What Is The Dry Brush Painting Technique

Posted on June 26, 2016 By

Dry Brush PaintingWhat is this technique used for?

The dry brush painting technique is used to give paintings more texture and to make them look like they’ve been done on a much rougher surface; the surface also looks as if it’s been scratched quite a lot. If you’re using water-based media, including watercolours and acrylics, using this technique on something in the painting can give it prominence because it contrasts with the rest of the painting.

What type of paint should I use it with?

The great thing about this painting technique is that it can be used with all three main types of paint (acrylics, watercolours and oils). Of the three main types of paint, acrylics and watercolours are probably the best to use this technique with because they dry quite quickly. Because oils take a lot longer to dry, you have to wait a lot longer for the paint to dry before you can blend or brush over strokes you’ve already made.

Is there anything else I should know?

This technique is really well suited for watercolour paper, especially paper that’s already got


5 Advantages Of Going To Art School

Posted on June 26, 2016 By

Art School1. Getting direction from professionals

Art school teachers are professionals who can be really beneficial to you and your burgeoning career. If you don’t have this expert instruction, you could spend ages working out what you want to do and how to go about it: professionals can guide you down the path you should be going down. They can use their own experience and expertise to help you make the best decisions about where you’re going as an artist. If you don’t go to art school, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make; if you do go, you’re going to get help making them.

2. Getting taught by professionals

One of the best things about art school is getting taught the ways of the craft by professional artists. There’s only so much you can learn from books or from websites – having an experienced artist teach you is invaluable because you get to have your questions answered by an experienced professional. What professional and experienced art teachers can teach you is things that you might not so easily find online or in books. Having professionals


Art Appreciation Who Has A Say?

Posted on June 26, 2016 By

Art AppreciationIn the conversation about the relative merits of artwork, who gets to weigh in? Of course the contributions of art critics and historians, our experts, are central in the art appreciation discussion. The experts offer objectivity in a conversation that leans so naturally to the subjective. But what of the non-expert? Does the layman, the simple art fan, offer anything of value in the art appreciation forum?

The art expert offers historical, cultural and political perspective which can enrich the viewing experience. The historian can point out to us, for example, aspects in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel figures which speak to the artist’s challenges to Catholicism and the Church. The critic can illuminate for us subtle differences and variations in genre. He draws our attention, for example, to Manet’s more frequent use of lines in comparison with other Impressionists, and how this choice distinguishes his works. In the realm of art theory, pioneering thinkers such as Lev Manovich have exploded and radically redefined traditional notions of artistic media.

But what of the rest of us? What about those of us whose connection with art is purely personal, experiential,

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4 Advantages Of Having A Home Art Studio

Posted on June 26, 2016 By

Home Art Studio1. It’s yours and no one else’s

One of the best things about having a home art studio is that it’s your own space. If you’re living with other people, it’s important to establish that it’s your working space. Whether you live with others or by yourself, a home art studio is a place where you can be creative and productive. This is your place where you can shut yourself off from the outside world and churn out lots of good work. You may be lucky to have an entire room as your home art studio, but even if you have to make do with part of a room as your studio, it’s still space that’s yours and yours alone.

2. It’s cheap

Having a home art studio means you don’t have to fork out money regularly to rent a studio outside of your home. Lots of artists enjoy having their working space away from home so they rent studio space, but obviously it’s a lot cheaper to just have your working space at home so you


4 Hidden London Art Galleries

Posted on May 26, 2016 By

London Art GalleriesThe Old Police Station, 114-116 Amersham Vale, London, SE14 6LG

The Old Police Station is a very unique art gallery because of its location, but also because it functions as a do-it-yourself art centre. There are 42 artists’ studios, cells complete with latrines where works can be exhibited and spaces for independent projects. You’ll also find studios for band rehearsals and a radio station. The station’s old mess hall serves as the venue’s primary social space, which is populated by gallery goers on the last Friday of every month – these Fridays are known as ‘Slam Fridays’ and are very popular. The Old Police Station is housed in the Deptford Police Station, which boasts Edwardian architecture.

The Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Church, Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BA

The Crypt Gallery is more than just an art gallery: it’s a unique place with history and a somewhat eerie character. The crypt beneath St. Pancras Church was used to bury the dead between 1822 and 1854; some 557 people are still buried here, something which adds to the atmosphere

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4 Things To Know About Dusting Paintings

Posted on May 26, 2016 By

Dusting Paintings1. You shouldn’t try to dust a damaged painting

Before going about dusting your painting, you should have a close look at it. If you notice any parts of it that are damaged in any way, or if there are any parts where the paint’s beginning to lift or has come off, don’t do anything. A damaged painting is best taken care of by a professional. Get in touch with your local dealer or conservator and they’ll be able to restore your painting. It may cost, but doing this will help ensure the longevity of your painting. If your painting isn’t damaged in any way, then you can go about dusting it yourself.

