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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.

Making Paintings on Fabric

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 1, 2009 by

Fabric Painting

Do you know that painting could not only make on canvas? Yes! Aside from canvas, you can put on your painting on fabric. This is absolutely a unique way of painting that finds vibrant expression on fabrics. Fabric painting is now becoming famous homemade handcraft and is practiced by anyone, whether as their hobby or as their source of income. Using simple techniques and procedures attractive paintings can be done within your means. Because of this, fabric painting has a high demand in markets nowadays.

What is fabric painting?

This way of painting is used fashionably in men’s shirt, ladies kurties, hand bags, cushion covers, curtains, upholsteries, wall hangings and many more. You don’t need to be very skillful in painting to become a fabric painter. You just need to have some creative skills and sounds knowledge on the different methods of fabric paintings and the rest will follow.

Fabric painting is all about mixing colors and applying enough heat. Fabric painter is like that of a chemist, instead of different chemicals they mix different colors and heat to use in order to come up in a specific form of painting. The most popular amongst them are the batik painting, dyeing, shibori, silk-screening, watercolor painting and layering.

The most common and simple forms of fabric painting would be dyeing. By doing this, fabric painter tied and merged some part of the fabric into colored dye solutions while some other parts are refrained from dyeing. By folding the specific part painter will be able to form a design joining together the colored and uncolored part.

To produce a Batik painting, they combine wax and dye. This is the most favored technique in all fabric paintings. This method of fabric painting originates in Indonesia, island of Java. To come up with Batik design, the painter first waxed the fabric. Next, they dyed the fabric and lastly, de-waxed it.

Shibori as another way to produce a fabric painting is a common Japanese tie-dye painting that looks attractive with its creases, pleats, stitches, loops and colorful motifs. This painting method is a bit complicated and it involves a series pf processes like stitching, folding, dyeing, pleating, creasing and embroidering.

So you see, with all your creativity and by using your skillful hands you can create masterpiece that is out of the canvas.

Interested in fabric painting? You will also like abstract painting as your design in your t-shirt. Or if you like it in your wall, better buy abstract art in any abstract art gallery or order online.

“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.

Night watch painting by Rembrandt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 22, 2009 by

Night watch painting was created by Rembrandt and can see in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He finished his masterpiece in 1642 with the original title of The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch. Night Watch is its popular title that simply means “a company being a militia guard”.

In the year 1715 a shield was painted onto the Night Watch consisting 18 names of people. So I strongly recommend that if you paint a group portrait always remember to draw a diagram at the back to go with the names of everyone!

Just last March 2009 a Dutch historian named Bas Dudok van Heel revealed the mystery of the names of those people in the painting. His research even found items of clothing and accessories illustrate in the Night Watch stated in inventories of family estates that he then gathered with the age of the various militiamen in 1642 which the year it was completed.

Later on, he also discovered that in the hall where Rembrandt’s Night Watch was first hung, there were also six group portraits of militia originally displayed in a continuous series, not six separated paintings that was long been thought instead, six groups portraits by Rembrandt, Pickenoy, Bakker, van der Helst, Van Sandrart, and, Flinck formed and unbroken fresco each matching the other and fixed in the wooden paneling of the room. Otherwise that was the intention. His masterpiece Night Watch doesn’t fit with the other paintings in either composition or color. It gives the impression that he did not stick to the terms of his commission. But then again, if he had, we would never have this wonderful century group portrait masterpiece.

Know more about Rembrandt’s Night Watch or visit any abstract art gallery. You could also buy abstract art and be fascinated of how contemporary paintings are being created.

Tips for applying textures to your painting

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2009 by
  1. Depending on how much paint you have applied on the canvas drying time can take anywhere from a couple days to week. This will take a long time considering the paint is not out in open to much air. Remember you’ll need to have a lot of patience here and if you are willing to wait, you’ll find out that it is worthy. Before you start to paint your abstract painting, apply a generous amount of white acrylic paint or gesso to a primed canvas. Don’t hesitate about how much you need to put on, more is better!
  2. After applying the paint or gesso to the canvas, take a plastic bag, trash bag, or any plastic drop cloth and place straight away on top of the generously painted canvas.
  3. Squish the cloth into the paint. You should really work with the paint! Keep in mind that it is important that the whole surface of the paint is touching the cloth or else you would end up with a painting that is half textured (except if you prefer abstract art paintings that way). If you want to achieve a much textured look work the paint into folds and crumples of the cloth. Don’t be afraid that you might not able to remove the cloth from the fold, it will.
  4. Let it dry.
  5. Remove you the cloth from the paint and reveal your new textured surface.

Remember: If you want to make an abstract art and figures, forms or objects are not essential to maintain. You could just perform this technique after the piece is done and the paint is still wet. Additional paint would not have to be added to your abstract art painting because you would just make textures of the paint you have already applied.

