Professional watercolor artist Trevor Waugh confidently displays under the guidance of a soothing backing soundtrack how he would take on the complexities of painting white roses. Most people imagine white to be colorless but in actual fact it is anything but that. White is made up of all the colors of the spectrum and with a keen eye any aspiring artist can find these other colors! With a palette of pinks, reds, blues, violets and greens, Waugh uses a a variety of brushes to showcase his techniques and skills. This is a must watch for the aspiring watercolor artist!
This is a very interesting way to paint wouldn’t you say? At his workstation an artist has in front of him a large tray of water which is surrounded by various jars of different colored paint/ink.
I believe the technique is called Suminagashi as is the ancient Japanese art of painting with inks onto water to create a marbled pattern in a whole manner of swirls, shapes and colors. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution, and then carefully transferred to an clean absorbent surface, such as fabric or paper.
With the right equipment anybody can have a go at this and you can be sure that every painting you do will be different from the last one.
This video features watercolor artist John Baxter painting a scene including an estuary, boats, trees and houses. It is a time lapse video which shows how Baxter takes on difficult yet popular themes within watercolor painting. He goes through a whole spectrum of colors and uses many techniques to achieve this very realistic watercolor painting. Fine brushes, large brushes and a variety of washes all constitute this cracking landscape/seascape. Learn from what he has to offer and have a go yourself.
Watch how this amazing temporary tattoo image is created using only cosmetics!!
Marvelous Masks is a company based in Chicago and offers a multitude of designs to choose from. For example butterflies and tigers to super heros and skulls they can do it all. Whether you are looking for elaborate designs for your body or quick and simple faces, they have plenty to choose from, including a wide array of custom creations and abstract pieces.
They use only the highest quality of cosmetics that are FDA compliant and wash off with ease. Their makeup is very gentle on the skin, so you don’t have to worry about skin reactions or those badly stained faces you get with cheap paints. Their makeup also works great on hair to give designs a complete finished look, and the kids just love it!
All designs are always painted by hand with brushes and sponges. On average they take between three to seven minutes each. They offer hundreds of designs and can cater the menu to meet your exact needs; whether you have time for full faces or need quick designs. Do you need some options?
Do NOT use diaper wipes or any other kind of sanitary wipe to clean off face paint. Often times the wipes themselves can cause a reaction due to the chemicals in them. The easiest and safest way to wash face paint off is to use a liquid soap BEFORE water. The vast majority of colors will come off with one wash, however some of the darker colors may require two washings.
For further information and inspiration visit their website: http://www.marvelousmasks.com/index.html
Here April Numamoto shows use how to produce a painting using the one stroke painting technique. She paints a very beautiful cabbage rose to demonstrate this technique.
The “One Stroke Technique” is a double loading technique that consists of loading a brush with two separate colors. Donna Dewberrry discovered the technique and has set up classes and learning turorials like this one to teach people how to do it. Dewberry claims that with her technique you are able to achieve the shading and highlighting in one stroke
April Numamoto attended the 2nd One Stroke certification class taught by Donna Dewberry in 1997 and has worked her way up through Dewberry U Education Program. She teaches all the Certifications (Donna Dewberry’s Professional Home Specialist (PHS) which she helped develop. In April 2011, she became the second OSCI to reach the Master Elite Director and Counselor level. She has assisted Donna in many of the certification classes throughout the country, has attended their painting seminars in Florida each year, and taught at national conventions. April has been published in many books and magazines and is a guest Artist on the Dewberry Design Team. You can find her at home working on projects for her weekly classes or teaching certifications across the country. Along with teaching One Stroke painting and woodworking classes to children and adults, she paints murals in homes and businesses. April has been a decorative artist for over 30 years and is a member of NSDP.
As a beginner you may want to use a large flat brush, so that you can learn to perfect your skills. Once you have mastered this, you can then move onto smaller brushes. Here April goes through step by step on how to paint a cabbage rose. Once you have prepared all your paints and set them out ready. You can then pick up your brush. She shows us how to dip the brush in the paint. Cover the left side with your first colour and then in your hand turn the brush and dip the right hand side in the paint. You will now have two colours. To even out the paint you could take a piece of paper and then paint up and down the paper. What this will do is start to blend the two colours together before you start on your canvas.
Of course painting are not the only thing you can use this technique on. You could also try it on your nails. Nail art is also another popular form of art that uses one stroke painting. Either way with a bit of practice you will end up with a simple but very eye catching designs.
A quick intro into stitching on paper a peacock design.
Embroidery on paper is the craft of sewing designs on to paper or thin card. It is an excellent way of making greetings cards, bookmarks and table decorations.
There are patterns available that enable you to produce beautiful results even if you are a beginner. All you need are blank cards, thread, a sewing needle, a pricking pin and a pricking mat. All can be bought from a craft shop. Once you have drawn out your picture and pricked out the pattern, you can then start to sew your image.
In 1998 an English craft company called Card Inspirations launched some stitching cards under the trade name of Form-A-Lines. The first Form-A-Lines stitching cards were designed by Anne Harding and Linda Jefferson. David Jefferson then used a standard computer drawing program to convert their cards into the patterns for the first two Form-A-Lines kits. The kits proved very popular and more designs soon followed.
