangle or a circle with the watery brush. Next paint over it slowly using a colour that suits. Notice how the Wet-On-Wet method works for you, paying close attention to how much colour and water you need to achieve the effects that you want.

As your painting dries it will change considerably, watercolour paints dry differently on different occasions which is part of their mysterious beauty.

Watercolor Paint Ideas– For Beginners Tip 4 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Dry Method

Wet-On-Dry is most commonly used to add more detail and accuracy. It means applying wet paint over the dry surface of the watercolour paper. The effect achieved is much more precise than the previous method.

Use a large brush with a little paint on it at first, until you get a sense of how much paint you will need. It’s best to use paint that is a dry as possible, and apply it onto the dry paper. The paint will be more or less ‘see through,’ depending on how much water you use.

Again as you watch it dry you will see a real change in the paint.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 5 – Have a Paper Towel to Hand

This is probably the most inexpensive tip after the water! A paper towel is extremely useful for erasing any mistakes and keeping things precise and neat in general. Think of it as the equivalent of having a rubber for your pencil drawings. You will probably find some of your layers don’t go exactly to plan. Use your paper towel to lighten the wash a little of to erase it enough to paint over

completely. Paper towels are also a great way to add layers slowly and carefully in order to help you paint more accurately.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 6 Make Sure You Master the Flat Wash

A flat wash is a very simple thing to master but so useful for improving watercolour painting. It is an even wash across the page without any variations, and as such it is so useful for adding beginning layers to your watercolour painting. You can use a flat wash on either dry or wet watercolour paper, but for beginners it’s best to practise on dry paper. Try to use a 50:50 ratio of paint and water for the best outcome.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 7 – Use Your Brush to ‘Pull In’ To Distinguish Light From Dark

This is a really useful technique, and it is best used to show where the light source and the shadows are in your painting.

Dip your brush in the paint of your choice and paint a long dark line (for example the side of the trunk of a tree using brown). From this line you want to ‘pull in’ with less paint on your brush and more water to make gradually lighter brown lines which are moving in from the bolder outline of the tree’s trunk you started with. The outline of the tree’s trunk will be darker in this example because it is further away from the light source (mostly likely the sun) and the rest of the trunk will be lighter in shade because it will be closer to the light source.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – for Beginners Tip 8 – Take Care to Mix Your Paints Well

In order to make sure that you don’t run out of a particular colour always make sure you mix more paint than you think you are going to need. Think the opposite of what you should do with your dinner plate where your eyes are often bigger than your belly!

The reason you need to do this is because if you run out of paint for your watercolour painting, it’s going to be very difficult to get the exact colour again if you have to start again. In this case at least bigger is better.

Watercolor Paint Ideas– For Beginners Tip 9 – Be Aware of Dry-Time

Depending on what you are trying to achieve you are going to have to consider your dry-time. If you are happy to have your colours bleed and eventually blend into one another that you can apply your layers on top of paint that is still wet.

If you are aiming to add completely new layers and colour washes over the top of paint, you will need to let it dry first. You can of course use a hair dryer on a low setting (so you don’t make a complete mess!) but you will also have to be a little patient. If you don’t do this the layers will simply run into each other, and your shapes will not come out as clearly as you would like.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 10 Create a Watercolour Painting with Bold Contrasts Between Light and Dark

If you want a really dynamic painting that will stand out with powerful colours try to paint strong dark areas contrasting with strong light areas. Light and shadow is so important in any painting but it is particularly important when using the medium of watercolour. It will really create a powerful impression on whoever is viewing your painting.

Watercolor Paint Ideas – For Beginners Tip 11 – Use the Splatter Technique

A really interesting and fun way to make your watercolour painting stand out is to use the splatter technique. Pull back the bristles on your brush with your finger and release the splatter onto your watercolour paper. This takes a little practice but when used correctly it is well worth the effort. This will give you a lovely effect for water spray, stars in the sky, flowers or grass in a field. If you don’t get it right first time you can erase the splatter with your towel and try again.

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How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – 7 Easy Steps

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil- Complete Drawing

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil

Table of Contents

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 1
How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 2
How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 3
How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil- Step 4
How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 5
How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 6
How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 7

One of the most common questions beginner artists are asking about is ‘How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil.’ This is a much more complicated question than it first appears because there are obviously lots of different species of trees, and they often look very different according to the seasons. We are going to break down how to draw a tree with pencil step by step, but please keep in mind this is only one way to draw a tree, there are other options.

This is a basic tree with spring/summer foliage which is tall but not too wide – similar to a beech tree which doesn’t have as thick a trunk as an oak tree for example. It’s the perfect place to begin because it isn’t too difficult to draw.

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil- Step 1


Start off with a thin line for the trunk and a very general outline of where the outer edge of the leaves will extend to. See the shape in the picture.

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 1 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil- Step 2

Next you want to draw in the main branches of the tree, as the picture shows. Don’t worry about the smaller branches at this stage just draw in the bigger ones.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Step 2 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 3


Now you can make the trunk of the tree thicker and wider. Remember that the trunk will be widest at the bottom where the roots are, and it will get gradually narrower as you move towards the top of the tree. The same is true of the branches of the tree. The closer the branch is to the trunk the wider it will be, the branches will extend outwards getting narrower and narrower towards the ends.

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 3 and 4 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 4


At this point you can go ahead and add more branches to the main branches you drew in Step 2. These will obviously be smaller branches which won’t extend as far as the main ones. You can also add some grass to the bottom of your tree during this step as well.

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 5


Using long, thick straight lines shade in the trunk of the tree. Imagine where the light source would be coming from, and then have the part of the tree that the light is shining on shaded in lighter lines. There is no right or wrong answer because the sun will be in various places at different points of the day, however thinking about the light helps you be consistent and produce a better drawing.

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 5 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 6


Now you are ready to progress to shading in the leaves all around your tree. You want to use the side of your pencil here, or even another softer pencil which is not as dark. You can extend the outline of your leaves as far as you feel comfortable with – the further into summer your tree is, the further the growth will be. You could use a pattern of peaks and valleys here but just remember you don’t want it to look too regular because leaves don’t grow in a regular pattern in real life.

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 6 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 7

You are almost finished! Now you can draw an outline round the outside of the crown of your tree to show the outline of your foliage. You can also use your rubber to erase the original basic outline of the crown you drew in Step 1. If you want to use a rubber to show space and light between the branches you could do it now. Finishing touches could include shading in more grass beneath the tree or even shading in part of the sky. It’s up to you!

