Painting Tips

Appendix A: Solvents

Solvents are used to thin oil paint and wash your brushes. They are what make paint “lean” (as in “fat over lean”) and can be mixed with other mediums in the beginning stages of your painting process.  Gamsol (recommended): Can be mixed with paint and ...Read More

Oil Priming Your Canvas

Oil priming is a much more traditional way of prepping your surface for oil painting. Some people swear by oil priming—others say they don’t notice much of a difference. Although it provides a nice, slick surface, traditional Rabbit Skin Glue (RSG) will cause paint ...Read More

Considerations: Renting a Studio Space

While this may not be practical for everyone, professional painters and sculptors usually rent a studio if adequate space is not available where they live. You can find studio spaces for rent by looking in the classifieds section of your newspaper or on Craigslist. ...Read More

Building Your Own Canvas

It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas… –Paul Cezanne It’s perfectly fine to buy canvases at an art store, but if you want a large canvas, they can be quite expensive to purchase. You can save ...Read More

Gamblin Oil Painting Medium Guide

Contemporary Painting Mediums GALKYD Galkyd thins oil colors and increases transparency and gloss. When used in greater proportions with oil color, Galkyd will level brushstrokes, creating an enamel-like surface. Galkyd is our fastest-drying painting medium. Thin layers will be touch-dry in approximately 24 hours. ...Read More

Brush Shapes

This great guide to brushes is from Dick Blick. Click here for a printable PDF.   Brush Hair The material used to form the tuft of a brush that picks up and spreads the paint is the most important part of the brush, and ...Read More

Liquid White

I just recently watched an art instructional video and the artist said, “You’ll see I’ve started off with a nice layer of liquid white.” I backed up the video and listened again…yep, liquid white. That’s what he said. In all my years in art ...Read More

The History Of Color

Really smart and fun introduction to color theory and the history behind it by Richard Robinson Studio. The introduction is about three minutes long, so if you want, skip ahead to minute three to get started with his lesson.   ...Read More

Painting Simple Watercolor Trees

Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama and Tom Jones for this great tutorial! Brush: 3/4″ Flat, script brush (small round) Paint colors: Lemon yellow, light green, hooker green deep, ultramarine blue deep, cerulean blue, yellow ochre Paper: unknown watercolor paper, taped to surface Other tools: ...Read More
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