Red Fox Easy Daily Painting  Step by step Acrylic Tutorials Day 21 #AcrylicApril2020
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Learn how to paint a Daily Art #  of 30. Easy and explained for the Beginner of Acrylic painting. Join me for these Daily  step by step painting lessons. Each day from April 1 to April 30th a new painting will be released. This is part of The Acrylic April Daily painting Challenge. Paint just 1 or Try for all 30. 

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Below are a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS. 

This list is a suggestion and is by no means an obstacle to participating in the program. As always get the materials that you can and other than that use what you have. 

PLEASE note there are many other places to buy these materials and I support you shopping and finding your best deal.  

My Paint is Sennelier Acrylique  Heavy Body paint .

You may and should use what you have

***Cadmium Yellow Medium 

***Cadmium Red medium  

***Phthalo  Green Blue shade 

***Phthalo Blue Green shade 

***Dioxazine Purple

 ***Ultramarine blue 

***Quinacridone Magenta (fuschia) 

***Titanium white

***Mars black: PBk 11

*Naples Yellow light  ( can be called Titanate Yellow)

Burnt Sienna 


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AS-4112 5 Piece “Painting and Palette Knife” Set  

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*** 8x8 Gallery Wrap -  

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Economy Space saving Surfaces 8x8 -  

Dritz 3095 Chalk Cartridge Set :

T Square Ruler -  

Acrylic April is a 30-day painting program. If you would like to participate or learn more about Acrylic April visit our Q&A page HERE 


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 On your 8 by 8 canvas you will make a mark using your chalk tool and a t square ruler at every inch point using the guide draw lines horizontally and vertically this way. The t-square will help ensure that your lines are straight.

  1.  after your greatest place on the canvas the top row of squares 1 through 8 from left to right
  2.  the number the left row of squares number 1 through 8 from top to bottom
  3.  find the first row that the contour line of your image enters and exits. duplicate only what you see in that one single Square.
  4.  continue through the entire image Square by square transferring the contour lines of the subject with chalk on your canvas. 
  5.  when you have duplicated the subject from your reference to your canvas you will be done

How to Trace Watch this video 

Background - burnt sienna and black 


Step by Step 

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C   alligraphy Style Arabesque Stroke   .  I just want to touch base on this technique.  Our lines are S curves and arabesques-like brush strokes . The pressure of your  brush releases on the stroke feather in the end in creating delicate moments. Like the  distinctive ‘thick-and-thin’ look of the brush strokes. The width of the brush creates your thick lines and the edge of the brush your thin strokes.   Beginning Strokes on an angle and letting the brush create flowing thick and thin lines through curves creates this fun but challenging effect. This is best done with a bright or angle brush.  Use light pressure and keep the toe of your brush gently  touching the canvas (tip) try not to lean heavily on your hand, wrist, forearm or elbow   . Practice this before you begin Step 2, as the control over how hard you're pressing into the brush and the balance of how dry the paint is, is also key to the success of the fire effect.

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Dry Brushing- This technique utilizes less water in the brush and a lighter pressure through the stroke. The goal being to allow some of the surface to show through and the texture of the bristles to be evident. It is an excellent way to create texture or transition in artwork. It's especially important in acrylic because of the way our medium dries.  Unlike other artists mediums that can be reactivated and moved once acrylic is dry it's pretty much stuck there. Dry brushing is a great way to continue transitions once paint is dry. It's actually one of my very favorite parts of acrylic painting.  Dry brushing is an essential technique to master.

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NEVER painted before?  Watch this video first! How to start painting with Acrylics What YOU need to know to begin


Need to Resize the Tracable ? 

Resources Rasterbator - to resize trace-abale  

Need a different Grid?  

Art Tutor -Gridding tool  


What is Acrylic April ?

What Are the word Prompts? 

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How many paintings are there ?

03/07/22 05:02:49AM @cookie126:
Good like this , added flowers to mine
11/23/21 06:08:12PM @snowkat:
I loved this little fox. Thank you Cinnamon.
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05/12/21 10:44:44PM @olgadedovskaya3570:
Thank you so much Cinnamon, I like this little fox, amazing tutorial!
03/05/21 11:26:27PM @nicole-c:
I'm working on all the 2020 Acrylic April paintings. I really love this little guy - his eyes are so expressive! Cinnamon makes this super easy and fun to paint!
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06/21/20 04:20:43PM @impressionsoftexas:
The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon, does the absolute best job of teaching !!! I love her tutorials and the complete information found on this website. By far the best I have found for people like me. Thank you for what you are doing!! You keep me painting!!