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This tag should be used when asking general questions about the act or process of painting itself (verb form) - i.e. applying paints in a controlled manner, usually with brushes or similar tools - to specify materials that are going to be used for a painting project or existing painting, or when asking questions about an existing painting (noun form).

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Powder coating problems on aluminium

I'm trying to powder coat sheet aluminium which is not going as I was expecting, see photo: The objects were prepared. Steps: Before: Residual paint was sandblasted off: an epoxy primer was ...
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Removing latex paint from glass

I made a sign using latex paint on glass. Is there an easy way, with or without solvents, to get rid of the paint? I don’t mind buying new glass, but I’d prefer not to. I have mineral spirits and ...
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How to varnish a gouache painting on a wooden coaster?

Has anyone experimented with varnishing or sealing gouache artworks on coasters? I'm concerned that since gouache is a rewettable medium, it might smudge and spread when in use. Additionally, I worry ...
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Can I make purple watercolor paint from boiling Scottish thistle flowers?

Can you make purple watercolor paint by boiling purple-colored thistle flowers?
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Paint that will feel like tire rubber

I have a plastic trophy (of a big tire) that I would like to paint. For the actual tire part of the trophy, it would be cool if it felt like a tire (rubbery). Is there a type of paint, that when dry, ...
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What kind of inexpensive paper/material is suitable for acrylic paint?

What kind of paper/material is suitable for acrylic paint? The question arose in the context of children switching from drawing with watercolors to acrylic. For watercolors they simply used white ...
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How is this style called and how is it done?

I am wondering, what is the historical origin, technique and name of the following drawing/painting style, done by means of little dots and nets. Or is it perhaps the effect of the drawing support or ...
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Why did they make shadows with stripes?

I was looking at this photo and the shadows on face caught my eyes: The stripes on shirt and hair are normal. It can be the shirt's pattern. And about the hair, it's to differeniate layers of hair. ...
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Advice for glueing paper onto wooden surface

I am looking to use PVA glue to stick a rectangular textured paper onto a wooden surface. I want the paper stuck completely flat with no unstuck corners. I would like to know the best method of ...
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Sealer for wooden ornaments?

I have spray-painted a lightly sanded wooden ornament using Aerosal, but have noticed that the wood has lost colour in some areas after and general handling once fully dryed. Wanted to know if there ...
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UV permeable transparent varnish for PLA

I would like to coat fluorescent PLA in clear, transparent varnish, and I am looking for a product that does not block UV rays. Is there anything like that?
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Techniques for Achieving Texture Variation with NumeralPaint Kits?

I have been exploring the world of paint by numbers through NumeralPaint kits and am quite fascinated by the potential for artistic expression. I am currently on a quest to discover ways to achieve ...
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Technique to make acrylic paint dry faster?

My studio is in the basement of my house which is quite humid and there's no sunshine. As a result, it takes a long time for me to wait for my acrylic paintings to dry (one hour plus). Any suggestions ...
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How to stop dust, dirt and dry paint sticking onto my paintings when drying?

As an amatueur artist, dry paint and dust keeps getting caught up in my acrylic paintings when they are still wet. Any help on what to do to avoid this? Click for a larger image
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What is this type of dotted art called and how can it be achieved?

I'm obsesses by this art piece I found while traveling and couldn't bring home. What is this style called? How can I find more of it? Are there any digital tools that could help me generate pictures ...
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Which parts of a cumulus cloud should be highlighted?

I wanna learn to paint clouds, so I checked some tutorials and noticed that usually people highlight the top part and shade the bottom part of each "cotton ball" a cloud is constructed from. ...
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Identify Socialist Realist painting [closed]

My grad school friend sent me a link to a painting that he liked; let me put the link and then an image. Evidently painted circa 1963. We were not able to identify the artist or, for example, find an ...
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preparing and painting reclaimed PCV Hose pipe?

I have several coils of yellow agricultural PVC hose. My intention is to paint them, and to use them to represent thick high voltage cable for a prop. They will be completely static in coils, and will ...
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How to choose style for canvas painting's sides?

I'd like to order a canvas painting of dignified men walking in a boulevard. I was told that solid colors on the sides of the canvas won't look good. I saw many samples of canvas on the web where the ...
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How do I make home-made environmentally friendly paint brushes?

Some paint brushes require people to transport plastic, wood, or fibers for bristles to a paint-brush factory in a tractor trailer (aka semi-truck). The tractor trailers burn fossil fuels. If the ...
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Should a paint knife for wet-on-wet be bowed?

I was trying to follow along with Bob Ross - Snow Fall (Season 1 Episode 12) and I am having difficulty with the mountain in the background. I am finding that unless I press really hard that I don't ...
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In oil paintings, how do you paint transparent highlights?

I've been trying to figure this out for quite a while. The technique is ancient, and has been used by artists as different as Caravaggio and Manet. Each highlight appears to have been done in a single ...
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colour mixing for a still life with apples

As a beginner hobbyist painter (using acrylics at the moment), I am trying to learn the basics and do some practice, and found the videos made by a US guy ('Paint Coach') very instructive. I have 2 ...
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Are stretcher bars always left attached to an oil painting?

I am a bit puzzled on the subject of stretcher bars. When you make a canvas from stretcher bars and canvas (rather than buying ready-to-paint stretched and treated canvases), what is meant to happen ...
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What is the art genre of this painting on the T-shirt?

I don't know exactly what the genre of this painting is. It looks nice to me, so I hope I could see more of it from other artist as well.
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Are there any chrome spray paints you can use a sealant on?

