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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Landscape Painting Tips For Beginners

Landscape Painting Tips For Beginners
By []Ralph Serpe
There is something quite magical about painting outdoors. I feel comfortably secluded with nature having an almost spiritual connection when I paint a landscape. Landscape painting is a passion of mine. I would like to share some tips and techniques that I have become accustomed to using over the years.
My first bit of advice - try not to get overwhelmed by the scene in front of you. I recall when I first began painting landscapes I tried to copy everything exactly as I saw it. I tried to squeeze in every detail, paint every leaf, branch, and blade of grass. You will go crazy approaching a landscape this way. Try and paint your own impression of what you see and not a copy of it. Squint your eyes and see the landscape as a series of shapes, lights and darks, as opposed to seeing every detail. You can accomplish some amazing things that you never thought were inside, if you just relax, and let the painter inside come to the surface.
Painting on location is certainly a beautiful experience, but remember that you have to paint quite fast as the lighting will change quickly. I usually begin my paintings using a larger brush. This prevents me from focusing on the details too much and enables me to establish the major components of the painting. I also take a few shots of the scene with a digital camera. In the event that I am unable to capture the scene in one sitting, I now have a reference photo to complete the painting in my studio.
Try toning your canvas with acrylic paint first before applying your oil paint. I find starting a landscape with toned ground makes it easier to judge values. You can also let some of that underpainting show through in some areas of your painting for an interesting effect.
Creating the illusion of depth or distance in your paintings can be accomplished using different techniques. You can adjust your colors by making them cooler and less intense for the distant objects, warmer and more intense for closer objects. Reduce the size of objects as they recede. You can also take away details and sharp edges to make objects appear more distant.
You should have a focal point, otherwise known as "center of interest" in your painting. All other objects in your painting should not compete with your focal point and should serve to draw the viewer to your center of interest.
Instead of jumping right for the paint, use a pencil and paper instead. Drawing is great practice. When I am drawing, I am more relaxed and intimate with the scene. I am training myself to see the various lights and darks of the scene without the use of color.
Bring only those items that you know you will need and use. When you focus too much of your time on lugging around unwanted materials, it takes away from the enjoyment of what you came there to do, paint!
Painting clouds appears to be one of the bigger challenges for beginners; I know it was for me. What I mentioned in the beginning about trying not to paint every detail applies to clouds as well. Clouds are three-dimensional objects made up of water and ice particles that reflect light so the color of your clouds will vary depending on the weather and lighting conditions. Remember general perspective rules when painting clouds. Clouds closer to you will generally be more detailed. As they recede into the distance they begin to lose detail and get smaller in size. Pay special attention to the edges of the clouds as sharp edges advance while smooth edges recede.
Make your composition as interesting as possible by balancing positive and negative space in your painting. The negative space surrounds the positive space and is equally important. Do not neglect the negative space, but at the same time, do not let it dominate your composition.
I hope this article on landscape painting tips was helpful. Just relax, let go and most importantly enjoy yourself!
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Canvas Painting For Beginners - How To Buy Your First Set Of Oil Paints

Canvas Painting For Beginners - How To Buy Your First Set Of Oil Paints
By []Joseph Then
Art has a timeless appeal.  What can be considered as beautiful creations 10 centuries ago, remain beautiful creations in this day and age.  One of the most popular art methods is canvas painting.  However, as we all know, popular doesn't necessarily mean easy.  The question that many interested canvas painters ask is: how newbie-friendly is canvas painting for beginners?
I can tell you right now that canvas painting for beginners can either be a rough or a smooth process.  Canvas painting for beginners can be very easy if the novice painter is given proper instructions on how to proceed.  On the other hand, canvas painting for beginners can be a very frustrating experience if wrong tips and techniques are communicated to the trainee.
Want to be the next Amanda Dunbar, the young painter who specializes in oil on canvass painting?  Then you have to receive the right kind of training.
One of the more important lessons when it comes to canvas painting for beginners is the selection of the painter's first set of oil paints.
Any veteran canvas painter will tell you that once you're holding the brush, you'll be possessed by a creative force that will, in some way, compel you to crate something beautiful.  However, before you can get to that point, you must ensure that your brush is dipped on proper oil paint.
