Questions tagged [painting]

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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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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Varnish for acrylic painting

I was using a yellow wood varnish which is readily available in hardware stores to seal my acrylic painting. They are cheap and good varnishes, but the problem with them is that they leave a yellowish ...
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How to handle disposal of paint? [duplicate]

I usually have a little mug or can that I dip my paintbrush in when I want to clean it, but I found out it is not allowed to pour it out in the sink because water colors and acrylic paint is toxic. It ...
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What brand/type of acrylic paints is recommended to paint ceramic pots without leaving brush marks?

Not sure if it's the brushes or the brand of acrylic paints (DecoArt or Martha Stewart Satin Finish) I use, but I'd like to achieve a smooth finish when I paint my ceramic pots.
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Is DecoArt Standard Crafter's acrylic paint good for a concrete cockerel for outdoor use?

I was asked to paint a fair-sized concrete statue a year ago and have recently finished it. However, I didn't research the paint required in-depth, and as such have used standard, what I assume is ...
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Strange furry results with airbrush

I'm doing plastic models, started airbrushing recently, had a "toy" compressor, I was happy with it, but it broke, and I'm trying got this new one. But somehow I'm getting this result, a ...
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What does the gesture in art of the finger pointing upwards mean?

In paintings and sculptures, you can find people pointing up with their index finger. What does an artist or sculptor mean by this? By Raphael, The School of Athens (Public Domain) (source).
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How to get a smooth and glossy professional finish on plastic?

Whenever I do a project with plastic I find that no matter how hard I try (light layers, long cure times) it's always obvious that it's a DIY paint job. How can I achieve a glossy finish like in this ...
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What are the uses of fan shaped brushes and finger shaped brushes?

What are their use cases? The fan shaped brush: The finger shaped brush:
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How to get the best out of painting with poster colors on canvas?

These are called poster colors: I have posted this link since they may have some other technical name. Now, I have to use them on this type of canvas: The Product Highlight reads: Made of 5 Oz ...
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Is it possible to paint an oblique (perspective) anamorphic illusion on a three dimensional surface viewable from all angles as you pass it?

So hypothetical situation: Let's say I have a hallway, say 10 feet wide. On one side of this hallway, I erect a three-dimensional facade from floor to ceiling, so that it sticks out from the wall. I ...
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Using an underpainting and painting a gradient on top of another, with gouache

Premise: When we paint with gouache, previously laid layers of paint will get re-wet, and dissolve again, mixing into and strongly impacting (usually, for the worse) whatever we are trying to create ...
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Acrylics in the drain?

In an imaginary scenario, I paint with acrylics, let's say on canvas board or similar. I don't use any fancy techniques, like impasto. Just the "normal" amount of paint and commonly used ...
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What type of paint for mildly flexible plastics?

I have a couple of roughly fist-sized plastic† pieces that I'd like to paint (I'll post a pic as soon as I can); preferably with a spray but brush is OK too. First I intend to lay down a primer (for ...
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Trying to find a specific, sable hair watercolor brush, plastic/resin handle [closed]

My grandfather, Ed Maryon, painted watercolors professionally, and was both Dean and Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to have some private ...
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Getting rid of old artwork and sketchbooks? [closed]

My folks died a couple of years ago and we had to empty the house and do all that sad stuff. I had 40 years of artwork in their attic and I brought it all to my studio to "sort out". Three ...
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How much frame overlap will there be on my painting?

How much frame overlap will there be on my painting? The (oil) painting will be 39,37 x 29.53" (or 100 x 75cm). There are quite a lot of details around the edge, so I want to make sure that those ...
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How were these tiles made?

I bought a box of various 2"x2" Mexican tiles to create a backsplash behind my oven: What I want to do, is to make some of my own tiles to mix in - tiles that don't "stick out" as ...
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How do I get a perfect finish to hair clips painted with acrylic paint?

I painted on top of a hair clip using acrylic paints. It looks nice but not as nice as store bought hair clips. I'm looking for a glossy finish that would make it look nice and also protect from ...
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Acrylic paint on wood: how to make it "glow" after the painting is already done

My cousin has already used acrylic paint on wood to produce paintings such as these: But his paintings are not "glowing", i.e. they don't have bright colors. He asked me how to make them ...
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Types of paint safe for children to make handprints out of, on canvas

I am looking to help our boys (5 and 7 years old) make their mother something like this for her birthday, but I have zero experience with painting beyond whatever I did in elementary school! I'm ...
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I’m using liquid clear over black gesso and the oil paint does not adhere. Why not? [closed]

My oil paint is not sticking to the canvas. It is covered with black gesso and a light coat of liquid clear. The canvas was pre coated. The paint just smears.
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Trying to identify a painting my father copied when he was 15 [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, and if it isn't I'd really appreciate being directed to the right place, because I can't find anywhere else! :) Around 1965 my father got into art and ...
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What happened to Venus with a Veil (1531), a possible forgery [closed]

I don't know much about the art world. I read from http://authenticationinart.org/pdf/artmarket/man-behind-cranach.pdf "The panel [Venus with a Veil (1531) attributed to Lucas Cranach], sold by ...
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Are there any downsides when painting with a cyan-magenta-yellow palette instead of the traditional yellow-blue and-red?