How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Step 7 Drawing
‘How to Draw a Tree Step by Step With Pencil – Time Lapse Video

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Bullet Drawing – How to Draw a Bullet in 7 Easy Steps

Bullet Drawing Completed

You’d be amazed how many people want to create a bullet drawing. Here’s our tutorial on how to draw a bullet using a pencil to produce a cool bullet drawing.

Table of Contents

1 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 1

2 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 2 

3 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 3 

4 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 4

5 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 5

6 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 6

7 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 7 

Bullets are used all the time in various art contexts from album covers to graphic designs, gaming designs, T-shirt designs, Anime, graphic novels, book covers, and film artworks to name just a few. They are great to draw for beginners especially but depending on the detail included can be done by more advanced artists too. 

We are going to be looking at how to draw a bullet with the point facing to the right, but it’s really up to you which way it faces – just follow our instructions but point it in the opposite direction. You could also adjust the angle of your bullet so that you can see the circular butt at the blunt end if you wish also.

1 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 1

The best place to start drawing a bullet is with the actual body of the bullet which is a long narrow rectangle. Try to make sure that the top and bottom lines of the rectangle are straight and symmetrical, and of equal length. It’s best to use a ruler here. When it comes to drawing the two ends of the rectangle remember that they are slightly curved because a bullet is basically a cylindrical shape with a point at one end.

Bullet Drawing Tutorial Step 1

2 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 2 

Now it’s time to add the shoulders of the bullet which are in the form of a trapezium shape.

Bullet Drawing Tutorial Step 2

3 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 3 

The next thing to do is to draw the neck of the bullet. Your drawing will now look a little like a flask or canister lying on its side.

Bullet Drawing Tutorial Step 3

4 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 4  

 Now you want to go ahead and add the head of the bullet which is shaped like a tall triangle which is slightly curved (rather than completely pointy) at the top. Note that your drawing will now look something like a marker on its side or a lipstick holder with the lipstick exposed.

Bullet Drawing Tutorial Step 4

5 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 5

Now you can start to work on the other end of the bullet at the rim or butt. This consists of three thin slightly curved rectangles in a row. The first rectangle fits in with the top and the bottom lines of your very first rectangle (the main body of the bullet) and then the second rectangle extends a little upward beyond the lines of the main body of the bullet to stick out a little. 

Bullet Drawing Tutorial Step 5 + 6

6 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 6 

Now the magic happens. Use the side of your pencil to shade in the bottom of the main body of the bullet so that it has a shadow which is not as a thick and dark as the bolder outlines of the bullet. Now do the same thing for the shoulders, neck and finally the head of the bullet so there is a line of shadow across the whole bottom of the bullet.

7 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 7 

If you would like a lighter shade along the top of the bullet. Try to imagine where the light might fall on the top of the bullet to make it as realistic as possible. This line will be lighter again than the bottom which will be in a deeper shadow.

You can now take the opportunity to rub out any lines that you don’t need with an eraser.

Bullet Drawing Tutorial Step 7

Done!

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Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas To Start You Off

Aesthetic Ideas Easy Ideas to Start You Off – Man with Muscled Arms Drawn Behind Him

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1 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Open Book 

2 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Arrangement of Eggs On a Table Or in a Bowl

3 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Pieces of a Chess Board

4 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Black and White Sketch of a UFO

5 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Various Fruits

6 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Piece of Furniture

7 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Coffee Mug 

8 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Mountains

9 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – a Tree or Trees

10 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Birds

11 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Flowers

12 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Moon Shapes

13 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Candles 

14 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Hot Air Balloon

15 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Simple Images From Nature

We have thoroughly researched, explored and gathered some of the best aesthetic drawings easy ideas we can find to provide a comprehensive list of the best ideas for drawing when you are just starting out.

There is no particular order of which ones are best just plenty of easy ideas for aesthetic drawings. It might also be worth writing a caption underneath your drawing for extra effect, such as ‘journey,’ ‘wanderlust,’ ‘all who wander are not lost,’ or ‘stairway to heaven.’ You choose.

1 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Open Book 

For the best results see if you can find one that is quite old and interesting-looking. Open it up at a page that suits you, arrange it so that it sits at a really attention-grabbing angle and draw away.

 2 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Arrangement of Eggs On a Table Or in a Bowl

Try and find eggs that vary in tone and colour. If you can find duck eggs for contrast (they are usually a brilliant blue) that will really add to your drawing. Try to use coloured pencils or even watercolour brush pens to capture the different tones of the shells.

3 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Pieces of a Chess Board

These could be done in charcoal or as a pencil sketch to produce a really interesting black and white contrast. You could include part of the board underneath as an extra touch.

4 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Black and White Sketch of a UFO

It’s always good for beginners to try cartoonish drawings which are fun but great practice for symmetry and dimensions. Have fun with this one in particular!

5 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Various Fruits

You could draw an apple, an orange, a banana or a grapefruit – whatever works for you! To make it more interesting slice the fruit open. You could try drawing the same piece of fruit using a variety of different mediums such as pastels, coloured pencils, graphite or perhaps watercolour brush pens (you would need to use watercolour paper here). The various shadows, tones and reflections of your chosen fruit will definitely stretch your skills!

6 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Piece of Furniture

This could be a bed, an antique chair or even an armchair. Nothing says human comfort like a well chosen chair, and older chairs could tell many stories.   

7 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Coffee Mug 

A coffee mug is as good an example of human touch and interaction as you could possibly think of. You could draw it with steam coming out to show its heat and appeal or with a hand or hands holding it. Ah, blissful.

8 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Mountains

There is nothing that says adventure quite like a picture or drawing of a mountain. Don’t aim for perfection here draw your own interpretation of a mountain in a medium of your choice – watercolour, pencil, charcoal or coloured pencil. Have fun with it. 

9 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – a Tree or Trees

Something about trees and forests calls to us and makes us think of new experiences and journeys. We all love to see paintings and drawings of trees. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give people what they want. Including yourself. Go wild with brown, green, and enjoy the detail that can be found in Nature. Pick up a leaf or two on your way home if you like.

10 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Birds

Birds are the ultimate symbol of freedom, especially in a clear blue sky. If you find it difficult to draw a bird in flight, capture one in stillness as it’s easier. A quirky and arresting cartoonish bird can also go a long way and takes a degree of skill. This is definitely one of our favourite things to capture on paper. 

Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas – A Bird

11 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Flowers

You could see this one coming a mile off – flowers are aesthetically stunning and it’s possible to produce something really decent as a beginner. Use really interesting colours – it might be worth thinking about spring or summer flowers with beautiful reds, golds, purples and greens.

12 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Moon Shapes

As we all know the moon goes through various different phases throughout the month allowing for different moods and renderings. So many different effects can be achieved allowing for all sorts of mediums. 

