Painting Tips and Techniques

November 17, 2012
Paintings of oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water can be beautiful, but managing to get the water to look like actual water instead of simply a splash of blue on the canvas can sometimes be quite a challenge. To find excellent tips on painting any subject, I recommend you check out the popular Painting and Drawing Secrets. If you feel you'd like to further your painting expertise, free information on receiving an online degree in art and design can be found if you click here. One of the most important things to remember is that there are a variety of different types of bodies of water, each with its own unique characteristics. Make sure that you consider the differences between rivers, lakes, oceans, and puddles before you start to paint them, and you'll likely recreate them with greater ease. You can use oil, watercolor or acrylic paint with these instructions. Here's how to paint water. Sketch the area that will be filled with water on your canvas before you begin to paint. If the body of water is one that would have several different depths within it (such as a lake or ocean, or a deep river), go ahead and sketch the different depths as well. When you begin, one of the basic painting techniques is to start with the deepest area and use a slightly darker shade than the rest of your depths. Though it may seem odd at first, you'll be able to blend your different depths later and it will add additional realism to your painting. Continue to paint the different depths, using gradually lighter shades as you work your way into more shallow water. When you reach a shoreline or any exceptionally shallow water (such as that found in puddles, should you need to paint them), add paint thinner to your paint so that you can make a semi-transparent paint known as a "wash." Using a brush dipped in a little bit of paint thinner, lightly brush over all of the water depths that you've painted; this will help to blend the colors together. If you plan on having waves or crests in your water, you should mimic where they will be with the paint thinner so that the blending will follow the waves. Switch to a fine-tipped brush, and using a little bit of white or gray paint begin adding waves or crests if you plan on having them. Apply only a short, thin line of paint, giving it a slight peak in the center. Learning how to paint water reflection can be very tricky. If there are any dark clouds above the painting, you might want to use a few of their colors as accents to any waves that you create. Likewise, you should use the colors of a sunset as accents to mimic the reflective nature of water, making sure not to use too much of any one color in the reflection, and only painting the reflection on the tops of waves. Since water is reflective, you're going to want to reflect the trees, mountains or anything else that might be in the water or along the shore. You should show a bit more detail than you did with clouds or light, but not too much. And make sure that the more waves and turbulence there are in the water, the less of the reflection you can actually discern. Of course, the final results that you get will depend largely upon the type of paint and materials that you're using. Though these instructions and painting tips are designed for oil paints on canvas, you can use them for acrylic paints or watercolors as well with minimal difficulty. Watercolor paintings can be particularly difficult when it comes to water though. It's important to keep in mind that watercolors will run if too much water is used, especially when adding accents such as reflections or the crests on waves, or when doing a wash to give a partial transparency. Painting is a skill that is perfected over much time and with much practice. Attending an online university for art and design can help you hone your painting skills and gain knowledge in other areas of art as well!
 

The Advantage of Using Aquage Hair Products

November 17, 2012
Now that summer's in full swing, it's time to take advantage of hair products that help you truly get rid of frizz. Even if you've got stick straight hair, chances are, when the temperatures climb up above 80, you're looking at growing a second head of hair each day, made of frizz and frizz alone. Whether you're the kind of gal to throw it up in a top knot and call it a day, or you prefer to rock a high pony or a low braid, frizz can ruin your hairstyle, and with the temperatures of summer he...
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Behold Rhythmic Luxuriance On Canvas With Vietnamese Silk Paintings

November 12, 2012
Vietnamese art and paintings have forever been influenced by various traditions and cultures. But it's curious to note that in spite of these multiple influences, they have maintained an individual style till date. Traditional Vietnamese art, for example, the lacquer ware and woodblock prints, is famous all over the world and the current generation of Vietnamese artists is finding out innovative techniques to expand further the bounds of Vietnamese art. However, other genres of Vietnamese art...
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Other Things To Do In Orlando

November 12, 2012
After a few exhausting days chasing cartoon characters and waiting in long lines for themed rides and shows, relax and explore some of Orlando's other sites to see and attractions. Easily one of the most popular tourist traps in the nation, Orlando has much more to see than theme parks within theme parks. With its ample offering of cultural venues, museums, gardens, unusual theme parks, live music, quality local eating establishments and extraordinary activities, Orlando is so much more than ...
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Tips On Cleaning Antique Lace

November 11, 2012
You just bought or inherited that beautiful piece of antique lace, but it's dusty and dirty and may have stains or even food or soil spots on it. How do you go about cleaning antique lace? Here are a few tips that may help. Linen and cottons are easy to clean. Go to your local laundry shelves and find a presoak agent and presoak all lace articles according to package directions. If extremely dirty soak a second or third time. Most dirt will lift out; if some stains remain, soaking up to 3-5 h...
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Professional Painting Contractors

November 11, 2012
"An experienced painting contractor team can finish their job easily within a fraction of seconds. The properties get a good look with just a few swipes of a brush. There are electrostatic painting, commercial painting, industrial painting, residential painting contractors all over the world. Electrostatic painting, also referred to as powder coating , is an innovative method used for painting metals and certain types of plastics. It makes use of electrically charged powders in order to creat...
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Exploring the Delmarva Peninsula Beaches

November 8, 2012
Delmarva Peninsula is a place unto itself. Caught among the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, it is made up of parts of Delaware, Maryland, as well as Virginia (VA), therefore its name, Del Mar Va. There's a distinct lifestyle right here that is unique to the peninsula and decades from the uniformed, homogenized mainland towards the west. Dotting the shores of Delmarva, quaint villages of three hundred to four hundred people beckon the tourist to come and explore Delmarva Peninsula. Reminisc...
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Family and Home Articles

November 8, 2012
Acrylic paints are a form of plastic and therefore are waterproof when dry. They come in 2oz., 4.6 oz., and 7oz. tubes. They also come in 2oz., 8oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz., jars. They come in a myriad of colors, and in regular, medium and high viscosity. The brushes you use for acrylic painting are some of the same ones you would pick for traditional watercolor painting. I prefer a more stiff bristle brush for acrylic use as a soft bristle brush tends to get full of the acrylic paint, like a rag...
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Oil Paintings Reproductions Uk

November 7, 2012
There is a large misconception that the concepts oil paintings and affordable do not go together. This misconception is based on past knowledge, from times when art was only found in museums and in the homes of high society people. However, this perception has gradually changed, and as time went on, society has realized that the concept of affordable art does exist, and people can decorate their homes with affordable art alternatives. The most popular affordable art alternatives are the oil p...
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November 7, 2012
Oil painting tips: Art is an excellent facet of existence that is available in great shape. Of all of the beautiful artistic representations on the planet, oil painting is regarded as a comparatively new and delightful type of art. The particular concept of oil painting is painting by using oil pigments. Up until the early fifteenth century, artists once had a mythological and decorative outlook to art. However, using the Renaissance, artists started searching for different way of propagating...
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