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Painting Watercolor Step by Step

Learn how to paint watercolor step by step.

Get started painting watercolor step by step.

What materials do you need? How do you use watercolor? What are the steps and methods of painting watercolor?

Paint a colorful Koi Angelfish while you are learning how to paint watercolor. Follow the easy steps for the beginner and get started painting watercolor.

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How to Care for Roses


Everything you need to know about how to care for roses, watering, fertilizing, pest control, where and how to plant a rose, pruning roses, and rose bush types.

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Phalaenopsis Orchid Care in the home


All about phalaenopsis orchid care, Moth orchids, Phals are the new modern houseplants to grow now-a-days. Our home temperatures and light make them easy to grow.

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The Many Benefits of Gardening


Why should we start a garden? There are many wonderful benefits of gardening. We refresh our mind, get fresh air, sunshine, exercise and enjoy the God gifts of nature.

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New Website Name

ArtbyCarolMay.com will be GreatGodGifts.com the first of 2023

ArtbyCarolMay.com will have a new website name in 2023. The new name is GreatGodGifts.com.

I have have a second website and it's getting to be a hazzle keeping up on two websites. The solution is to combine the two sites into one.

Yes, all the ArtbyCarolMay.com information will be just the same. That won't change at all. Painting is a wonderful gift for all of us to enjoy.

ArtbyCarolMay.com will automatically redirect to GreatGodGifts.com.

We have new things to look forward to! The combined website will include more wonderful God gifts.

Under the Books tab there will be children's books that are in the writing process.

Another big addition will be the Garden Gifts tab. It will include more gifts, like butterflies, hummingbirds, flowers and gardening.

These are all great gifts from God at GreatGodGifts.com.

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Choose Paint Colors for each painting


Learn how to choose paint colors to create beautiful, harmonious paintings. How do professionals choose and create beautiful paintings with only 3 or 4 colors?

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Rule of Thirds makes dynamic compositions


Artists use the rule of thirds to create dynamic compositions. It is the shortcut for easy composition. It creates balanced paintings that attract the viewers.

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Painting a Lion tutorial


A tutorial of painting a lion with oils. Follow three easy steps and create your lion painting. First underpaint the colors, then paint, last detail and finish.

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Prophetic Art Paintings


Paintings of Christian prophetic art will touch your heart, mind, and spirit with peace and joy. The spirit in prophetic paintings will draw you closer to God.

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How to Paint Good Art


The basics of how to paint good art for the beginner. Good art evokes emotion in the viewers. It displays the heart of the artist through their technical skills.

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Principles of Art


Use the principles of art to create successful paintings. Artists create pleasing compositions by using the art elements according to the principles of painting.

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Best Painting Medium


What is the best painting medium for the artist? What mediums are good for beginners while they are learning? What are the popular painting mediums for today?

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Home Art Studio

What every artist need to know: setting up our home art studio. What to include in our own private art painting space, so the creative juices are free to flow.

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How to Paint a Landscape


How to paint a landscape step by step from start to finish. Use aerial perspective, values, colors, texture and detail to oil paint an appealing mountain lake.

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Easy Composition in Art


Use good composition in art to draw in the viewers. Use the rule of center lines, the rule of thirds and other easy tips that attract viewers to our paintings.

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Glossary of Art Terms for Painting Artists


Do you ever wonder what a painting artist was saying? This art glossary of art terms explains what they said about techniques, color, painting, supplies and more.

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Painting Daylilies with Watercolor


Start painting daylilies with a step-by-step watercolor tutorial by artist Carol May. Watercolor is easy to use and the perfect medium for painting pink flowers.

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Learn How to Paint


You can learn how to paint! Millions of people are painting and you can paint too! Let me share five easy things that will jump start your painting journey.

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How to Paint a Waterfall

Learn how to paint a waterfall

Paint a waterfall in a colorful fall landscape.

You can add a lovely waterfall to any of your oil paintings with only three steps.

It’s fun and easy! Get the full instructions.

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How to Mix Colors

Learn how to mix colors for your paintings

Learn how to mix colors. Mix your colors, don’t buy them. You will save money at the paint store. Create color harmony in your paintings by mixing your colors.

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The Secret to Painting

Why do we paint, image of a pelican painter

Why do we paint?

The real secret to painting is we paint to express ourselves, what we see around us.

Painting makes us healthy, helps us relax and relieve stress.

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Get some answers before you Begin Painting

Begin painting with answers to your frequently asked questions.

You want to get started painting, but you have some questions.

Begin Painting with answers to frequently asked questions. Find the answers about selecting paints, colors, supplies, drawing, what to paint plus more questions.

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Different Types of Butterflies

Types of butterflies seen in the United States

Painting butterflies is one of my passions and so is growing flowers. The two go together beautifully.

When I lived in Florida there was such an abundance of butterflies. They like warm weather just like people.

So I started planting more flowers just for the butterflies. My favorite butterfly flower is Lantana. They come in a variety of colors. And some colors will over-winter, even in northern Florida.

Then I started learning how to identify the different types of butterflies. It's fun to learn the butterfly types, so you know what you are painting.

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Painting Daily Will Make You a Better Artist

Paint small and do daily paintings to learn how to paint.

Painting small and painting daily is a great way to learn painting.

What do you need for daily painting?

First, it helps to have a dedicated place for painting. If you can leave your supplies out, you'll be ready for the next day's painting session.

You need to have your supplies in stock, so you don't run out in the middle of a painting. Figure out what size paintings you want and keep them in stock.

Paint things you have around the house or from a file of photos. If you are lucky you can go out and paint on location.

Don't expect every painting to be perfect. The dedication of painting is what counts.

Set yourself some guidelines of when and how long you will paint. Stick to your guidelines and your painting skills will go into warp speed.

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