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 make black paint marks over another colour

How can I make the black paint marks on the side of this sign as shown in the photo? I can't seem to make them identical to the photo. I have tried using a foam paintbrush, a rag, and a sponge.
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Stainless steel spray coating

I'm using spray gun with automatic reciprocator system to coloring stainless steel sheet with some translucent lacquer. However, I found the color is unevenly sprayed and can't figure why is it uneven....
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Who is the person in this artwork? [closed]

Who is the person in the picture? I'm thinking he might be famous but I can't be sure...
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What paints can be used on eggs?

Being into the decorating of eggs recently, an Orthodox tradition, and I am wondering which paints are most suited towards this type of work. My curiosity extends towards the possibility of using ...
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Stencil on wood issue

I have a board that I stained and poly’d and now am having trouble with the final step. I have script alphabet stencils and can’t seem to find a great way to use them. I have stencil brushes and am ...
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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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Are acrylic painting tutorial videos different from oil painting videos?

I am passionate about (young) man portraiture and I am myself trying to create acrylic portraits and therefore I am trying to learn this art from youtube videos. Unfortunately there are almost no ...
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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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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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Photo of Ruins, how to Paint it as if it is in original Time period

I found this breath-taking photograph. It is photograph of ruins of haveli (big house, mansion), in Northern India, built pre-1947 (before India split into India and Pakistan). Hasn't been lived in ...
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How can I know what chemicals are there in a 'hue', for example viridian hue?

Often, some harmful pigments are replaced by a safer 'hue' version. But what exactly is there in this hue colour? Is one supposed to blindly trust the manufacturer on this? There is no specification ...
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Drawing human or animal bodies which aren't too realistic

The girl in this picture doesn't look like a "real" girl but she does look like a human female without visible defects (improperly placed eye/arm) etc. What do I need to learn to draw and paint such ...
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How to replace sad face with happy face

I wish to paint following by hand, using oil pastels This is from period drama (Rustic India, 1800s) Background is simple, yet decorative, lady is natural beauty. Only problem is she is crying. ...
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Can I use nylon-made paint tray to contain paints?

I saw a paint tray that is made of nylon and would like to know if it is suitable to contain paint and will it be harder to clean after painting? (Comparing with paint tray made of plastic and the ...
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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 ...
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Can I use Lucas oil colors for painting plastic kits?

I bought a plastic fighter kit, now I want to paint it with an airbrush and some oil colors. Now, I've got a question : Can I use Lucas oil color for painting plastic kits? Is it permanent after ...
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How to prevent beading in aluminum palette

I have recently purchased an aluminum palette that is enameled on the surface. However upon testing it concentrated watercolors I see it beads severely. I have heard some that use Bar Keeper's Friend (...
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Does anyone know how to add color to a piece of art (paint, ink, art)

I know this is an odd question, but I get really confused and frustrated when I try to add color to something I draw. I don't ever get any farther than line art because I get confused as to how to add ...
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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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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 far does a 5oz oil paint tube go?

I'm part of a group of seven people looking to paint along with an episode of Bob Ross, and I'm trying to buy supplies for the group, but we've never painted before. How far would a single 5oz tube ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 protect/seal frosted glass spray

The frosted glass is specifically to diffuse an RGB LED lamp thing I made, so every scratch and other degradation on this thing so far is very prominent. There must be 8 coats of Rustoleum frosted ...
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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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Can I use inkjet waterslide transfers on glass bottles?

I was wondering if there is anyone who has used the inkjet waterslide transfers on glass or bottles as part of a recycling art project? I will be making some wine bottles as centerpieces for my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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What range of wall color options would be generally considered aesthetically viable for a room with colored light bulbs? [closed]

I have recently installed LIFX colored light bulbs in my room. However, my wall is currently painted a fairly saturated blue, against which some of the bulb colors strike me at least initially 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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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 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 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. ...