2. What to use and what not to use

To safely and effectively dust a painting, you should use an artist’s brush with natural hair. The bristles should be soft and, most importantly, completely clean. Never use dust cloths because the threads can be caught by raised bits of paint. Avoid using stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters because these can quite easily scratch the painted surface. You should never dust a painting


13 Fast Facts About Acrylic Paint

Posted on May 26, 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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4 Watercolour Painting Tips For Beginners

Posted on May 26, 2016 By

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 sure


5 Advantages Of Digital Paintings

Posted on April 26, 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


6 Ways To Improve Your Painting Skills

Posted on April 26, 2016 By

Painting Skills1. Practice

If you want to be a good painter, you should be prepared to invest a lot of time and effort into it. By practicing regularly, you’ll build up your skills and learn new things along the way. Do some painting every single day, even if it’s just half an hour here and there. The more you practice, the more mistakes you’ll make; the more mistakes you make, the more opportunities you have to learn something new.

2. Learn About Painting

When you pick up a paintbrush for the first time, you’re more than likely not going to be able to create intricate and enchanting pieces of work. Creating a beautiful painting is something that requires a lot of thought and a lot of knowledge about how paintings are created. You may very well be adept at picking up a paintbrush and creating a painting right then and there, but the more you learn about painting, the more your skills are going to improve.

3. Get Better Supplies

When it comes to art supplies, it can definitely be worth investing in more expensive


5 Benefits Of Painting

Posted on April 26, 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


6 Facts About Oil Paint

Posted on April 26, 2016 By

Oil Paint1. The earliest known paintings that were done in oils date back to the 7th century BC. These paintings were Buddhist murals that were discovered in caves in Western Afghanistan. Oil paint didn’t become widespread for use in art works until the 15th century, when it became popular throughout Europe. Jan van Eyck, a 15th century Flemish painter, is widely believed to have invented it, though in reality he did not invent it, instead he developed it.

2. Oil paint is credited with revolutionising art. One of its key properties is that it’s very slow to dry. It gave artists a lot more time to work on their paintings and it allowed them to correct any mistakes they might have made. Oil paints allowed for artists’ creativity to flourish more because artists could devote more time to each painting. Many of the most widely praised paintings were done in oils.

3. For a few centuries artists had to store their oil paints in animal bladders. This was because the paint tube wasn’t invented until 1841. It was invented by John Goffe Rand, an American painter. Before the

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What Is The Salt Technique?

Posted on March 26, 2016 By

Salt TechniqueWhat is this technique used for?

This technique is used to give paintings a rough texture and to create special colour effects. What the salt does is it absorbs the water in the paint and causes the pigment in the paint to spread out. What you’re left with is a lighter area that provides a contrast with the darker paint you applied. Using this technique in a particular part of a painting can help give that prominence to make it stand out and grab the viewer’s attention.

Can it be used with any type of paint?

The only type of paint this technique is suitable for is watercolour because of the fact that the salt absorbs the water; the salt wouldn’t have any water to absorb if you were painting with acrylics or oils, so the technique won’t work with acrylics or oils.

Can it be used with any type of salt?

You can use any type of salt for this technique. However different types of salt will produce different effects and some types will work better than others. For the best effects, it’s


5 Benefits Of Joining A Painting Group

Posted on March 26, 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


4 Ways To Get Paintings Done Faster

Posted on March 26, 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


Classic Tips for Drawing Inspiration

Posted on March 26, 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 what they represent and draw inspiration from the


The Majestic Wall That Says It All

Posted on February 26, 2016 By

The Majestic WallThe affinity of mankind towards art has always existed since time immemorial. As man evolved, his bond with art also grew and in fact, laid the seed for the first form of expressive language – Pictography – a form of writing which uses representational and pictorial drawings. But before expressing himself through written or spoken language, man took to the walls to ‘speak’ his mind through distinct and elaborate strokes of daily life. Thus was born the prominent art form – Murals.

These large scale paintings applied directly to walls, ceilings, and other large flat surfaces are probably the oldest human art form. Cave paintings at Harappa, Mohenjo Daro and many other ancient human settlements stand proof of that. Since then it never saw a downside. During the Renaissance Era various art forms flourished mainly by the legendary works created by the likes of Michelangelo, Vasari and Leonardo Da Vinci. Most muralists produced artwork in multiple media, demonstrating a remarkable range of skills. The murals by Michelangelo adorning the interiors of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City depicting momentous events from the Christian Bible, never fail to

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5 Things To Know About Underpainting

Posted on February 26, 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


4 Benefits Of Painting Landscapes

Posted on February 26, 2016 By

Painting Landscapes1. Heightened appreciation

Painting landscapes gives you a heightened appreciation of the natural world. It enables you to see the world more closely and to understand it finer points and intricacies. Many people don’t fully appreciate the beauty of the natural world around them because they don’t take the time to look at it more closely. When you paint a landscape, you’re challenging yourself to inspect part of the natural world so you can effectively depict it in your painting. You have to see what the world around you is made up of.

2. Getting outdoors

Many landscape painters choose to practice plein air painting. This is simply the act of going outdoors and painting the world as you see it. Plein air painters explore the world around them to find a beautiful spot to paint. One of the reasons why so many artists enjoy plein air painting is because they get to be in the great outdoors surrounded by nature, as opposed to stuck in a stuffy studio. There are some artists who just explore their local


14 Facts You Never Knew About Paint

Posted on February 26, 2016 By

Never Knew About 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, don’t let the light in as