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Watercolor Painting For All Ages and Abilities

By Dean Novosat

Watercolor painting is a free-flowing adventure in color, textures, and form. It is easy when you learn it one step at a time. The art of watercolor painting is rich in traditional techniques and formality. The difficulty in this type of painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate and use the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it. A unique quality of watercolors is the look obtained when various colors are layered on top of previous colors (after each layer has dried). In rich, mutable, easy-to-mix colors, water color painting is perfect for beginners as well as more accomplished artists. A traditional watercolor is executed with transparent watercolors with no opaque pigments used and the white of the paper serving as white paint. And today, fine art water color painting is a highly respected and much sought after, art form bringing high bids at art auctions around the world

Watercolor is a type of paint made from pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder, such as gum Arabic. Watercolor paints can be bought in tubes or pans (small blocks). It is one of the most dynamic mediums available to the artist. Watercolors are great for outdoor painting because of their quick drying nature and ease of use and watercolor painting offers a wide range of varieties and consistencies.

Watercolor techniques have the reputation of being quite demanding, although they are actually no more demanding than those used with other media. In the 17th and 18th centuries, ink, pen and watercolor tints were common mapmaking tools, portable and convenient to use outdoors and in remote locations. At the beginning of the 18th century, the topographical watercolor was primarily used as an objective record of an actual place in an era before photography. It was also a popular choice for landscape painting. Watercolors have moved from mapmaking to the mainstream in the past 300 years. Now, watercolor painting can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

Painting in watercolor is one of the most popular mediums for aspiring artists, yet there are many pitfalls that can snare the beginner. Painting in watercolor is fun when you can find new opportunities for personal discovery, expression, and invention. Painting or drawing while traveling always makes the experience more rewarding, satisfying, and unforgettable. Professional watercolor paper is the basis for getting beautiful watercolor paintings, so remember this when selecting your watercolor paper. The better the paper, the better the painting.

Watercolor is not just for mapmaking anymore. Watercolor painting is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. My first memory of painting is using dime store watercolor paints in a metal tin. Although not the best quality, it introduced me to the watery, transparent color of this type of paint. Later in life, I learned to use these transparent pigments to create works of art. If you are considering getting started in painting, you may want to consider watercolors as your medium of choice.




Watercolor Techniques - Top Five Tips and Tricks

By J F Higgins

Watercolors are highly popular paints. It is very simple easy to pull out that long box of paints and grab a paintbrush. Then you pour a jar of water and let the pleasure commence. Whilst they are great fun you will do well if you also take a little time to get to know some watercolor techniques. There are several basic ones to learn but there are also some fun ones, too. This article contains a good proportion of both. So, read on to find out some tips and tricks to make watercolor painting absolutely great for everyone.

1. Try painting on wet paper. Take a large sheet of paper and make it completely wet by dipping it all the way into water in the sink. Take cookie sheet or use a plastic tabletop and smooth it out. Take a paint brush and put thick, wet watercolors on top. They will blur on the wet paper and blend together to make strange shapes. You can draw on top with a black marker pen after your fuzzy picture dries. Great fun! Read on for some more watercolor techniques.

2. Stick a watermelon or any other kind of seed onto a sheet of white paper. Paint an imaginary plant, perhaps, one with the roots growing from the seed underground, with the leaves and flowers and fruit of the plant relating to the seed that you choose. This can be educational for kids as well as a great recreational pastime. Keep reading for more great watercolor techniques

3. A "wash" is created when watercolors are brushed on very light using a lot of water. Try to paint a scene or the outdoors using light washes of watercolor. Do not worry if you cannot see the detail. Go back to the painting when it is dry and use a dark marker or ink pen to add back the detail. Creates an eye-catching effect that will be very popular with viewers of your work. Are you enjoying these watercolor techniques? Well, there are more to come. Keep reading.

4. Plastic wrap is magic. First, create a picture with wet and colorful areas. Crumple a sheet of plastic whilst the paint is still wet and in puddles. Smooth it down onto the wet paint but do not move the plastic around. Instead, simply press it flat onto the paint. Once you have done that, set the painting to one side to dry and when you return and pull off the plastic you will find beautiful patterns in the dry paint underneath.

5. Use bubble wrap to create the same effect as in number 4. By bubble wrap I mean the sheets of packing plastic that are covered with little air bubbles. This makes an even different pattern as the paint dries and is also great fun, too.

