3 Painting Tools That Aren't Used Enough

11 Sep 2012

It is just reality that certain painting techniques and tools will get more of your attention than others as you develop your artistic interests and style. But knowing how to paint the way you want to paint should still leave room for new things, too--painting materials that you might have never come across before or a new painting approach. Or it might be going back in time a bit--revisiting painting lessons you learned long ago.  

Looking through old sketchbooks can lead you to new ways of painting as well as leave you with the urge to retry forgotten techniques.
Looking through old sketchbooks can lead you to new ways of painting as well as
leave you with the urge to retry forgotten techniques.
For example, I often forget just how helpful it is to have a color chart at my side when painting, detailing tube colors and the mixtures that can be created from them in combination with others. They can show primary color mixtures, secondary color mixtures, and can even be tailored to the color palette of a specific painting you are creating.

Also, how rewarding and eye-opening can it be to open up old sketchbooks and see what jogs your memory? Whether it is notes from an instructor that you jotted in the margins, ideas that you might have had for projects that didn't get fully fleshed out, or an exploration of how to paint a picture in a way that you haven't thought of in ages. All of these can be helpful in our art!

Painting over a failed work is a process, but it is possible.
Painting over a failed work is a process, but it is possible.
I'm also a fan of turning failed paintings into new works. It is a great idea for any painting artist to see how an old canvas or board can be given a new life. If you have an oil painting with a slick surface that you want to reuse, try to wipe the surface with a cloth soaked in mineral spirits. Allow it to dry. If that doesn't work, use a mixture of half mineral spirits and half linseed oil and let the surface dry. Or you could always apply a coat of thinned white oil color, let it dry, and then start on your new painting--learning from what you've recently covered over.

And you can always learn new painting tips (or rediscover painting lessons you may have forgotten) from any one of the great resources in the Artist Daily store. Right now, we are having our Fall Sale Event, and I urge you to look through the offerings to see if any will help you learn to paint the way you want to, or enhance your painting process for the better. Enjoy!


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