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 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 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 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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What is the difference between linen and cotton canvas?

I am painting in oils, and I normally paint on cotton canvas. I've often wondered what the difference is between cotton and linen canvases - linen canvases appear to have a slightly different texture, ...
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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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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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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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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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For how long can oil paint be worked into?

I paint with Winton oil paints, and I usually 'work back' into a layer of paint after a couple of days, using a bit of white spirit to do so. How long do I have before the oil paint dries to the point ...
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What are the different type of paint brush bristles?

I've heard that the standard craft brushes, which you can buy cheaply for school supplies or children, are rather terrible for advanced art. There are much more expensive brushes, but I don't know ...
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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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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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Are “oil colours” the same as “oil paints,” or am I buying pigments by accident?

I was looking at these oil colours from Winsor & Newton and was just hoping someone more experienced could confirm that "Oil colours" = "Oil paints," and that I'm not inadvertently buying pigments ...
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How to overcome the fear of imperfection?

In all of my art classes, and virtually anywhere I encounter new artists, the number one obstacle I see holding them back is a "fear of imperfection." So I'd like to submit this question to any/all ...
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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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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 a good work-flow for a water-color painting?

For the context, I am a self-taught painter. Consequently I often find myself mixing the same shade more than one time, painting different regions in no logical order etc. I would like to know what ...
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How to paint the background of a portrait painting?

Assumption: I have painted a bird with water colours. Now I want to colour the background green. I will start painting from the edges of the bird's body and take my strokes outwards. My problem with ...
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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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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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Painting a flag without paint bleeding

Background story: I bought a 3'x5' cotton flag and I painted it as seen in the photo. I made a mockup in photoshop and used a big T-square and pencil to sketch the shape of the numbers. They turned ...
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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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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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In what technique medieval book miniatures were executed and are there materials today for doing this?

In what technique were medieval book miniatures executed, and are there materials available today to nurture this branch of art? I guess those miniatures have two important materials. Vellum is the ...
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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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How to remove paint fallen on an existing watercolor painting with the least damage to the painting?

Last time it happened was 15 years back, and that time I was in a painting exam. That time I didn't dare to do anything for the fear of making it worse. What would be the best course of action when I ...
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Painting Clear Gesso Over Acrylics or Spray Paint - is clear gesso really clear?

Does clear gesso really show as clear? I have a large piece of mdf board that I have spray painted black. I'd like to use clear gesso over it to create a surface to paint with acrylics. I also have ...
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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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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 ...
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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 kind of painting tools does one need in order to make these fantasy art drawings?

I like drawing as a hobby and after practising sketching with a pencil for a year or so I recently started using colour pencils and soft pastels and I was wondering what kind of painting tools would I ...
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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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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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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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How can I prep a pumpkin for painting?

I'm trying to paint a white pumpkin, and I'm having some issues with applying the paint. I'm using acrylic paint, craft-grade not art-grade, and applying it with brushes. I clean the surface off, ...
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What Faber-Castell Polychromos color codes do I need to paint this?

I started to draw and paint this famous historical picture of Raising a flag over the Reichstag Berlin 1945, and I am stuck with the red flag and blue haze in the far background: I am using ...
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How can I make a peeling paint effect?

I'm working on designing a set for a stop motion animation, and I'd like to have a wall that looks like peeling paint— something like this. I would be able to have a plywood board painted one color, ...
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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 is this palette knife called, and where could I find it?

I have this palette knife and need a new one, but I can't find one. What would this palette knife be called? Better yet, do you know who might have made it? It was a gift, and the label has well and ...
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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 to determine the “correct” scale for your art project?

The very fist step in traditional art painting, drawing, sculpting, and such is: Determine the scale of the work! The painter must select their canvas, a drawing requires the right size sheet of ...
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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 to remove water-based paint?

We were painting a lantern, when someone spilled dark paint over a yellow part. The process for creating is the following: You stretch the cloth over a wooden frame. (ca 2.5m x 2.5m/ 8foot by 8 foot)...
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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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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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How to avoid painting SD card pins

I want to fully paint SD cards in mass quantities, but my problem is trying not to paint the pins in the process. What would be the most effective way to cover them or go about this. Also what kind ...
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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 be a painter as colorblind?

https://enchroma.com/pages/moderate-protan Based on this and previous, "normal" (with doctor) tests I'm having red-green color blindness. As for real life experience, I don't think it's very strong, ...
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Wall art sizing - how to convert between inch and cm?

I need to convert size of the paintings between inches and cm. Is there a preferred way to convert between inch and cm in wall art sizing? I see many online stores where for example 8x14 inch ...