So, how do you buy your primary materials for oil painting?  Below is a step-by-step guide for this critical aspect of canvas painting for beginners:
1. Determine what kind of oil painting you want to make.  Landscape?  Portrait?  Abstract?  Something which is impressionist in nature?  The kind of oil painting you will pursue will determine your color palette.
2. Having an idea about the color palette you need, you will be able to determine the color of oil paints you must buy.  As a beginner, add the following paint colors which are novice-friendly in texture and tone:
a. lamp black and white
b. cadmium red (medium tone)
c. cadmium yellow (medium tone)
d. burnt umber
e. ultramarine blue
f. cerulean blue
g. alizarin crimson
3. For your first few paintings, select oil paints made of artificial pigment and binder, because they are more malleable and are more forgiving when it comes to errors in application.  Eventually, you will want to select oil paints made of pure pigment and binder because their application will look more professional and because this kind of paint will mix better with other paint colors.
4. Don't forget to buy turpentine which you will use to clean your brush right after using one particular color or combination of colors, and right before dipping it in a new color or a new combination of color.  Believe it or not, canvas painting for beginners often end up as a tragedy because students fail to properly clean their brushes before applying new oil paints.  WARNING: the odor of turpentine may be too string for beginners who aren't used to its smell, so you might want to consider purchasing the odorless variety.
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Beginners Acrylic Painting - What Palette and Brushes to Buy?

Beginners Acrylic Painting - What Palette and Brushes to Buy?
By []Catherine Calder
Starting a new hobby can be a bit daunting, don't you think?  There's everything to buy and no previous knowledge about what to get.  You go into a store and the range is huge.
"I'm just beginning with acrylic paints and I only want to buy a paint brush!"
Well, when you're beginning with acrylic paints there are a few things you need to know before you get as far as the store.
The key thing with acrylic paint is that it dries very quickly which can a blessing when you are ready to tidy away.  Or a curse if you don't know how quickly it dries and it ruins your brush!
When the paint dries it is impossible to remove it from clothing, surfaces and brushes.  So cover yourself with 'painting clothes' and be sure to clean your brushes before the paint dries on them.  Once you have the right equipment this isn't a problem.
Acrylic Paint Palette
Beginners to acrylic painting should either buy or make a reservoir palette.  This is a palette with a damp reservoir with a disposable paper on top of it.  You mix the colors on the paper.  This means that the paint on the paper remains damp and ready to use.
A 'shop-bought' reservoir palette often has a separate section for brushes.  Usually the brushes will be placed on their sides with the tips of the brushes in some water to stop the paint drying on the brush.  There is a cover for the palette that keeps the moisture in and makes sure that the paint doesn't dry out.  It's all laid out in a nice tidy container.
If you feel that you don't want to spend money on something when you're just beginning with acrylic paints there is another choice.  Make your own.  You can make up your own version of this using a flat dish or tray with a low edge.  Place a few layers of blotting paper or a layer of capillary matting (often used in greenhouses to keep the plants damp) in the bottom for the reservoir.
Cover this reservoir with tracing or greaseproof paper.  This paper is used as your palette.  This is where you will place the paints when you're using them and mix them on top of this paper too.
Keep the reservoir moist - not too wet - and the paints will not dry out.  It is important that in between painting sessions you cover your palette to keep the moisture in.  A large plastic bag that is large enough to hold the whole palette is ideal.
The brushes will need their own reservoir too.  This will stop them drying with paint on them.  If the paint dries on the brush it will stick and the brush will be ruined.  Use a long narrow container like an ice cube tray for the brushes.  They rest on their sides in the water.  If you just put the brushes in a jar of water then the tips will eventually get bent out of shape and the brushes will need to be replaced.
When beginning with acrylic paints it is best to buy nylon brushes as nylon brushes can be left soaking in the water.  If you tried that with a sable brush it would be ruined.
OK now you have a reservoir palette and some nylon artist brushes what else do you need to complete your beginner's acrylic paint set?
Well there are only two other things - paints and something to paint on.  We'll need to discuss that in other Beginners Acrylic Painting articles.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Oil Paintings

How to Get the Most Out of Your Oil Paintings
By []Ralph Serpe
Learning how to become a good oil painter is a difficult undertaking. In fact, it is more than likely one of the most difficult painting mediums to master. Things like color mixing & theory, perspective, techniques and materials can really intimidate a beginner artist.
