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Flower Painting Ideas

Posted in Collage Art, Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Floral Art, Geometric Art, Irregular Forms Art with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

flower

Flowers are very attractive subject matter especially for those artists who really love any species of it. Despite the range of flowers that exist in nature, this project should not be off-putting. Flowers can be broken down into its important parts to help you with your drawing and painting.

Sketching the Flower

In sketching, you can either use a real flower or a photograph of it. Tulips work well as a simple flower subject. First, put the flower in a vase to keep it steady. Using your pencil, sketch the flower, following the gentle curve of the stem. Continue until you are satisfied with the sketch of the stem. Then start sketching the inner most flower petals, use dotted lines to reflect where the petals overlap one another. Start from the center and move outward. Once you feel satisfied with the arrangements of the petals, you can then erase the dotted lines. Don’t forget to sketch the pistils and stamen if they peek through the top of the petals.

Painting the Petals

Try to observe carefully the shadows and how they appear on the flower. This affects the color temperature of the flower, making the flower look more lifelike. The warmer the temperature, the lighter the shade of the color and the cooler its hues the darker the shade will be. Using pictures is helpful in this because the light can change the shadows on the flower before you have completed the painting.

To start with, use a heavy cartridge of paper. Then make an underwash for the flower. Underwash is a universal color that seems to lie beneath the whole flower and will be the flower’s lightest hue. This remove the white of the paper and gives a good contrast to the color temperatures you will apply to the petals. Use a watercolor underwash and an acrylic paint as the surface paint. Coat the colors on the flower in stages, depicting the various color temperatures. Build the colors on top of the underwash, keeping an eye out for the variation in color temperatures. When creating brush strokes, always remember that there are color lines in the center of the flower that pull outward toward the ends of the petals.

Painting the Leaves and the Stem

You can use the method above regarding the underwash and color temperature for the leaves and stem of the flower. Take note that the most distinguished aspect of the leaf is its vein structure and how the light and shadows reflects off of the leaf. When sketching the leaf, make a general outline of the leaf, applying the details later when you start to paint the leaf.

The key to achieve a successful floral painting is to paint in stages, building color around the light and shadows on the leaf and adding vein detail after you have accurately reflected the color temperatures on the leaf.

Truly, floral paintings are good for wall decorations either at home or in your work. Another genre of paintings that can also add and intensify your room’s personality is abstract art paintings. Abstract art are perfect for those people who love to exercise their mind and imagination. Buy abstract art now on a gallery or on line!



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 CreditSmartPro.com

floral

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.

 

Roses

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.

 

Orchids

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.

 

Wildflowers

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

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!

The Beauty of Fabric Painting

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

fabric

Painting on a fabric aids to enhance the textiles. There are several patterns and styles that can be created on fabric. One popular design is flowers. There are huge numbers of kind of flowers that’s why artists have no limitation and can even create their own look of a flower without even referencing a particular kind.

Fabric Painting Step1:

Choose or look for a fabric that you would like to paint. Think about how you will use the fabric when the painting is complete since different fabrics are better suited for various types of projects. For instance, silk and cotton fabrics are perfect for creating garments and a thick cotton/poly blend is ideal for drapes and upholstery, and a duck cloth or heavy canvas is ideal for a tablecloth. A fabric with a coating such as oil cloth is not an ideal fabric for this process.

Fabric Painting Step2:

Wash the fabric or clean it as indicated to the care instruction. For example, most silk fabrics are not washable and could be clean through dry-cleaned to remove any dirt that could hinder the steadfastness of the paint on the fabric.

Fabric Painting Step3:

Choose the type of paint you will apply on your fabric. Different paints are formulated for various types of fabrics. Like for an instance, there are paints made deliberately for painting on silk. Have a variety of hues for painting or the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) with black and white for mixing your own colors.

Fabric Painting Step4:

Before applying the paint, test it first on the fabric by trying different brush strokes and methods for painting on a scrap piece of fabric. If you are creating this fabric for a wearable item that will be washed, wash the scrap of fabric to ensure steadfastness. The fabric paint label should detail care instructions and always follow those instructions.

