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Advantages to Painting with Acrylics.

There are advantages to painting with acrylics. They are easy to acquire at all craft or paint stores. Even Walmart carries some inexpensive brands. But I caution you on buying the cheapest ones there. My experience with them as they needed to be mixed. And it is hard to mix them in a plastic tube. So One side of the paint painted and then the other side was a squirt of water.

Here is a link to a video on the beginning painting. It is called “Pieces of my Heart.” Buy one and learn and enjoy the process as you go through it.

And because of the pigments in acrylics are mixed with water. They dry very fast. depending on if you added water with it, to thin, and it easier to spread it may be too thin and transparent. And it may not adhere well and eventually flak off. There are several different mediums you can add to the paint to paint on different surfaces or affects. There is a link so you can go see them. and the paint does not turn yellow as it dries. And once dry it can no longer be mixed with water. But you can clean up your brushes with soap and water. I find plain old Dawn works the best. There are special soaps for cleaning brushes. And they work great!

Modeling pastes are made to mix with the acrylics for the effects you desire. They come in white or nearly white/gray. They can be or maybe already mixed with sand for different effects.  Most pastes come with solids in them that will be them from cracking until they dry. They are very adhesive so wood, metal, glass particles, fabrics or small stones, can be embedded. So t is up to my own imagination on how to display your Painting so have fun and do 2 and 3D paintings. All kinds of things can be added to paint depending on what kind of painting you are doing.

Modeling Paste is easy to find and comes in a wide range of thick textures. They should be painted on thin and allowed to dry completely between layers to prevent cracking. Sand is a frequently used additive to modeling paste. window color paints are used for like making words as it is thick and leaves a hump of paint,  allow it to dry before painting over it. Cut the nozzle so the whole is a desirable size and write at a speed so the flow is consistent.  It may take several layers to cover it completely. Unless you want the color to show through.

Also, you can let it all dry and do a second layer of writing over it in a different direction the same but written differently so you can tell the difference. The final appearance of this project should be covered with a glaze. You can add a little color if you desire. It will give it more interest. Brush it on with a flat brush held close almost horizontal to the canvas.  I wish I could show you pictures. You also can use sand or tiny stones, use your imagination.  Painting can be mixed media these days So Play with it.

Other things they have for acrylics so you can play with it are Mediums or Modifiers. They influence the consistency and the painting properties of acrylic paint. Many companies make them. Liquitex is a big My links are working differently this morning. But that should be a link that takes you to Blick’s acrylic section. One I like to use when it comes to blending is a Retarder. It slows down the evaporation of the water so it dries slower and allows the time needed to blend the colors together that you want, like for a sunset or flower colors.

Then there are agents that do other things like thickening agents. That enables the painter to paint with a knife for brush impasto. These may or may not change to the color of the paint. They are called Modeling Paste. Which are good for using with spatulas, in collages, with fabric, pearls, wood, and reliefs. It is suggested that the are put on in thin layers and allowed to dry before another layer is added. Or cracking will develop. It is highly adhesive so you can stick almost anything you want on it. When finished sand and paint to the desired color.  Black lava Is a very unusual gel That contains ting hexagonal-shaped plastic particles and when dry does look like black lava rock. And looks good with many sand sea and shore paintings.  Light Texture pastes, clear texture gels, and other things from even a builder’s supply. If your painting is going to be heavy from the use of a lot of agents, then it is advised to be careful painting them on stretched canvas. Consider canvas on hardboard or plywood. You need stability under your creations. You don’t want the painting to fall off the canvas because of the movement.

Acrylic Mediums on sale in shops are usually pure acrylate emulsions or a high-quality binder. And make the cheapest acrylic paints better. it makes their adhesion better.

Varnishes Are what is used to protect the painting. After it is complete and totally dry a coat of varnish is added. I usually “live” with my paintings about 2 weeks before I decide it is done. Then I give it a mat finish usually 2 coats. A spray with a UV protectant. They also come in a satin finish. I have used brush-on varnish in the past. It was a satin finish. I didn’t like the brush strokes it left behind. It is up to you, you are the creator.


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Do You Want to Become a Fine Art Painter?

If you have ever just tried oil painting and was turned off by it then you need to try it again. These tricks and tips to help you with your oil painting. And if you really want to you too can be a fine art painter with your own originals for sale. Oil painting is an interesting kind of painting with the use of Varnishes. Varnishes can be made from a combination of many oils. The most commonly used oils are linseed oil, poppyseed oil walnut, and safflower.  The oil

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If you have just tried oil Painting, and been turned off by it. Then here are some tips to help you out. It will make the learning process much more enjoyable.

1. The selection of your pallet is important. Remember earlier you were told to keep them in the same order. This will place them in the order then flow and convenience If you don’t like it you can change it later.