So how do you get the most out of your oil painting and become a more accomplished artist?
You must make it a point to learn the fundamentals of oil painting, practice often and have an enormous amount of patience. You must start with the fundamentals of oil painting first. You cannot expect to produce Rembrandt quality paintings in the beginning. In fact, the first paintings you produce will probably be a lot worse than you may have anticipated. Frustration will more than likely come into the picture (pun intended). They key is to learn from your mistakes and do not let them defeat you.
So what are some of the fundamentals of oil painting? What information should you study and learn first?
Below are some topics of interest that you should definitely study further when you have time:
You will be amazed at how much learning how to draw will help improve your oil paintings. In fact, years ago art students were not even permitted to pick up an oil painting brush until they learned the fundamentals of drawing. My advice would be to find a few good books on drawing fundamentals and start there. Drawing is an art form all by itself and you should not be expected to master drawing as an art form, unless you want to of course.
Here is an excellent book to help you learn drawing fundamentals:
"The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence" by Betty Edwards
You MUST learn about color theory if you plan on producing quality works of art. If you don't understand how colors work, then you might as well hang up your brushes now. There is much to learn about colors like temperature, hue and intensity and how colors interact with one another. This is a very important aspect of oil painting and must not be overlooked.
Here is an excellent book on color theory:
"Exploring Color: How to Use and Control Color in Your Painting" by Nita Leland
Learning about perspective will teach you how to translate a 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional canvas or other support. Learning perspective is a necessary ingredient toward producing convincing oil paintings.
Here is an excellent book on perspective:
"The Art of Perspective: The Ultimate Guide for Artists in Every Medium" by Phil Metzger
Materials to an oil painter are like what a guitar is to a guitarist. A guitarist cannot play without his instrument nor can he play without understanding how his instrument works. Your painting materials are your instruments. They are what enable you to express yourself, so learning more about them is pretty good idea. Get to know the different kinds of brushes and what they do. Know your paints. Not all colors behave the same. Some are more transparent or opaque than others. Know your supports and the difference between them. The list goes on.
Here is an excellent book for learning more about oil painting materials:
"The Oil Painting Book: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist" by Bill Creevy
There are a myriad of oil painting techniques that you can utilize to create your paintings. So much so, that it is beyond the scope of this article. Techniques like wet on wet, glazing, alla prima, knife painting, etc. should all be explored. Working with various techniques will help you develop your own unique style.
Here is a great book on oil painting techniques:
"The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Directory of All the Key Oil-Painting Techniques, Plus an Inspirational Gallery Showing How They Can Be Put into Practice" by Jeremy Galton
Masters like Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn , Johannes Vermeer and many more, were all able to successfully translate our 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface in such a way that it grabs the viewers attention and keeps it there. Their paintings engage the viewer and bring them back time and time again to look some more. Why? What is it that these paintings have that make them so popular? Well, one way to find out is to study them. If at all possible, make it a point to visit a museum as often as possible and study the works of the masters. Find paintings that grab your attention and draw you in. Then, when you have time, try to find books and other resources on those artists so that you can learn more about them and their techniques. When you are ready, pick a painting that you are quite fond of and try to reproduce it.
Here is a great book on learning from the masters:
"How to Paint Like the Old Masters " by Joseph Sheppard
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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Artist Paints - Know About 3 Leading Paints

Artist Paints - Know About 3 Leading Paints
By []Murtaza Habib
Various kinds of paints used by professional artists for painting purpose is called artist paints. There are many varieties in paints like watercolor, oil paint, acrylic paint, pastels and many more. It depends on an individual artist that with which paint he is very comfortable to do work. Let's get down to know more details about few popular paints among the big artists.
1. Oil Paint
Keep this thing in your mind that all paints are made of two things only. One is binder and other one is pigment. Binder helps paint to provide its consistency and pigment works for giving its color to paints. Generally, pigments are common in every kind of paint but the binder gets changed in different paints.