Fabric Painting Step5:

Start painting the fabric! To produce a flower, press down with the side of the brush, making an ovular shape on the fabric with the paint. Do this in a circular, changing the direction of the brush to point outward, completing the circle to form a basic flower shape. Paint the inside of the circle to finish the center of the flower. Another technique flower painting is through laying a translucent fabric on top of a picture of flowers. Just follow the outline of the flower with the paint and brush, producing a replica of the flower in the picture. To create depth in the flower, water down the paint to create a lighter mark, adding highlights with the thicker paint.

Fabric Painting Step6:

Cure the paint as indicated by the label on the fabric paint. Basically, this inquire letting the paint fry completely and ironing with a hot iron on the backside of the fabric to cure the paint.

Do you like fabric painting? Try abstract art too! Visit abstract art galleries on line and see among the gallery paintings that suits your taste.

Abstract Canvas Painting Tips

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

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:

Colors

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!

 

Brushes

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.

 

Camera

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!

Painting Ideas

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

painting ideas

Most artists expressed their feeling though a painting. Painting has been used fro thousands of years now to express human emotions. It is rightfully said that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Painting a tiny flower, a huge gathering, an old fort or latest model can be accomplished using a canvas, colors and painting tools. Aside from those physical materials, you also need to have a wild imagination that is your key to a successful masterpiece.

 

Canvas Art Ideas

 

  1. You should know your interest area. If you like things such as gadgets or vehicles, you can try them on a canvas! It doesn’t matter if you’re a first timer or not, I believe you will enjoy doing this. Same thing goes if you love nature, why not spend time to go to the nearest favorite spot and start your masterpiece?

 

  1. Floral Art is probably one of the best painting ideas for the novices. All by yourself, you can arrange your favorite flowers in a vase or buy a simple affordable bouquet and start your work with keen observation. A single flower is also enough to make your canvas artwork.

 

  1. Try new things! If you enjoy painting a particular genre and is good at it, you may also try to do something that is completely different. Try landscape, abstract art, contemporary paintings as well and others.

 

  1. If you are tired of looking for a subject to paint with, look at yourself in a mirror. Why not paint your hands, or your legs with your favorite footwear on. Remember, do not limit yourself on one thing, explore, enjoy and experiment!

 

  1. Thinking weird might also help you. Let say an ants queue over your books stack, or a mobile phone placed inside your formal shoes, as if on a phone stand. It’s a matter of thinking something unusual. The more you think weird the more it will become unique!

 

  1. Try abstract paintings! If you think landscape or still life paintings are too hard for you since you are a novice, why not try abstract art paintings instead? It will be easier for you to create this and express your feelings!

Tuscan Inspired Painting Ideas

Posted in Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Man Made Painting with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

tuscan

With the use of simple wash of colors you can create a Tuscan painting. You can either create a vertical or horizontal composition but it is not advisable to mix the two since Tuscan painting should have a peaceful feeling and mixing the direction would make the painting look more energetic.

 

You can choose from yellow, peach, white, honey brown, dark brown, red, blue and green, which are the typical Tuscan color.

 

Use either thick or thin paint. If you are thinning the paint, combine the acrylic paint and water in a bowl. The purpose of this is to create a wash that is similar to a watercolor. Then use a brush to paint broad lengths of colors across the canvass (either vertically or horizontally). Overlap the colors carefully allowing them to bleed into each other.

 

 

Tuscan Inspired Still-life Painting

 

Tuscany is a land that is rich in color and texture. Their love for nature can obviously see in everything around their scenic villas, from the wooden unpainted furniture to the woven fabrics used for curtains. With those things you can easily create a Tuscan still life painting.

 

Typically, still-life paintings include flowers, fruit and bowl but to give it a Tuscan look and feeling, the bowl will be replaced with a lidless biscotti jar composed of warm shades of yellow. You can use bright colors like turquoise, orange and red to paint flowers on the jar. This will create the look of a hand-panted biscotti jar.