13 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Candles 

A candle casts such lovely shadows and provides a beautiful opportunity for light and shade. As such it’s an amazing thing to draw for beginners (as well as more advanced artists) to make a dramatic, bold and arresting drawing. 

14 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Hot Air Balloon

The Hot Air Balloon is such an artistic, historic and appealing symbol of a quest or worthy journey that we had to include it here. If you have ever been in a hot air balloon you will know that it is simply one of the smoothest rides you could have which is why you will find this symbol in art, fiction and film. You can create outstanding colours for your balloon, and have it float against a sunrise or sunset, or even a night sky. Beautiful. 

15 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Creatures of the Sea

So much of the sea is still unexplored and new sea creatures are being discovered frequently. Drawings of the sea and its creatures are undeniably heart-warming and they make great subjects for beginners. Think whales, dolphins, fish, seas, sunsets and sunrises and you’re halfway to stunning art creations. 

16 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – The Sea Itself 

The sea and its constant change can be difficult to approximate but as a beginner it is possible to try to capture a simple moment, for example a wave against a beautiful sky. The sea is one of the most inspirational and enduring symbols of beauty, power and change that we know of. You could start with just one wave, and build on that.

17 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With  – Homes

Few places capture a sense of sanctuary and peace like the idea of home. Why not draw your own home, or go a little further and describe your perfect home through a drawing? Although this requires an imaginative stretch you could come up with a unique and inspirational drawing.  

18 Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Simple Images From Nature

Drawing an acorn, a fern leaf, even a blade of grass is such a great practice for beginners and more advanced artists. It teaches you to really see what is around you, and consider the variety, fragility and beauty of the many lives that cross our path. Drawing a leaf is more intricate and rewarding than it first appears, the same is true of an acorn which is the seed of an incredible tree.  A true artist learns to be aware of such things technically and emotionally. 

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What is Scandi Style? Top 5 Items for Hygge Happiness

What is Scandi Style? Well we’ve all heard of the Danish word Hygge, haven’t we? It’s a word that is heard to translate into English but generally it means happiness, contentment and a sense of being serene and comfortable. Feeling you are right where you should be. We could all do with a little of that Scandi Style right now, especially during a global pandemic.

Scandi ideas have made a huge impact on us in the last few years from architecture to fashion and back again. Characterised by a minimalist and functional approach with few frills and fussiness, these ideas really give you space for what matters – serenity and purposefulness, and bringing out the artist in you.

Here are few ideas that might just get you headed in the right direction towards that impressive Scandi Style.

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1 What is Scandi Style? The Little Book Of Hygge – The Essence of Scandi Style

2 What is Scandi Style? An Icelandic Jumper – Scandi Style Clothing

3 What is Scandi Style? A Scandinavian Rug – Interior Design Done Scandi Style

4 What is Scandi Style? Scandi Lighting – The Ultimate in Scandi Style

5 What is Scandi Style? Scandi Style Armchair

1 What is Scandi Style? The Little Book Of Hygge – The Essence of Scandi Style

Let’s get straight to it. This is a really fantastic little book about happiness. With 5270 reviews on Amazon and just under 5 star rating it’s difficult to argue with. It’s an international, New York Times and Sunday Bestseller, having sold well over a million copies. Written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, it’s a small book with some profound insights. Properly digested it could bring much needed coziness to your soul in these uncertain times.

What is Scandi Style? The Little Book of Hygge

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2 What is Scandi Style? An Icelandic Jumper – Scandi Style Clothing

Surely a hand knit Icelandic wool sweater with protective wool fibres is about as soul-hugging as clothing could be? They are traditionally knitted provided windproof warmth all year round. Icelandic jumpers are incredibly popular and suitable for indoor or outdoor comfort. A variety of designs are available and they come with or without zips. This beautiful Nordic design is a particular favourite for comfort and contentment anywhere.

Hygge, happiness and confidence to suit your way of living.

Make sure you take time to find your best fit and design – you’ll being wearing it for years to come!

What is Scandi Style? Icewear Icelandic Jumper

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3 What is Scandi Style? A Scandinavian Rug – Interior Design Done Scandi Style

A beautiful and minimalist rug can set off your whole home, bringing a real sense of Hygge to any room or studio. There is a long history of different styles of Scandinavian rugs, some influenced by Oriental and Turkish ideas. 

A big part of Hygge style is being free from clutter and the emphasis of simple, clean lines so you can see why excess carpeting is replaced by the use of beautifully designed rugs. These days the best styles seem to be minimalistic geometric black and white or neutral grey designs which fit any room, often making the perfect centrepiece to build your room or studio around.

What is Scandi Style? Nordic Design Rug by Vivense

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4 What is Scandi Style? Scandi Lighting – The Ultimate in Scandi Style

If you lived in a country that had so little light for much of the year you would value lighting very highly indeed. You only need to look at the sheer variety of Scandinavian lights to verify this. Scandi decor is still a dominant style for many of us and your choice of lighting is a huge part of the mood, atmosphere and potential inspiration of any room. One single source of light can be a little conventional for many of us, and most interior designers recommend a variety of different light sources on a dimmer rather than one overarching one. An industrial, minimalistic Scandi style is still the go to, and we would particularly recommend the use of pipes, natural fibres like hemp ropes with your lamps and especially steampunk chandeliers for that heartwarming Hygge experience. 

You could start your research here and work from there:

What is Scandi Style? Nordic Pendant Lamp

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5 What is Scandi Style? Scandi Style Armchair

While Hygge is minimalistic in approach there is still room for a slightly pared back beauty. It wouldn’t be out of place for one expensive piece of furniture to take pride of place as the focal point of a room. Sometimes a whole months wages could be spent on an armchair, sideboard or a lovely writing desk. When the rest of the room is simplistically elegant it can make the statement piece really stand out.

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This one is lovely in grey but available in various colours. It won’t cost a month’s wages either!

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Best of luck finding your artistic, Hygge soul-warming Scandi style in 2021!

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5 Habits to Free Your Inner Artist

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For many of us creative pursuits are a luxury, something to be done on the weekend or at the end of the day when all the ‘important’ things are finished. Unfortunately that means we seldom get around to accessing our inner artist because we are too tired and burnt out by the time we get some headspace. 

The true beauty of it is that we can help ourselves by building habits into our day to coax the artist within to give us a fresh passion and perspective. Now that the pace of life has slowed for many of us because of the global pandemic, there has never been a better time to release your inner artist.

