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Acrylic April 2023 Newsletter

By TheArtSherpa, 2023-03-25
Acrylic April 2023 Newsletter


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Welcome to the Acrylic April 2023 All About ABSTRACT playlist, where you'll embark on a month-long artistic journey exploring the fascinating world of abstract art! Each day, this comprehensive playlist offers new tutorials, inspiring word prompts, and insightful tips to guide you through the creation of 30 unique abstract paintings. No matter your experience level, these captivating lessons will help you develop your skills, unlock your creativity, and express yourself through the versatile medium of acrylics.

SCHOOL : Link to School

( The material list is at the end of Newsletter)

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This year's theme, Abstract Art, offers endless possibilities to experiment with colors, shapes, textures, and techniques. As you progress through the 30-day challenge, you'll discover the freedom and excitement of creating abstract paintings that reflect your unique artistic voice. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just beginning your journey, this challenge will provide invaluable experiences and opportunities for growth.

Throughout the month, the daily tutorials will cover various aspects of abstract art, including:

  1. Understanding the foundations of abstract art and its history
  2. Mastering color theory and creating harmonious color palettes
  3. Experimenting with different brushwork and mark-making techniques
  4. Incorporating mixed media elements for added depth and interest
  5. Learning how to create dynamic compositions and balance visual elements
  6. Developing your personal style and artistic voice in abstract painting
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In addition to the tutorials, you'll find inspiring word prompts to spark your creativity each day. These prompts encourage you to think outside the box and explore new ideas and concepts within your abstract paintings. Feel free to interpret the prompts in your own way, using them as a starting point for your artistic expression.

As you progress through Acrylic April 2023, be sure to share your creations with the online community using the hashtags #AcrylicApril, #AcrylicApril2023, and #ItsNoJokeAcrylicApril. By connecting with fellow artists participating in the challenge, you'll find support, encouragement, and inspiration to keep pushing forward in your artistic journey.

Remember, the primary goal of this challenge is to have fun and grow as an artist. Don't be hard on yourself if you miss a day or create a piece that doesn't meet your expectations. The key is to learn from each experience and continue to develop your skills and confidence as an artist.

So, grab your paintbrushes, set up your workspace (even if it's your kitchen table), and get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating world of abstract art. With each day of Acrylic April 2023, you'll gain new insights, hone your techniques, and create a collection of beautiful, powerful, and unique abstract paintings that reflect your artistic growth. Join us in this incredible artistic adventure, and let's make April 2023 a month to remember!

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The Art Sherpa Store IS OPEN


We are thrilled to announce the opening of The Art Sherpa Store! Our new store offers hundreds of art supplies at fantastic prices, including most of your favorite Art Sherpa products. (new products added weekly) As we are currently updating our website to fix technological issues and improve the user experience, please feel free to reach out to us at if you encounter any difficulties. Our team is working around the clock to make the shopping experience as smooth as possible for you.

The Art Sherpa Store Highlights :

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  • High-quality brands like Sennelier, Golden, Art Alternative, Posca, Stabillo, Mastersons, Raphael, and Princeton.
  • Ships to the United States ( more soon)
  • Free shipping on orders $49.00 and above.
  • Flat rate shipping of $6.50 on all other orders.

Special Offer for Patrons:


As a token of appreciation, we are offering a 10% discount to patrons who have subscribed to either the $25 or $35 a month plan from the new Store portal.

For existing Patrons:

  • All patrons will now have access to their patron videos in a brand new, easy-to-navigate "Patron's Place".
  • To be eligible for  the 10% discount, sign up and purchase a subscription to either the $35 or $25 patron level on the new store page.
  • Please cancel your current/existing subscription. If you need help with the timing, reach out to us at, and we'll assist you in making this transition as smooth as possible.
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Important information for existing account holders:

  • If you have an account profile set up at website, your new temporary password is " abc123 ".
  • You will be prompted to create a new password upon login.

New Customers:


  • If you don't already have an account profile, sign up as a new customer on our website.

