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How To Paint With Oil Paint
How does alcohol affect acrylic paint?
What Paint Additives Will Change How The Paint Behaves
I love acrylic mediums because they make acrylic paints so versatile! In this article I'll introduce you to acrylic paint mediums - liquids or gels that you mix into the paint - and explain how they can help you create different effects and finishes by making the paint thicker, thinner, glossy, matte, textured, slow-drying and more.
Acrylic mediums are another reason why I prefer acrylics over oils. There are mediums for oil paints, but they're generally smelly, toxic, and you have to be careful about how you use them or you risk the paint cracking. There are no such worries with acrylic mediums because they are made with the same emulsion base as acrylic paint, so they dry at the same rate. But you do need to be a bit careful with additives.
How To Choose The Right Canvas
Painters most commonly use canvas for their work, even though there are many surfaces available to paint on. Choosing the type of canvas for your work is almost as important as the work itself. Canvases come in different materials, weights, and textures, and each has its own characteristics. Some are more durable than others, some are more or less textured, and pricing varies from very cheap to very expensive.
So how does an artist select the type of canvas he or she wants to paint on? It starts with learning about canvases and ends with a decision about what is best for each individual work.
What is a filbert bright brush?
Filbert brushes are somewhere between a round and flat brush. The curved tip allows for soft brushwork and blending. Bright brushes are brushes with shorter bristles. They are useful for short, controlled strokes.
How to Clean Paint Brushes
There are general guidelines to cleaning brushes but also some particulars regarding the specific medium you are using.
How to Choose the Right Paint Brush
It's so easy to become overwhelmed at the sheer number of options available for paint brushes. Just walking down the paint brush aisle at the art store can be a bit intimidating. These days, many manufacturers have started labeling the sections of the display to make it a little easier to choose. But with so many choices, how do you know that you are purchasing the right brush, for the right application, to use with the right media?
Hopefully, we can clear a few things up here. You'll find that, like with many things associated with art, it's not an exact science.
Paint brushes differ according to several characteristics. These include...
- Hair or bristle type
- Shape of the bristles
- Width or thickness of the bristles
- Length of the handle
How to Bring Brushes Back to Life?
You pull a clean, fresh paintbrush out of the pile, and a smile stretches instantly across your face. There is simply no better feeling!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could keep your brushes in this good of shape for as long as possible? It may not come as a surprise, but all it takes is some regular care and maintenance.
But, while dirty brushes are the bane of every painter’s existence, they happen. Whether they are accidentally forgotten about after a long day in the studio or merely on their last leg, seasoned artists and brush makers have a few tricks up their sleeves for bringing your brushes back to life.
So, think twice before you pop that trashcan lid, and consider these tips for caring for and salvaging your favorite brushes.
How to Permanently Keep Paint on Plastic Surfaces
Surfaces For Acrilic Paint
One of the great things about acrylic paints is that they are versatile. You can use them on lots of different surfaces. But they work better on some surfaces than others. With acrylic paint it’s not so much can the paint be used on a surface, it’s more will it stay on that surface for the use that you want it for. Is it safe to use it in that way?
Different Types Of Easels
How To Transfer A Reference Photo To A Canvas
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