Month: January 2018

24 Jan

3 Simple Tips To Bring Your Oil Painting To Life

Artists love using oil paints on canvas because of its many advantages. Whereas its slow drying process could seem as a drawback, especially for those who would rather finish their pieces faster, for the majority of artists is a plus. This is because it provides them with enough time to work on an artwork piece in different sessions without worrying that some parts will dry faster. They also find it much easier to make changes to their creations thanks to the slow drying characteristic of oil paintings. Oil paints also come with an advantage of creating luminous colors that are hard to wear. It is also much easier for the paints to blend with any surrounding colors so in the end an appealing artwork is achieved.

If you are new to oil paintings, you might consider taking oil painting classes so you can start off on a high. But you can still use the following simple tips to start getting familiar with the painting and ensure that every one of your artwork pieces oozes life.

Tip 1 – Use thick paste on foreground to convey volume

Three dimensional looks are quite lifelike and it is actually possible to achieve this when painting with oil. Oils and acrylics come with the advantage of building thick impastos compared to pastels and watercolors that lack the quality. To achieve the 3D look, apply the thick oil paste on the foreground of your painting and then thin it with receding planes on your piece. In the end you will have a very thing paint layer in the distant background creating the three dimensional illusion.

Tip 2 – Create texture on your piece by dry brushing

Texture is very important, especially on pieces with leaves, grass and crashing water waves and the likes. By using a dry brush technique you can make sure the texture is visible to the eyes. Dry brushing involves skipping your brush so that the paint can peel off achieving the desired results. When you hold the brush horizontally and graze it you can tickle bottom surfaces dragging to different directions to create weathered appearance of your wood or make the water foam on the painting look bubbly. There are so many effects you can create with the method so your painting is lifelike.

Tip 3 – Create interest by varying your colors

Instead of adding a number of variations of the same hue in a given area to get rid of boring solid monochromatic colors, generate more interest on your oil painting by mixing colors partially on the palette to neutralize saturation and they squeeze paint out under lots of pressure so you can see subtle color variations with every stroke. It may seem challenging at first, but you will love how realistic the painting becomes once you master the technique. This color mixing variegation can be used on different types of oil painting including those with grass, rocks and foliage to get paint variety that makes them look real.

13 Jan

The Magic of ‘Glow in the Dark’ Pigments

Certain specialty colorants stand apart from the regular organic pigments due to certain attributes possessed by them. One of the attribute is the ‘glow in the dark’ effect. The special substances are referred to as phosphors and glowing is sometimes called phosphorescence. Visible light is radiated by these Phosphors after they are energized. This implies that the phosphors have to be exposed to light for the required time for them to be energized and glow in the dark.

This stored energy is then released by the phosphors at a slow rate for a certain period of time. While this energy is being released small quantities of light is emitted and that is the reason for the object to glow in the dark. Many chemical compounds act as phosphors; however, strontium illuminate based after-glow pigments are being used to the maximum extent.

There are endless possibilities for use of these pigments and listing all of them will be truly difficult. But if a few areas where these ‘glow in the dark’ pigments are used were to be listed then they would include canvas paintings, epoxy and resin projects, costumes and props, hats, shoes and other clothing, wall murals and ceiling and in many other commercial items such as sporting goods, exit signs, toys, stickers, fluorescent textiles etc.

One of the major applications is the ‘glow in the dark’ fabric or textiles. Textile dyes, reactive dyes and others are used to lend colour to the four main naturally sourced fabrics like cotton, wool, linen, and silk. The glowing effect is due to the inclusion of certain other additives. ‘Glow in the dark’ fabrics are made from yarn or thread of the similar type. The yarn is skin friendly and besides being woven into the fabric it can be used to sew or embroider designs which glow in the dark. The chemical processes undergone by the fabric ensures that their special attribute remains untouched even after washing and ironing though direct ironing has to be avoided. Clothes made from this fabric are used by early morning or late night joggers, campers for their tents, as party costumes, t-shirts and jump suits of kids, bed sheets and blankets and other home furnishing material.

‘Glow in the dark’ paints are another popular area where these fluorescent pigments find a wide use. Different combinations of the basic ingredients give different resultant colour combinations ranging from green to blue to red to yellow green. The ‘glow in the dark’ paints are used in a number of items such as glow cars, fishing lures, police flashlight, vehicle painting, silhouette walls, children’s rooms and lots more.

Man has created these ‘glow in the dark’ objects but nature has given us bio-luminescent creatures in the form of jelly fish and fire flies that glow. Have you ever wondered why do they glow?