1 Be Intentionally Open to Your Inner Artist

Many of us have been hardwired to believe artistic pursuits do not pay your bills and are a symptom of having your ‘head in the clouds.’ We tell ourselves and others that to live in the ‘real world,’ we have to be practically minded and if we really must indulge such activities we should do it outside of a job we don’t really like. This means we need to be intentional about being creative, to give ourselves permission to let the artist within out for a little air. 

This is a really fun and liberating way of living. All the human made objects you see around you started as an idea or vision in someone’s mind – from architecture to sports cars someone had to live in the world of ideas, with their head in the clouds for a while at least. It’s part of the process. Give yourself permission to begin. Tell yourself the right kind of story. Be intentionally open to being creative. Start to really see things instead of just looking at them. Get a sense of what Frederick Franck meant when he wrote, “Merely looking at the world around us is immensely different from seeing it.”

You are effectively telling your brain that it needs to be more aware, to see a bigger picture. You are giving your brain permission to be creative, and unconsciously it will be processing ideas which later come out as ‘inspiration.’ 

2 Stop Working so Hard! Let Your Inner Artist Out for Air

For artists (aspiring or otherwise) creativity often knocks at the door when you aren’t trying. The American artist Barnett Newman complained that his wife didn’t understand that he was working while sitting in an armchair smoking and staring out of the window. Einstein apparently had his best ideas while shaving. Other people have their best ideas while driving or running a familiar route, or like Newman sitting in a favourite armchair. While you may not be trying to compute cosmic calculations you can definitely be open to solutions about your improving painting techniques, and rendering your subjects in novel ways. 

3 Create a Physical and Mental Workspace 

Find a physical space where you can paint. It doesn’t have to be a huge studio or even a whole room. Clear a corner somewhere you feel comfortable and set up an easel. If you love the outdoors and have the right weather go into nature or your back garden, even your shed. As long as it’s a place you’ll want to go back to time and again. Somewhere you associate with enjoyment and peace of mind. If necessary get some cheap plastic sheeting to keep the paint off walls and furniture to eliminate possible worry. 

Creating a pleasant physical place will help your mind associate making art with pleasure and keep you free from distractions. 

As the great Sufi poet Hafiz wrote, it will help you “Change rooms in your mind for a day.” Hopefully a lot longer.

Not only will you clear out a physical space you could find that you also experience something of what the highly successful businessman Dee Hock writes, “Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.”

4 Feed Your Inner Artist the Right Diet

While it’s important at times to stop trying to force creativity it’s also true that we need to intentionally feed our inner artist. Read books and poetry, watch films that give your brain material to work on. Draw your inner artist out by paying attention to artworks, and various art forms. Daytime TV is probably not going to help much here. Neither is Social Media overload so choose carefully what you feed your artist with.

One of the funny things about our minds is that when you stop focusing on something, for you it all but disappears. You really do get more of what you focus on. If you just focus on paying the bills you forget about finding creative ways to help you pay those very bills. If you shut down your inner artist and close your mind to creative possibilities, you get more and more shutdown of creative possibilities. If we focus on creativity we get more creativity.

5 Build Mindfulness into your Day

We all know that mindfulness is good for us, but spending long periods of time meditating isn’t for everyone. 

It is possible to build mindfulness into our daily routine in various ways however. Intentionally slow down. Think of how each morsel you eat tastes. Consider how the light behaves in your surroundings. Take a few moments to pick an inspirational quotation and really break it down, asking yourself how you might apply it to your life. Artists do these things naturally while creating, but try to practise these things when you aren’t making art too for maximum impact. Adopting an approach of reverence and gratitude for the world around us can only lead to greater creativity. As well as aiding your digestion. 

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Gifts For Young Artists – What to Buy Creative Kids for Christmas or Anytime

Get Your Kids Painting Like Only Kids Can

“All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Got creative kids? More often than not that means having to be pretty creative yourself to choose the right gifts for young artists this Christmas. Fortunately help is on hand to get you moving in the right festive direction.

1 Gifts For Young ArtistsArts and Crafts Supplies Kits for Kids

You really can’t beat these for the hours and hours of fun that can be had from them. We’ve all had the bad experience of buying kids really expensive presents that they lose interest in within a few days, if not before. That’s not the case with these kits though – they have 1500+ pieces including; pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, feathers, and beads. There are so many creative possibilities here to keep kids from 4 right up to 12 amused that these kits border on free childcare. See for yourself here:

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2 Gifts For Young Artists – An Acrylic Paint Set

Why not get them started on the good stuff early? These quick-drying non-toxic paints are perfect for kids who love to paint or want to start painting. They aren’t too bad for adult beginners either. They are for using on canvas, cardboard, wood, paper to mention but a few. They are easy to mix and have a very wide spectrum of colours to keep the boredom of creative kids at bay. 

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3 Gifts For Young ArtistsKids Draw’ Big Book of Everything Manga

Manga has never been so popular with kids, and this book is an all-in-one collection of how-to-draw manga lessons. Your kids can learn to draw manga heads, faces, eyes, and bodies. There are also detailed lessons teaching them how to draw manga fantasy characters and monsters. There are over 1000 illustrations in this book, providing plenty of inspiration. This will keep them amused and off their phones for hours and hours.

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4 Gifts For Young ArtistsWacom Intuos S, Bluetooth Pen Tablet, Wireless Graphic Tablet for Painting, Sketching and Photo Retouching

For older kids who have proved themselves to be super interested in art, and likely to stay the course you could invest in a wireless Graphic Tablet. It’s perfect for home, school or on the go. This tablet is among the best in its class for digital drawing and the 4096 pressure level stylus included allows for impressive precision. The bluetooth connectivity really takes things to a new level. You really can achieve an authentic looking hand-painted effect, as well as enhance existing photographs with the creative software which comes with it. For kids or teens interested in comic book art you can download Clip Studio Paint Pro which has everything that a young comic book or manga artist could need at this stage.

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5 Gifts For Young Artists3D Printing Pens for kids 6-12

We’ll leave you with a particularly creative and fascinating idea – the 3D Printing Pen. You’d be forgiven for not having heard of these but they really do create physical entities using plastic filament which is shaped by using the pen. Then you leave it to dry, and you have a 3D representation straight from your mind into reality. 

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Quotations on Art – 60 Quotes to Inspire You

We all need some quotations on art to help keep us inspired. Here are some of our absolute all time favourites. Please keep chasing all of your art dreams.

