ACRYLICS V WATERCOLOUR

ACRYLICS V WATERCOLOUR

I’m often asked whether I prefer acrylics to watercolour and I honestly have to say I love them both!
 
ACRYLICS are great to get stuck into a painting on canvas and hang it straight on the wall. I usually work from darks to lights and can easily alter the painting as I go – just as long as the layer is dry! Acrylic is my first choice for original works to sell.
WATERCOLOURS are SO PORTABLE! I love taking them with me to add colour in my sketchbooks. I love how quickly I can use a brush to capture shapes in watercolour to then draw over in pencil to record a memory. I love that I don’t have to wear ‘painting clothes’ for watercolour! It took me years to embrace using plenty of water though… but now that I’m less worried about the end result, I’m more often delighted with the organic things that watercolour can do.
 
And you know what? Doing a study in watercolour for an acrylic painting is a quick way to test an idea before committing to a canvas.

Yesterday I painted this month’s acrylic Paint Along, ‘Caravan Dreaming‘ in watercolour for my Shiny Happy Art Club members. ***Often it’s the inspiration that’s the block when you want to learn to paint***, so we use one image to inspire another. It’s no longer acrylic OR watercolour, it is, in the MOST FRIENDLY way, AND.
 
So don’t limit yourself. If you want to paint, try both. Stay open to the seasons of your art life that you may prefer one or the other, but never close the door completely. There’s too much art joy to be had!
 
Hope you can paint a little (or a lot) this weekend. And if you need inspo, head over to my website, www.shinyhappyart.com. That’s what I’m here for!
 
See you in my virtual studio.
 
Anna
Paint Irises with me!

Paint Irises with me!

I absolutely LOVE spring.

Here in Toowoomba we have a big ‘Carnival of Flowers’ every September, and I just love the carnival feeling in the air.

And I like to do something special each Spring.

This year I’ve filmed my ‘Irises’ Paint Along and so it’s now available for you to paint along with at home. 

Here are the good things to note:

  • You’ll only need 5 paint colours and a few brushes
  • You’ve got ‘forever access’ to all 9 videos and photo instructions
  • I have a 25% off intro special running from now until 7 September 🙂

So watch the video below then click through here and use the code SPRING25 to claim your discount in time.

Paint Irises at Home

The usual price is $44 AUD – so you’ll save $11 AUD with the code SPRING25. Converting that for the Americans – you’ll end up paying just under $24 USD by my calculations 🙂 Bargain, baby!

All the info is here, and you’ll have instant access.

So whether it’s Spring where you live, or you’re heading into Autumn/Fall, grab this lovely Iris Paint Along during this Intro Week!

See you in the Virtual Studio!

Anna

 

 

Art videos coming soon

Art videos coming soon

I spent today in the studio filming!

Paint Alongs, introductions, Dragonfly instructions and flower painting ideas fill my head.

Can’t wait to have Shiny Happy Art captured on film to share beyond lovely Toowoomba!

If you are interested in online Paint Alongs, please email me and you’ll be the first to know when we’re ready to launch!