5 Benefits Of Painting

Posted on June 25, 2016 By

Painting1. Appreciating works of art

Paintings can be intricate works of art that have many layers to them in terms of their message. Artists complete their works in a particular way and have a particular subject matter for a reason. If you paint, you’ll get a better understanding of why other artists have completed their works in the way they have. The best way to understanding the make-up of a painting is not to look at it from afar, but to do your own paintings and get to grips with how they’re completed. The more you experiment in your own work with different styles and techniques, the more you’ll understand and appreciate other works of art.

2. Stress relief

Painting is a great way to relieve stress. Many people turn to painting because it allows them to get away from it all and focus on creating something positive. Many channel their stress into their works and create works that have been inspired by their heavy feelings. Painting becomes more fun and exciting because you’re leaving the negativity behind and doing something where you can just focus on


It’s Only Paint and Canvas

Posted on June 25, 2016 By

It's Only Paint and CanvasWhat is the true” market value” of a painting? How does a potential collector know that a fair price is being offered? After all, the price can be negotiated… It’s not like a car, a stereo system, or a suit jacket that contains technical components and can be shopped between stores. It’s only paint and canvas, right?

Lines, colors, shapes, usually on a flat rectangular surface: that’s how we most often define “a painting.” As an objet d’art it has perceived value, both inside and out of the marketplace. Often paintings contain little or no moving parts. Precious metals may be employed, but not usually-it’s simply canvas by-the-yard and pigment. The materials of which a painting is made today are not much different than they were thousands of years ago, when early man painted and engraved shapes of animals on cave walls, with crushed plants and vegetable matter for paint, and animal-fat crayons and fingertips for brushes. The technology of paint-making and the variety of painting surfaces have significantly improved since then, but paint is still made of pigments and the surface of a

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5 Advantages Of Digital Paintings

Posted on June 25, 2016 By

Digital Paintings1. Paint on the go

One of the best things about digital painting is that you can do it wherever and whenever you want. All you have to do is get your iPad out and get to work. Whether you’re on the train, waiting for the bus or just lying on the settee, you can just get your iPad out and continue working on your painting. You don’t have to worry about getting lots of equipment out and putting it away once you’re done; everything’s packed into a handheld device that’s easy to carry and can be used anywhere you want.

2. Less equipment, less mess

To create a good painting, you’ll need lots of equipment. To create a digital painting, all you need is a tablet and a stylus. iPad apps have pretty much everything you could possibly need to create the painting you want; if you’re creating a traditional painting, you have to make sure you’ve got all the equipment you need, otherwise a trip to the shops is necessary. Normal painting can get messy and you can spend a lot of time cleaning


4 Watercolour Painting Tips For Beginners

Posted on June 25, 2016 By

4 Watercolour Painting1. Transparency

One of the key properties of watercolour paint is that it’s transparent. This is important to bear in mind, because it means that you can see through the layers of paint. It also means that you can’t cover mistakes up by going over them – try to go over a mistake and you’ll still be able to see the paint you’re trying to cover up. Watercolour paint’s transparency gives paintings a sort of ethereal quality, which is why many choose to use it.

2. Colour change

Part of mastering painting with watercolours is being able to get the exact colour you want. One of the problems with watercolours is that, when watercolour paint dries, it always looks a lot paler and lighter when dry; when it’s wet, on the other hand, it’s usually a lot darker. Bear this in mind when creating your painting, so you get the colours you want. If a layer of paint comes out too light, you can always paint another layer on top of it. Get a spare piece of paper and do a few tests to make


How to Not Mix Contemporary Indian Art With the Other Styles

Posted on May 25, 2016 By

Mix Contemporary Indian ArtWhat is more to contemporary Indian art than simply colours, brushes and a canvas? Well, this is something very difficult to fathom, let alone explain it in plain words. From the cave paintings of prehistoric times to the incredible creations of modern-day – the craft has evolved mightily.

