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 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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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 ...
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I'd like to create the textures of sand and water in this photo I took at the beach

I'd like to find a way to paint/create the texture in this photo. I have access to oil pint, acrylics, soft pastels, moulding paste (impasto) and more. I was thinking to use several layers. Each ...
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What paint should I use on a concrete statue?

I have a commission that I'm starting soon, and I want to make sure I'm using the right paint. It's for a stone dolphin statue, and of course I want to make sure the paint won't fade, or crack, or ...
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Spray-painting polystyrene for outdoor use

I want to make false stone looking planters from polystyrene heads. I bought the stone spray paint to use, but reading the instructions it says it's for indoor use only! I want to put my heads outside,...
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Touching up the coloring on my American nylon flag [closed]

Touching up the coloring on my American, nylon flag. What is the best way to do this? Thank you.
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Is there a method for setting up my palette on axes by Hue, Value, and Intensity?

I'm a very technical person, even with painting. I wanted to set up my palette like a graph so that it does not become messy, no matter what color I want to mix. This is not an issue if I was only ...
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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 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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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 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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How to paint rough but distinguishable people with oil paints?

I've been teaching myself wet on wet expressionist style oil painting lately and my landscapes, cities look awesome. But... But when I go to add some small detail in amongst the fray, particularly ...
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What classical painting depicts a trial or a slavery bidding, where a naked female is standing before a crowd? [closed]

By 'classical' I mean it looked not modern, so it had to be painted at least 100 years ago. I came across that painting in maybe an educational video, but can in no way remember what is was. The ...
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What are the different type of artist brush configurations and their purposes?

I have bought many paint brushes recently, for acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc. I'm experimenting with paint at this stage. Some of the brush packages have little charts showing what the different ...
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Advice on preserving an old painting

The image attached is of a painting which is deteriorating around the edges of the frame. The paint appears to be falking off of the canvas. It is between 70 and 80 years old, I don't know what type ...
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Can I be a painter as a colorblind person?

Based on the results of this online test and previous, "normal" (doctor-aided) tests, I have red-green color blindness ('protanomaly'). As for real life experience, I don't think it's very ...
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Can nail polish be used on jewelry?

I have many jewelry sets in white, is it possible to color in my jewelry using nail polish - is nail polish effective on jewelry?
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Breathable painting for acoustic panels?

I wanted to have a picture painted by my friend onto an acoustic panel in my room. I contacted some local companies working on such projects, but they work only with printing on this material. ...
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What is this type of art called?

What is the type of art below called? And what type of paper and colors are used here? Can I do that using acrylic colors?
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Why is everyone so secretive about pricing for painting miniatures? [closed]

I have some Gloomhaven miniatures which I am trying to get painted. I am trying to find the appropriate price to offer someone to paint these miniatures. I went to https://www.reddit.com/r/...
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What is the name of this painting genre?

I know the genre is related to photo realism/hyper realism, It's photo realism/hyper realism, But I want to know what's the name of it with this tools!? They use graphite, They use brush and dark ...
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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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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 ...