Bringing colors and shapes in a natural way and tying them up together at the end is our objective in this art video lesson called “OutlinedDesire”. Throughout this art video lesson I will be demonstrating for you how to work with bleeding colors on three separate canvases creating a modern looking abstract painting.
Floral paintings have their own unique beauty and significance. In this abstract art lesson called “Picked by Hand” I will be painting a bouquet of flowers using multiple bright colors and variations of flower shapes. The main objective of this art lesson is to provide the viewer with the colorful combination of flowers in an […]
I love your art and I am so glad you show us how to do some of the neat things you do! you have been a huge inspiration to me and i have recently started painting. thank you again for the tutorials, they have been wonderful! (and i LOVE that song!) do you have ideas […]
One of the techniques that you might want to try is to come up with a realistic idea for your painting, a subject or a theme and convert it into an abstract painting. In this art lesson called “Orange Fish” I will be painting a fishing boat on the lake and by adding few elements […]
Elegant and simple is the theme of this art lesson called “Voice of an Angel”. In order to achieve elegance we will be working with few bright colors such as brown, yellow and purple for the background and painting the subject in this painting using black and white lines. We will blend the background in […]
This is one of those paintings where I will express my inner freedom by using a rough painting techniques in this art lesson called “OrangeCity”. Throughout this lesson I will demonstrate for you how you can achieve a stunning acrylic effects by letting your hands and soul loose and just going with the flow of […]
The geometrical figures and their symmetry has always been appealing to our human eyes. In this painting called “Lucky Four” I will demonstrate for you how to create a geometric abstract painting combining four colors, four squares and four symbols in an interesting and simple way creating another one of my original paintings. “Lucky Four”acrylic […]
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Acrylics dry incredibly fast, allowing for many layers to be created on surfaces quickly and easily. Some artists that generally prefer oils sometimes see this see this ability to be a hindrance to blending and mixing colors. There are, however, acrylic mediums available that will slow drying times making acrylics behave a bit more like […]
We tend to think of paint as something that must be applied to a surface, and that's all most paints are capable of, until now. Acrylics are plastic; they dry to form a solid flexible, transparent skin. While we know that these qualities make for a durable paint medium, what may be a surprise is that they also give acrylics the ability to be used as sculptural tools. Without the sustenance of a support, acrylic paint becomes so much more than mere coating. You can whip it, carve it, slice it, dice it, smear or spread it into a solid mass or sheet. And once you have done that, you can inprovise to create incredible soft sculptures. The warm acrylic film will stick very well to itself, as well as to other things. It can be stretched, stuck, or pured onto a surface to coat an armature or object. Sheets of dried acrylic, colors and mediums can be used to produce translucent and rigid sculptures that can stand alone or be made to appear to drip from the walls and ceiling. Creating a freestanding, three-dimensional acrylic paint sculpture can be a tricky process for two reason. First, the acrylic paint film is a soft, pliant material, in order to give the film enough rigidity to hold its shape, the acrylic sheet must be reinforced with some type of internal support. The support can be flexible one, such as a pliable wire, or a rigid one, like a bamboo skewer. The second challenge to creating freestanding sculptures is that acrylics are a thermoplastic, and thus the ambient temperature has to be takken into account. heat will cause the film to sag, stretch, and stick to itself, while cooler temperatures will make the acrylic stiffen and be susceptible to breakage. The solution here would be to build three-dimensional projects at room temperature. Sculpting with acrylic presents some unique possibilities. The acrylic sheets can be made to llok like fused glass by combining acrylic color in different stages of drying, or items can be embedded into the soft acrylic to accent sculptural work.
Purplose of Acrylic Ground
The purpose of acrylic ground is to protect and seal the support plus provide the paint with something to bond to. Absorbent asupports like paper, wood, and canvas will readily soak up the paint. Applying a gesso or other base coat not only seals the material but allows the paint to flow more freely over the surface instead of geeting caught in the grain. Priming the paint support is economical as well as vital to the longevity of a piece.
Priming wood and wood products
Priming wood and wood products is of particular importance for several reasons:
1. Change in temperature causes wood to shrink, expand, and warp, which can stretch the paint film beyond its tolerance.
2. Water absorption into the wood either from exterior sources or from the paint itself will cause the wood to expand while wet and contract as the paint dries. This could cause the paint to dry unevenly, which can trigger cracking or cratering
3. Any sap still present in the wood can inhibit proper curing in the paint, and can stain light colors.
4. Large knots in wood should always be sealed with proper wood sealer before being primed with an acrylic product.
Guaring against acrylic paint damage
Even thoroughly dried acrylic can sometimes fall prey to water, chemical, or mildew damage. One way to guard against this is to seal a porous support in order to inhibit the absorption of any agents that could have an adverse affect on the paint film
acrylic retarder and flow release agents are translucent and can become slightly gray or yellowish as they age and are exposed to UV light. This light discoloration in no way affects the hue of the paint, as once it has done its job, it comple
ACRYLIC PAINT PROPERTIESAcrylics dry incredibly fast, allowing for many layers to be created on surfaces quickly and easily. Some artists that generally prefer oils sometimes see this see this ability to be a hindrance to blending and mixing colors. There are, however, acrylic mediums available that will slow drying times making acrylics behave a bit […]
Painting With WatercolorNo other painting medium is quite as unique as watercolor. Watercolor paintings are unmistakable. Fluid colors dance on the surface as the water pulls the pigment, producing delicate paintings. If desired, colors can be layered, resulting in controlled complexity. Or colors can be applied boldly, with broad, loose strokes, implying the subject, rather […]
MIXING WATERCOLOR PAINT WITH ACRYLICIn the initial stage of painting use watercolor paint.After you have finished painting the entire composition then add highlights using high quality acrylic paint (i.e. Golden Acrylics, Basics Acrylics).This way you will achieve both: beautiful wash and paint bleeding effect with the use of water color as well as brightness and […]
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