The concepts of it are getting more and more intricate with each passing day. Unique ideas are pouring in from every nook and corner of this planet. How artists perceive vistas and depict them on canvases freshly every time is a thing of big interest. Of course, a common person can never grasp the styles they use in their masterpieces. He needs someone to explain and described about these details. So, here are a few things you might want to know if you are visiting an art gallery soon:


In pain tongue, modernism is a break taken from conventional styles of painting. It is not bound to any traditional rules and so, lacks a proper definition as such. It will be unfair to tag modernism to a unified theme because it is a mixture of


4 Ways To Decide What To Paint

Posted on May 25, 2016 By

What To Paint1. Find something you’ve never painted before

If, for example, all of your paintings are of summer landscapes, why not try a winter landscape? If you always paint cities, why not paint the countryside for a change? If you always use oils, why not give watercolours or acrylics a go? Many artists get stuck for something to paint because they’re used to painting the same thing again and again; they find they can’t do anything else with what they already know. Think outside of the box; expand your horizons and explore new things. You’ll soon find that there’s always something you’ve never tried, so go ahead and try it.

2. Visit somewhere you’ve never been before

Visiting somewhere new is a really good way to find something new to paint. When visiting a new place, you never know what wonders await you. Even if you paint from your imagination and not from real life, going somewhere new and exploring it can give you lots of great ideas about what to paint. Seeing new things stimulates the mind and gives your creativity a boost. To generate


Essential Supplies of Face Painting Kits

Posted on May 25, 2016 By

Face Painting KitsFace painting is one of the most popular activities of children. They love to try face painting to change their look in every event or party. This is the fun activity not only to provide some fun for kids, but also helpful to traverse their creative design ideas. During festive seasons and parties people start finding the right material for their face transfiguration which is non toxic and safe for the skin, especially for young children.

Face Painting kits: There are a number of body and Face painting kits available in the market or at online stores. It will come with a small selection of a lot of paint in different colors. A good painting kit should include the Brushes of different sizes. Here is the list of some common, but most useful supplies.

Paints: Paint is the main item of Face painting kits. Not all paints are equal and appropriate for a face so always choose paints that are FDA approved. You can pick up a variety of colors and can also try mixing of basic colors red, green, blue, white and yellow to make

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The Difference Between Contemporary And Modern Paintings

Posted on May 25, 2016 By

ContemporaryYou may hear some individuals use the terms “contemporary” and “modern” interchangeably. In some cases, this use of the words is perfectly acceptable. In art, however, contemporary and modern works mean two separate things. If you’ve ever been confused about the differentiation, here is a good way to look at the two painting concepts:

Contemporary Paintings

Contemporary art is used to describe works made recently. Some art historians will define contemporary paintings as works that extend back to World War II, while others believe it includes works created or accepted within the last ten years. The artists may still be producing artwork today, using the latest trends and techniques for painting. Generally, the classification is a catchall term for art that is current. In the future, people may look back on paintings produced today and give them a new name, but contemporary art serves as a placeholder for anything that has been recently produced.

Artists defined in this category are known for exploring with a variety of mediums, even on canvas. They may choose interesting color palettes, subjects, and depart from convention with their techniques. Some may

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5 Benefits Of Joining A Painting Group

Posted on April 25, 2016 By

Joining A Painting Group1. Honing your skills

Joining a painting group is a great way to hone your skills. Not only do you get time to hone and develop your skills, you also get to learn from like-minded people. You’re obviously going to learn from the group’s leader, but you can learn from the other members of the group as well. Everyone’s there to learn and to share experiences, hints and tips, so you’re bound to learn lots of new things. Even if the group’s just for beginners, you can still learn things from other people in the group, because beginners ask questions you might not have thought of and they make mistakes you can learn from.

2. Meeting likeminded people

It’s always great when you meet people with similar interests. When you join a painting group, everyone in that group has one thing in common: a love of painting. Whatever your level of experience, you can enjoy getting to know people and their experience with painting. People bond over common interests. Joining a painting group can be a great way not only to meet people in


14 Facts You Never Knew About Paint

Posted on April 25, 2016 By

Paint1. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato is widely believed to have come up with the idea of mixing two colours of paint together to produce a third colour.

2. During the Roman times, the colour purple was associated with royalty and aristocracy. This was because the purple pigment was especially expensive at the time, so only the rich could afford it.

3. Another colour that was once very expensive is ultramarine, also known as deep blue. At one point in history, this particular colour was more expensive than gold!

4. The Aztecs believed that red pigment was more valuable than gold.

5. Different colours of paint are thought to have different effects on people: green is thought to alleviate stress, while red is thought to help depressed people feel active and motivated.