We hope you enjoy shopping at The Art Sherpa Store, and we look forward to providing you with the best art supplies and a seamless shopping experience. If you have any questions, need assistance, or encounter any issues while browsing our website, please don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly support team at

Happy creating!

The Art Sherpa Team

I often get asked if my classes are suitable for beginners. The answer is yes – all my classes cater to beginners, but it's important to recognize that beginners come in various stages. There are beginners who haven't painted in years or have never painted before, those ready for some color mixing and technique challenges, and those eager to tackle more advanced work while still needing guidance. Each of these types falls under the "beginner" umbrella.
When you attend a demo that doesn't provide step-by-step instruction and instead focuses on the artist's process, thought, and design without breaking it down into smaller parts, you're no longer a beginner. For instance, I can watch a time-lapse video of a painting and understand exactly how the artist created it without needing the steps. However, if you still require in-depth, thoroughly explained instruction for every color mix and brushstroke, you're a beginner – and that's perfectly fine! Beginners are AWESOME!! 
The key is to understand what kind of beginner you are. That's why I use the one, two, and three "hoot" scale to indicate a project's complexity. One hoot suits those who haven't painted before or in a long time, while two hoots cater to those ready for more acrylic technique challenges but who may not have a full range of colors, tools, or stamina for lengthy classes.
This particular class is designed for confident beginners and will be broken down into steps, with each step explained in depth. I will demonstrate every part live, and a traceable will be provided. However, expect the class to take me a couple of hours, which could translate to two or three times longer for the student.
To determine if you're ready for a class, consider the following questions: How confident are you with color mixing? Can you effortlessly transition between dry brushing and blending with acrylics? Do you own an array of brushes, canvases, and paints? Are you painting a couple of times a month, maybe even once a week? Can you sit comfortably for extended periods? (Note that some health issues may prevent people from sitting for long periods, even if their skill set is more than adequate.)
If many of these concepts seem overwhelming or you're still struggling with them, you're likely in the one or two hoot stage. If you're mixing colors easily, can perform basic acrylic techniques without difficulty, but still need considerable direction, you're ready for a three hoot paintin g

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Materials for Acrylic April 


During this year's Acrylic April, I used a more diverse range of brushes compared to previous years. Part of the reason for this was due to my travels, which meant I had to work with the brushes I had on hand. As a result, you may notice that I used different brands of brushes that serve similar purposes.

To help you plan and organize your own brush collection, I have created two lists: a complete list and a simplified shopping list. The complete list includes every single tool I used, while the simplified list contains a more streamlined selection of essential brushes and tools.

You don't necessarily need to own every brush I've used, even though each one is of high quality and comes highly recommended. Instead, use the complete list as a guide to help you build a personalized, simplified brush plan, or to help you identify brushes you already own that can serve similar purposes.

By referring to both the complete and simplified lists, you can make informed decisions about which brushes to purchase or use, ensuring that you have the tools you need without feeling overwhelmed by an extensive collection.

Happy painting!

STORE and more :

*** Acrylic Paint Colors ***

Cadmium Yellow Medium  

Lemon Yellow Hansa 

❤️ Cadmium Red medium

❤️ Quinacridone Magenta 

Phthalo Blue Green shade   

Ultramarine blue 

Phthalo  Green Blue shade 

  Dioxazine Purple

  Burnt Sienna   

☁️  Titanium white   

Mars black

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Dritz chalk tool 

T Square Ruler

Golden Glazing Liquid For Blending

Artist Tape

Suggested Short List (Simplified List for Students)