From what I've read, theoretically all colours can be mixed to a higher level of saturation when done using a CYM pallete, especially for magentas and hot pinks. Is this true? Can a limited palette of ...
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Masking tape tears paper off!

Well, I thought masking tape is used for painting on paper because it can come off easily. I simply put masking tape on a drawing sheet and just to see whether it comes off easily or not, I started ...
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What techniques can I use to stop paint getting under masking tape?

Issue: When painting on rough surfaces like concrete, paint has been bleeding through the edges of masking tape (painter's tape). The bleed makes edges of the objects appear fuzzy. Workflow: I clean ...
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Is there such thing as squeezing your values?

I was reading the answers to What does it mean to “push your values”?. The accepted answer shows that when working with a narrow range of values "the image looks hazy as though looking through a ...
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How can I paint 1000 wooden balls that are 1" each?

I'm developing a board game that requires 92 balls that are 1" diameter each. The cheapest balls I've found this size are wood. (I'm skipping Durofoam / Styrofoam because I want them to have some ...
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Beeswax applied as varnish is still tacky

I applied Michael Harding Beeswax to a completed painting. I put my brush directly into the jar and brushed it on. It’s been over a month and it is still sticky, or tacky. The wax did not come with ...
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What is the best method of hanging canvas on a wall to work on?

I've seen several videos and images of artists having their canvas stuck on the walls - paintings that they are currently working on. I was wondering how they stick/place it on there? These canvases ...
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What artistic elements to add to a car to diminish a difference in color shade?

I've got a used car that had a lot of oxidation on it so I sand it, applied a primer and a cheap paint on it. Although the color code on the spray can matched the original code on the car, it seems ...
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How do I replicate this misty spray paint texture/pattern?

I am restoring some old Microscopes and the existing coatings are in poor shape. I would like to strip the castings and refinish them to look as original as possible. Unfortunately, I am unable to ...
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What kind of paint should I choose to start painting? [closed]

To start painting what paint should I choose? Oil, acrylic, or another? I use pencils now, and would like to upgrade to colors.
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Proper disposal: Can oil colors spontaneously combust?

It is clear from what I can google that rags soaked in linseed oil and similar must be taken special care of because they could catch fire while drying. Is this also the case for rags, etc., with oil ...
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Matte repainting technique for action figures

I stripped the old layer of the paint off of my Nendoroid and Figma PVC action figures and want to repaint them. I don't want them to be flashy and reflective and look dopey, however. Is there any ...
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Humidity tolerance of Mod Podge

I recently created a commission piece made out of stretched canvas and acrylic. It was specifically made for bathroom decor on a wall. I didn't realize until later that the bathroom would have high ...
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How does one approach drawing mountains for landscape/environment concept art

I feel like I'm about to answer my own question, but I'll ask anyway. I find that when I draw mountains, I'm not really sure how to proceed. Because of how textured mountains look from a distance, it ...
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Is brush-on Mod Podge the same as the spray can variant?

Is brush-on Mod Podge the same as the sprayable Mod Podge? I’m using it for a doll repaint but the brush might wipe the watercolour pencil away, or smudge it. I was thinking of sponging it on to it.
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What paint should I use to make a portrait glow in the dark?

I want to surprise my friend with a portrait painting of his image that will be glowing in the dark but don't know what paint to use. Any help please?
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What are alternatives to creating a marble floor?

The tomb-full marble floor of St John's Co-Cathedral in Malta is breathtaking. How can I create something similar to a marble floor or floor fresco, and protect it in a large room that will be ...
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Painting from reference - use image as base or start from scratch?

I want to create a painting in acrylic using the pencil drawing attached as reference. Is this a good idea, or is it better to start painting in the drawing to improve my skill? And how would I start ...
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Can I make primer from student grade acrylics?

I want to start painting board game miniatures. I do not want to take it to some crazy level with expensive setups, paints and tools. I have seen some tutorials involving basic acrylic paints which I ...
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Painting a backpack

I'm planning to paint something on my 'Naugahyde leather' backpack. What type of paint should I use for that? I have already tried it with fabric paint, but it got smudged after a couple of days.
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Alternative to self-adhesive corner 'bumpers' for the back of paintings & framed works?

I have some 40" x 52" paintings to frame up and I am wondering what sort of "bumpers" to use for the corners (so the painting doesn't scrape the wall). I've used those self-adhesive plastic "dots" on ...
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Time to paint over time

I’m new to oil painting so forgive my perhaps stupid question, can I start an oil painting and continue to work on it for days after I start?
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How can I facilitate spray-painting a long text on a wall?

I am hoping to paint ~200 words on a big graffiti wall in my town. The wall is on a pretty busy street, so I was hoping to do something like stenciling the paragraph on a big piece of paper and then ...
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Masking out non-linear shapes on canvas

I'm painting geometric stuff (in acrylic) and know how to mask out straight-lined shapes using tape on canvas (image on the left). However, have always wondered what would be a clean effective way, or ...