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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What kind of artistic style categorises such paintings?

What do you call these kind of painting (attached below)? What is the genre of such art works? I'm absolutely in love with this artistic style, the exaggeratedly tall houses and long trees in some old ...
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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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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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What are the differences between different black oil paints?

Assuming they are all the same grade (let's assume professional grade to simplify the question), what makes one better for one purpose or another? I understand that there are a variety to choose from: ...
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How can the colour scheme of this painting be described (in technical terms)?

How can the colour scheme of this painting be described in technical terms? For instance: Grayscale Low saturation Or something else? I don't have a background in art; I find that I'm unsuccessful ...
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Adding a custom paint job to an umbrella

A friend of mine is celebrating her birthday next week, and since she is kind of an art person, and I love giving hand made gifts, I decided to add some color to a white, plain umbrella. I have ...
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What type of color should I use to color my shoes? [closed]

I want to color my old shoes but I'm not sure what type of color will be long lasting, so the color won't be washed away when it rains or when I wash them.
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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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It is easier to learn to use oil paint or acrylic paint?

Is it easier to use acrylic paint or oil paint? I'm trying to get into painting and I want to know which one has the best consistency.
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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 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 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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Clear Gesso: Does it produce a translucent foundation layer?

I was introduced to clear gesso the other day. I have always used white gesso, added pigment, and applied it to form the foundation layer. If I did the same thing with the clear gesso, will the ...
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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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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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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 “liquid white” that Bob Ross uses?

I am doing some acrylic painting and watched some Bob Ross and he wets his canvas with "liquid white" and then paints on it while it's wet. Is this just acrylic white paint or is it gesso? I have ...
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How do you fade one color to another with oil paint without getting the mixed color?

I have a deep blue sky and a bright yellow sunset setting over a nature scene, but when painting in the yellow sunset and fading it to the blue sky I end up with a lot of bold greens that are ...
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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

I recently discovered that India ink/China ink dries up in the bottle after many years, leaving an almost clear liquid on top (most likely shellac). This liquid works a wonder as glazing liquid. I ...
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How to apply acrylic gesso on paper?

I want to create an oil painting on paper and I have already made the underdrawing. Now I want to gesso the paper to make it suitable for applying oil paint. On the description of my clear acrylic ...
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How can I make a sketch under a watercolour painting and have it not be seen?

I usually use a regular pencil to sketch what I would like to paint very faintly, but I find that no matter how light it is, it can still be seen under the painting. Once the paint is dry, I can't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 is the best way to create a stencil for a large spray paint image?

I am looking to create a stencil for the attached image that I edited in Photoshop: My girlfriend is a big fan of Bowie's work and her birthday is coming up. My plan is to spray paint the image onto ...
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Kinds of paper to use with watercolors?

I mainly use Bristol, but it becomes wavy after a few coats of water. I have some regular watercolor paper, but I'm not a fan of the roughness of it. Are there other types of watercolor paper I should ...
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How to narrate a complete story into a single painting?

A picture can say a thousand words Sometimes we have to portray a series of scenes into one single picture. I wan to make a painting which depicts a series of things into one single element, ...
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Borax substitute for swirl painting

I am currently in the process of swirl painting one of my guitars. In swirl painting, you fabricate a colored film of oil paint on water with borax. The borax is used to better spread the color film. ...
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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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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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Intentionally letting watercolor paints dry before using them?

My wife uses Van Gogh watercolor paints in what I think is a really strange way. She squeezes some paint from the tube, lets it dry on the palette for 48 hours, and then uses a wet brush to paint with ...
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Exhibition preparation - What is an artist biography for someone in the early stage? [closed]

I have done few exhibitions few years ago, then I stopped and stayed away from the art scene for a while. I have new work that I would like to submit to galleries but they are asking for an artist ...
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How to tell which way a colour is leaning?

I'm only just now learning how to best estimate less or more vibrant colours and a large part of this seems to be to see what colours make up the secondary colours being used to mix. I'm finding it ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why is this painting with Link from Ocarina of Time funny or ironic? [closed]

There is an artist in Buffalo named Dave Pollot who takes famous paintings or works of art and inserts characters or cartoons in them to make them funny. I got this one for my husband: I don't know a ...
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What is the purpose of an underpainting?

As I got interested in painting in oil and acrylics (and other covering techniques), I came across the term 'underpainting', i.e. a painting under the actual painting, that sometimes exhibits color, ...
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How to stretch a canvas without extra fabric?

I have a large canvas that I want to stretch, however, the image goes all the way to the edge of the canvas. I don't know how I can stretch it without losing a significant part of the painting (...
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Acrylics and model building: is a gloss layer a must-have before line detailing and washing?

In the past, I've disassembled models just to add electronics and lights. Now, I've decided to learn how to paint miniatures to expand my hobby and to get a better look on the finished models. My ...
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How to hang a painting on plywood on the wall?

I have a painting that was done on plywood. The wood is a quarter inch thick and 3 by 4 feet in size. It is not framed, and I don’t want to frame it. I’m hanging it in my living room on a plaster wall....
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What are good ways to spray paint a QR code on a footpath?

The QR would be of a URL. The QR should be big enough like 4 A4 size papers. I though of cutting out the white boxes from a printed paper and spray on it but what about white dot islands. The ...
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How can I make egg-tempera that doesn't deteriorate?

I've been working with a traditional egg-tempura technique that I was taught, but I have had some problems with the paintings later on. The recipe is essentially one egg-yolk (without the yolk's ...
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Alternatives to Citadel / Games Workshop Paints

I haven't been into it for the past 20 years or so, but after finding one of their shops a few weeks back I decided to look at painting Warhammer / Citadel Miniatures again as a hobby. I was really ...
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Is there paint without texture? [closed]

Recently, I have been trying to paint over a painting I've painted before but don't like. Unfortunately, every time I paint over it, it leaves a weird texture or it sort of soaks into the canvas and ...