  1. Large Synthetic Bright
  • #30 Ex Firm Bright by Simply Simmons (or any similar brush)
  • Large, Medium, and Small Synthetic Angle
  • 1 Inch, ½, and ¼ Angle by Catalyst (or any similar brush)
  • Large and Small Hog Bristle Round
  • #20 Hog Round D'Artigny by Raphael (or any similar brush)
  • #8 Hog Round D’Artigny by Raphael (or any similar brush)
  • Medium Hog Bright
  • #18 Bright Hog D'Artigny by Raphael (or any similar brush)
  • Medium Synthetic Filbert
  • #4 filbert by Isabey (or any similar brush)
  • Medium Synthetic Round
  • #10 Synthetic Textura Round by Raphael (or any similar brush)
  • Small Synthetic Bright
  • #6 Catalyst by Princeton (or any similar brush)
  • Ex Small Round Liner
  • #1 fine liner (or any similar brush)
  • Trowel Palette Knife
  • by RGM (or any similar knife)
  • Diamond Palette Knife
  • by RGM (or any similar knife)
  • 3MM Posca Pen White
  • Black Posca Pen 3MM

Complete Brush List

  1. Large Synthetic Bright
  • #30 Ex Firm Bright by Simply Simmons
  • Large Synthetic Oval Mop
  • 1” by Princeton
  • Large Synthetic Angle
  • 1 Inch Angle by Catalyst
  • #20 Softcryl Angle by Raphael
  • Medium Synthetic Angle
  • #8 Softcryl angle by Raphael
  • ½ angle by catalyst
  • ¼ angle by catalyst
  • Large Hog Round
  • #20 Hog Round D'Artigny by Raphael
  • Large Hog Bright
  • #20 Hog Bright D”Artigny by Raphael
  • #18 Bright Hog D'Artigny by Raphael
  • Medium Hog Round
  • #8 Hog Round by Raphael
  • Medium Hog Filbert (I used this 1 time)
  • (or “D” brush if you have one)
  • Medium Hog Round
  • #8 Hog Round D’Artigny by Raphael
  • Medium Synthetic Filbert
  • #4 filbert by Isabey
  • Small Synthetic Round
  • #4 Simply Simons Ex Firm Round
  • Medium Synthetic Bright
  • #12 bright textura by Raphael
  • Medium Synthetic Round
  • #10 Synthetic Textura Round by Raphael
  • Small Hog Round
  • #8 Hog Round D’Artigny by Raphael
  • Small Synthetic Bright
  • #6 Catalyst by Princeton
  • Ex Small Round Liner
  • #1 fine liner Select By Prinston 
  • #2 Line Precision by Rapheal 
  • Trowel Palette Knife
  • by RGM
  • Diamond Palette Knife
  • by RGM
  • 3MM Posca Pen White
  • Black Posca Pen 3MM

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Title: Acrylic April 2023: A 30-Day Painting Challenge for Artists Everywhere

Introduction : Get ready for the Acrylic April Painting Challenge, starting April 1st, 2023 - no joke! For 30 days, create powerful little paintings and join artists from all over the world in embracing the beauty of acrylic art. The #AcrylicApril challenge is designed to introduce painters to the benefits of daily acrylic painting, helping artists unlock the true potential of the medium and discover their unique artistic voice.

Participation is open to everyone, so grab your paintbrush, and let's get started!

How to Participate in Acrylic April:

Guidelines :

  1. Create a painting on a surface 12x12 inches or smaller (The Art Sherpa uses 8x8 inches).
  2. Share your artwork online.
  3. Use hashtags #AcrylicApril, #AcrylicApril2023, and #ItsNoJokeAcrylicApril when sharing your work. Don't forget to include the day of the challenge or word prompt.
  4. Repeat daily from April 1st to April 30th.

Challenge Advice :

  • Strive to paint daily, but don't be hard on yourself if you miss a day. Whether you create 30 paintings or fewer, you're still a winner.
  • Paint anything you want, using daily prompts and/or tutorials from The Art Sherpa.

Bonus: Daily Tutorials! That's right! This Art Sherpa painting challenge comes with daily live video lessons to follow along. Use the prompts, follow the lessons, or create your own masterpiece. No matter your approach, you'll succeed and grow as an artist.

Join the Fun: Artists of all experience levels from anywhere in the world are welcome to participate. Paint along and enjoy this creative journey for FREE! Save your money for more art supplies.

Become Part of the Community: Join the Acrylic April group and connect with fellow artists on this exciting journey. Share your experiences, ask questions, and support each other throughout the challenge.

