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Abstract Canvas Painting Tips

Posted in Collage Art, Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Floral Art, Geometric Art with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by

lights improvedlights improvedI know every artist wants to create the best and unique artwork. This goal is of course difficult to obtain if you are a beginner. Here are some tips to help you with:


Every artist has its preference towards a particular color. He/she will then try to include this color in each of his/her artwork. You may love to use this color the most or even might not mind using only this favorite color over a canvas. Either way, what most important thing you should always remember to mix proper and appropriate colors. If you want your painting to become loud and energetic, I then suggest that you use colors with bright colors and you like the opposite of it, try using subtle colors!



It doesn’t matter how many brushes you use to create your art piece. The truth is you can keep them aside and try using some other tools. Try painting knife or a pallet knife instead or if you also like, use your nails or needles.



You can use this to capture your favorite things. After capturing, you may want to transfer these photos into paintings.
Left over colors

Most of the time, a considerate amount of hues remain after the painting session. You can put them in small empty containers and seal them properly. Instead of sealing them with a lid, you can use some good cling wrap. You can also draw a small stroke from the same color over the container to serve as your mark of what color that container has.


Glass Palette

Place this over a clean white paper which acts like a neutral background, and use it as a palette. Make sure that the glass is as thick as your standard windowpane. By suing these you can clearly see colors as you go mixing them over the glass pane.


Using alternatives in your regular art is a great abstract painting ideas. With the tips above, you can produce a new and unique abstract art canvas. Wherever you go shopping, traveling, partying, or even during work, spend time to look around you and experiment things that you could easily transfer to your canvas. Try adding some fun to your abstract art painting by experimenting with the unusual things and you will have an amazing painting ready on your canvas!

Building Self-belief in Painting Pictures

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on July 5, 2009 by

Self-believer of paintings

In order to develop the inner artist in a person, one should try to be compassionate during the learning process, to enjoy and explore painting rather like a child. Sometimes, mistakes or “happy accidents’ are needed to help the practitioner develop and grow. This is possible if the inner critic is continuously peering over the shoulder.

Finding an Artistic Inspiration

To let one move on the next step, the artist should try to overrule the inner critic until they have enough confidence to face it. What I meant to say is setting small, manageable goals, and making sure to develop an artist experiences success in their practice.

Goal Setting

This step is vital in making abstract art paintings. With the use of cheap art materials, like thick paper or card, and a number of tubes of paint, including the primary colors, squeeze a little of each color onto an old china plate and see how colors behave in the following:

  • Adding up and applying different color combinations
  • How paints behave when applied with different brushes and other implements such as sponges, toothbrushes, palette knives, and many more.
  • Explore how to lighten colors by gradually adding white
  • Explore how to darken colors by gradually adding its complimentary color (the contrasting color in the color wheel like for example blue is the complimentary color of red)

Learning to have no expectations is learning about contemporary paintings! This is a great start in getting to know a painting medium.

Making you first artwork

Art is all about experimenting with making marks! Trying to be like the great Expressionist and Abstract artist is a good step forward for beginners in painting who wish to complete their first artwork. Any non-representation artwork is basically an abstract art while Expressionist art attempt to render the inner emotional states.

This doesn’t mean that the work is an exact replica of the artwork selected, but one that try to be look like it. Meaning to say, getting a general likeness with the way the paint applied and the style of the painting. For a beginner to experience a freedom in painting one could use solid, bright colors, basic shapes, and expressive use of line.

Creating a painting and becoming an artist

Creating an abstract art for the first time can be overwhelming at first. Beginners must try to be compassionate during the learning process. Learning from mistakes and exploration is important and very helpful. Making simple marks are big steps. Having an artist as an inspiration to emulate such as the great abstract and expressionist artists is a perfect way to complete ones first painting.

Crepe Paper Flowers to Dazzle Your Home

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by

Do you want to amaze your family and friends by filling your home with your own flower creations? Well if you do, you can make use of crepe papers in the creation of your flower decorations. With the use of the said crepe papers, you can create your swags, bouquets; tiebacks for draperies, wreaths, or in some other ways that you want to use these beautiful paper flowers in your home decor.

Creating paper flowers to decorate your home is not in only cheap but it is also fun. With just a little bit of practice and with the use of several supplies and materials, you can already create a dazzling home. Almost all of the necessary materials could probably be found inside your home. The common tools necessary for the making of the paper flowers are wire cutters, scissors, a ruler, a brush for applying the glue, a pencil or knitting needle, and, of course, your patterns.

Some of the needed materials may already be something that you already own while those that you don’t have should be easy to find. The things that you really need in order to create these beautiful flowers are crepe paper of few different colors, florist wire usually 20 and 28 gauge, floral tape, and craft glue. But if you don’t want to create them, you can make use of stamens. In order to hold the paper flower’s shape as well as to make it shine, you might want to spray your finished paper flower. What is usually used to spray crepe paper flowers are clear spray gloss as it is specially made for paper crafts.