Let me tell you one thing, oil paints are very oldest artist paint among all paints that are available in the market. You will find poppy oil, linseed oil or safflower as a binder in oil paints. These are very special oil, and they will give rich consistency and extraordinary shining to the paints. Oil paints take longer time to get dried up and this is the most important feature of oil paint.
2. Watercolor Paint.
Watercolor paint is the second most popular paint among the artists. Gum Arabic, glycerin or honey is mostly used as a binder in watercolor paint. They become fluid as you add water in these binders. They will remain transparent, even after they get dried up once.
3. Acrylic Paint.
This paint has got mind blowing popularity in recent years among the leading artist in the world. The acrylic polymer acts as a binder in this kind of paint. Acrylic paints dry up as quick as you use it, and it also becomes water resistant after it dries up. These paints have amazing versatility, and they are very easy to use.
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East Indian Paintings - Hot Artistic Region

East Indian Paintings - Hot Artistic Region
By []Murtaza Habib
East India has its name and fame as a hot artistic region for various art evolutions from...
1. The old age Patta paintings to...
2. The modern art achievements of Jamini Roy.
East India can be called as a fortunate region that has seen major developments of a wide array of artistic cultures.
It is said that East India breathes and eats art in various forms.
Patta Chitra is one of the famous art forms which was evolved and worked around in Orissa.
This art basically evolved the culture of presenting the communication that was present on the palm leaves.
In olden days where there were no paper, communication and messages used to be written on palm leaves and send to the near and dear ones.
Slowly, the text on the leaves began to be converted into unique creative illustrations which caught up as an art form that evolved in East India.
Have you heard about the Mythological themes? They, mainly depict the scenes from the major Hindu epics such as Ramayan and Mahabharat.
The Gods and Godesses like Ganesha, Krishna, Saraswati and Radha too get their image and credibility in these unique artistic forms.
Patta paintings had evolved in West Bengal. They are extremely unique wherein paper sheets are sewn and then painted.
They paint upon all the mythological and cultural art forms on these scrolls and also change their topics based on the needs and wants of their customers.
Nowadays, in recent times they have focused their attention to paint various historical events, ecological and geographic issues such as earthquakes and floods and also present various social problems.
In olden days these paintings were done on cloth but as said now they have started using handmade papers to execute their work.
The scrolls on which they paint are in most cases unmounted.
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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Cartoon Drawing - The Kids' Experience

Cartoon Drawing - The Kids' Experience
By []Murtaza Habib
Cartoons have always been the first love of kids. They watch cartoons on television more than adults watch the news. Animated characters attract their attention coupled with the child friendly story-line and sound effects.
In this stage of their lives, cartoons are their lifestyle. They play with their toy cartoon characters, their school supplies have their favorite cartoon hero, and they even have a costume of their favorite superhero.
In early school days, drawing is first lesson that is introduced to kids almost the same time with writing letters. It is not surprising that some kids love to draw their favorite cartoon characters for their drawing assignments, and even sometimes to the point of not paying attention in class.
Kids love cartoons and it is a common phenomenon that they will likely to start drawing their favorite cartoon heroes at this stage.
Some kids will develop their artistic talents through this habit while other kids will eventually stop drawing cartoons and just content themselves with watching them on television.
At this point, those who have developed and maintained their love for cartoon drawing must be given more attention to help them improve this talent that would most likely be considered as a career. Professional cartoon artists today started drawing at a very early age, even when the television was not yet popular.
The great cartoonist Walt Disney started drawing the world famous Mickey Mouse on the garage of the house where he lives while fascinated by the creatures running around. Parents should encourage their children who they have seen to have these unique talents rather than to be a reason to scold them for not getting serious with their studies.
Here are some ways you can help your kids improve their cartoon drawing:
• Always appreciate their work. Appreciation is a form of reward and generally increases the behavior reinforced. They will feel special in this way, and they will know that you are also happy with what they are doing.
• Support your child's talent. Instead of getting mad at him drawing in his notebook and everywhere else, but him a drawing book for his sketches. In this way, he/she will not anymore draw in his notebooks and books but in the drawing book given by you.
• Enroll your child on a summer art class. Enrollment on a summer art program work in many ways. First, he gets to improve his skill in cartoon drawing, and he gets to spend his vacation productively. Further, you can do other things knowing that he is doing something safe and enjoying it.
