Texture Technique Using Acrylic

December 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Read the following article to learn Basic of Texture Technique

And visit this URL to learn 40 different texture technique using acrylic color.

The acrylic painting medium is a fairly new addition to the various painting mediums available to todays artists. It has been around since the 1950’s and has been continually under development and refinement ever since.

Acrylic paint is highly favored amongst artists because of its wonderful versatility. It can be applied thickly as an impasto having rich texture or in washes mimicking the characteristics of watercolor.

Another likable characteristic of acrylic paint is its permanence. Acrylic paint is not susceptible to yellowing or hardening with age. With acrylic paint, the artist does not need to be concerned with the order the paint is applied or other special techniques that ensure the paint film remains free from cracking. So it can be said that acrylic paint is much easier to use than oil paint.

Yet another characteristic that invites new artists to this medium is its fast drying time. Since acrylic paint dries so quickly, colors can be applied and overlaid quicker than with oil painting.

There are however a few downsides to the quick drying time of acrylic paints:

1) The paint will not remain workable for very long, so you have to work quickly.

2) The fast drying time of acrylics can also ruin brushes if the brushes are not cleaned immediately.

3) Acrylic paint is not the best medium for direct painting outdoors, especially on a bright sunny day. Whatever paint you put out on your palette will begin to dry quickly and form a skin over the surface of the paint making it very difficult to work with.


Watercolor Effects

Acrylic paint works wonderfully as a transparent medium, similar to watercolor. Acrylics do have an advantage over watercolors. You can lay out a number of thin washes over one another without fear of disturbing the colors underneath. You must wait for one layer to dry completely before applying another of course. Once each layer dries it becomes insoluble in water. The only disadvantage to using acrylics as a watercolor medium is the difficulty in modifying the color. Once acrylic paint begins to dry it becomes rather difficult to work with. One of the biggest problems is the tendency for washes to dry with unwanted hard edges. You can avoid this problem in one of two ways. You can either dampen the paper before the paint is applied or you can use an additional brush dampened with water. Use one brush to apply the paint and immediately soften the edge with the other brush that has been dampened with the water.

Blending Opaque Colors

With watercolor effects, the acrylic paint is applied in transparent washes. With the opaque technique the paint layers are non-transparent. Blending opaque acrylic colors can be a bit tricky as you are kind of pressed for time. It is important therefore to only work on areas that you know you will have enough time to blend. To blend two colors, first paint a block of each color side by side on your support. Where the two colors join paint down that line with a clean damp brush to soften the edges. To blend the colors even further, move the blending brush from side to side or up and down, until the desired blending is achieved.

Sgraffito Technique

Sgraffito is a scratching technique. It got its name from the Italian word graffiare which literally means to scratch. Just as the name implies it involves scratching into the surface of the wet paint which reveals either the ground or layer of dry color underneath. There are a number of different tools that can be used for this technique. Tools like screwdrivers or the sharpened end of an old paintbrush handle should suffice. It really depends on the support you are using. For instance, a screwdriver may not be the best tool if you are using a panel as a support. The hard metal may damage the panel, so you would need to use a softer tool.

Using a Squeegee

A regular squeegee that you can purchase at any hardware or auto store can create some interesting effects when used with acrylic paint. First you would squeeze out some paint blobs directly along one edge of your support. You can layout whatever colors you wish. Then with one fluid motion you would drag the paint across the support with your squeegee, which will smear and mix the paint and create some very unique and interesting designs. You may need to alter your squeegee a bit as the rubber blade that comes with most squeegees may not be rigid enough to drag the paint. You can remove the rubber blade and in its place glue in a regular wooden ruler. This will give you a flat sturdy edge to manipulate the paint.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on acrylic painting techniques. Take some time today to experiment with these techniques and have fun. Happy Painting!

Ralph Serpe is webmaster and founder of Creative Spotlite, a free arts and crafts community. For more free art lessons like this, visit: http://www.creativespotlite.com today. Visit our sister site, http://www.artsymmetry.com as well for more great art related content.


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Art Hub – Case Study – Art Hub

June 10, 2008 Leave a comment

The case study of arthub.  By SWETA SHAH – Online Marketing Head :::

Work of months achieve the recent success of arthub.

What I work for www.arthub.in website

1. Decide what I want to have in website. As I am not from art field all category, functioning and details are important.
2. Then send requirement to designing and development department.
3. cant comment with design?
4. Content Creation
5. Finding Artist – Me and my colleage Deepali went to fine arts faculty to have registration for our arthub.in.
Its not easy to convence them but we did a good job.
6. Gather data – resume, artist statement and painting images with details.
7. I start creating artist account and uploading of all data i.e products
8. As site gets ready I start marketing – internet marketing
9. In internet marketing as in first step I did search engine optimization
10. Blogging
11. Social Media Marketing
12. Web 2.0 Marketing
13. Press Release

I am giving google analytics report of artist registration.

After this all stuff we plan to have the real art exhibition. So on 12 june 2008 we have art exhibition.

We called up all artist to have participation in exhibition and nearly 12 artist send their artwork to exhibit.
Then real world work started. Me, Deepali and Sarang Fadnis work hard for this. Booking gallery, finding chief guest and lot other thing.
Its hard if any one do such thing alone its team work.

I also suggest theme of the exhibition “what creates life??” and created a story board….