Quotations On Art – Leonardo da Vinci ‘The Last Supper’

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60 Quotations on Art Including Pictures and Captions

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.
―  Leonardo da Vinci

Art is a line around your thoughts.
―  Gustav Klimt

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
―  Paul Cezanne

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.
―  Salvador Dali

Success is a worn down pencil.
―  Robert Rauschenberg

Drawing is a form of probing. And the first generic impulse to draw derives from the human need to search, to plot points, to place things and to place oneself.
―  John Berger

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
―  Pablo Picasso

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
―  Henry David Thoreau

When I paint, I never think of selling. People fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights.
―  Edvard Munch

There is no must in art because art is free.
―  Wassily Kandinsky

Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.
―  Anselm Kiefer

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.
―  Neil Gaiman

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
―  Aristotle

While drawing I discover what I really want to say.
―  Dario Fo

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.
―  John Lubbock

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
―  Leonardo da Vinci

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture, with the advantage of permanence.
―  Henri Matisse

As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.
―  Vincent van Gogh

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
―  Stella Adler

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
―  Michelangelo

Quotations on Art – Michaelangelo Freeing the Angel in His Mind

If you as a designer don’t believe in your design and don’t see it beyond the context of the film, instead of as a real creature in a real world then how can you expect the audience to believe it?
―  Peter Jackson

In drawing, one must look for or suspect that there is more than is casually seen.
―  George Bridgman

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.
―  Chuck Close

I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.
―  Bob Ross

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
―  Marc Chagall

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.
―  Anais Nin

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.
―  Ray Bradbury

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
―  Al Hirschfeld

Every artist was first an amateur.
―  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
―  Leo Tolstoy

You have a million excuses. Write anyway.
―  Carrie Kei Heim

An empty canvas is full.
―  Robert Rauschenberg

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
―  Albert Einstein

More important than a work of art itself is what it will sow. Art can die, a painting can disappear. What counts is the seed.
―  Joan Miro

My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing.
―  Peter Falk

For me drawing is an attempt to understand what I feel about the world I live in.
―  Brian Froud

Painting from nature is not copying the object, it’s realising one’s sensations.
―  Paul Cezanne

Quotations on Art – Paul Cezanne

Creativity is taking the best skills and techniques from experts around you and improving upon them.
―  Unknown

How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You’re not capturing it, you’re interpreting it.
―  Juliette Aristides

The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was ‘beauty’. The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worthwhile.
―  Roger Scruton

Stay firmly in your path and dare. Be wild two hours a day!
―  Paul Gauguin

Quotations on Art – Paul Gauguin

Drawing things makes them seem more real and makes me feel more alive. It also makes me pin down and remember things landscapes, season, weather, occasions, incidents, people that would otherwise have melted from my memory.
―  David Gentleman

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
―  Edgar Degas

What keeps my heart awake is colourful silence.
―  Claude Monet

Quotations on Art – Claude Monet

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
―  Jackson Pollock

Practice what you know and it will help you to make clear what you do not know.
―  Rembrandt

Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.
―  Keith Haring

Drawing is vision on paper.
―  Andrew Loomis

Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then colour is just a gift to the drawing.
―  Fernando Botero

It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.
―  Paul Cezanne

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
―  Joan Miro

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Best SEO Tips for Blogs 2021 – How to Rank Faster, Higher and More Easily

SEO Tips for Blogs – SEO Building Blocks

We’ve spent a lot of time researching our best SEO Tips for Blogs 2021.

We all know how important it is to rank as high as possible on Google, but are there genuine ways to rank higher, faster and more easily? We have all been stung by empty promises, but there are ways to do these things. 

Otherwise why would so many businesses happily pay SEO specialists to help them do so?!

After thorough research on and offline, as well as testing various methods we have compiled all the latest and up to date ways to rank higher, faster and more easily on Google in 2021. 

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SEO Tips for Blogs – Choose Your Battles

SEO Tips for Blogs – Keyword Golden Ratio

SEO Tips for Blogs – Allintitle Search Results

SEO Tips for Blogs – Understand How the SERPs Work

SEO Tips for Blogs – Adopt a Hands On Learning Approach and a Steely Mindset

SEO Tips for Blogs – A Final Word for WordPress Users

Choose Your Battles – Low Competition but Decent Search Volume Keywords

In life, as in SEO, there are some battles we could win and some that we can’t. It’s wise to choose your battles and give yourself a fighting chance. For most of us choosing the right keywords will mean those with volume roughly between 200-1500 visits per month. Websites with higher Page Rank and Domain Authority will naturally have the better chance of ranking, and the number of backlinks will be an important ranking factor also. (More on this later)

Less than 200 visits a month will barely be worth your effort, and above 1500 could be too competitive, so this range gives us a good chance of ranking. Some say that your KD (keyword difficulty, also called SEO Difficulty) should be 0-20 but we have found that if there enough options of search volumes of 200-1500 with KD of 0-5 there is no reason to make it harder for yourself unnecessarily. Keyword Difficulty is calculated by how many backlinks your site needs to rank in the Top Ten on Google Search, and we have been able to find a number of keywords with a KD of 0 with decent search volume to know that it is possible, and worth delving into. 

Although you can use Google Keyword Planner if you have an active ads campaign, and there are free Keyword Research tools out there, you will save yourself hours and hours by using paid options.

Our particular weapon of choice is Semrush, which has all options you could ever need for SEO and Keyword Research, and probably more. You can find out more and sign up for a free trial at this link:

Keyword Golden Ratio – A Formula to Rank Quicker and Higher 

An interesting idea which has been around for a while, is the Keyword Golden Ratio. It involves a fairly straightforward equation to discover keywords that will rank within positions 1-50 as soon as your blogpost/website page is indexed. Some claim that means it can rank within 48hours of the page being published, however we found the quickest we were able to appear in positions 1-50 was 3days, with some of our blogposts taking up to a week or even two to appear in the results.

That being said, this approach in general has meant ranking more quickly and actually more highly as well. We had one blog first appear in the rankings at No.15 and soon steadily climb to No.6 in the SERPS.

Obviously it all depends on when Google indexes your site. We recommend that you submit your sitemap for indexing after you have published your article, even though this is no guarantee of how long it will take to index it again. We have found it does seems to help it get indexed quicker however.

For the Keyword Golden Ratio equation you need to divide the allintitle search results by the overall search volume of the keyword, which needs to be no greater than 250 in terms of search volume. We’ll break this down step by step.

First of all let’s look at how to find the allintitle search results.

Allintitle Search Results

If you want to Google to understand your keyword the best place to put it is in the title of your page, particularly the first part of your title. If you want to rank highly for a keyword then you will put it as the first words of your title, and many people realise this. If you want to know what the competition will be like for your keyword then you want to know how many websites have this keyword in their title, hence the allintitle search.

You simply type the phrase allintitle:(keyword here) in Google search as shown in the photo below. Our chosen keyword here is “How to Do SEO.”