You must remember that most people started drawing something before learning to write the first words. Drawing is a unique talent and any kid who is seen to possess it in an early age needs full support and understanding. With all the support and guidance they can get, they might end up being the next Walt Disney or even Michael Angelo, and you will be thanking yourself for that.
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Cartoon Drawing - How to Profit From It

Cartoon Drawing - How to Profit From It
By []Murtaza Habib
Everyone loves cartoon. Kids love cartoon as a part of their daily lifestyle. They watch it on TV, they buy stuffs with their favorite cartoon character, and they even wear it and take it to bed with them. Adults love cartoons as well.
Some grown up still love their favorite superhero and the more serious types even love to read comics. Others may not admit, but may find newspaper ads with animations more appealing than grey formal advertisements.
Cartoon is part of our daily lives, and somehow it had lived with the comfort and excitement it has given us. The most frustrating news and the most serious news are also enlightened by editorial cartoons. Just by setting our eyes on an editorial cartoon, we appreciate easily a very complex political or social issue.
Cartoon artists started their drawing careers at a very early age. Some started drawing their first characters before they have even written their names or their first words. Drawing is a rare talent, and it is given to those chosen few but sometimes even taken for granted or even left undeveloped. This talent is normally lost during puberty when we are more interested in new things like video games and other fads.
Some have lost their talent of cartoon drawing because they just lost interest on it or maybe because they are not appreciated or compensated for it. Just like any other talent or skill, it can only be maintained and improved if you have enough motivations.
Although intrinsic motives are the strongest, here are some ways you can profit from cartoon drawing:
• School Projects. You can earn from drawing school projects which require cartoons as illustrations for the texts. Students likely want their projects to be better than their classmates; which means that you can explore a variety of cartoon characters you can make and more clients too.
• Book Illustrator. If you want to take this talent seriously, you must understand that the business of book publishing at times largely depends on illustrations. There are books like childrens book and fiction novels which need illustrations to reach and fill the curiosity of the reader.
• Editorial Cartooning. This would require you to make caricatures of prominent personalities who are currently in the news, and you get the chance express your views about the issue through the cartoon. Newspapers and periodicals usually hire cartoonist on a permanent basis but some entertain paid contributions. There is also a part of the paper which you can make your cartoon story, the comics strip.
• Animation. Drawing cartoon characters for animated TV shows will make your talent not just famous, but even legendary.  Young and old enjoys watching cartoon characters in different types of animated shows. Drawing for animated shows requires a more advanced skill in cartoon drawing which can also be acquired through formal study.
There are many ways you can benefit from cartoon drawing. What is important is that you enjoy making different cartoon characters, and you make other people happy by them. Simple cards with your work will surely be treasured by your family, friends and even strangers. It is not how much you earn that you actually profit, but is how much you use what you have and how much you share them.
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Acrylic Paints - Best in the Painting Industry

Acrylic Paints - Best in the Painting Industry
By []Murtaza Habib
The main characteristic of acrylic paint is, it dries very fast. It contains many types of pigments dissolved in an acrylic polymer emulsion. Once they get dried-up they become water resistant, otherwise they can easily mix up with water.
In many ways they are very similar to other oil paints, but they are very easy to use and much cheaper compared to oil paints. If you just start your painting career, it is very advisable to use them. It doesn't require skills that are required to use watercolor or the patience needed for oil paints. Trust me, it is very flexible to use in many ways.
Because of all these qualities, many artists prefer them to make their paintings.
Let's get down to know their more basic features...
In the 1950s they were available for commercial use. Initially, they are mineral spirit based paints, but as time goes through water based acrylic paints came into a picture.
They are completely opaque, when they are in an undiluted state.
You can apply any color with other one very easily.
You can consider this one as advantage or disadvantage that they dry up very quickly. Artist must be very fast with his or her design and ideas while using them. However, in present time additives are used in them to slow down its drying process.
If any artist wants to use this type of paint for exterior use, he has to buy a special paint made for exterior use only.
It is preferable to use them on a base layer.
Make sure that one who uses them has to wash brush immediately right after once a task gets completed, otherwise it will get wasted.
Generally, they produce a very uniform color.
Therefore, in future whenever you think to use them, keep above tips in your mind for sure.