6. Isaac Newton developed the colour wheel, a diagram which shows the relationships between different colours, in 1706. There are different variations of the wheel, though most focus on the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

7. The Mona Lisa is arguably the world’s most famous painting. The subject, whose true identity

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10 Fast Facts About Watercolour Paint

Posted on April 25, 2016 By

Watercolour Paint1. It is made from pigments that are ground together and held together with a gum binder that’s water-soluble, of course. The pigments used in watercolour paint can be either natural or synthetic.

2. It dries a lot lighter than when it is applied. In other words, the colour you apply to the canvas won’t be the same colour you’ll get once the paint has dried out. The final, dried colour is about two times lighter than the original colour applied to the canvas.

3. It is very safe and practically non-toxic. However, you should still avoid getting it on your hands, just to be on the safe side.

4. It has been used for many millennia – cave paintings done in paleolithic Europe were done in watercolour. It gained a surge of popularity during the Renaissance when it became appreciated is a proper art medium.

5. It can be transparent or opaque. Transparent watercolours let the light into the canvas and reflect it back, creating a sort of glowing effect. Opaque watercolours, on the other hand,


13 Fast Facts About Acrylic Paint

Posted on March 25, 2016 By

Acrylic Paint1. It is less than a century old. The first type of acrylic paint to become commercially available was actually polymer-based house paint, which became available in the 1940s.

2. It was only in the 1950s that acrylics were made commercially available. After that, they took off in popularity and they’re remained a top choice for many artists ever since thanks in part to their great versatility.

3. Acrylic paint does have lots of its own characteristics, though it can easily be manipulated to resemble oil paints or watercolour paints. Many artists therefore use this type of paint as a substitute for oils or watercolours.

4. Acrylic paint consists of a pigment that’s suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion binder. The pigment is the material that gives paint its colour and the binder is what holds the pigment together with the emulsion.

5. Painting with acrylics gives your work a sharp, clear and bold effect. It’s a good choice if you want a painting that looks really realistic.

6. Acrylic paint tends to dry quite quickly, though you can add a retarded to the

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5 Things To Know About Underpainting

Posted on March 25, 2016 By

Underpainting1. Colours used

Many artists used to use monochromatic underpaintings. The reason for this was to give substance and volume to the different aspects of the painting, as well as to enhance the contrast between darker areas and lighter areas. However, any colour and any colour of combinations can be used. It’s worth experimenting to see what different effects can be produced by using different colours and colour combinations for your underpainting. Many choose to use lots of different colours as a sort of template for layers to be painted on top.

2. Purpose

Underpaintings are used to give paintings more tonality and texture. Many artists use a limited number of colours to create a first version of their painting, marking of areas that are going to be rich in colour as further layers are added. Underpaintings can also be used to give your painting flashes of colour. The colour used in the underpainting will very slightly show through the layers on top of it. It’s a good idea to experiment with contrasting colours, so the colours from the bottom layer will be shown more effectively. A


3 Things To Know About Tempera Painting

Posted on March 25, 2016 By

Tempera Painting1. What is it?

Tempera is a type of painting medium that consists of a coloured pigment mixed in with a binder, usually an emulsion of water and egg yolk. This type of painting medium is very fast to dry and is very long-lasting. Tempera painting simply refers to paintings done using this sort of medium. The artist will first grind the pigment into a powdered form and will then place a small amount of this on to a palette. Next the artist will add a few drops of distilled water to the pigment. Then the egg yolk binder is added in small amounts until the solution is as transparent as the artist wants it to be. The amount of binder that’s required depends on the pigment being used. While painting, the consistency of the paint needs to be preserved and this can be done simply by adding more water to the paint.

2. When was it used?

Tempera paintings appear to have originated in classical times. There are references to this sort of painting throughout Latin, Greek and ancient Egyptian literature. Numerous important works of

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Accomplished Drawing Skills, Five Great Strategies to Improve Them

Posted on March 25, 2016 By

Drawing Skills,1. Go somewhere nice and quiet, draw your chosen spot of nature and after that draw it again. Repetition!

If you want to see improvement you have to put lots of hard work and effort. Nothing comes easy. Do not expect great result from the very first sketch of Art. You won’t be a good artist unless you deeply engage with this intimate art activity. The more you observe the better topic you will choose. The better topic you choose the more good results will come soon.

2. Go to exhibition halls regularly! Look at plenty of drawings! Get interested in what other artists do!

Whether in your own town of living or some other city, get every simple chance to have a look at some good pieces of art! If you have the resources, do not miss visitations at the best exhibition art halls in the county and abroad. Every art piece of paper, whether only with simple lines or made with exquisite meticulously detailed forms and shades would be a great example of the variety of Art and its lovely reincarnations.