SEO Tips for Blogs – Allintitle Results

As you can see just under the search bar our allintitle search result is 13,400 results which is WAY too high. We would be trying to compete against ALL of those websites which doesn’t give us our fighting chance. 

However if we use the keyword phrase “how do I improve my SEO fast,” we have a more workable number.

SEO Tips for Blogs – Allintitle Low Results

Allintitle results in and of themselves are a fantastic indication of keywords that you could potentially rank for. 

Here is the exact Keyword Golden Ratio formula so you can try your own calculations.

SEO Tips for Blogs – Keyword Golden Ratio Formula

If you want to find out more about the Golden Ratio this informative article is well worth reading:

https://mangools.com/blog/keyword-golden-ratio/

Understand How the SERPs Work

If you are going to have a chance of ranking well in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) it’s important to be able to understand how they are set out and if it would be possible for you to rank on the first page. After all, you are simply wasting your time otherwise.

If you find a keyword you would like to rank for and type it into Google, and the first result is Etsy, Ebay, or Amazon you can forget it. You won’t be able to compete against these giants due to their extremely high number of backlinks, high Page Rank and Domain Authority. 

If you find WordPress blogs or blogs in general you have a much better chance of ranking. The best way to find out how difficult your competition will be is to install a Chrome extension, such as Moz Bar or Semrush’s SEOquake to give you further information. From these extensions you can discover the Page Rank and Domain Authority (both of these are out of 100) and even the backlinks these websites have. 

If the Page Rank or Domain Authority is 50+ then it is unlikely you will be able to outrank the site. However you can outrank sites with high authority at times with long form content which is more authoritative or useful in Google’s eyes. We have managed this a few times with content that is longer, links out to other websites and is fully optimised. Again, this not always the case and it’s worth seeking out the best possible opportunities in the best possible timeframe to keep you focused and give you the best chance of success. 

Adopt a Hands On Learning Approach and a Steely Mindset

If you are going to learn how to rank more quickly, highly and easily you will need a steely mindset. There will be hits and misses, and perhaps most frustratingly of all there will be near hits and misses.

There is no one size fits all, get rich quick approach. SEO is a long game, not a show up, dazzle and leave model.

We have had the painful experience of ranking at No.5 on the first page of Yahoo and Bing briefly and then disappearing out of the top 100 visibility very quickly. This only happened once and admittedly it wasn’t Google but these are the times where you have to dig in, dig deep, grit your teeth and just keep going.

Even the blogposts that we have achieved the top 5 for need to be kept an eye on because you can be sure somebody underneath you hasn’t rested on their laurels even if you have. There is a lot of competition out there because the top spot is always worth striving for! 

You need to go back and optimise every so often, especially if your rankings change – and you should be keeping an eye on your rankings regularly.

Remember consistency + intelligent application = success

A Final Word For WordPress Users

If you are using WordPress you will find an SEO plugin to be invaluable. Many like Yoast, we favour Rank Math but regardless these plugins are soooo useful for optimising your posts/pages and giving incredibly useful suggestions. 

They remind you to link out to other pages externally and internally, to properly edit your snippets, meta description, title and give you a useful score out of 100 to guide you. If you don’t know what these aspects of SEO are, you soon will with these user-friendly plugins. 

Further research – watch this SEMrush video on looking for the right keywords:

If you enjoyed this article please feel free to check out our other articles “SEO Tips for Artists, Parts 1-3” here:

Quotations About Drawing – 55 Amazing Quotes About Drawing & Creativity

Is there a better blog topic than quotations about drawing?! We have collected our favourite drawing quotations in one place for your inspiration and amusement. Please enjoy at your leisure!

We’ve added a few quotations about creativity in general throughout, like a light sprinkling of something fantastic during a recipe. Drawing is as as creative as any activity you could think of!

Quotations About Drawing – Woman Sketching

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Quotations About Drawing – 55 Quotations about Drawing & Creativity

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Quotations About Drawing & Creativity

1 “Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it’s transmitted by your hands.” – Martin Gayford

2 “In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.”- Pablo Picasso

3 “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” – Walt Stanchfield

4 “Drawing takes time. A line has time in it.” – David Hockney

5 “Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” – Salvador Dali

6 “Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” – Keith Haring

7 “It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover, to your surprise, that you have rendered something in its true character.”- Camille Pissarro

8 “Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression. A species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.” – Edgar Degas

9 “To learn to draw is to draw and draw and draw.” – Andrew Loomis

10 “Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.”- Robert Henri

11 “I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.” – Vincent Van Gogh

12 “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

13 “Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” – Kimon Nicolaides

14 “If you can draw well, tracing won’t hurt; and if you can’t draw well, tracing won’t help.” – Bradley Schmehl

15 “Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting…Drawing contains everything, except the hue.”  – Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

16 “I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.” – Frederick Franck

17 “Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will.” – Susan Avishai

18 “Drawing is like the first kiss. It carries within it the deepest emotion and the challenge of the first step. It is the first cry after birth.” – Ala Bashir

19 “Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.” – Fernando Botero

20 “Drawing is an exercise for a restless imagination.” – Tim Burton

21 “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

22 “I love the quality of pencil. It helps me to get to the core of a thing.”-Andrew Wyeth

23 “What do drawings mean to me? I really don’t know. The activity absorbs me. I forget everything else in a way that I don’t think happens with any other activity.” – John Berger

24 “Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.” – David Hockney

25 “In drawing, one must look for or suspect that there is more than is casually seen.” – George Bridgman

26 “All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?” – Banksy

27 “Never become an artist if you can’t learn to draw.” – Sergei Bongart

28 “The important thing is to keep on drawing when you start to paint. Never  graduate from drawing.” – John Sloan

29 “It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn to draw it in a few seconds.” – Paula Scher

30 “You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.” – John Singer Sargent

Quotations About Drawing – Girl Drawing on Sofa

31 “An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti

32 “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

33 “Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint.” – Arshile Gorky

34 “Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” – Andre Gide

35 “All the visible world is only light on form.” – Andrew Loomis

36 “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

37 “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola

38 “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

39 “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” – Anais Nin

40 “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” – Charles Horton Cooley

41 “I’m experimental by nature… always exploring my creativity. – Christina Aguilera

42 “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”  – Henry David Thoreau

43 “Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.” – Edgar Degas

44 “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” – Rollo May

45 “Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.” – John Lennon

46 “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois

47 “Drawing used to be a civilized thing to do, like reading and writing. It was taught in elementary schools. It was democratic. It was a boon to happiness.” – Michael Kimmelman

48 “Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.” – Georges Seurat

49 “Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

50 “Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.” –Torrie T. Asai

51 “One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.” – Balthus

52 “At its essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation.” – Julia Cameron

53 “The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.” – Twyla Tharp

54 “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” – Arthur Clarke

55 “Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”– Bruce Garrabrandt

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Semrush Academy – Is it Worth Your Time?