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Canvas Painting - The Stretched Canvas

Canvas Painting - The Stretched Canvas
By []Murtaza Habib
Over the years, artists painted on walls, ceramics, pots, etc. Canvas paintings survive their creators for years and centuries.
Some are on display in the world's most prestigious museums and art galleries. A canvas is a heavy and coarse fabric, which can be used for a lot of things like most commonly oil painting, but it can also be used for sails on boats and tents.
Its most common form that artists work on is the stretched canvas. It is stretched over a stretcher bar.
It is a wooden frame to which it is stapled on. Many shops sell it, it is ready to go, easy to use and the most comfortable to work on.
Yet, stretched canvases can be expensive; partly, because of the materials used and the labor done in the stretching. Apparently, smaller ones are cheaper than larger ones.
Take note that working on different sizes will pose unique challenges. For making paintings in it, it does not mean that you will finish the painting quicker. In fact, you need a sharper eye and a steady hand. Larger paintings will also take time, but it allows you to fill up a room with a striking painting.
If you want to stretch your own canvas, get a rolled one or a one that is not yet stretched. Some artists order rolled one because it is less expensive than stretched ones. Besides, they can stretch them easily.
Aside from that, rolled ones allows artists to decide on the size that's most appropriate for their paintings instead of the generic sizes sold in stores.
To stretch your own, you will need a stretcher bar. Some of these are sold in shops. However, you can always make one yourself. Stretchers can be bought by pairs, or you can also make them, yourself.
Make sure that the distances between the frames are equal. Cut them large enough to fold around the stretchers edge. Staple them on the stretcher bar from one side.
Pull them and staple on the opposite direction. On the corners, pull it tightly and fold the wings and staple. Once it is stretched, prime it with acrylic gesso.
If that sounds a bit complicated, you always have an option to go to art shops and ask them to stretch it that will fit your specifications or buy ready-made stretched one.
These ready made stretched canvases might not be stretched as tight as you want them to be.
Nevertheless, if you do it, yourself or buy one, it is imperative to have a stretched one to work on. A properly stretched one will be easy to work on.
Once the painting is completed, un-stretch it, roll up the painting, and you will be ready to go and save space in your studio.
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Are You Still Confused in Choosing Canvas Painting, Oil, Acrylic, and Even Watercolors?

Are You Still Confused in Choosing Canvas Painting, Oil, Acrylic, and Even Watercolors?
By []Murtaza Habib
There is a great picture waiting to get outside from each of us. The problem is that people get stuck with what they want to express within themselves.
Having the urge to paint or draw a picture is not the same as having a vision in mind. It can be a big waste of time, effort and materials if you do it without an idea in mind.
Another problem is what materials to use?
You have so many mediums to select from. You can choose to use a pencil, ink, charcoal, or you can do a canvas painting.
Drawing with a pencil or a ball pen is one of the easiest things to do. However, it fails to create much impact on the viewers, it could even look boring, therefore try your hand at canvas painting.
Basically, oil paint and acrylic paint are the best for canvas. There are advantages and disadvantages for each type of paints. Centuries ago, artists did their masterpieces in canvas.
For beginners though, canvas painting can be daunting. There are so many materials to use like brushes, paints, canvas, etc. Oil on canvas has been a very popular choice for many artists over the years. They are best for extended projects because the oils don't dry fast.
Artists paint by layers because applying a thick coat of paint will eventually crack when it dries. Artists can put off painting for the next day, and they just rejuvenate oil, artists use mineral spirits and turpentine.
Also, it is easier to correct mistakes because of the time it takes to dry up. Brushes used for oil painting have a shorter life span because these brushes need to be thoroughly cleaned and in the process they lose their shape.
Canvas painting using acrylic paint is different from using oil paint because acrylic paint dries fast. Paintings are finished as quickly as they are thought of. If you are in a rush or are impatient, use acrylics because painting by layers will only take you hours.
To avoid smearing, some artists can use masking tape on the dried acrylic paint. This cannot be done with oil paint. Like oils, acrylic paint can be mixed and the possibility for color is endless. Unlike the brushes used for oil paints, you can clean brushes for acrylic paint with soap and water. These brushes retain their shape and have a longer lifetime.