Conclusion: Embrace the Acrylic April Painting Challenge and create something beautiful every day. This 30-day journey will change your art world, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Grab your paintbrush and join us in this fantastic artistic adventure!

Word prompts 

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March 2021
Acrylic April is Coming Issue #5

Table of contents 

  • March Pre-view Classes 1-14
  • Acrylic April Bonus Technique Classes
  • New Mini books !!  
  • Featured Artist Tamara Laporte  
  • Self care tips - as given by Tamara Laporte
  • Word Search
  • Store News
  • Niblette news what is gnew in the gnomedom  

Sherpa Schedule 1st-14th February

Click on any of the photos to find the lesson.

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Live on YouTube  2 March
16 x 20 canvas

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Live on YouTube 4 March 
8x8 canvas

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 Live on YouTube 6 March
16x20 canvas

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 Live on YouTube 9 March
8x8 canvas

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 Live on YouTube 11 March
16x20 canvas

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Live on YouTube 13 March
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Class Times 

YouTube Acrylic lessons Live see above: Every Tuesday 5 pm EST and Saturday 1 pm EST 

We may have Bonus class releases on Thursday at 11 am EST** 

Facebook Watercolor Wednesday see below: Wednesdays 7 pm EST


Watercolor Wednesday

Facebook  3rd March

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Watercolor Wednesday

Facebook 10th March

Don't miss out on your favorite live classes 

Let the notification Gnomes remind you

Text TheArtSherpa to 33222 on your phone for text Notifications 

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January 2021 1-15  The Art of Self Care   Issue 1 

Table of contents 

  • January Pre-view Classes Jan 1 -15 
  • Message from the Art Sherpa 
  • The new acrylic art materials you need to know about for 2021 
  • Exciting art challenge news. What is coming back and what is cancelled 
  • Featured artist Frida Kahlo  
  • Self care tips - Lavender   Bubble Tea   
  • New store items 
  • Cool finds for your studio 
  • Niblet news what is gnew in the gnomedom  

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Mini Book 

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9x12 140 lb Cold press  watercolor paper 

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Mini Book 

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9x12 140 lb Cold press  watercolor paper

Class Times 

YouTube : Every Tuesday 5 pm EST and Saturday 1 pm EST

We may have Bonus class releases on Thursday at 11 am EST** 

Facebook : Wednesday 7 pm EST

Don't miss out on your favorite live classes 

Text TheArtSherpa to 33222 on your phone for text Notifications 

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Happy New Year 

It's finally here! The New Year and the fresh start we have been waiting for. Yet, unlike the wardrobe in Narnia, going from December 31st to January 1st isn't really a magic door that changes everything. The  feeling of starting fresh comes from inside us and the way we hope and feel about the coming year.  Many things are the same today as they were just a few days ago. Many challenges of 2020 are still very much present in 2021. Yet I look to 2021 full of hope and a plans for improvement, both personal and as your Art Guide. 

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The Plan  

I've spent a lot of time thinking about what would make things easier for all of you as you learn to become creative beings.  I've looked back at the lessons I have learned as your teacher from last 6 years. I have been a busy bee planning what to do during the  2021 year so that I could make learning art even more fun, easy and accessible. What steps could I take to make your experience as new artist as rewarding as it possibly can be? To create a goldilocks zone of art learning?

  1. Consistency 
    1. Create a core schedule and stick to it as much as power, health and the internet will allow. 
  2. Set Materials 
    1. Create a set list of studio and art materials so you can participate in classes knowing far in advance what you will need. 
    2. Keep to those materials for all 200+ classes planned for 2021 
  3. Communicate early so you can plan 
    1. To let you know early what classes are coming in advance 
    2. More newsletters with more information 
    3. Events and posts on Facebook 
    4. Fill the calendar early 
  4. Provide more Learning Resources 
    1. Adding mini books supplements your video learning material. 
    2. Structured curriculum class programs 
  5. Add the fun 
    1. Include play and games on both the website and newsletter 
    2. Extra Surprise video classes 
    3. Share creative and self care tips

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Mini Books 

Try one Here  

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Membership on Youtube 

The 2021 Class Materials Lists

  Below are a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS.     