Music is Mika’s Song by Yiruma
A quick and very simple way of creating abstract art that anyone can master and reproduce”In a Distance” is the name of this abstract art video lesson and the painting that has been produced.
In this video an amazing and elegant landscape painting has been made using few simple techniques, tools and colors. This art lesson will prove once again the simpler your design the better the final result.
Throughout this art lesson the painter uses acrylic paint (yellow, orange, red, dark green, black colors), medium and small size brushes, and the bottles premixed with the same acrylic colors.
If you like this video check out the website at http://abstractartlesson.com
One of the most popular forms of interior decorative painting is ‘faux painting’. Year after year more and more people are becoming inspired to create their own artworks for their interiors, creating a beautiful personalised living environment tailor made to their tastes. This video tutorial offers great insight and painting techniques delivered by a professional interior artist and is a great way to start filling out your inspirational needs for your own home.
Faux finishing comes in many forms but the most commonly referred to are sponging and ragging and this online art tutorial highlights these areas. You will learn to achieve fast and elegant finishes using the sponging methods and system and it is also the best way to create interior art without breaking your bank balance.
There are many types of textured finishes and glazes available to you on the open market but the costs for these materials can soon escalate so by using the multi-color sponging system you will save your money and be able to apply literally any design you desire.
Using a triple S faux system palette you can achieve up to 50 square feet of coloring on your interior walls without reloading the sponge. This save you lots of time and energy walking up and down a ladder if you are working in high areas. You load the palette with your preferred glazes and you will also have a base coat which provides a great undertone on your walls. With this palette you get the exact texture of your sponge and don’t over saturate the wall. This is a great system and makes your family home beautifully accustomed to your needs.
Artisan HQ’s…Top Ten Oil Paints
So you are already a current oil painter or you are curious to grab your paint brushes and start painting with oil paints but don’t know where to turn. Look no further than ArtisanHQ’s thorough and concise guide to the ‘top ten oil paints’ on the market today as well as a few other brands which are also be forwarded for recommendation.
Each and every artist using any type of art medium knows that most of the time it is personal preference which overrides brand name and in some cases the quality. But there is no denying that the better quality the materials and tools you use as an artist then the better their longevity and quality of results. Oil paints for example go from a premium grade containing high quality pigment often of a single color right down to the entry level student grades and water soluble brands which can contain a number of different pigments with varying inconsistencies from tube to tube.
Other than high density pigment there are the other factors of cost and availability to consider when making your purchase. Oil painting can get very expensive so if you are a novice painter don’t go rushing out to buy some M.Graham oils for example as you will potentially waste lots of paint and not understand how to combine these paints with various oils mediums to control their life span. Texture and density of the oil paint is also high on the agenda for most oil painters as it allows a smooth transition and consistency throughout the various stages of an oil painting. It is also worth noting that the better quality oil paints store away much better and will happily live on a shelf unused for many months.
Depending on what kind of art you are producing where you require oil paints will determine your needs for high or low quality oil paints. Through product testing and reviews I have ArtisanHQ has compiled this list of what we deem to be the most competitive oil paint brands on the market today complete with links to help you locate and purchase them. So here it is, the complete ‘Top ten Oil Paints’ every artist should consider…
10: Student Grade Or Generic Oil Paints
If you go into any chain art store or even to your local college art supplies building you will always find your student grade oil paints often posing in larger tubes with fancy writing all over them. Others will be less obvious but still easily spotted by their low value price tag. With oil paints this low value price always equals low value product and it is at this point where you make the decision to purchase this type of paint. Personally I would advise against it as you will find that you have a mutiny of false economy on your hands where you are constantly applying more and more oil paint to achieve a color mix you will probably never get. The pigments within these paints are only just entry level and most of the time they are extremely poor quality causing you a constant hindrance from start to finish if you’re not careful. Technically these generic oil paints contain too much linseed oil resulting in a much less intense pigment(s) color leaving the user deflated when they can’t achieve the color they are striving for in their mind. This leads to buying more beautiful colors in more techni-colored tubes to over compensate for this with stress levels high and a less than satisfactory palette of colors being used to paint with. Sadly the result will be in most cases an empty wallet, 18 tubes of paint which you hate and a painting which is either completed and disliked or an unfinished painting which props open the shed door. These paints often have a tendency to yellow or form discoloration over time too so just another positive spin for you there. I know this is a harsh review but from experience I wouldn’t want people to follow the same path I did so save your pennies and go up the scale away from these student paints. Even if you have little money it is certainly worth saving just for that extra week to treat yourselves to a slightly more pigment dense and branded paint and believe me you’ll stand with me afterwards casting your complaints on the generic brands. You could however use these paints to take on some form of abstract art which requires less pigment control to use up the rest of the paint or if you have a project where by the values contained within your oil paints aren’t that essential you could certainly consider taking these cheaper value paints to work in your favour.
This video is a sped up and shows an artist painting poppies in Aquarell watercolor paints from start to finish. She begins with the background colors and wash before progressing onto the foreground with a pair of blood red poppies. The picture is quite striking and shows well the order in which watercolors should be correctly undertaken (by danny). A handy little video for anyone wishing to have stab at painting poppies in watercolors.