Top 5 painting tips for artists
Painting is an art that helps individuals to express their hopes and dreams, but that doesn’t mean that there is no skill involved. To create an image that showcases your vivid emotions, you need the right tools and the right advice. Keep reading for our 5 top tips that aim to help artists everywhere.
When you look at a warline painting in your local art museum, remember that the masterpiece before you is made in layers. To create a work of art with vivid detail, you need to create a foundation and then build on it. You should always start using a thin layer of paint, let it dry and then add a thick layer of paint over it. Also try adding the bright colors at the end, to ensure that they are not lost in the mix.
2) Your collection of brushes
Choosing the right brushes for your project is a skill you must develop as a painter. Brushes are available in a range of shapes, sizes and created from some fibers. The key is to have a variety as this allows you to test them as you go and find the ones that work best for your style. The synthetic ones are very versatile, so having a few in your artist bag is never a bad thing. You should also have a collection of brushes that are flat and rounded, as they both have a significant impact on the type of effects that can add into your painting. To ensure that your painting attracts attention, use a dry ‘flat’ brush to blend the paint and create subtle transitions between the layers.
3) Texture is key
Paintings that are smooth may not seem as impressive as the ones that have texture. You can try using objects around the house, such as egg shells and toothbrushes, to add some depth to your painting. If you’d prefer to use something more professional, visit your local art store and buy the texture media that they have in stock.
4) Using mediums
A medium is a fluid that affects the consistency and drying time of your paints. As an artist, you have a variety of painting mediums at your disposal. Turpentine is a traditional choice, usually paired with oil paints. It dilutes the paint and helps reduce the time that your paint takes to dry. Linseed oil is another popular choice though it increases the time that your paints take to dry, making it perfect for paintings that have a lot of layers!
5) Give it a coat
Once you have finished your painting, wiped off any excess color and allowed all the layers to dry you may need to give it a transparent coat. This step is known as ‘glazing, ’ and it helps to intensify the shadows in your painting and strengthen the color.
These tips can help an aspiring artist turn their painting into a work of art!