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Face Painting: What and how to use face paints?

Posted in Cool Ideas, Landscape Painting, Organic Art with tags , , on November 8, 2009 by

face painting

Modern paintings like abstract paintings and body painting is becoming popular nowadays, one of these modern painting methods is face painting that is especially popular amongst children party. Many artists also use face painting as their source of income.

As an artists it is important to know what paint one should use, where to get it and how to use it.

  1. Choosing the right face paint to use.

The best brand would be the Wolfe Bros., a.k.a. Wolfe Face Art and FX. Snazaroo and Ben is also a good brand. These brands are all high quality, easy to use and they are FDA approved, meaning safe to use for your skin. They are also available water-based that is so easy to wash off.

2. Arrange all your materials such as face paints, cup of water, paper towels, brushes, and sponges on a table next to your hand. Fold up a paper towel and lay your brushes on top of it. Now set up 2 chairs facing each other. One chair is for you and the other one for the person you will do the face painting with.

3. Dip your brush in the water then bring your brush to the paint. Mix the water from your brush with the paint, working the paint into creamy consistency.

4. As for the sponge, you may either use it on its original form or cut it in half suing the scissor. Then dip one end of it in the water and pat it onto the paper towel to remove excess moisture. Rub the sponge with firm pressure in the paint, loading of paint on one end.

5. When applying the paint on the face on a full-face design, use the sponge to cover large areas of the face, the use the brush to add smaller details. Once you have applied the paint onto your sponge, use a dabbling movement to apply the paint. In case the paint comes out too streaky, go back over it with the use of the sponge with a light dabbing movement. Let the paint dry first before adding more details.

As an artist it is indeed a fulfillment at the end if you create good face paint. Same applies for other painting genre such as abstract art, plein air, contemporary paintings, landscapes, and others.

Floral Paintings: What flowers are commonly use by artists?

Posted in Floral Art, Irregular Forms Art, Man Made Painting, Organic Art, Painting Tips with tags , , on November 8, 2009 by


Flowers are important and symbolic items for ceremony, celebrations, and festivals. No wonder many artists find flowers as their most chosen subject for painting. Floral art aside from abstract art, landscape, seascape, and still-life has also defined the legacy of several popular painters and continues to be one of the most well-known categories of art brought and sold today. So given the endless variety of flowers on earth, which one are most frequently painted? Artist over the centuries have gravitated towards specific species when making their works of art.



These are probably the most popular flower in history. They have been used to represent love, ceremony, death, and endless other human endeavors. There are over 100 varieties which include many colors as well. Not to mention the symbolism of the delicate petals protected by the dangerous thorns is ripe with symbolism. So it is usual that roses are painted more than any other flower out there. Artist in the past are fine tuned their skill to construct and shape the petals of a rose.



These flowers are more mysterious since no one knows how many varieties of them truly exist. New orchid species are continuously being discovered. Their cult like following likely stems from the combination of their rarity and variety and the beauty of so many species.



Another flower that you can often see in most floral art is the wildflower. It depicts not so much a species but a category of flower. However, the fact remains those artists have often tried to capture the radiance that wildflowers provide in the wilderness. There are numbers of colors and shapes and given that they often grown in groups and bunches only makes them more tempting for artist to imitate on a canvas. Contrasting colors of wildflowers in the same setting makes for great art.



Lilies on a canvas are also popular, bug beautiful blooms that last for a long time projected into brilliant paintings. Right labeling of a flower as a lily seems to be challenging in that there are many species that are similar but nor of the official variety. Regardless of their colors, lilies are perfect paintings for wall decoration.

So, what other flowers are most famous use by artists as a subject? There are so many that could complete this list. Daisies with their simplicity appeal to those wanting to paint with white. Eastern cultures have made art featuring Lotus flowers renowned. Tulips, daffodils, and marigolds are standards of spring. Exotics like Bougainvilleas, Anthuriums, and Birds of Paradise are featured in art from tropical areas over the world.

Several of flower species not discussed here that have been featured in flower paintings. Given the joy, beauty, and symbolism flowers bring to human cultures, it’s no surprise that flower paintings continue to be as popular as they are. Floral art is also now more available than ever, you may want to search online to see an endless number of flower galleries and collections.

You might also want to take a look on contemporary paintings, landscape paintings, abstract art paintings and other still-life paintings online. Who knows, you might find the one you are looking for!

“Green” Style of Painting

Posted in Cool Ideas, Man Made Painting, Organic Art with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by


Modern artists continue doing their best to find new ways of doing an art piece. Basically, they use unusual materials and make it into a different form. Painting using plants is a result of this art experimentation. Artist use flowers or leaves and turned it into paint that looks more likely as watercolors.

Unlike any other, this process can be very fun. Let me give you an idea on how to do this kind of painting with paintings at the same time, how to use it to come up into a piece that perfectly fits the artist’s style.

What are the materials needed?

  1. Hammer
  2. Watercolor paper (cold pressed 140 lbs. Strathmore Watercolor Artist Trading Cards as an example)
  3. Wax paper
  4. Fresh flowers
  5. Fresh leaves (I suggest you use fuzzy, thick leaves than glossy leaves, because they work better on this)

What you need to do?

  1. Smashing

With the use of the hammer, smash the leaves and flowers to get their juices. This will serve as your dye in water color paper.

Put the plant onto the watercolor paper. Next, cover the plant with wax paper. Then beat it with the hammer.

  1. Rubbing

By rubbing, you can also extract the plant’s juice, but here you will use different method. Tear apart the plant and by force rub it onto the watercolor paper to make an interesting wash of color.

After the wash of color is laid, you can now draw or paint on top of it.

  1. Layering

To add an effect to your art piece, layered your work with several different kinds of plants. Like for instance, smashed a watermelon leaf onto the paper, and then rub some petals of the orange flower over of the leaf print to achieve a look of an abstract art painting of a flower.

  1. Finally, manipulating

To manipulate botanical paintings, add some mixed media. For instance, use a felt tip pen to add more details on the painting. You can also use watercolor, ink, acrylics, to manipulate the appearance of the piece.

You can use this style in doing an abstract painting as well as other contemporary painting but you need lots of practice and testing to get fantastic results.

Palm Painting

Posted in Organic Art with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by

“Palm” by Jason York

This is the large abstract art painting “Palm” by Jason York. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by Jason York and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.


Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 600