Hey everyone, my name is Olga Soby, I'm an artist, yoga, weekend-traveler, blogger, and a huge life enthusiast! I'm super passionate about visual and fine arts, and Acrylic Painting and Acrylic Pouring are my absolute my favorites.
I truly believe that there is a creative spark in every single one of us, whether it's a passion for artistry or photography, scientific discoveries, engineering achievements, the development of Internet technology, film directing and much more. And it's very important to grow this little spark and develop yourself in the niche, where your heart belongs.
On this website, I want to help everyone to build a solid foundation of necessary knowledge about acrylic painting and pouring supplies and materials. Here I also share my personal recommendations and tips. Also, I want to help you to set your workspace and choose all the right supplies
Lets Connect! To get in touch, join the Smart Art Materials Facebook Group to communicate with me and fellow artists, ask questions, stay posted, and share your art. I also have an Instagram account, or you can simply leave me a comment here on the website shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . I love feedback in every form!
Now to me and my journey through the art of painting...
I live in Canada, in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I have always been attracted to art as a kid and teenager, but I never took it seriously as I was taught by my parent and society that each and every person supposed to get a "serious profession" and "real job", and painting doesn't qualify under any of these categories...
Nevertheless, at age of 18-19, I start to realize that this is what I really like to do. The first time I took myself into painting "for real" was only at age of 20. I started with simple sketches and first attempts to use paints. And fairly quickly I realized that the process of drawing and painting doesn't only bring me joy, but also allows to express myself and my ideas.
Sometimes ago I've also tried an Acrylic Pouring, and now I'm just so much in love with this technique, it's like the whole new world of Art.
Study, practice, rinse, repeat
When I realized how much I love to paint, I began to take different courses, study the history of art, learned about existing painting techniques, supplies etc... And I highly recommend to all of you to set aside some time to study the basic principles and theories.
I'm covering some of the steps for painting beginners in this post - Acrylic Painting Beginners – 5 Keys to Successful Start.
Nowadays, I don't think it's still mandatory to have a formal education for artists. I'm not saying that you don't need to educate yourself, because you really do, but you just don't need to spend thousands of dollars on that anymore. You have Youtube, you have thousands of websites with loads of free information, you can get some awesome books, or finish courses. You get to choose where do you want to improve your knowledge and skills.
All these art supplies
Throughout the years, I’ve dug deeper into many art themes, and tried and compared A LOT of different paints, brushes, surfaces, and other tools. In the beginning, it was very difficult to figure things out.
Do you know that feeling when you walk into the art store and just get lost in the plenty of items? Everything looks so nice and cool, and you get so excited and literally want to buy EVERYTHING! And you end up buying things you don't even really need. Sounds familiar? You bet! I know how frustrating it is not to know what is right for you, and what materials and tools you need to work in the selected style, or to achieve the desired effect.
While I have been through my own “trial and error” experiments, I formulated my "must have" and "must know" lists. And this is when the idea of this website was born. I realized how amazing it would be to create a one-stop place for all the painting and pouring beginners.
Success - is only 5% of talent and 95% of hard work...
Construction of the house begins with the foundation and creative experience with basic knowledge and lots of practice. So I hope that the Smart Art Materials will help you with this hard work, and your creative potential will become a reality!
If you ever need any feedback or support regarding your experience with acrylic painting or pouring materials, I would be more than happy to connect. Simply email at email@example.com or leave a comment, but the best and the fastest way to connect with me is through the Facebook.
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I wish you all the best on your art journey, be creative, never judge yourself, and have fun! 🙂
Founder of Smart Art Materials