Adding some embellishment to your crepe paper flowers like beads and glitters is also another option that you can do. If you want to add some beads, it would be better if you make use of small ones. This is so because they will not weigh down the petals of your flowers. Also, you only need to add a drop of glue to wherever you are going to put your bead. If you still want to add a larger bead at the center of your flower, make sure that it is not that heavy so that your crepe paper flower top will not be heavy.

If what you want to add are glitters, it would be better if you make use of spray glue and then spray the same to the flower. After which, sprinkle some glitters over the flower and then let it dry. Thereafter, spray the flower with a coat of spray clear gloss and then let this dry. If you do so, the glitter will not easily come off and it won’t be necessary for you to place much glitter everywhere.

Another way of dazzling your flowers is through the use of magic markers, craft paints, powdered chalk, crayons, waxing, etc.  Take not however that when you do waxing, you should always be very careful around small children. In making use of the preceding, you might as well try your hand at whatever you may want to use to embellish your crepe paper flowers with by all means. Remember that any craft trial and error is the most important part of the crafting.

You can place your beautiful flowers in any part of the house that your desire. However, you must bear in mind that they are usually not waterproof; hence, you should choose carefully on where to place them considering the possibility that they may be splashed with water.

Placing them inside the bathroom can also be done most especially if you add a little scent to them. When you have quests, this will add a nice aroma. The only thing that you should do is to add a drop of scented oil a few places on your flowers. This way, you can already have a amazing bathroom smell. You can also choose to place these scented flowers anywhere in your home. Adding some abstract art painting, the subject being flowers can also add to the dazzling effect of your crepe paper flowers. You can choose to create your original abstract art or you can visit any abstract art gallery where you can choose which painting can greatly add to your paper flower theme.

Thus, dazzle your friends through the creation of paper flowers as decoration of your home. You can also give these crepe paper flowers as gifts for friends and family most especially if they were dazzled by what you can do with them in your home!

His Most Famous Painting – Nude Descending a Staircase, Number 2 – Marcel Duchamp

Posted in Animal Art, Black and White Art, Collage Art, Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on June 9, 2009 by

One of the most influential figure of the “Contemporary Art” is Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). He became known for his sturdily expressed contempt for the area of conventional ‘Fine Arts.’ Also, he has, in a way, a relation to the ‘Surrealist Movement’ which is the descendant of ‘Cubism.’ What’s controversial in this artist is the fact that his methodology and themes were not well received by ‘Cubists.’ As a consequence, the ‘Dada Movement’ emerged. The most famous painting of Marcel as well as his most scandalous ‘Dadaist’ work is the “Nu descendant un escalier n° 2 (Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2)”. Such creation became a turning point of his life.

When Duchamp created the “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2″ in 1912, he did it with great enthusiasm. This is indeed a path-breaking piece that has a measurement of 57.88″ X 35.12” oil work on canvas. If you want to see it, you will find this among the gallery paintings shown in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is one monochromic work that mainly contains yellow and its shades. It can be said that this is a quiet ‘Cubist’ painting as shown by its geometric representation rather than figurative. It is the spirit of ‘Futuristic Art’ infused in it that makes it unique. This is an original painting that hardly contains some background. Instead, the background shows the allusion to the dark ‘staircase.’ Marcel didn’t embody sensuality but embodied around twenty or so images of a mechanically structured figure. These images or figures were arranged in a sequence over the ‘staircase.’

As regards the ‘Cubist’ style, you can easily distinguish structurally the bright figure, silhouetted against a dark background if it is either a male or female. The sequence of images conveys the how the figure changes postures while it descends the staircase. This is a concept which is almost similar to the composition of a stroboscopic motion picture where there is a sequence of stills. The “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2” is indeed the outcome of intense observation and diligence. An element of raw force of energy and futuristic vision are both carried.

In 1912, when it this revolutionary ‘Futurism’ and unorthodox methodology had its debut show at the Paris Salon des Indépendants, a lot of opposition and negative reviews came out. One more reason why this creation had a poor response and why it was eventually rejected was the backdrop of the covert, contemptuous emotions behind this work. Despite being annoyed, Duchamp chose to re-present the painting at the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1913. Just like its debut show, it again received criticism due to the common belief that it was only a mere caricature of the much-revered subject of nudity that lacked artistic aesthetics.

Even if the painting was either loved or hated, the “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2” never lost its public attention. In fact, it turned out to be a topic of lots of American parodies, including books, musicals, and paintings. “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.” Such statement of William Hazlitt is indeed remarkably justified by the history.