2. To make sure your oil paint is smooth, remember to buy a good quality set of brushes. I swear this is true. I bought cheap brushes at first and could not paint a thing. To get better ones and take good care of them.

3. To clean the brushes. To clean them properly, Make a mix of thinner and liquid soap. Dip the brush into the mix and wipe it off with newspaper. Then they will be clean and properly shaped for next time.

4. Some time sit can be confusing to check the right color combination of color you are using. This confusion can be cleared. If you get used to color value, like temperature intensity and hue. Right!Sounds even more confusing. For example orange stands for intensity, shades of red are best for hues and black is a choice for outlining.

5. Getting cracks in your paintings are common. Just follow a thinner layer of paint thinker layer of paint with aa thin coat.

6. Last but not least is never let your last layer dry in the dark. Put it in the light. Or a thin layer of oil will form over the painting.

Oil painting is an interesting kind of painting been popular since the 1300s in England. Back then painters usually preferred tempera over oils. They dried faster than the oils. Then in the 1500s artists began mixing Tempra with oils. Finally in the 1700th century when pure oil paints began being used as an art medium. There were a lot of benefits to using oil paints. some of them are:

1. The largest benefit of oil painting is anyone can do it with very little knowledge of how. The materials are very easy to pick up at any craft store. Even at Walmart now. The themes can vary, as far as the painter’s imagination can go, there is full freedom to use his creative skill can go while doing his painting.

2. Versatility is another benefit. Canvases lay flat as to not take up much room like ceramics, sculptors, or woodworking Unless it is wood burning. And that depends on what you are woodburning on. So they are easy to store and not fragile.

3. Oil painting requires much less time to dry than they use to. They are made up of pigments that are mixed in oil. Some people find this part of oil painting quite troublesome. But painting is an art that requires patience. so we must all learn this art form. Different Oils dry at different times.

4. Oil paints are also great for mixing well with the surrounding paint, so blending is easy to do. When applied to canvas it holds the artist brush strokes giving texture and depth to a painting.

5. With oil paints, you can mix with other solvents and apply a glaze to part or all of the painting. Which adds to glamour and beauty. Rarely are painting of any kind the same as mine. I like realism. In these modern days, people paint with bright colors, patterns, and illusions.

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The new Art, ” Paint Pouring.”

I didn’t plan on doing the paint pouring myself. But I was seeing it all over you-tube. Some use 3 colors others use 30. You can use a colander or a funnel. A heat gun or hair dryer. The possibility is limitless. I believe it is trial and error. So it is best to watch a few on youtube. Decide what you like and then get your paint and supplies. You have to have a good place to possibly make a mess.

If you plan on becoming an acrylic pouring artist, You have to buy special paint and additives. Then get an idea that someone hasn’t tried yet and play with your technique until you get a design that is pleasing to the eye. Yes, watch you-tube to see what others are doing, then do your own thing. There is some pretty spectacular pouring out there. Beyond what I could have imagined. And that is what you what is for your mind not necessarily your eye to see.

Also, you have to have a place to do it. Like a shed are in the garage. Or if you are fortunate enough to have a room in your house set up for painting.  I would suggest it be a heated area because the paint works differently then it is cold. As you see on you-tube they use a shallow large tub or container. I think I would shop in a farm supply store. Then a couple of wooden dowels or PVC is fairly cheap. These 2 dowels need to be permanently fixed to the tub. To place your canvas or the object you plan on pouring on. and you are ready to go. EXCEPT you need to go to Blick Art or Utrecht Art Supplies for your supplies. It is so nice, pick it out, pay, then wait for a delivery in a few days. No dragging gallons of product to and from the car and to your studio. Blick has the “Deco Art Pouring Medium” that will transform acrylics for pouring. And “Blickrylic Student Acrylics” Also I found on some gadgets for paint pouring that I didn’t even know they made.If you click on them and go buy them I will get a bit of commission as I am an associate.

Sargent Acrylic Pouring Medium – Pouring Medium Kit   

This is a complete beginner set. the have tons of different materials to choose from and in almost as many sizes. The acrylic paint comes in up to a half gallon size. And there are a few different brands of the pouring medium to choose from. The ” what to paint on?” well look around Blicks Art Materials .com, you will find things you never even known were made for painting. In this case, I am a Blick’s associate. And will get a bit of commission if you buy this.

Then go to your favorite neighborhood dollar store to find fun items to use to get different effects in your designs. Make sure you know where you get it just in case it turns out to be a glorious painting and you want to repeat it to sell at an art fair.

Pouring Medium

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Do you want to Paint Paintings or Paint on Furniture and things.

