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Painting Tips from Kyla Nichole!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:29 PM
  • Mood: Passionate
  • Listening to: How Low- Jose Gonzalez

Keep the brush light, don't push it into the canvas. That's the easiest way to get a smooth stroke, and it comes with practice. Also water is very helpful for blending, but be careful not to overload or your painting may appear washed out or "thin".
For shadowing/ blending colours, when you want to achieve a brighter more saturated effect, don't use BLACK to blend down in hue, instead use another colour such as a dark red, or a purple, or dark blue.. depending on what you're painting of course! :)

Also, develop your own method of layering/ steps to a finished painting. What I usually do is sketch on a pad of paper my ideas, and design from there before going to the canvas. Then I use pencil to lightly begin my design on the canvas. If you are doing a detailed background, start there. Begin by figuring out where your horizon line is if you are doing a landscape. Is there a sky? Do that first! Add other elements on top, this creates a clean separation between sky and earth. And always paint back to front. It is very annoying to paint AROUND an image that you began with.  I'm sure  all artists understand.

You can always use ink or felt pens to define your painting later to make it more crisp, if you don't want to use a very small brush or don't have one. Depending on your style, this brings more focus to the painting. I personally can't resist giving my paintings a final outline! And lastly, consider painting the edges of your canvas a single colour, like a black. This will frame your painting nicely.

Best of luck, fellow artists!
-Kyla Nichole


Kyla Nichole
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
I have tried different techniques throughout my life, but I especially fell in love with bright acrylic paints. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different moods, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art. Thus, I enjoy creating inspired and beautiful paintings from the bottom of my soul. Each of my artworks reflects my feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from my soul. True art is alive and inspired by humanity. I believe that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression.

I was born in Victoria, B.C. of Canada in 1992. Since a very young age I was immersed in making artwork. My preferred craft today has narrowed to drawing and painting although my interest and artistic influences have greatly broadened over the years. I have many loves in my life but creating art will always enrich my soul like nothing else can. I am very passionate about my work!

I have many pleased commissioners from around the world including Canada, The United States, and Australia. Please browse my gallery if you search for inner inspiration!

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Karls-reality 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is beautiful! 
BrettAZimmerman Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

Amazing gallery, Kyla!  And how interesting that you are, like me, a Canadian--but unlike me, you've moved to Australia!  I'd love to see the Southern stars down there!  Cheers from Toronto.  Hug 

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MKAphotography Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch! It means a lot to me :hug:
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CosmicKat Jan 14, 2014  Professional Artist
happy birthday, dear!
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diana-0421 Jan 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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depyy May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
i would be glad to if you could join my group :iconamazingmurals:
thanks :heart:
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Willyknyf Apr 17, 2013
Wonderful gallery !
Thank you very much for the :+fav::hug::)
Thank you very much for the fav! :love:
Hi :iconcocowaveplz:

I'm Elsa, the founder of #TheFavouriteShowcase.
I'm here to invite you to take a little time to visit the group, since you are a member and I haven't seen you around much :) I'd like to see more of you!
Also, we have a Poll Folder open to all members with the possibility to win a 3 months sub. Check it here [link]
May this year bring you much exposure to your work, if we can help doing that we'd be very happy ;)

:iconthefavouriteshowcase: We love to :+fav: your work!
Have a wonderful birthday!! :la: :w00t: :heart:
Happy birthday! I hope it's a great one :D :dance: :hug:
Have a happy birthday ^_^
diana-0421 Jan 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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