I'm taking Emily Falconbridge's BPS Got Paint class and I'm really liking it. I've never really painted before, except to paint chipboard, and I'm really liking it. I even went out and bought a nice assortment of brushes. Here's a photo of 4 of my favorite techniques.
Blue is color wash, pink is acrylic glaze, white is gesso with circles, and orange is etched. I really getting out of my box and loving it.