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How to make a painting in three (or more) easy steps.

1. Draw some circles. Place them kind of randomly, but kind of in a linear fashion. Whatever.

2. Squeeze three colours onto your plastic lid. Any colours will do. One should be white. And one should be yellow. The other two should mix well together. But other than that, you choose!

3. Paint your yellow stripe first, kind of randomly. Anywhere is good. It should also be strategically placed to catch the eye at about 1/4 of the way from edge.

4. Mix a bit of one of the colours into the yellow, and paint that stripe next to the yellow one. It’s OK to overlap a bit, since you are using acrylic paint. Oh, I didn’t tell you? You’re using acrylic paint. [Side note: Not any acrylic paint will do. Cheap student versions do not have good enough opacity/coverage. Pay the extra bucks for the quality paints!] This makes it faster when you are painting the stripes, so you don’t have to be super careful at both edges. Just one. And not THAT careful.

5. Without cleaning your brush, mix a bit more of that next colour into the yellow (the one you mixed in step 4), and paint your next stripe.

6. Keep going in this way, changing what you add, in sequence, so that you get a nice gradation of colour. Good!

7. Once your stripes are all done, and have dried for at least a day, take your favourite, waterproof black pen with the chisel tip and make some lines! They can be thick, then thin, just make ’em look good!

8. Oh yeah, don’t forget to paint the circles white.

9. Sit your painting upright, upside down, sideways, etc, and figure out which way looks most appealing. Add some doodles or writing into the circles and voila! You have finished your painting in three-ish easy steps!

If you don’t feel like making your own, then you can purchase this inspirational OOAK (one of a kind) original acrylic painting here!