Artists frequently ask questions about choosing supplies and how to get started painting.
Asking questions is a great way to learn. You will find the answers to many of your most common questions here.
Always choose professional quality paint. Professional artist paints contain more color pigment.
Good quality paint makes it easier to produce high quality paintings. Even students should use professional paints, if possible.
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Alkyd paints are the same high quality pigments as oil paint combined with alkyd resin.
The alkyd resin speeds up the drying time. This enables alkyd paint to dry overnight or within 24 hours.
The finished paintings look just like traditional oil paintings.
Tube watercolors and pan watercolors both contain the same paint pigments.
Tube watercolors have glycerin and other additives that keep the paint flexible in the tube. Tube watercolors produce more brilliant colors because you don't have to add so much water before you use them.
Pan watercolors are in a dry cube placed in a pan. They are portable and are the favored for painting in the field. Use small brushes to get the paint out of the pan. Large brushes will overlap into the adjoining pan colors.
Watercolor paintings on paper must be framed under glass for protection.
And with a mat to keep the painting from touching the back of the glass.
Modern technology has given us some other choices for today's watercolor paintings.
Brush on a good amount of water to the entire face of the canvas to break the surface tension.
Let the water soak in before you start painting. This will prevent the paint from beading up or sliding around.
After the paint is thoroughly dry spray the painting with a protective UV resistant spray. The painting may be framed with or without glass.
Aquabord is textured like cold pressed watercolor paper. Claybord is smooth.
Either one may be used for watercolor paintings.
Spray the dried paintings with a fixative to seal the paint. Then they may be framed without a mat or glass.
An often overlooked painting surface is Gessobord. It is an ideal surface for traditional and water-based oils, alkyds, acrylics, collage, and mixed media.
Good lighting is important when you begin painting. You need good light to see the colors properly.
Regular incandescent bulbs we use in our homes are warm. Paintings done under regular bulbs look dull in natural light.
Florescent tube lights are cool. We tend to over compensate and make the paintings too warm. So what should we use?
Daylight bulbs provide a balance of warm and cool light that is perfect for painting. They use about 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
When you are getting your supplies to begin painting, you can find daylight bulbs at building supply stores.
Painting with a limited palette of the three primary colors will enable an artist to mix most any color.
Many artist use an extended palette of a warm and cool version of the six rainbow colors.
An easy step-by-step watercolor tutorial for beginners.
Learn about how to use watercolor while painting a Rufous hummingbird visiting a yellow flower.
While you are painting the easy steps you will learn.
What colors to use, suggested brushes, what to paint on, how to keep your colors clean and more.
You can paint a colorful Baltimore Oriole with the beginning oil painting tutorial.
How to Oil Paint gives detailed answers to more frequently asked questions about painting with oils.
Some people have a natural gift for drawing. The rest of us learn how to draw with practice.
It is a powerful book for building your artistic confidence and skills.
Oil and alkyd paints will keep for many days in a Masterson Palette Box.
You may use a 12"x16" Stay-wet Palette Box for acrylics.
Tube watercolor paints may be kept in a Aqua-Pro Watercolor Palette.