 

Tuscan Inspired Trompe l’oeil

If you think you are ready for a more advance subject, Tuscany homes are famous for their Trompe l’oeil murals. These murals appear to be windows to the world outside and represent rolling hills, mountains, evergreen trees, fountains, grape vineyards and basilica-style architecture. Tuscan use of colors is generally very light almost pastel.

 

To paint the mural, start with its background. Paint the mountains in the distance at varying levels of elevation. Paint the farthest mountains in alight blue color, a bit darker than the sky. The blueness of mountain color should increase as they are painted closer into the foreground.

 

Paint rolling hills a bit closer into the foreground also with varying levels of elevation and in different shades of yellow ochre. Paint green rows of vineyards at alternating angles on the hills but be sure to keep the vineyard on a singular hill going onto same direction.

 

You also want to add evergreen tress, rock patios and other nature element like a fountain even deeper into the foreground. This will not be the closest element in the picture, so leave room for barrel-vaulted archways and Corinthian style columns at the closest level of the foreground in the painting.

 

Finally, paint the barrel-vaulted archways into the foreground. Your audience should feel like they are looking out a window and observing the archways. Add greenery like ivy vines attached to the walls.

 

If you are a collector of art you may also consider contemporary paintings as one of your collectibles. Abstract paintings are perfect for wall decoration. Visit abstract art gallery now and choose among the gallery’s paintings that will fit your personality!

Saving and Collecting Paintings as an Investment

Posted in Cool Ideas, Life of a Painter, Man Made Painting with tags , , , , on September 1, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Collection painting

Since financial events of 2008 told us that keeping investments in the bank is no longer a safe option, so why not put a small amount of pension savings into painting. By doing this, you can create a balanced portfolio?

For as long as investors only spend as much as they can afford to lose, you will realize that they are trying up their money for the long haul and appreciating their art treasure may become unfashionable over time, buying and collecting paintings is surely to a fun and profitable endeavor.

Let me give you some tips to help you in art investment.

  • Buy original art works – Limited edition prints may be a less expensive entry into the art world, but the chances that you are simply buying a costly poster are high.
  • Buy only those paintings you Like – Since you will live with the art that you buy be sure that you only buy and own something you will be happy looking at.

  • Never buy cheap paintings – More likely, a cheap new painting will develop into a cheap old one. Unlike cheap one, a more expensive painting has a great chance to at least hold its value.

  • Purchase something that many people would definitely like – Make sure that the painting has a good quality and will stand out in a crowd. Buy something that is soothing and fairly traditional but don’t forget that it should also have a twist that will make it extra ordinary.
  • Don’t be too in a hurry – Pay some time to look around the galleries like for example in an abstract art gallery in your area. Looking around the gallery paintings, buy something that finally captured your eyes.
  • Take a visit on the artist’s web site – You can buy abstract art paintings, still life, landscapes and many more in a less amount than in galleries if you will buy them directly from the artist. You can visit galleries and art exhibits to find out the artists you like but don’t forget that galleries are surely have a large mark up on their prices.
  • Put your painting in a proper place – If you are keeping your painting to sell in the future or when the time comes for your retirement, be sure that you hang them all in a good place away from direct sunlight or heat because they can damage your paintings.

  • Remember to increase your household insurance – Itemize your painting too! It needn’t cost more than a few pounds or dollars each year to make sure that your treasure is safe from thieves or fire.

So, who says that paintings are not that valuable? Aside from collecting and enjoying its exquisite look, it can also be a good investment for anyone who is art enthusiasts.

The Wonder of Fruits

Posted in Cool Ideas, Irregular Forms Art, Painting Tips with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

wonder of fruits

Probably, the most favorite subject of most artists in doing still life painting is the fruits. There are many popular artists created extremely captivating paintings of rotting fruit. In this time artists are also adepts in making captivating still fruit oil paintings and oil pastel fruit paintings. It is said that the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are considered as the golden age of fruit growing among wealthy amateur. They make sure that there are abundant supplies of specimens to paint and for the published plates.