Watercolor is not restricted to using watercolor paper anymore. Just recently, there are some companies that released canvases for watercolor painting. This allows artists to create paintings that appear like oil paintings.
Using watercolor canvas helps artists achieve the distinctive look that is made by using canvas. Watercolor canvas will be something different from the traditional watercolor painting on paper, especially on the techniques, methods and the end result.
Watercolor on canvas will have a longer lifetime than if it is done on paper. Paintings might take longer because the watercolor on the canvas dries longer.
Some claim that it's difficult to use canvas with watercolor because moving painting around the canvas sometimes lifts the paint, or it's difficult to form pools because the canvas can't absorb the paint.
Using oil, acrylic or watercolor on canvas will always have its advantages and disadvantages. Pick the one that works for you. Paintings on canvas sell for a higher price than if they are done with paper.
These paintings can easily be hung on walls without having to look for a proper frame or putting it under the glass. Have fun and experiment until you recreate the vision in your mind!
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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Watercolor - Learning and Choosing the Basic Materials in Watercolor Painting

Watercolor - Learning and Choosing the Basic Materials in Watercolor Painting
By []Murtaza Habib
Watercolor painting belongs to what is referred to as the water media. This kind of art media refers to any paintings that use water as a solvent painting.
For those interested to try out this painting art, there are basic information that one must have a grasp of.
One must have basic knowledge about paints, brushes, papers, brush control and basic techniques.
But for now, the urgent things to know are paints and brushes which would be outlined here.
The Paints. A set of paints usually comprises of colorants, binder, additives, and solvent paints.
The colorants are usually un-organic or organic compounds mixed with water soluble substances that produce the pigments. In order to hold or bind these pigments in a form of a suspension that would fix into the surface, the binder is needed.
Also, the paint may be too dark or too sticky that a solvent paint may be applied to dilute the paint for easy application and hasten drying which in watercolor painting is usually water.
Then to change the durability or gluey to a desired mixture, the additives provide the solution.
The Brushes. There are three main parts of the brush which consists of the hairs or synthetic fibers bundled together called the tuft, the metal bundle that holds the tuft which provides shape, support and protection between the wood handle and the tuft, called the ferrule, and the handle.
In choosing the right brush for watercolor painting, take note of the softness and the density of the brush. It is suggested to use soft brushes with denser tufts because these paints are typically less thick and less gluey than oils or acrylic paints.
Likewise, the best watercolor paint brushes are those which are made from animal hairs of squirrels, mongoose and are sable.
Brushes made from hairs of our animals such as pigs or horses may be used but only for coarse watercolor art works. Nonetheless, technology has allowed many artists to make use of synthetic brushes made of nylon to hold water in the same way as animal brushes do with more strength, texture, durability and affordability.
There are also different forms of brushes such as the rounds, the fans, the flats, the filbert, the mops and the rigger. For general purposes, the rounds are the best picks since these produce as many shapes and lines both narrow and thin.
The flats are best for making wash effects but do make sure you choose those with perfect straight edges.
The fans are basically sort of flat brushes with the fan shape which are best for making textures like irregular lines. The filberts are hybrid of the rounds and the flats which are used for shaped strokes. The mops are excellent for wash and wet painting since these can hold much paint.
The Paper or Surface. The paper has many attributes and among a few are the color, the furnish, the finish, the size, the permanence and the weight. The furnish of the paper generally refers to the content or the material make-up of the paper.
The most common of course are made of cellulose taken from plants such as cotton and those from wood pulp extractions which can be machined extracted or handmade.
The finish of the papers is usually grouped into hot pressed, cold pressed and rough. Cold pressed papers are those dried with the use of absorbent blankets made of felt and have great versatility. The hot pressed papers are those which originally were processed through the cold pressed process but passed to calendaring or heating to give it a un absorbent quality which allows the paint to remain as bright and was colorful in the surface of the paper.
The rough papers are lofting dried papers which are generally of wove texture which make those best for textured paintings with watercolor. The colors of paper are pure white to be yellowish.
Watercolor painting would be great by learning how to make use of the right paint, the right brush and the right paper for a particular watercolor work.
What if I teach you how to get started with drawing and painting with great ease following simple steps?
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