1. Introduction

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    Guides & Tips

    The Reeves Guides & Tips section in partnership with Walter Foster publishing will provide you with practical suggestions and advice to help you create your art.  

    Are you a beginner? Then find out how to get started and what you will need to begin your artistic journey. Learn how to draw, paint, mix colour and scraperfoil. 

    Established artist? Get hints and tips to help you achieve different techniques and effects across a whole range of media. Plus, view our selection of step-by-step painting guides for inspiration. 

    We endeavour to inspire artists at each stage of their artistic journey. Let us help you explore your creativity. 

  2. Exploring Media

    Exploring Media- Soft Pastel

    Soft Pastel Guide

    Using pastels allow artists to create paintings that are varied in style, they can be rich and vibrant or soft and subdued. The pastels can be used in different positions to create different strokes and the colours can be layered and blended to create textures. The unique quality of pastels is that they are dry so there is no waiting for colours to dry and the colours do not fade, crack or yellow over time. This guide explains how to mix colours with pastels, how to use pastels to create different strokes and how to choose colours and values for your painting.

  3. Step by Step guides

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    Step by Step guides

    When learning to paint, knowing where to start can be daunting. It often helps to copy images or follow tutorials to get you on the right path. This section contains simple guides which provide step by step instructions on how to create inspiring compositions. You will find something to paint no matter what media you use and the lessons will provide guidance in the form of how to compose your piece, how to blend and layer colours along with palette (colour) suggestions and techniques to try. 

  4. Learn the basics

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    Paint by Numbers Instructions

    Here is the PDF file with instructions for Paint by Numbers 

Acrylics Guide

a new guide

EXPLORING ACRYLICS introduces acrylics, how mediums work and demonstrates effects you can create.

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Soft Pastel Guide

Exploring Media- Soft Pastel

EXPLORING SOFT PASTEL demonstrates techniques to create rich and vibrant paintings.

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Step by step - Sunflowers2

Create this vibrant sunflower using water colour and techniques such as glazing and charging in.

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Step by step - Parrot

Use coloured pencils to create this parrot. Discover how to use a limited palette and blending techniques.

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