what are alkyds?
- Alkyd paints are high quality pigments combined with alkyd resin to hasten drying time.
- The pigments in oil paints are combined with
oils, such as linseed oil.
- Watercolor pigments are combined with gum Arabic.
An Alkyd Painting - "Springtime"
watercolor paint - tubes vs. pans
Tube watercolors and pan watercolor paints both have
the same paint pigments combined with gum Arabic.
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 watercolor for painting outside in the field.
Use small brushes to get the paint out of the pan. If you use large brushes, the brush will overlap into the adjoining pan colors.
what do you paint watercolor on?
Watercolor paintings have been done on paper for centuries.
Watercolor paintings on paper must be framed under glass 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.
What Watercolor Paper should I use?
Watercolor on Paper
can watercolor be painted on canvas?
Yes, you may purchase canvas specifically made for
watercolors. Make sure the label says it can be used for watercolor.
Brush on a
good amount of water to the entire face of the canvas to break the surface
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 spray. The painting may be framed with or without glass.
what is aquabord or claybord?
Aquabord and Claybord are made by Ampersand. They apply
ph neutral Kaolin clay to one side of Masonite panels.
Aquabord is textured
like cold pressed watercolor paper. Claybord is smooth.
Either one may be used for watercolor paintings. Spray the
dried painting with a fixative to seal the paint.
Then it may be framed without a mat or glass.
Watercolor on Claybord
what is gessobord?
One of the most frequently asked questions is, "What can I paint on?"
Most oil painters use the traditional stretched canvas.
- An often overlooked painting surface is Gessobord.
It is an ideal surface for traditional and water-based oils, alkyds, acrylics, collage, and mixed media.
what light is best for painting?
- North light shows true colors.
The ultimate studio lighting is to have north facing windows in your painting area. Many of us don't have that luxury.
Regular incandescent bulbs we use in our homes are warm. Paintings done under these 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 actually use about 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
what brushes should I use?
Choose your brushes suitable for the type of paint you are using. Different paints use different types of brushes.
How to choose your paint brushes
what colors should i use?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions.
All colors are made from
the three primary colors. A limited palette will enable an artist
to mix most any color you desire.
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Permanent Rose
- Ultramarine Blue
- plus white for oils, alkyds or acrylic paints
Many artist use an extended palette of a warm and cool version of the six rainbow colors.
Oil/alkyd extended palette colors
Watercolor extended palette colors
how do i start painting watercolor?
- Included is a basic 5 step plan for painting watercolors.
i want to start oil painting
You can paint a colorful Baltimore Oriole with the beginning oil painting tutorial.
- Included are the color scheme, what brushes, colors and materials to use.
- Photographs and explanations of the painting steps.
FAQs about oil painting with detailed answers
- How do you use oil paints? How long does it take an oil painting to dry? Materials, best paints, colors, etc.
Beginning Oil Painting Tutorial
more frequently asked questions
do i have to know how to draw?
Some people have a natural gift for drawing. The rest of us learn how to draw with practice.
This classic book is translated into 17 different languages.
- It is a powerful book for building your artistic confidence and skills.
how do you keep paint fresh?
- Keep your unused paint in a covered palette box between painting sessions.
Place your paper, glass, wood or whatever palette you use into the 12"x16" box and seal the lid.
I put the palette box with my unused alkyd paints into the freezer and they keep for weeks.
When you are ready to paint again give the colors a quick spritz of water and they are good as new.
how are original paintings shipped?
Small original paintings will be shipped thru the
United States Postal Service.
Large paintings will be shipped thru United
how much does it cost to ship an original painting?
Original paintings are shipped free of charge in the
where do you get reference images?
Paint from your own photos or copy free images.
Look for free public domain images or CCO images.
Public domain images have expired copyrights or no copyrights.
CCO, creative commons images have zero copyrights
attached. The person who originally produced the images has given up their copyrights to the
Pixabay.com has public domain and CCO images.
Painting from my own photo
if you have any other frequently asked questions, contact me