Again we need to come on Online marketing…I booked domain www.arthexhibitionindia.com which is perfect keyword reach domain.

Designed a simple website and upload all paintings which going to exhibit art gallery.

I will republish this case study in detail after the exhibition.

You can contact me:

Sweta Shah

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Appraising Art – An Art in Itself

May 9, 2008 1 comment

By Donovan Gauvreau

The appraisal of artwork can be effected for several reasons, but the two most common ones are: the owner wishes to sell it or the owner wishes to insure it. In brief, the art market can be broken down into two segments, retail and secondary. The retail segment consists of pieces sold by art galleries, art dealers and other art professionals. The secondary segment consists of all art pieces sold through other avenues such as auctions, estate sales, flea markets, garage sales, and art wholesalers. Appraising art requires expertise. In order to properly assess an art piece, you should involve a professional or someone in the art industry.

For What It’s Worth

If you plan to sell your artwork, it is recommended that you hire an appraiser and inform them at the onset of your interest in selling. They, in turn, will research the wholesale market value and give you an accurate price. Much depends on how much the painting or piece has sold for in the past, and not on what you may think you can get for it. When it comes to appraising art, the best scenario occurs when the appraiser is neutral and has no specific interest in your artwork; thus, there is no conflict of interest. A typical appraisal should include the following:

  • Size of the art work
  • Condition of the work
  • Year of creation
  • Medium used
  • Description of the work
  • Provenance (lineage of ownership)
  • Markings found on the work, i.e. date, signature
  • Movement wherein the work was created
  • Brief biography of the artist
  • Signature and seal of the appraiser

Doing your Homework

There are several techniques that an art appraiser will use to assess a particular piece of art. First and foremost, the appraiser will determine if the piece is an original or a print. Prints will always be lower in value, and the more numerous they are on the market, the more it will decrease the value of each print. The age of the painting will affect its worth. The date is usually found on the back of the piece or next to the artist’s signature. The condition of the painting is equally important when appraising art. If there are sloppy touch-ups, tiny cracks, and/or small tears, it can significantly decrease the work’s value. There is also the provenance of the work to consider. The appraiser must find out who previously owned the piece, including from where it originated. The answers to these queries can greatly increase the piece’s worth.

Recognizing the Value

If you are looking to purchase or sell some artwork and do not want to hire an appraiser, there are certain techniques to appraising art that can aid you in making a good buy or a hard sell. Research is the key. First, take a look at the artists. Are they well-known and have their pieces increased or decreased in value? Keeping your finger on the pulse of the art world is a great idea if you want to capitalize on trendy pieces. However, art collectors are most often looking for art pieces that reflect a certain time period or a particular style. Visiting art shows and researching new artists can give you a hint on which artists are getting the “buzz” and whose work is likely to climb in value. Recognizing value in art is a personal matter. Appraising art should not be based solely on strict facts and guidelines, but should also include instincts. Buyers must know what is out there, what they like and, above all, they must learn to trust their personal taste.

Art Historian, Donovan Gauvreau lectures about art therapy with a focus on creativity development. He believes we can learn from the great masters in art to communicate ideas and feelings through painting. He provides content to Aaron Art Prints to educate and inspire people to take a glimpse into an artist’s life to better understand the meaning behind their work.

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Different types of Oil Paintings Support

May 1, 2008 Leave a comment

By: Vijay Kanth

An oil painting support is any kind of surface to which oil paint could be applied to. There are huge varieties of different surfaces, which artists use to paint on. Everything from certain woods, canvas, and as well metals could be used as a supports for oil painting. Following are the various types of oil painting supports that will help you decide the best for your style of oil painting.


Linen is generally created from the fibers of the flax plant. The fibers are then developed into yarns or threads that are then made into canvas. The fibers of the flax plant are huge and moderately strong and make for an extremely attractive and hard-wearing oil painting support. Paintings carried out on this surface have endured the test of time. It is for this reason that linen canvas is a preferred amongst expert oil painters. There are assortments of different linen canvases accessible in the market, from rolled canvas to pre-stretch. It comes prepared for acrylic and oils, or you could get it unprimed as well.


Cotton canvas is the most admired support for starter oil painters. It is a comparatively strong material and much reasonable than linen. It has an extremely even and perfunctory weave. If you are actually worried about the sturdiness of cotton, then purchase a profound grade cotton canvas and try widening it yourself. Cotton canvas is obtainable in rolls or pre-stretched, primed or unprimed.

Canvas pads

For those artists who might be on a tight budget but yet desire a good quality surface for oil paintings, then canvas pads are a superior choice. Canvas pads come in a range of various sizes and are amazing for starters interested in oil painting reproduction. Canvas pads are grand for practice also or doing studies. Make sure you get a heavy weight canvas pad compatible to hold oil paint.

Wood panels

The first known oil paintings were shaped on wood panels made of oak or poplar. The wood was actually covered with a consistent ground made of animal skin paste and chalk. The ground was then elegant smooth to generate a surface appropriate for oil paint.

Your choice of oil painting support actually relies up on your style of painting. Experiment with the different types of oil painting supports accessible in the market and have fun. You would ultimately find one that works best for you.

Vijay is a Copywriter of Art paintings. He has written many articles in various topics. For more information visit: Oil paintings for sale. Contact him at 1artclubpainting@gmail.com

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