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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Apply Varnish With A Spray

Getting prepared

1. You should only apply varnish to a painting that’s completely dry. Make sure your painting’s dry before you get started – wet paint mixed with varnish can cause problems.

2. You should also make sure your painting’s completely clean. Little things like dust and dirt will affect the varnishing, so use a cloth to gently get rid of everything on the painting’s surface.

3. Work in a room that doesn’t have any dust. This reduces the chance of any dust getting trapped in between the painting and the varnish. When working with a spray, you don’t want to work in a small, enclosed space, so make sure your working space is a decent-sized room with plenty of air circulation.

4. Make sure you have a board that’s bigger than the canvas. Put the canvas on top of this and stand it vertically. Make sure you have something to keep the board and canvas in place.

5. Get your varnish spray ready. You can find varnish spray at all good art supply shops.

Applying the varnish with a spray

1. First of all, give the can a really good shake. Keep on shaking it – the longer you do this for, the better effect the varnish will have. A few minutes of shaking should be enough to get started. It’s important to keep shaking the can regularly.

2. Go ahead and start spraying. You want to stand a good few feet away from the painting while you spray. Whatever part of the painting you’re spraying, be sure to stay the same distance away from the painting.

3. Try to make each layer even – this can be harder than applying varnish with a brush, so bear that in mind. A good way to do this is to start at the top and work your way to the bottom, working your way round the painting either by spraying in columns or rows across the painting. It’s up to you whether you have thick or thin layers. There’s no set number of layers you should have either, so this is something you can experiment with to find the best options for you.

4. Be sure to get the edges covered. You want the entire surface of the painting covered, so take care when spraying edges and don’t worry if you get some spray on the back board – that’s what it’s there for.

5. Once you’re satisfied with the varnishing, it’s time to let your paint dry. It should only take an hour or so. While your painting’s drying, it should be left flat with a protective cover over it to prevent dust and dirt falling on to the varnish. Remember to leave a gap between the painting and the protective cover.

Custom Oil Paintings From Photos

Custom oil paintings, or any hand made painting for that matter requires a higher level of care and detail than regular photos. Oil paintings have to be allowed to breathe, and is constantly drying and settling on the canvas. You can touch a digital picture almost immediately after printing, whereas an oil painting takes days, if not weeks to dry. And even then, can still be smudged or smeared for some time.

Having said that, the presence of a hand crafted custom painting speaks volumes over a plain old picture in a frame. An oil painting made from you picture will last generations, and can be handed down through your family for many years to come. Future generations will still be proud to display your families fine art. Take a look at any centuries old institution such as a bank or even the White House, and you’ll still be able to find pristine oil paintings from past generations proudly on display.

If you select a quality artist or service to commission your custom painting, you can rest assured that years of painting experience will recreate your image with exacting qualities you can be proud to leave on display. Many artists will even go a stop further and paint your face on historic figures, or even paint portraits of your pets as famous historic dignitaries. The choice is yours! This is a much more difficult task to digitally recreate however, and often requires expensive software. And even then, can still look unnatural.

In conclusion, if you want to have your photographic memories last a lifetime, a custom made oil painting may be the right choice for you.

Acrylic Paints

Prime and Layer Work Surface:

Prepare surface (paper, canvas, glass, wood, cloth, plastic, clay, etc.) with the appropriate primer to receive acrylic paints. Layer colors of acrylic paint as outlined in your sketch. Continue layering paint until satisfying texture and depth.

Layering can be done horizontally, vertically, or overall. Utilize different tools of application. Brushes are commonly used. Experiment with other objects such as wooden or plastic spoons, knives and spatulas, and sponges and cloth to create flat, fluffy, or ridged surfaces.

Layering and Sketching:

Layering paints on the work surface is very important as it will add more dimensional and richer texture to your painting. Make any necessary adjustments or surface preparation of the working surface. Then choose to pencil, pen, or paint a sketch.

My personal preference for sketching is a combination of both pencil and paint. Use a very light pencil because depending on the chosen pigment it may require many layers of application to hide pencil marks.

Benefits of a painted background:

  1. It is a guideline for foundation colors, depth, texture, and richness of the finished work.
  2. Prevents white paper or canvas peek-a-boos leaking through the work.
  3. Painting the background sets the bonding agents of the foundation and the paints to adhere tightly together and prevent tint fade outs or chipping paint.
  4. It is very difficult to paint the background after the details have been completed. There will always be an outline of bare paper or canvas showing around the details. The details will appear to recede into the background rather than being displayed in their natural order. Always paint starting with the background and work forward.
  5. It presents a refined and finished work of art.

Layering and Blending:

  • Layering is the application of paint on paint to help acquire texture, depth and rich deep colors.
  • Blending is combining colors by overlapping.

Abstract Paintings

Common Oversights when Creating Original Abstract Paintings and How to Stay Away from Them

I would like to think abstract art should be created from within you. However, there are a few keys to achievement that you must have in the event that you wish to achieve your maximum capacity as an artist. This is a short guide on the best way to refine your abilities and enhance your abstract art, so it anticipates something that you imagined, as opposed to a trade off on what you needed.

Mixing the Wrong Colors

You need to get a dynamic painting however rather you get a shady sloppy color. When you first begin painting, it is less complex to use a color wheel to have a reasonable comprehension of essential and optional hues.


Try not to block your imagination. Set out using hues and run with your sentiments. Numerous specialists confront their doubts when beginning to paint their first abstract.

Know when to Quit Taking a Shot at Your Craft

For numerous artists, it is not clear when the sketch is done particularly when painting abstract art. You will know when the work of art is not complete when you are not content with the outcome, or when the artistic creation is missing essentialness and clarity. In such cases, the best approach is to just enjoy a reprieve.

It’s Alright to Commit Errors

When painting abstract expressionism, there are no reasonable and exact standards for how to paint. A percentage of the best abstract works of art are achieved from basic ‘oversights’.

Size is Important

Any individual who tells you size doesn’t make a difference is lying with regard to picking the best possible size painting for your home. The size and orientation of the artwork could mean the distinction between seeming as though you have your home flawlessly designed or looking like everything was just tossed on the wall without any idea given.

The Size

Would you put a 5 foot tall painting in your little lobby? Obviously not! So why do numerous individuals put a small painting as the focal point of a colossal, empty space with nothing else encompassing it? The extent of your artistic creation and the arrangement are immense elements with regards to improving the design of your home.