You have no doubt heard of Semrush Academy, a series of free courses and exams covering the core disciplines of digital marketing. Let’s explore how and why it could help make you a better digital marketer, and give you a number of certifications to boot.

Table of Contents

1 Semrush Academy – Part 1 Learning Modules

2 Semrush Academy – Part 2 Exam Modules

3 Semrush Academy – Part 3 Is it Worth Your Time?

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The courses are extremely comprehensive, containing both videos and text so that you can learn at your own pace and digest the information on your own terms. 

Semrush Academy – What Do You Want to Learn Today?

SEMRUSH ACADEMY – PART 1 – LEARNING MODULES

Here’s an outline of everything you will learn, along with the time it will take to complete each section:

SEO

1 Semrush SEO Toolkit Course

14 lessons 3 hours

2 Audit Your Online Visibility with Semrush

6 lessons 1 hour

3 Growing Your SEO Agency with Semrush with Greg Gifford 

8 lessons 1 hour

4 Role of Content Course with Eric Enge

10 Lessons 1 hour

5 Content Marketing and SEO Fundamentals with Eric Enge

8 Lessons 1 hour

Learn how to get SEO done with Semrush tools. Learning series

1 Semrush Overview Course

3 lessons 30 minutes

2 Competitive Analysis and Keyword Research Course

7 lessons 1 hour

3 On-Page and Technical SEO Course

7 lessons 1 hour

4 Link Building Course

5 lessons 1 hour

5 Rank Tracking Course

2 lessons 30 minutes

6 Mobile, International, and Local SEO Course

8 lessons1 hour

Management, Reporting, and Collaboration Course

3 lessons 30 minutes

SEO Learning Path by Greg Gifford

1 SEO Fundamentals Course with Greg Gifford

31 lessons 4 hours

2 Keyword Research Course with Greg Gifford

8 lessons 1 hour

3 Backlink Management Course with Greg Gifford

7 lessons 1 hour

4 Backlink Management Course with Greg Gifford

7 lessons 1 hour

5 Local SEO Course with Greg Gifford

10 lessons 1 hour

Technical SEO Learning Path by Semrush Academy Experts

1 Semrush Site Audit Course

9 lessons1 hour

2 Technical SEO course with Bastian Grimm

34 lessons 5 hours

3 On-Page and Technical SEO Course

7 lessons1 hour

Content Marketing

1 Semrush Content Marketing Toolkit Course

9 lessons 4 hours

2 Content Marketing Fundamentals Course with Ashley Segura

13 lessons 2 hours

PPC

1 Semrush Advertising Toolkit Course

11 lessons 2 hours

2 PPC Fundamentals Course with Joel Bondorowsky

36 lessons 5 hours

3 PPC Automation Course with Navah Hopkins

8 lessons1 hour

SMM

1 Semrush Social Media Toolkit Course

5 lessons 2 hours

2 SMM Fundamentals Course with Neal Schaffer

27 lessons 4 hours

Competitive Research

1 Competitor Analysis with Semrush

7 lessons 1 hour

2 Advanced Competitive Research Practices with Semrush

3 lessons 1 hour

Sales

1 How to Start Selling on Amazon with Robyn Johnson

12 lessons 1 hour

2 How to Sell on Amazon: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide with Robyn Johnson

12 lessons 1 hour

As you can see there is a lot of learning to be done! Fortunately you can take it entirely at your own pace, and not put yourself under any pressure. Complete the modules in your leisure time with a cup of something warm and comforting.

Once you have completed all the learning modules you can now sit your exams and get your creditations! 

SEMRUSH ACADEMY – PART 2 – EXAM MODULES

Here is a list of the exams you will sit and how long each exam takes. They are divided into 4 sections: SEO, SEO Learning Path by Greg Gifford, Technical SEO Learning Path by Semrush Academy Experts, Content Marketing, PPC, SMM, Affiliate Program, Competitive Research and Sales.

SEO

1 Semrush SEO Toolkit Exam

23 questions 27 mins

2 SEO Toolkit Exam for Advanced Semrush Users

30 questions 37 mins

3 Semrush for Digital Agencies Certification

25 questions 45 mins

4 Competitive Analysis and Keyword Research Test

10 questions 12 mins

5 Link Building Test

10 questions 12 mins

6 Rank Tracking Test

7 questions 10 mins

7 Mobile, International, and Local SEO Test

10 questions 15 mins

8 Management, Reporting, and Collaboration Test

7 questions 12 mins

9 Role of Content Exam

9 questions 15 mins

10 Content Marketing and SEO Fundamentals Exam

8 questions 13 mins

SEO Learning Path By Greg Gifford

1 SEO Fundamentals Exam

20 questions 27 mins

2 Keyword Research Exam

10 questions 15 mins

3 Backlink Management Exam

10 questions 15 mins

4 Mobile SEO Exam

10 questions 15 mins

5 Local SEO Exam

10 questions 15 mins

Technical SEO Learning Path by Semrush Academy Experts

1 Semrush Site Audit Exam

22 questions 27 mins

2 Technical SEO Exam

34 questions 40 mins

3 On-Page and Technical SEO Test

10 questions 12 mins

Content Marketing

1 Semrush Content Marketing Toolkit Exam

20 questions 27 mins

2 Content Marketing Fundamentals Exam

13 questions 15 mins

PPC

1 Semrush Advertising Toolkit Exam

20 questions 27 mins

2 PPC Fundamentals Exam

35 questions 27 mins

3 PPC Automation Exam

10 questions 15 mins

SMM

1 Semrush Social Media Toolkit Exam

17 questions 27 mins

2 SMM Fundamentals Exam

27 questions 30 mins

Affiliate Program

1 Semrush Affiliate Program Terms Exam

24 questions 27 mins

Competitive Research

1 Competitor Analysis with Semrush Exam

10 questions 15 mins

2 Advanced Competitive Research Exam

5 questions 7 mins

Sales

1 Start Selling on Amazon – Semrush Certification

21 questions 10 mins

2 Semrush Amazon Seller Certification

25 questions 40 mins

SEMRUSH ACADEMY – PART 3 – IS IT WORTH YOUR TIME?

Whether you want to start your own digital agency, Amazon online business or get into working in someone’s else’s agency there is more information here than you could possibly need to get started. And of course it’s all free!

All you need is to sign up for a free account.

This is a real and genuine chance to upskill for free.

What are you waiting for? Get started now!

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Weebly VS Wix – Which is the Better Website Provider?