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The Art Sherpa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  

Amazon sometimes Raises prices based on interest. To help you check that you are getting a fair price for your item please enjoy this price checker website

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*** Acrylic Paint Colors ***

***Cadmium Yellow Medium : PY 35




*Naples Yellow light   : py 53 




***Cadmium Red medium   : PR 108 




***Quinacridone Magenta ( fuchsia ) : PR 122




***Phthalo Blue Green shade :PB 15:3 




* **Ultramarine blue: PB 29 - 




* ** Acrylic Paint Colors ***

***Phthalo  Green Blue shade : PG 7 - 




***Dioxazine Purple: PV 23 - 




***Burnt Sienna PB7   - 




***Titanium white: PW 6




***Mars black: PBk 11 





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  • My Paint brands of choice are  Sennelier Acrylique, Golden Artist Color,  or Abstract Acrylic. The links lead to the listed color in all 3 brands. 
  • These products were hand picked by me. First two links are professional grade, and then economy Abstract Acrylic that I personally recommend for student grade.

Naples Yellow Light * Titanite Yellow * Or Naples yellow ??

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This is the only complicated part of the new 2021 list. To make it easier to understand what Naples is the right Naples, I wrote a blog. Naples yellow by any other name would be as yellow green, right? No, sadly Naples can run the gamut of stunning light yellow green to bandage bleh. So I just went and found them all. 

Naples Yellow Blog  



Fluid White Acrylic -  

Zinc White: PW 4  

Peel Paper Palette -  

Dritz 3095 Chalk Cartridge Set :

CretaColor pencil White :  

T Square Ruler -  

Golden Glazing Liquid For Blending -  

T Square Ruler -  

Saral Paper:  

Artist Tape :

Art Sherpa Brush Spa Soap Kits :  

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The Art Sherpa Patrons 

Upcoming classes Jan

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Sherpa News

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  • Acrylic April link Life book link - 18+ Art Sherpa Fledging Artist Challenge  
  • Featured artist : Frida Kahlo

    More Fun facts about Frida and the solution page coming in the next Newsletter. 

    • Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico City
    • She lied about her birthday, not to seem younger, but to share her day with the Mexican Revolution
    • She had polio as a child, was in a catastrophic bus accident, went through 30 surgeries in her life
    •  She started painting in a Body Cast
    • She was married to artist Diego Rivera - he was a lot 
    • She painted more than 200 paintings depicting the physical and emotional pain of her life
    • She is the mother of the selfie and one of the greatest icons of modern art 

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    The Art of Self Care. 

    1. Remember you matter 
    2. When you feel calm you can help others 
    3. Taking time to be creative helps you imagine solutions to problems
    4. If you have to take care of others remember you do that best from a place of rest, mindfulness and self compassion. 
    5. If you need to H.A.L.T.  and take a break to reset, Do So!  


    Hungry : Make sure your body is fed and your blood sugar is balanced. 

    Angry : Feelings are information. If you are angry remove yourself from the situation until you are calm and ready to explain calmly what you are feeling 

    Lonely: Human beings are social animals, when we are lonely we struggle. Reach out and connect with someone who cares about you. 

    Tired: Many of you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders right now and rest might be scarce. If you are very tired take every chance you can to rest. If its a nap then take a nap. If it is going to bed earlier, skip that show and watch it later on the DVR.

    These are simple things that can help you steer to a better feeling tomorrow.  

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    New Items in the Store 

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    Cool Finds on Amazon 

    Great Finds for the Art Studio 

    CREATURE CUPS Cthulhu Ceramic Cup (11 Ounce, Black)

     I think it looks like Kevin the Kraken #CommissionsEarned 

      Zmol Electric Pencil Sharpener ~  I love this Sharpener !! 

    The Kitty Cat - #CommissionsEarned  

      Adorable Micro kitty  Landscape Humidifiers -  

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