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 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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Can I use the ink from the Photosmart inkjet cartridges for my dip calligraphy pens?

My Canon All-In-One Photosmart printer can't be repaired and I still have ink in the cartridges. Can I use the ink from the Photosmart inkjet cartridges for my dip calligraphy pens or with paint ...
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Staining wood blue with chemicals

I know about the process of 'ebonizing' wood (using steel wool + vinegar to turn wood black), and I have seen excellent results using this process. I was wondering if it is possible to use a similar ...
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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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Is there any way to preserve oil painted canvas without framing

I have created some paintings which I wanted to preserve without framing them. Is there any way to do so? How to keep them as it is? And for how long we can keep them as it is?
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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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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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Expedite drying acrylic painting in a cold temperature environment

I have a kitchen unit in my shed waiting for its final coat of acrylic paint. However, the paint tin says not to use it below 10 degrees centigrade, and it's winter here, with temperatures rarely over ...
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What is way to make the painting where it seems as if colors in it have been splashed on it?

Found this on the cover page of some book: It looks as if the colors have been splashed here. What is the way to make such painting?
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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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Name of painting by Leonara Carrington [closed]

Can anyone tell me the name of this painting? It's by Leonara Carrington but I can't find the name anywhere. (http://payload120.cargocollective.com/1/1/60195/4718266/leonora%20carrington1.jpg)
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If a canvas is sagging are canvas keys the only option?

I have only painted 3 paintings (at a Paint Nite). I can't imagine this would ever come up but if the canvas started to sag then I would consider installing some canvas keys. Does that work for all ...
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How do you properly install canvas keys?

As we discovered in What are the little pieces of wood that come with pre-made canvas for? those wood pieces are called canvas keys. One of the answers links to a site that covers installing them. I ...
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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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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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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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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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Can you recognize the exact color bottles? [closed]

Years ago I did a work, it was possible thanks to the colors, I retried to achieve the same effect but did not worked so far. I have only this low-resolution photo. And I don't remember the colors. ...
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Basic requirements for paper to practice aquarelle

I need to choose which paper to use for aquarelle practicing. I plan to use this paper for practicing only, no need to care about the future of the painting (I can buy different paper for the final ...
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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 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 my acoustic guitar?

How do I paint my acoustic guitar like this: Or this:
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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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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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