Arts


What Is The Dry Brush Painting Technique

What 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…


5 Advantages Of Going To Art School

1. 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…


Art Appreciation Who Has A Say?

In 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…


4 Advantages Of Having A Home Art Studio

1. 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…


4 Hidden London Art Galleries

The 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…


4 Things To Know About Dusting Paintings

1. 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….


13 Fast Facts About Acrylic Paint

1. 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…


4 Watercolour Painting Tips For Beginners

1. 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…


5 Advantages Of Digital Paintings

1. 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…


6 Ways To Improve Your Painting Skills

1. 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….