 

The art of painting and the painting industry as a whole is flourishing supported by art enthusiasts all over the world. Because of this, fruit paintings gained its popularity and there has been a steady increase in the population of fruit painting lovers. People are so excited to decorate fruit paintings in their home, offices and restaurants. They also bought fruit paintings as a gift fro their loved ones on a special occasion. Since many people love fruit paintings, it became the favorite gift of some for birthdays, wedding, new home, and new office. Like real fruits, fruit paintings are greatly used in most events and functions all over the world.

 

Creating fruit painting are not limited to any select varieties of fruits but involve almost all kinds of fruits. Numbers of fruit paintings is comparable to numbers of fruit species. These paintings have extraordinary beauty that holds great attractions to viewers. This could be done in different mediums and different materials. Most common fruits that artists paint are grape, guavas, bananas, apples and pineapples. These artists are brilliantly representing the best art work of rotting fruit. Fruit bowl painting is equally fantastic and add charm with their presence on the walls of your room.

 

Making a fruit painting is not complicated to do and can easily be learn through simple decorative one stroke painting method which you can use in diversity of surfaces. Anyone can easily paint apples, blossoms, leaves, bracts, strawberries, garlic, tomatoes and many more. You can easily use elements alone as well as with others to be able to make your own unique style. Once you have master this one stroke fruit painting art, you can use your talent and creativity to make paintings for gift articles, bazaars, shops, online wending, exhibitions, home decoration and many more. You can use materials fro your learning process or practicing like folk art acrylic and enamel paint, floating colorless medium, wicker white, green forest, sunflower yellow, burnt umber, maple syrup, berry wine, crimson, etc. There are also available brushes for practicing that are so available in the market.

 

Choose card or any other type of paper you wish to paint on. Prepare your paints and assemble a special color palette for the paint instead of dipping it directly into your usual paints. This is important or else you may get pieces of vegetable or fruit sticking out and they are bound to rot sooner or later. The good thing about painting fruits is that you can focus on one small area at the time. I strongly suggest that you choose a paint that is somewhat thin but not too watery. At first, try painting on old newspapers till you gain enough expertise. You can try painting on old newspaper first for practicing. Put only a little layer of paint on the fruit to avoid smudging and make the floral border if it is greeting cards or for a scrapbook

 

Do you love painting? Why not try to paint abstract art with fruits as your subjects? Surely abstract paintings of fruits are perfect gifts for your love ones. Why not buy one now in any abstract art gallery in your area.

Adding Some Twist to Your Room with Space Night Sky Ceiling Illusion

Posted in Animal Art, Cool Ideas, Man Made Painting with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Space Night Sky Ceiling Illusion

Bored with the old white fashion look of your ceiling? Why not try Space Night Sky Ceiling Illusion? I bet you will love this as much as I do!

Here how you will do it:

First gather all the materials needed. It includes the following:

  • Good quality art brush (this is very available in most craft stores)
  • Invisible-by-day glow paint (I suggest you buy water based paint for it is the best and much safer for the environment and easier to clean up after as well)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Rags (for cleaning)
  • Drop cloth or old sheets
  • Painters tape or old ribbons and thumbtacks
  • Torchlight
  • Step ladder

Next step is preparing your room

    1. Clear your room by taking out the furniture inside.
    2. Put a cover using drop-clothes or any old sheets to the floor and any immovable objects or furniture.