Important decision for planning a painting

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on July 8, 2009 by

Some people would ask if it is important to plan a contemporary painting in careful detail before you begin, or should you let it develop as you go along. Well, planning for your contemporary paintings could be a help because you know what exactly to do, but it could also hinder spontaneity. Letting your painting develop as you work is very free and lets you be spontaneous but also leads you to the possibility that the painting won’t go anywhere and end up with such a mess.

Green paint

Eventually, the degree to which you plan out a painting depends on your personality that’s why there are some people find it important while others are not. But despite of how detailed you like to plan or not, there are many decisions that you have to make before you begin to paint.

1. You should first decide for a subject. This is the logical first step as it affects the format of the support, type of support used, and the technique you will use to come out with the abstract art painting or any artwork. If you only have a fuzzy idea of what to do with an appealing subject like a glorious landscape, sketching, or doing small studies rather than s full painting will let you see if the composition and selection of elements work well without wasting time or materials. You could also do a study that can be used as the staring point or reference for a full scale painting.

But if later on you found out that doing a study makes you stiffen up when you come to the large scale painting because you are actually focusing on replicating it and not making your original one, try doing only quick sketches to see if the composition works and taking reference photos to work from back in your studio.

2. After deciding for the subject, next thing you should think about is the format for the support. Whether it should be landscape or portrait, or maybe square. What shape for the canvass will go well with the subject matter? For example, a very long and thin canvas used to tote up a sense of drama to a landscape, especially one of a wide-open space.

3. Then decide for the size. Abstract art paintings should not be in specific size because that’s the size of the sheet of paper you have. You could buy primed and stretched canvases in several various sizes so that you have a choice. Imagine how the subject would look if it was painted small, or maybe very huge. Would you want life-sized or oversized?

4. If ever you will use one medium, you don’t have to decide which one you think is best for this specific subject. How about the technique? For example, if you use acrylics, are you going to use them thickly or thinly? Like water colors, would you want to use retarders to slow down the drying time? If you would use water colors for your abstract painting will you use masking fluid to keep areas white?

5. Think about the type of support you will use. Would you want to paint on canvas, primed hard-board, or paper? Would it be a canvas with a fine weave, such as linen, or a coarse weave that will show through? Would it be a smoothed, hot-pressed paper or a rougher water color paper? These decisions would influence not only the texture of the end result but also how you work, like for example canvas will stand heavy impasto being reworked repeatedly. Alternately, the methods you wish to use will reveal the best support.

If you are using oil, acrylics, or gouache, would you use a ground and what should it be? How about complementary color to the main color in the picture? If you using pastels, what color paper will you use? And would you lay down an initial layer of complementary colors?

6. Decide on colors. Will you use colors realistically or not? Will you just use whatever color you have or select out a few to make up a palette just for that abstract art? Working with a limited range of colors can add to a sense of unity in a painting and create a sense of identity.

Ways to help you enhance your knowledge in painting

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on July 8, 2009 by

Tip#1: Using the world around you to compose abstract art is a good idea. More often than not, it is hard for us to come up with good shapes and compositions just I the blink of the eye. So I suggest you make yourself a viewfinder from a piece of firm white paper or mat board. With the use of this piece, look at your surroundings.

Tip#2: For me, there’s two ways of starting to create an abstract art painting. I prefer to call the first one, the design way and it’s a way often given in demos of how to paint an abstract. In this you take an existing image, like for example a photo or another painting, and either by cutting it up and reconstructing or blowing up a part of it to compose an abstract design, which after then you’ll paint in different colors to the original.

Finding something that will inspire you like listening to music, setting up a still life, or even working from a photo is the second way. While doing so, paint how your brain will reacts to the inspiration. You can just let it flow and paint everything that comes into your mind, or give it a lot of thought and plan the abstract painting either in your mind or in a paper. Your abstract art painting will reflect your feelings and emotions caused by your source of inspiration.

It helps to work big and not be mean with the paint. To use other materials like much bigger brushes, sponges, pointed instruments or like Pollock, use paint direct form the tube. Of course, you still have to apply your knowledge in mixing paint, opacity, and some basics of composition.

I think, using photo as your basis is the hardest and helps to use the photo upside down, or you will have a propensity to still paint a non abstract image. You can use collage or calligraphy. It is all up to you. The end result would be true abstract art paintings that reflect your thoughts and response to your inspirations.

Though it is not really easy, do not forget that all the masters of abstract paintings started with a conventional art training. Don’t ever try to copy on of your favorite abstract painters, use their techniques like Pollock’s dripping, or Mondrian or Ben Nicholson’s carefully worked out geometric paintings, or else you would end with a pale copy of their style and not actually your own work.