HOW TO PAINT YOUR WAY TO CALM-PART 1

DSC_0054 The moment when I pause, brush in hand, poised above the canvas, is the moment my mind becomes calm.  The whole ritual of preparing to paint moves me closer to this point of transition; making a cup of tea, laying out my brushes, mixing the paint, each step helping to slow my busy mind.

This how-to series will help prepare you to add this calming ritual to your life.  Of course, you’ll probably add your own twist, maybe a glass of wine instead of tea (I might have to try this), possibly a little jazz playing in the background.  You will no doubt find what works best for you.

Let’s start the series with a review of three common paint types:

Acrylic

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  •  Water based.
  • Can be used in various densities (easily diluted with water).
  • Can be mixed with other mediums to produce texture (i.e. sand or plaster)
  • Used on canvas panel, paper designed for acrylics, and wood.
  • Leftover paint can be covered with plastic wrap and used again.
  • Brushes are cleaned with soap and water.
  • Dries fast and can be layered easily without muddying the ones below.
  • Very little odor.
  • Will stain, so wear old clothes and be careful around surfaces.

Watercolor

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  • Mixed with water.
  • Used on paper specific for watercolor application.
  • Extra paint squeezed from the tube can be used if re-wetted.
  • Brushes easily cleaned with water.
  • Paint can be lifted off by re-wetting.
  • Difficult to rectify mistakes.
  • Cheapest of the paint mediums.
  • Very little odor.
  • With the exception of red, it is unlikely to stain.
  • Must be preserved under glass (not required for oil or acrylic).

 

Oil

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  • Used on paper specific for oil paint, canvas, along with other surfaces such as wood and metal.
  • Very slow to dry (minimum of 2 weeks and can be up to months).
  • Due to the slow drying time it is easier to rectify mistakes.
  • More difficult to layer.
  • Very textural.
  • Colors are luminous.
  • Most expensive of the paint mediums.
  • Requires solvent to clean brushes.

I find acrylic super easy to work with.  It dries fast and lets me play with layering and textures.  I have always avoided using oil due to it’s lack of ease in these respects; however, after hearing artist Johanna Rachel describe the luminous and rich colors oil imparts, particularly when used on linen I may have to give it a try.  It has been said that painting with the butter like medium is nothing short of a sensual experience.

kat

sources:  image 2- The Party Guest by Holly Golightly, image 3-Flowering of Goodness by Behzad Bagheri, image 4-Painting by Johanna Rachel

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