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Weebly VS Wix

If you aren’t sure which web hosting service to opt for this Weebly VS Wix blog article will be invaluable in helping you choose between these website providers. We have done all the hard work for you to help you make an informed decision about which web service will best suit you.

Every blogger, business, charity etc needs a website and choosing the right web hosting service for you is crucial. Having to change platforms is a huge, inconvenient and hopefully unnecessary hassle none of us have time for. If you start right, you stay right. Let’s compare two well known web hosting platforms to help you make the right decision for you and your business.

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Weebly VS Wix – Advantages of Weebly

Weebly VS Wix – Disadvantages of Weebly

Weebly VS Wix – Advantages of Wix

Weebly VS Wix – Disadvantages of Wix

Weebly VS Wix – Advantages of Weebly 

  • Value for money – Weebly is very affordable and a free plan is available. The basic plan is only £4 a month (you can connect a custom domain), the pro plan is £9 a month including $100 of Google Ad Spend + square payments, and the Business Plan is £18 including all sorts of ecommerce payment options – all if you pay annually.
  • Weebly sites are very easily customised and you don’t have to worry about html code in the back end
  • Weebly sites are user friendly and very intuitive
  • Weebly sites are also easily integrated with other add ons, and apps
  • New features are being added all the time, helping to make Weebly sites more and more user friendly
  • You can choose between a number of attractive template options for your website
  • The SEO settings can be easily updated and integrated
  • The support community is very active and helpful, which is a huge plus for suggestions, ideas and support 
  • Offers flexibility and customisation
  • Lots of training resources

Find your domain and create your site at Weebly.com!


Weebly VS Wix – Disadvantages of Weebly

  • Uploading photos can be slow, and you can’t save what you are doing until photos are uploaded which can be frustrating
  • Occasional glitches do occur
  • It isn’t always straightforward to customise the html code should you wish to
  • Due to Weebly being template-based some may find it difficult if they want a very specific customisation – this would probably only affect very fussy clients!

Weebly VS Wix – Advantages of Wix

  • You can try Premium Plan for free for up to 14days
  • There are plenty of guidelines and tips
  • Wix provides a practical back end interface 
  • Wix have good site security without compromising site speed (an important ranking factor in the search engines)

Weebly VS Wix – Disadvantages of Wix

  • The back end is not that aesthetically pleasing or advanced
  • The starter plan still has Wix ads on your site
  • The designs are drag and drop and can get some getting used to
  • Although Wix does have an SEO Wizard it can be hard to optimise content because it is quite outdated
  • Wix isn’t as affordable as Weebly
  • Wix isn’t as intuitive and easy to use as Weebly

Conclusion 

Wix can definitely do the job for a small business, but it isn’t as affordable, easy to use or as customisable as Weebly. Weebly really is a one stop solution for any small business, and is very user friendly for most people.

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How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – 3 Easy Ways

If you are looking to learn how to clean oil paint brushes without paint thinner, you are in the right place!

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Table of Contents

1 How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – Use Baby Oil

2 How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – Use Linseed Oil

3 How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – Use Ordinary Soap

Every painter worries about how to get the most out of their vital and expensive brushes, just as every workman worries about looking after all the tools of his trade. Paint thinner can be harsh and even harmful at times, and so it makes a lot of sense to learn how to clean oil paint brushes without paint thinner. Turpentine and other paint thinners are of course effective for cleaning your brushes, but not for preserving them in the longterm. If you are using paint thinners every day, in a closed environment such as a studio they could also be potentially damaging to your health.

We hardly need to explain why it is worth the effort to clean your oil paint brushes, that is completely obvious – they will last longer and perform better. As to how, these are our 3 easiest and best ways.

1 How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – Use Baby Oil

The reason you can’t wash your oil paint brushes with just water is probably obvious to most – water and oil actually repel each other and you are using an oil-based paint! If you haven’t learned this from painting you will have learned it from trying to remove oily stains from cooking pans while doing the dishes! 

That’s why using another oil to clean your brushes is the way to go – either Linseed Oil or Baby Oil do the job perfectly. Baby oil is the easier one to get hold of as you can get it in most supermarkets, and it’s fairly inexpensive. Unlike, paint thinners it is also good for your skin and even contains vitamins – as every mum knows!

It’s very straightforward to clean your brushes with baby oil, you simply coat your brushes evenly in the oil, working it into the hairs of your brush with your hands and pulling away the paint with your fingers or a cloth. Try and make sure you get the oil into every bristle of your brush. Perform this process slowly and carefully so you don’t pull out the hairs of your brush, working from the base to the tip of your bristles.

You may need to repeat the process again, adding a little more oil.

2 How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – Use Linseed Oil

Another great option to clean your brushes without paint thinner is linseed oil. This is a healthy oil which is found in a number of different food sources, and even has medical applications. It’s an excellent alternative to paint thinner, although a little more expensive than baby oil. 

This oil is also known as flaxseed oil, and due to the fact that it is so healthy it has become much more widely available, especially in health stores. 

Refer to the previous section to guide you in how to use it to clean your paint brushes, as you need to use it in the same way you might use baby oil. Use your finger or a nice soft cloth to rub off the paint from the base to the tip of the bristle after coating your brushes in Linseed Oil.

Linseed Oil has actually become an easy every day ingredient in the last few years, mostly because of its health applications.

As before repeat the process in order to add more oil, and remove more oil paint.

3 How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes without Paint Thinner – Use Ordinary Soap

It will probably come as a surprise to many painters but dish soap is surprisingly good for removing oil-based paint from brushes. If you have ever seen the Fairy Liquid Ads you will have noticed how quickly and easily oil and grease are repelled by the application of ordinary soap/Fairy Liquid. The application of simple dish soap can actually preserve your lovely brushes wonderfully, helping to keep your valuable brushes in fantastic condition. 

The easiest way to clean your paint brushes with dish soap is to put some washing up liquid in a cup or container you aren’t too precious about. Anything up to about 1/2 inch or a little less is fine. 

Take your paintbrushes and swirl them around in the washing up liquid, taking care to make sure all your bristles are nicely coated in the washing up liquid. Once you have done this a few times you can rinse your brushes with water. 

If you find there is still extra paint left on your bristles just repeat the process again and rinse clean. If you are thorough enough the first time, you may not need to repeat the process again. 

If you are still having trouble getting the paint off then add more washing up liquid and a little water, and scrub the brushes thoroughly (but gently!) with a cloth or your fingers.

Obviously the cheapest of the 3 methods is to use the product which you have already and use regularly, however it is really up to you. All 3 methods are relatively easy and inexpensive. They will save you money in the long run because your brushes will last you much longer, and we all know how attached to their brushes artists are!

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