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Graham & Co. offers artists a safer non-toxic and environmentally conscious method for traditional oil painting you won't find with any other brand of artists color! (Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Daler-Rowney, Rembrandt, DaVinci...the list goes on and on!). Cleaning To avoid solvents while cleaning, use Walnut oil in place of turpentine or odorless mineral spirits. Walnut oil removes color from the artist's brush, palette or hands as effectively as odorless paint thinners without creating a hazard to the individual or the environment. To clean brushes while painting, keep two small jars (one "dirty"-one "clean") filled with Walnut Oil-a small piece of screening can be kept in the jar bottom to facilitate removal of color from the brush.

Since Walnut Oil is slow drying, the same method can be used at the end of the day. Technique -Paint Thinly...Heavy applications of color are too massive (ultimately brittle) to age well. History Physical Attributes of Oil Color Note: Oil Painting Lesson - Cleaning Your Brushes. It is easy to use vegetable oil as a brush cleaner. 1.

Oil Painting Lesson - Cleaning Your Brushes

Wipe the excess paint off of your oil paint brush onto a newspaper or dry cloth. 2. Dip the dirty bristles of the paintbrush into a cup of vegetable oil and move it around. 3. 4. 5. 6. If your bristles are stiff because you forgot to wash them out from a previous painting session, let them stand overnight in fabric softener - this will help loosen paint from the bristles. Abstract Art Painting Lessons, Techniques, Tips and Tools. The secret of good composition. ‘And after drawing comes composition.

The secret of good composition

A well-composed painting is half done’ Pierre Bonnard Imagine a lovely drawing of a house with a path meandering up to it, trees either side in careful balance, a classic landscape scene that just ‘works’. Where is this masterpiece? The Tate? The National? No, stuck to your fridge door, created by a 4 year old. As a young child visual harmony and composition comes naturally. Top 10 Painting Tips for Strong Compositions. Strong composition in a painting can be very intangible, but these painting tips will help you get to grips with it.

Top 10 Painting Tips for Strong Compositions

If the composition in a painting is done well you don't notice it initially, you just know that the painting has something about it that's particularly appealing. And when a painting's composition is done badly (such as when the subject is slap bang in the center, or squeezed into a corner) the painting just feels awkward. Initially you'll have to deliberately work at implementing these painting tips in a painting's composition, but with practice it'll become instinctive. Painting Composition Tip 1: Where's the Focal Point? The focal point should draw the viewer's eye to it. Set Up A Still Life For Drawing. Still life drawing can be really rewarding, but too often we find ourselves struggling with dull arangements that are really difficult to do anything interesting with.

Set Up A Still Life For Drawing

Pieces of fruit in a bowl, a bottle of wine - it can easily be the same-old-same old. Here are some tips on putting together a great still life, thinking about lighting and backgrounds as well as componennts. Be sure to check the links for some illustrated still life examples, ideas and projects. Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 20 mins.

Ruth_Cox: Stage Your Still Life Painting (1 of 3) 3 Tips to Set Up & Light a Still Life Painting. I learned how to properly set up and paint the ‘still life’ through trial and error. Egg Tempera. I originally wrote this for the Niagara Calligraphy Guild Newsletter Egg Tempera is a painting medium and method, but painters sometimes have to put calligraphy and calligraphic ornaments in their pictures.

Egg Tempera

If the painter uses exclusively acrylic paints, he can easily create fine lines for calligraphic work, even white lines against black, by watering down his paint. Even acrylics in tubes the consistency of tooth paste can be made to flow in a nib pen, while still thick enough to give an opaque line. Egg tempera gives the oil painter a way of making incredibly fine details, such as required for intricate lettering. The most direct way to use egg tempera is to add water to egg yolk, about 1 part water and one part yolk, or more water as it pleases you. Going Abstract - How to Create Abstract Art. What is Abstract Art?

Going Abstract - How to Create Abstract Art

Abstract art is a bit like music. Just as a tune is an arrangement of sounds in time, with no meaning (not trying to 'sound like' water or birds or anything else) so an abstract composition is an arrangement of shapes and colors in space (in the case of painting, on a flat plane). Just as there are rules governing musical composition (scales, keys, principles of harmony) which can be followed or broken to a greater or lesser degree, so there are rules of composition in painting, which you can follow or break depending on what effect you want to achieve.

What does abstract art mean? Abstract art has many purposes and inspirations, and covers many styles. Painting Techniques: Lessons, Tutorials, and Resources. General Topics | Watercolor & Gouache | Oil | Acrylic | Other | Matting & Framing | Art Supplies General Topics: Art, Design, and Visual Thinking -- This art course provides an excellent overview of the visual language of art and teaches students how to analyze design, thus giving a better understanding of what it takes to create a successful work of art.

Painting Techniques: Lessons, Tutorials, and Resources

Learn about the design elements and principles of art, the various media employed in creating art, the history of art, and its most popular movements. Essential Painting How To's -- About.com provides step-by-step information and essential techniques for beginner painters. Free Art Lessons -- Free online art demonstrations in a variety of media. Design: Instructional Notes, Tips and Techniques -- Keene Wilson provides key points gathered from instructors and professional artists on Mass, Shapes, Color relationships, Texture, Pattern, Theme and variation, Edges and more.

Tutorial on Composition -- We love this tutorial by Peter Saw. ClothTutorial2.