I used to paint on anything that wasn’t able to get up and move. Like I said in a previous post I used to make wood boxes, step stools, little chests, birdhouses, you name it. I also painted on furniture and clothing. liked it when geometric shapes were in style. If I had a shirt or t-shirt that got a stain on it I would paint that with a sponge. Cut it to shape, stain gone and a new shirt to wear. I painted on dirty canvas shoes or purses. Only mine of course. Too bad, I do not have any pictures to share with you.

Wood is pretty straight forward.  Acrylic painting on wood is what I call easy acrylic painting. It can be sealed first but I never did unless I wanted to do a base coat of white or black or anything in between. It can be sealed with a urethane too. then draw out your pattern and paint. Is it inside or outside? There is an acrylic patio paint for outdoors.

If you can’t paint free handed or draw very well, use a stencil. or use a picture and trace it using graphite paper. Stencils are in the craft stores with the craft paint. There are generic ones and fancy Martha Stewart. I am cheap and bought whatever I liked and it was usually in the middle price range. Right now I have 3 end tables I painted. I didn’t have any so when my Dad passed away I got his. They were beautiful in their day, wood and highly polished with curved legs and feet. And looked great in Mom and Dads house. But not in mine. I scrubbed them good. Bought some aqua colored paint at Michaels and painted all 3 the same color. They became a set. I thought about it a while and purchased some stencils I liked. One became an antique stamp on top. Another has a bird on it. The third one is a mystery, my husband has so much stuff on it I don’t remember what is on it. You ladies can understand.  lol.  I took a couple of particles board cheap bedside tables I bought 35 years ago and updated them. That was easy. I painted them white and put new knobs on. They go wonderful with my white bedroom set.  See you don’t have to paint an object on everything.

When it came to painting on fabric it is a lot like painting on canvas. But it soaks up paint like crazy. There is a bottle of liquid you add to the paint so It won’t wash out. The ratio is on each bottle. They are found with the craft paint either just before or a row or just after. Put cardboard or newspaper between the layers so it doesn’t bleed through. Draw the outside shape you are going to paint and give it a base coat. But you do not have to. there are women that paint on shirts, pants, hats and denim jackets and sell them at craft and art fairs. But I haven’t seen any new blood out there for the younger generation. I don’t get out much anymore. I like it better if they just go ahead and paint what they want on them. It doesn’t have to be flowers anymore. If I painted on cloth I would turn it over once it dried and iron it. I helped set it in. But with the newer additives, just read the directions. And always wash it inside out.

As far as painting on outdoor objects They have special “Patio” paint for that. It is great for painting on terracotta pots. I stacked some on top of one another and got a base for the top. Glued it all together with a good construction adhesive. And made a bird bath with a mosaic design inside. It was mostly glass. Today you can get books online or in craft stores that teach how to make almost anything out of pots. Very cute. My grandkids love to paint when they come to grandmas. I have the outdoor craft paint and let them paint on rocks. I have a rainbow of colors lining my walk was in front of my house.

Paints come in all colors and for all applications these days. My 12 y/o granddaughter likes shimmer, sparkles, and anchors. The 7y/o grandson likes glow in the dark paint and neon colors. Whatever you decide to paint on, just remember to have fun. It is just painted, if you don’t like it, paint over it. Make it a no stress project.

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Finding Inspiration

What do you paint next?  Big question. I usually have something in mind while I am painting my current one.  Or I take out the canvas I will be painting on and just look at it. Is it big and wants something special. or big and need something big and detailed. A little 8 X 10 makes me want to paint small things like birds. And you can tell that by my website. I love landscapes, seascapes are my favorite place to be and Paintings of animals.

Look through your computer at your photos. Hopefully, they are not just selfies. Find ones that make you happy. Don’t just look at the middle of the pictures, is there anything in the background you can use? Or go out and take pictures of every you see. Pictures of ordinary objects from different views. Maybe you don’t think they are special. That is because you see them every day. This is one of my pictures. Not so special, right? But it reminds me of when my 2 sisters came to visit me. I would not paint the entire picture but look at that sunset. Amazing. Take your camera every place you go to. Not the grocery store unless you want to paint fruit or potatoes. Now that sounds like a challenge.

The next place to look is online. There are a few sites that allow you to use pictures for free. Like for a week or a month but then you pay. either by the week or picture or month. If you want to many or want to you can join.  You will have more than enough to paint. Just make sure they are royalty free. You can type into the search anything, lions, elephants, flowers, old truck, or dogs. Just make sure they are royalty free. Getting free images is getting harder. They have to make a living too.

When you just begin to paint, keep it simple. This is a simple one you can do online. It teaches you about the layers of paint you use to create the look you want.

Painting oct 2015

Here is another simple one to paint for practice In is found on you-tube. Just click this link to go to a beginner abstract landscape.  You can find almost anything you want on youtube. just type in beginner acrylic painting tutorials. any type of painting you want. It is amazing how many people are set up to teach. I want to, but don’t have the capital required. Maybe someday.

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