And now, you are ready to paint…

  1. Use painter’s tape or colored ribbon and thumbtacks to tape off the ceiling into smaller areas.  It’s like painting using a grid system.
  2. As mush as possible darken the room. That’s why you have to use the torchlight to help you move around.
  3. Let the glow paint be exposed to sunlight or any strong source of light like the compact fluorescent lamp for about 5 minutes. After exposing it, take it in the darken room. Notice how it wonderfully glows in the dark!
  4. Dip the paint brush in the paint and put random dots on the ceiling covering one grid at the same time. Make different sizes of dots but take note that the largest should not mush bigger than the dime.
  5. Make sure to cover as many surfaces in the room as possible with the glow paint so you can create a Lost Space every time you turn off the light.
  6. After doing it on the ceiling, do it on the wall as well!
  7. Once you make it both on your ceiling and wall, you can now take out the step ladder and drop cloth outside.
  8. Then dilute a small amount of the glow paint in equal amount of water and shake it very well.
  9. Using the old toothbrush, dip it in this mixtures and sprinkle all over the floor of your room. Just don’t step on the areas you already sprinkled with the paint.
  10. Let the paint get dry fro about half an hour before you place back all the furniture in your room.
  11. You can charge up the paint in the room using a strong source of light like a compact fluorescent lamp bulb of about 15-20 watts. On daytime open your window to let the get in. Five minutes is good enough. This is the best way I think. Don’t forget to darken the room after.

So there you go! This is so easy to do. In the end, you be amaze of the result. It’s like you are riding in a magic carpet (through your bed) and lost in space! Try it!

For those who don’t have enough time to do this but really want to make their room elegant and alive, why not buy abstract art instead? Search them online of visit the nearest abstract art gallery in your area and search among the gallery paintings that suit your style!

Faux painting for your Wall Design

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on July 29, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Have you heard about faux painting? Well, let me introduce these wonder faux painting. Faux painting comes from the French word “faux” that simply means fake. Basically, faux painting is creating a fake surface with the use of paints and glaze. It not just making a fake surface of silk, it can also be used create finishes of stone, wood, marble, or raw silk textures. If you want to have your room a makeover, faux painting is a good idea. It also creates a warmth and depth without spending too much of a mess.

Faux painting could be your hobby. It will surely brighten up your home and side from that, it is a good idea for your family bonding. Now, let me help you in doing your own faux painting by giving these simple tips:

  1. Prepare all the materials! For faux painting another thing you should not forget is putting a masking tape on your ceiling and baseboards just to make sure that the job is neat. You should also cover your floor. I suggest you use cloth rather than plastic because cloth absorbs the paint more quickly and will be less messy than using plastics.
  2. For your base paint, I suggest you use a water based latex paint. Eggshells and satin colors and textures are the best to paint over. Another thing you shouldn’t forget is to cover your whole wall with basecoat because if there are many patches they will show through in glazes.
  3. For a better outcome, it is advisable to practice first on boards. You can also practice and match shades of base coats with glazes. This will also help you to be sure on what faux painting technique you will use including the right combination of colors.
  4. Don’t forget to line your trays with plastic sheets. This will save your time and energy in washing trays, especially if you are mixing your own smooth finish.
  5. In mixing glazes, the right amount of paint and glaze is important. Generally, it is a 3:1 ratio of paint to glaze. Test the color on a board for you to see if it is what you wanted. And remember to mix the glaze in small amount.

Aside from those tips, here the usual faux painting technique you can use that results in different finishes:

Combing – If you want to have a dramatic effect on your painting, this is the right technique to be use. However, this has a complicated procedure that will take you a while to do. This method involves dragging a comb or brush in plains and basket weave.

Sponging – The easiest and most well-known technique in faux painting. In this method, you need to use a sponge with various colors over the base coat and blend it in for the desired effect. Always use a natural sea sponge for your desired effect and not those synthetic sponges.

Ragging – Same as sponging method but the only difference is it uses a rag instead of a sea sponge.

Color washing – This method gives the most subtle and natural look to a room. It includes the use of paintbrush in a chaotic manner over the base coat. Use two or more colors depending on how dramatic you wanted your painting to come out.

Remember, whatever technique you want to use, make sure that you are enjoying while doing it. The good thing about faux painting is that there is no right and wrong method, all you have to do is to have fun and make you wall look good.

You might also want to buy abstract art painting as your home wall décor. Abstract paintings are as good as faux paintings and other contemporary paintings as well.