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Painting on Wood : Steps by step guide on how to paint on wooden surface

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Can you apply acrylic paints on wooden furniture?  The answer is YES. You can use acrylic paints for any wooden furniture. Apart from the Latex and chalk paint, acrylic paints are the next chosen medium for wooden furniture. Wood is non-glossy, and hence acrylic paints adhere well to the surface. Acrylic paints are very versatile and can be used on a range of surfaces like paper, canvas, metal, leather, fabric, and wood . These paints are water-based and similar to latex paint. They are fast-drying and non-toxic in nature. The color pigments are suspended and spread by acrylic polymer emulsion, which offer rich colors. Small scale art projects like painting wooden frames, console tables, or any accent pieces can be very well done with acrylic paints. The wooden surface must be prepared before you begin to paint. If you do not prepare the surface, you will see the grains of the wood after you seal the paint. The end product will not have a smooth finish. So to paint a wood piece with a

Color Theory

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Color brings life to almost everything under the sun! The language of colors is the most common language used without realizing it. We use color codes every day in our life and each color plays an important role. The most powerful tool for visual communication is colors. They have the power to express thoughts, influence mood, and influence decision-making. When you start painting, you realize choosing the right color scheme is one of the most important steps of the process. The chosen color scheme will express your ideas and give life to the artwork by adding vibrant pigments and completing the look and feel of your painting. Several color choices are available, whether you choose a color for painting a wall, furniture, house, brand, logo, or anything similar. How do you make the right choice? Picking the right color from the options available is a tiresome task if you are unaware of the basics. The basics of understanding color is `Color Theory`. Let us see understand the color t

Viscosity of Acrylic Paint

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Painting is not just about colors but choosing the right type of paint is equally important as choosing the right color scheme for artwork. Acrylics are the most versatile paints available in different consistency.  Paint's resistance in spreading on the surface is known as Paint's viscosity. In simple terms, viscosity is the measure of a fluid’s ability to resist the flow. The paint's viscosity will decide how much pressure you must apply on the brush to retain the movement for interesting effects. Every paint viscosity has their purpose. The right viscosity paints help the artist in bringing their imagination to life, else it might work against them. Hence, choose the right color with the right viscosity for your application. Different paint viscosity is designed for different use. Due to the different consistency, they are sold in jars (heavy body), tubes (soft body), and bottles (high flow inks). For example, heavy body paint is ideal for impasto and texture work; soft

Acrylic Painting Tips for Artists

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Are you working with acrylics? This article is about best tips one should keep in mind while painting with acrylics. Few of these tricks can also be treated as  acrylic painting techniques . 1. Good Composition Create a composition that is visually appealing to the viewer. It holds the viewer’s attention and lets the viewer’s eye move around the whole picture. One of the simple ways to do it is to pick a piece of cardboard and cut a rectangular window in the middle. Now close one eye and check your composition through this window. It helps in composing your drawing and painting. A well-designed composition in painting will lead the viewer’s eye right directly to it. The prime area of interest in the painting is known as the focal point. Create a focal point anywhere but not directly in the middle of the canvas. Focal points can also contrast the lightest and darkest values near each other, engaging the viewer. 2. Rule of Thirds The Rule of Thirds states that to make the image loo

How to Appreciate Art when You're not an Artist

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'Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. '- EDGAR DEGAS. Collecting and viewing a work of art is one of the many joys, along with understanding what it means. Art is a form of expression that allows the viewers to view, get inspired, or learn.  The artist aesthetically tells a story  through art that is pleasing to the eye. Every artist deserves appreciation and recognition for their work.   A person familiar with art will often know how to decode and discuss art. On the other hand for someone who has never studied art or has zero art background, it will be tricky to understand and appreciate the art and the artist. Do you like the art but not sure how to compliment the artist? Fear not, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will study the basics of understanding art (painting here). So, next time you see an art piece, you can interpret, discuss and appreciate the art. What are the things that you should be first looking at in a painting?  Look

How to Prime a Canvas for Acrylics

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What is Gesso? Gesso is a medium that artists use to prime a canvas. It is a combination of paint and binder, like acrylic paint but thinner. It dries hard, which makes the surface stiffer and gives the right absorbency for the paints. Due to a good base, there is almost no chance of the paint chipping off, and hence artwork work can last for years. Gesso prepares (or primes) the surface for painting, making it slightly textured, so canvas can rightly accept the paint. Applying gesso is very easy. The surface gets strong color adherence and stability after gesso is applied. Before you start painting, check whether the canvas is ready enough to paint? Only a primed canvas creates a perfect base and texture for the painting to last many years.  When the surface is primed, it is ready with the right absorbency for any application. It adds a high level of a tooth (rough texture) to the surface, gliding the paint smoothly.  How do you check if the canvas is primed or not?  Many of the stret

Art Paint Brushes – The Ultimate Guide

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  What will a magician do without the magic wand! Likewise, what will an artist do without the paintbrush ! A paintbrush is a crucial tool for it gives life to their imagination. Every artist has an approach that is in line with their character making their art unique. How you manoeuvred the paintbrush to create the magic spell in the painting?  An artist knows what kind of brush is needed to bring out their style in the painting . Hence, they choose their brush very carefully!   Today paintbrushes come in many shapes, sizes, and bristle types—and all of these qualities can be either a help or a distraction to an artist. If you are beginner and not sure what type of brushes to use, do not worry!. This article will help you learn about different types of paintbrushes, how are they used and how to take care of them. First, understand the different parts of a paintbrush. Tip : This can be rounded, pointed, curved, or flat. Belly : The bristles are either made from natural or synthetic