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A list of resources to help you with your art journey. It is still a work in progress and I will be adding to it frequently so check back often for new resources. ๐Ÿ™‚

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These are the monthly free calendars. Just click on one of the four images below to download your calendar.

Reference Photos

Free Printables

squares containing various strengths of graphite pencil
Grades of graphite pencils from 9H to 9B to help you choose the right pencil
picture of two sketching prompt lists outlined in blue, green and purple dashes
20 sketching prompts to give you some drawing ideas.
pink and gold chart showing various art journal ideas
Ideas to help you get started with your art journal.
photorealism checklist with green dots
A checklist to help you get a photorealistic painting.
infographic with light and dark blue squares and pictures of a blank canvas and gesso
Some helpful hints to apply the perfect coat of gesso.
checklist containing various color wheels in pink and green squares
A quick reference guide to color theory for beginning artists.

grid for mixing paint
A blank chart to keep track of color mixes.
chart with squares showing mixes of yellow and blue to make green
How to mix various colors to get greens.
chart with squares of blue, red, white and yellow used to mix purple
What colors to mix to get various purples.
list of stocking stuffers with a red and white Christmas stocking on white paper outlined in red.
A list of stocking stuffers for artists. Great gift ideas!

My Favorite Painting Tools


My favorite paint to use is Liquitex Basics. It is a student grade paint but it is totally light fast and suits my style of painting. I like to paint in layers and this paint is perfect for thin layers and glazes.

boxed set of Liquitex basics paint
Liquitex Basics Paint


I am not overly fussy about my brushes but I do have a favorite brand. The Simply Simmons brand are my favorites. They are just the right stiffness and don’t shed. Very nice to use.

Three sets of artist brushes
Simply Simmons Artist Brushes


My favorite palette to use is the Masterson Sta Wet Palette. It keeps my acrylic paint from drying out and comes with an air tight lid so I can keep the paint wet for days.

sta wet artists palette
Sta Wet Palette


I like to use Liquitex Acrylic Gesso on all of my projects. It has the best consistency and coverage and the price is reasonable.

bottle of acrylic gesso
Liquitex Acrylic Gesso

Artists Web Site

If you are an artist interested in starting your own web site to showcase or sell your art or you want to write about art the first thing you will need is a good hosting provider.

I use Lyrical Host because after much research I found them to be the best hosting out there. Excellent customer service, extremely helpful, and they have all kinds of perks like free stock photos every month. Use the code ART10 to get 10% off your hosting.

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Click for the best hosting.

12 thoughts on “Resources”

  1. Hi Marilyn,
    Thanks for your emails. I love hearing from you. I have not yet downloaded anything, calendars etc., or checked out your facebook group. I donot have facebook. You have so many good ideas and many different article on instructions for just about everything. Thank you for caring and you are and supplying so much information for your viewers.

  2. Love that I have come across you and your site, and art. I find a lot of artist that try to sound like you, except you come across as very genuine! I feel your really interested in your art, our art, our hearts and spirits! Thanks for taking time to write the emails. They mean more than you may know at times. Art is healing! You are appreciated!!

    1. Hi Coral. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. It warms my heart and I am so happy that you find my site and emails helpful. More than anything I want to inspire people to do what makes them happy in life and to find peace, joy and happiness through art. โค๏ธ

  3. I actually pain porcelain dolls. In this project, we are not given the understanding of colour mixing. We use China paint and a worksheet of how the doll will turn out if their choice of colours is used. I am a person who has to know the combination of the colour and what makes it that way. I am happy to have come across your site and very much appreciate your knowledge. It has given me liberty in what I do and peace of mind to create my doll. Thank you so much.

  4. What projector do you recommend? Iโ€™m 67 and think Iโ€™d like to try to paint but I canโ€™t draw.

    1. Hi C Pierce; Congratulations on learning to paint! The best projector to get would be an LED projector. They are available at Amazon but are a bit pricey at around $100. There are other projectors available at art supply stores for various prices but they may not produce satisfactory results for you or may be too big and bulky. For a beginner I think the best way is to start with the transfer method. Use tracing paper to trace your subject from a picture and then transfer it to your canvas. Over time I found this method helped to teach me to draw and now I can draw most things freehand. As with everything, it just takes practice. I know the more you paint the more you will love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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