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 does it mean to “push your values”?

When I used to frequent art-critique forums, I would often hear senior artists advise people to "push values", generally with little to no explanation beyond that. I gathered that in many cases it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 are the little pieces of wood that come with pre-made canvas for?

I buy pre-made canvases, and they always come with a little packet of wooden things: What are they for? How should I use them?
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How to best judge grey values for paintings?

Seeing colors as black and white values is an essential skill in classical paintings. Yet art manuals and instructors usually only recommend to squint and, at most, to buy a grey scale. Lame! This ...
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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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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 ...