Classic Tips for Drawing Inspiration

Posted on March 25, 2016 By

Drawing InspirationInspiration is everywhere. It does not matter what kind of artist you are, from a painter to a writer, inspiration can be found anywhere. Some find it in nature; some find it deep in the cities; some have the purpose of creating detailed figurative drawings; while some tend to care more about the process of being creative. The one thing that remains the same, though, is that artists are more productive when they know how to find and use inspiration around them.

If you’re up for some creative challenges, here are a few classic favorites:

1. Look at People

There are many ways to use your surroundings to find inspiration. If you are the kind of artist that likes to search for inspiration outdoors, you can go to a park and people watch. You can observe their interactions with one another, or with their kids, or even with their pets; you can observe them in contrast to the environment around them. Then, you can use those people’s experiences as inspiration for your art. You can paint them exactly as you seem them, or you can use


Mural Painting Advice

Posted on February 25, 2016 By

Mural Painting AdviceI thought that it would be interesting and informative to write this article about the process of painting a wall mural but first of all I would like to talk about a few factors and experiences.

The job of a wall mural painter (not a service, which a lot of websites think) which I specialise in I find to be highly understated, underappreciated and undervalued. It is expected to paint a wall mural in a day by some people I’ve spoken too, it sometimes leaves me flabbergasted to think that my talent which I’ve built-up for nearly 30 years of my life could result in a whole wall hand-painted with a beautiful unique scene in the same time it would take to go to a painting & decorating store, buy a tub of magnolia paint and blanket paint the walls with a roller which requires little in the way of skill or talent and further-more be offered a similar price.

Then we have the situation of people wanting the mural painting carried out on a voluntary basis. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I believe every

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Watercolour Paper 4 Things To Know

Posted on February 25, 2016 By

Watercolour Paper1. Weight

You’ll find that watercolour paper comes in different weights. Generally speaking, the heavier the paper, the thicker it is. So if you see some watercolour paper that’s referred to as being quite thick, this also means it’s quite heavy. The weight of watercolour paper is measured in pounds per ream (lbs) or grams per square metre (gsm). There are lots of different weights available, though the standard ones you’ll most commonly find are: 90lbs (190gsm), 140lbs (300gsm), 260lbs (356gsm) and 300lbs (638gsm). Heavier paper, usually paper that’s above 260lbs (356gsm) in weight, will probably require stretching in order for you to paint on it without any problems arising.

2. Colour

Most watercolour paper isn’t actually white. You’ll find lots of basic watercolour paper types come in variations of white and light, creamy colours. The colour of the paper does tend to vary from brand to brand; even a single manufacturer can offer several different colours in their line. The colour of the paper can affect how your painting turns out, though it’s not something to worry about too much. The best thing to do


4 Ways To Get Paintings Done Faster

Posted on February 25, 2016 By

Paintings Done Faster1. Work on several paintings at a time

It goes without saying that the more you have to do, the more you get done. When you have more than one project to finish, you find that you become more productive because there’s more pressure on you to get the work done. If you’re working on just one painting, you don’t really feel as much pressure to get it done because there’s nothing else vying for your attention and time. While you’re waiting for one painting to dry, you can carry on working on another one. It’s easy to have several paintings on the go at once, especially if you are using similar colours and techniques for more than one painting.

2. Make a plan and stick to it

It’s very easy to get started on a painting and to come up with new ideas along the way. The only bad thing about coming up with ideas along the way and incorporating them into your painting is that this takes up extra time. If you come up with


6 Types Of Easel Explained

Posted on February 25, 2016 By

Portable easelsPortable easels

Portable easels are designed for outdoor work, especially plein air painting. These easels are usually made from wood or aluminium and are incredibly light, which makes them really easy to carry about. They have three telescopic legs whose height can be adjusted to meet your needs; they also have rubber-tipped feet to add stability, so no matter where you paint, the easel will be sturdy enough. Portable easels collapse into a compact package that you can easily carry; the easels are also very easy to set up. You’ll find that some makes even come with built-in trays so you can store your supplies while you get work.

Table easels

Table easels are designed to be used by those who want to work at a table or desk. These easels are small enough to fit on the top of a table or desk and allow painters to work in smaller spaces, since they don’t take up much room at all. If you want to work at an easel, but don’t have the room for a large, freestanding