Hopefully, you are getting the idea. You do not need to limit yourself to traditional, time honored watercolor techniques. There are lots and lots of fantastic ways of making the most of this highly enjoyable hobby. Try doing some more research on this matter and you are sure to find more methods that you will find helpful. People with young children often have to find activities to occupy and stimulate them and painting is a popular one. They also like to do things that are inexpensive and highly enjoyable so they are great people to ask for ideas in this area. Go on, try some of these ideas today. You will be glad that you did.

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Want to Know How to Sketch? - Read This Immediately

By Murtaza Habib

In this article, you will learn something very useful about the art of sketching. Art of sketching is like an ocean, you will never ever finish learning, how much ever you learn. There are lots of things remaining to learn in the world of art. The main purpose of sketching is to get the flow of your emotions on paper in the form of an image. Sketches are usually completed in two stages, one is preliminary stage and the other one is the final stage. It helps an artist to show his drawing ability by focusing on different aspects of a particular subject. You can use many things as a drawing medium such as a pen, pencil, watercolors, clay, etc.

Sketching is a very smooth and easy process; it also gives a very bright opportunity to an artist where he can work on different ideas before he creates a final design of sketches. While creating a sketch, artist can feel relaxed as he does not have to bother about making mistakes. You can read many books available in the market which give will you brief ideas about how to sketch. There are many training sessions organized by famous artists to provide proper knowledge about how to sketch. One should keep many basic things in mind which are very necessary to while working on a sketch. Some of them are an ink pen, paper, pencil, eraser, etc. The artist should focus on the object to create its sketch properly.

Make sure that the artist does not make use of dark strokes while creating a sketch. Also he should not use an eraser very often. Shading is also an important part of sketching; so it is very necessary that the artist keeps this point in his mind while creating a sketch. If anyone would like to know the exact guidelines about how to sketch then he should study the sketchbooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Edgar Degas.

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Is it "Color Or Colour?" As an Artist I Always Wanted to Know

By Charles Taggart

Is it "Color or Colour?" As an artist I am often needing to type "Color" and I always get this word messed up in trying to spell them. Have you ever asked this question of all those words that are spelled differently based on where you are born or learn to read and write? Paint me a picture full of "colours" so I might be able to understand... Why do Americans spell words like "COLOUR" and "NEIGHBOUR" without a "U"?

I remember with a smile, my Mom telling me in looking at my spelling tests and writings of when I was young, her saying; "You would have done fine if you had been raised in the England"... And it didn't make sense to me then, and still doesn't in how I view words- in a dyslexic way... Kind of see it as long as the idea comes forth, that is all that matters...

But I have learned to try to use Spell Check and lean on it heavily and to read things out loud as often as possible of my writings... But the questions still comes to mind so often, when ever I spell check a document and Walla, there again, I spelled color- COLOUR...

As an artist it has always made me ponder this question, as many art supplies are made in Europe, and I use to fine the two different spelling's of Color/Colour often in Commercial Arts Supply store in Syracuse- an artist's paradise to wonder through and see of so many different art supplies under one roof... So many hours I would spend in this store on my way or from college classes to where I lived, and in buying the needed art materials I hadn't bulk ordered through mail order Art supply services that saved me lots of money instead of paying full retail... But sometimes I didn't have enough time to mail order art materials for an assignment and paying full retail was needed...

While I was in Rome and Bologna Italy, I wondered into a couple art supplies stores or shops... In one shop the bell tinged loudly as I opened the door, the beautiful smells of varnish, oils liquors and the sweet pigment fragrances filled my nose with a childish glee and excitement that only an artist, printer or paint shop person might understand... Here where art supplies not only in Italian, but also in French and also proper English UK spellings... There in large letter over a sign and tubes and blocks of painting pigments under the sign saying: "Windsor & Newton Watercolour", it didn't say "Watercolor"... Then under is on the different rows, was a paint sample pad, the sign in Italian it read "Campioni di colore" and under it "Colour Samples", with the different watercolor names, their numbers and a wash of that tube's paint beside it... Have to love the Italians with their mix of languages and culture!

 


No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.
Michael Ende

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
Rem Koolhaas

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.
Marcus V. Pollio

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.
Arne Jacobsen

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
Richard Meier

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
Arthur Erickson

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.
Russell Lynes

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.
Robert A. M. Stern

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Saul Steinberg

The higher the building the lower the morals.
Noel Coward

The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.
Stephen Gardiner

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Thomas Kempis

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
Harry Seidler

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Adolf Loos

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Antonio Gaudi

 

 
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