So this problem is multi-part. I am making a custom emblem for an auto club that is supposed to replace the VW emblem on a grill. Exterior use, obviously. I am making the emblem with a SLA resin 3D ...
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Is it safe to spray paint a canvas?

Instead of buying a black canvas, I'm going to buy a white canvas and spray paint the whole thing black. Painting the whole thing with acrylic would not be wise. And I think the spraypaint is going to ...
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How do I paint hot glue so that it's slightly translucent?

I'm going to try to replicate the fire effect that you can see in the picture below using hot glue, to produce a ring of flames around a 3" model. What kind of paints and/or techniques should I ...
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How to clean up margins of a wet-on-wet oil painting?

Background In producing a painting I taped some canvas to a board, which resulted in margins. Unfortunately the margins are not as clean as I would like. Mostly I just want to make my next paintings ...
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Bob Ross - Ebony Sunset - Did he use a dry black base coat?

In the episode Bob Ross - Ebony Sunset (Season 1 Episode 3) a black canvas is used. I was following along painting my own version of the painting, but found that I obtained a dull brown when I added ...
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Outdoor wooden sign repaint

I'm trying to repaint a wooden retail store sign. Its lettering is still crisp, but the rest of the wood it's on has darkened with exposure to weather, making the whole thing less legible. About the ...
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How should I paint/color my Revan fx lightsaber green button to black?

Attached is a picture of my Hasbro Revan lightsaber. It's almost accurate to the actual hilt of the Knights of the Old Republic game. The one thing I want to change is the green button and make it ...
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Direction of light in a dark painting?

I have been working on this piece for several days now. With this specific piece, I am looking for a mix of both renaissance halo and a expressionist feel. It has been problematic because I think the ...
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Best drawing material for creating an underdrawing on a primed and toned canvas

I'm working on my first painting commission for a client and have finally reached the underpainting (underdrawing) stage — after months of composition drawings, photoshoots, etc., suffering ...
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Does drawing on a transparent sheet what you can see behind it have a name?

There is a picture frame which has a transparent sheet fixed within it. This is placed on an easel, and the artist can physically see the target image through the transparent sheet. All they need to ...
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Can I use Jotun Woodshield on a plaster jar?

I made a small plaster jar, and I want to paint it the same color as the wood table. My question is, can I use Jotun Woodshield Exterior Stain on the raw plaster jar; will (this) wood stain stick on ...
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How do you paint a plastic miniature to look like polished mahogany?

I have a miniature trophy made out of plastic (3D printed from PLA) and I want to paint the base to look like polished mahogany. It's about 2" across. Is there any guidance on which colors to use,...
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Which roller is best for applying paint to a plaster jar?

I have a new raw plaster jar, as shown below: I want to paint it using this Gold metallic paint from AkzoNobel: Levi's - Multipurpose Metallic Decorative Paint Gold I have these two 10-cm rollers, ...
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How can I draw a horizontal line on a spherical object?

I have made this jar using plaster: I painted it with plastic white paint as a base, and then applied this gold metallic paint. Now I want to paint some horizontal brown lines using oil-based brown ...
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What do the terms "lineist" and "colorist" mean in reference to painting styles?

An art student said, "I didn't use to like Picasso because I thought he's just a lineist." The pronunciation was LIN-ee-ist, in contrast with "colorist." I do not find "...
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How can I mount a painting paper onto wood?

I have an oil painting - done on oil painting paper - which I would like to mount onto wood (plywood or solid). How can I achieve an archival bound of paper to wood? I'm especially interested in the ...
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Painting order when creating a "glowing edge" on a magic sword prop, using an airbrush

When airbrushing a full size cosplay prop of a magic sword that is gradated from near black in the middle (centerline of the sword) to near pure white at the edge (Blade of the sword), with blue and ...
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why pursue art? [closed]

I am new in this community. Recently, a thought has been bothering me a lot and I haven't able to give myself a convincing answer about the same. Some background over here, I am software engineer who ...
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Definition of mixed media in painting

Consider an aquarelle painting mostly done with watercolour and little touches of gouache. May it be considered as mixed media because it includes more than one medium, or does it still qualify as ...
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How to prevent paint from peeling off of clay christmas ornaments?

Last year I made DIY clay ornaments to give as Christmas gifts. I did some experimentation prior to the important day but still struggled. I have tried an air dry polymer clay by Sculpey, as well as a ...
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Conservation of painting on cardboard

Last week I bought a painting on cardboard. The problem is that some divisions of my home have a LOT of humidity. This artwork is intended for my future home, so I need to store it for some months. ...
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Is it okay to use a heat gun to quickly dry watercolors?

During life drawing sessions, I would like to do fast watercolors so I need a way to quickly dry my glazes. Since there are other people, I would like it to be quiet as well as fast. Would a heat gun ...
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How do I bring the grain out on soft wood?

I'm going to make some small scale props and accessories using soft wood. Possibly balsa or popsicle sticks. I want to make the grain swell up and come out so that it can be dry-brushed. Essentially ...
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Detergent residue on the surface before painting - how bad is it?

Before painting a small item (think of a plastic model), I wash it in soapy water to remove oily fingerprints etc. Most commonly I use diluted dishwashing liquid. From experience, washing is important,...
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How do I color clear resin after it has hardened?

I want to 3d print some Christmas decorations that are semi transparent, and different colors. I could color the resin before I print, but as I want the decorations to be different colors this would ...
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