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. That makes it easier to produce high quality paintings. Even students should use professional paints, if possible.
One of the frequently asked questions about oil paints is how long do they take to dry? Oil paintings may take up to 6 months to dry thoroughly.
The alkyd resin speeds up the drying time. This enables ad - alkyd paint to dry overnight or within 24 hours. The finished paintings look just like traditional oil paintings.
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This is one of the frequently asked question when you are beginning with watercolors.
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 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.
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 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, Claybord and Gessobord 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 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.
Lighting is one of the frequently asked questions.
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.
Choose your brushes suitable for the type of paint you are using. Different paints use different types of brushes.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. All colors are made from the three primary colors.
Painting with a limited palette of the 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.
Included is a basic 5 step plan for painting watercolors.
You can paint a colorful Baltimore Oriole with the beginning oil painting tutorial.
FAQs about oil painting gives detailed answers to more frequently asked questions about painting with oils.
For example, how do you use oil paints? How long does it take a painting to dry? Materials, best paints, colors, etc.
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.
Keep your unused paint in a covered palette box between painting sessions.
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.
Small original paintings will be shipped thru the United States Postal Service.
Large paintings will be shipped thru United
Original paintings are shipped free of charge in the United States.