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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Right Brushes for Oil Painting

Paintings are viewed by us as a replica of nature and colours visible are some how related to colours seen in our surroundings. But many times we see paintings with rough strokes and uneven finishes.  This gives a result of unattractive artworks. Using appropriate and good quality brushes is most important for doing oil paintings. Also buying brushes from reputed art materials shops or reputed online art materials websites helps a lot in getting good results out of your paintings.
Since the market is flooded with all types of brushes one wonders as to which brushes will be good for oil painting. Sable hair, natural hair and synthetic fibre brushes are most commonly seen among the art materials available. Natural hair brushes are more delicate and have to be used carefully hence they are mostly preferred by water colour artists. The other brushes available are a mixture of different hairs and synthetic fibre brushes are best for using oil paints. They have soft as well as hard bristles and the softer ones can be used for finer artworks whereas large brushes can be used to cover larger areas with oil paints. Cleaning oil paint brushes is a tedious process and the most difficult to take acre of. This results in many brushes loosing hair and even becoming hard. Using good solvent for cleaning is important and all this depends upon the right selection of brushes.  Soft brushes do not allow proper colour mixing and hence must be avoided.  Different size brushes will give different results and the appropriate selection of brushes must be done for the required area to be painted.
Selection of synthetic brushes helps us to take care of the environment in our own small way. Oil paints must be done by using brushes that are firm and have even bristles. Good quality brushes must be used to get good results otherwise cheap brushes start shedding hair with single use and this gives an uneven finish during painting. 

Few Tips to Paint Using Water Colours

Water colours are the most used style of painting and many famous landscapes are done suing this style of painting. Very often we see that this technique though looks simple on trying we do not get good results and we stop using this style of painting.
Let us discuss a few tips for painting better using water colours. First of all water is liquid and care has to be taken that the work area is kept clear of children. Pets also are very much attracted to art materials and have a tendency to enter announced. Hence to avoid mess one must keep the work area cleared and clean before starting to paint. Lots of rags and sponges to absorb excess water must be kept handy. This technique requires strong hand control and it is very difficult to direct the flow of water. Using good quality paints will help to bring good results otherwise using cheap art materials and you end up with a lighter green and paler blues! Any paper can do but using hand made paper has given best results with water colours. This has to be made wet carefully to make the paper more absorbent. Care has to be taken to use water carefully so as to avoid getting a soggy paper. Outlines and final strokes are most important to give soul to your paintings. Though colours used appropriately will make an attractive painting but the final highlight touches using less water helps to define the shapes and forms in the paintings.
Water colour technique is the most simple technique for some artists if you love it, and the most difficult for some who on trying umpteen times still have not got the hang of it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Few Tips to Paint Using Water Colours

Water colours are the most used style of painting and many famous landscapes are done suing this style of painting. Very often we see that this technique though looks simple on trying we do not get good results and we stop using this style of painting.
Let us discuss a few tips for painting better using water colours. First of all water is liquid and care has to be taken that the work area is kept clear of children. Pets also are very much attracted to art materials and have a tendency to enter announced. Hence to avoid mess one must keep the work area cleared and clean before starting to paint. Lots of rags and sponges to absorb excess water must be kept handy. This technique requires strong hand control and it is very difficult to direct the flow of water. Using good quality paints will help to bring good results otherwise using cheap art materials and you end up with a lighter green and paler blues! Any paper can do but using hand made paper has given best results with water colours. This has to be wetted carefully to make the paper more absorbent. Care has to be taken to use water carefully so as to avoid getting a soggy paper. Outlines and final strokes are most important to give soul to your paintings. Though colours used appropriately will make an attractive painting but the final highlight touches using less water helps to define the shapes and forms in the paintings.
Water colour technique is the most simple technique for some artists if you love it, and the most difficult for some who on trying umpteen times still have not got the hang of it!

The Right Brushes for Oil Painting

Paintings are viewed by us as a replica of nature and colours visible are some how related to colours seen in our surroundings. But many times we see paintings with rough strokes and uneven finishes.  This gives a result of unattractive artworks. Using appropriate and good quality brushes is most important for doing oil paintings.
Since the market is flooded with all types of brushes one wonders as to which brushes will be good for oil painting. Sable hair, natural hair and synthetic fibre brushes are most commonly seen among the art materials available. Natural hair brushes are more delicate and have to be used carefully hence they are mostly preferred by water colour artists. The other brushes available are a mixture of different hairs and synthetic fibre brushes are best for using oil paints. They have soft as well as hard bristles and the softer ones can be used for finer artworks whereas large brushes can be used to cover larger areas with oil paints. Cleaning oil paint brushes is a tedious process and the most difficult to take acre of. This results in many brushes loosing hair and even becoming hard. Using good solvent for cleaning is important and all this depends upon the right selection of brushes.  Soft brushes do not allow proper colour mixing and hence must be avoided.  Different size brushes will give different results and the appropriate selection of brushes must be done for the required area to be painted. One can also take advice of the art material dealer or shop owner who can guide in selection of brushes.
Selection of synthetic brushes helps us to take care of the environment in our own small way. Oil paints must be done by using brushes that are firm and have even bristles. Good quality brushes must be sued to get good results otherwise cheap brushes start shedding hair with single use and this gives an uneven finish during painting.