Do you know Vincent Van Gogh?
You might have heard about the Dutch painter or you might have gotten a glimpse of his famous paintings such as The Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Irises, Café Terrace at night, and his self-portrait. Between the years 1881 and 1890, Van Gogh painted 900 paintings. Sounds glorious, doesn’t it? Well, you too can obtain this kind of success if you work hard. Becoming an artist is like taking a long journey and painting one brushstroke at a time. There will be some paint spills along the way but that is all part and parcel of the deal.
If you too want to recreate a starry night picture of your own, you ought to start by using the right equipment. Painters need to invest in the best possible painting equipment so that they can create almost any painting.
To develop your own style, you need to try to paint on canvas, paper, and fabric to see which type of material you prefer painting on. Thereafter you can play around with different painting styles.
Let’s look at the art supplies that you need to stock up on.
Considering Art Materials:
Dipping the Paint Brushes in Paint
Are you ready to dip your paintbrush into paint?
If so, you need to be clear about the paint type of paint that you wish to use. Perhaps you want to try out acrylic paint or even oil paint. Maybe you are still clueless about the type of paint that you would like to use for a specific painting.
Let’s equip you with some knowledge about what you can expect when using certain paint types.
Decide what it is that you need to paint. This is the first step when it comes to selecting a paint type. Are you going to paint a still life drawing or is it a portrait that you are more interested in painting?
Watercolour paint is the type of paint for artists on the move. To mix watercolour paint, you only need the paint type and water.
You must remember that watercolour paint is made from finely crushed pigments.
You can find this paint type in small tubes or in the form of a palette.
If you visit your local art store, you may want to ask the store owner all about this type of paint.
Perhaps watercolour paints don’t particularly tickle your fancy, Gouache is a familiar paint type used in most schools being easier to paint with. Ideally, gouache paint is meant for children or beginners.
Acrylic paint is an amalgamation of pigment, and drying oil. With acrylic paints, the stain can be removed rather readily when spilled on fabric. It is an easy drying paint so it’s for artists who want to complete a painting within a day.
Oil paints are paints that are slow-drying paints. This paint type is ideal for the painter who likes to take his or her time to paint. When artists paint with oil paints they tend to paint layer by layer so as to hide any flaws within the underlying layers of their paintings.
Packing Your Paint Brush Kit
“Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be, precisely determine what we can be.” - Anthony Robbins
You can be whatever you believe you are. You can be an artist if you believe you are an artist. However, to be a proper artist you need to stock up your kit with the right tools. A makeup artist needs good brushes to paint the face in the best way possible, a painter also needs the best type of paintbrushes to paint a blank canvas perfectly. While finger painting works, none of Van Gogh’s paintings were made using only his fingers to paint. The right brush for the right brush strokes is all you need to find in order to get your painting fingers working.
Choosing a brush is vital because no two types of brushes are the same. They differ entirely in terms of bristles, shapes, and sizes.
The first step to choosing the right brush is choosing the best type of handle.
It is believed that watercolour paint is best painted with a short-handled brush. Ideally, when you are painting close to you, a short-handled brush works wonderfully. To paint the perfect canvas while standing a slight distance away from the canvas, use a long-handled brush.
For better precision and control, go down the short-handled brush route. For a better painting technique, opt for a long-handled brush.
Aside from the brush handles, consider the bristles. While the handle must be a good fit, it’s the bristles that do the painting. Brush bristles range from natural extra fine to bristles made from ox hair.
You want to steer clear from using brushes found in children’s painting kits. These brushes are not meant for sophisticated painting. The secret to good painting doesn’t require you to spend an arm or a leg on a brush. Spending R40 on a brush that’s right for your painting could lead to the same results being produced as when you spend over R100 on a brush.
When painting with acrylics, always invest in the right type of flat brush and a round brush. Also if you are using acrylic paint, choose to use paintbrushes with synthetic hairs. They stay harder for longer which is an ideal option when painting with this brush type.
Brushing on with Certainty
Shopping for the right painting brush is overwhelming. Always speak to a shop expert or artist before you visit the selection of brushes yourself. You might be attracted to a certain brush just because of the look of the brush and the feel of its hairs but it might not be the right brush to use on your canvas.
A visit to loot.co.za will allow you to find a more expensive brush range namely the Da Vinci range of brushes. The prices of these brushes range from R183 to R250 each but these brushes are known to be the artist's brand of choice as they have stiffer bristles and retains more paint.
Here you will be spoilt for choice in terms of whether to select the long-handled flat bristle brush or the kolinsky red sky.
Remember paintbrush sizes also differ; a paintbrush size 1 in one range may be entirely different from a paintbrush size in another range.
Should I Spend Tons on Brushes?
Again brush prices are determined by the brand of the brushes. Certain brands take everything from the wood type used on brushes to hairs on brushes into consideration.
Remember a lower budget does not mean that you won’t find a brush suited for your desired style of painting and one that works almost as well as the same type of brush from a more renowned brand.
Interested in learning more and ironing out any misunderstandings on brushes, try private painting lessons.
The Painter’s Canvas
Every painter has a blank canvas. A canvas is seen as a larger surface. The canvas has been around for a very long time. The reason why painters still use canvas to paint on is that brushes that are used on a canvas usually last longer. Another reason why it’s best to use a canvas is that paintings made on canvas usually stay for longer.
But of course, several types of canvas are available.
Most canvases are either made of cotton or linen fibres. Linen fibres are usually the desired canvas of choice as it is considered to be far more durable. Cotton fibre canvas is believed to crease more easily.
You can get a blank canvas primed for oil paints, or canvas primed for acrylics, you can even get a blank canvas primed for both these types of paints.
You can pay about R699 for a canvas roll.
The Painter Palette and Accessories
Once you start your journey as a painter, you need to make sure to have a fully stocked up painter’s kit. What are some of the accessories that you should add to your kit? You need to invest in equipment that will be beneficial for you irrespective of what you chose to paint.
All painters use easels to support their blank canvas. Metal easels are quite expensive but you can find easels at cheaper prices.
One of the most essential tools for all painters is the painting palette. The palette is helpful for painters that need to mix paints. The palette is a thin piece of wood to contain and mix paints.
Make sure that all palettes that you buy are easy to clean, and large enough to mix the paint.
Your painting kit can be a protective case that holds all the painting accessories and brushes. This is especially important if you are a painter on the move. Everything from your paint palette to your paintbrushes that vary in size can be contained in your painter’s kit.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” - Pablo Picasso
So while when playing by the rules of painting, a painter invests in all the above-mentioned items, as an artist you never need to feel guilty for doing something different. If you wish to paint using a painter’s palette and no easel, go ahead and do so.
The Painter's Pen
“Colour and I are one. I am a painter.” - Paul Klee
Painter’s pen is a fast-drying, non-toxic pen. You can use a painter’s pen on any type of canvas including wood, foam board, or plastic. You can also find a painter’s pen at any leading art shop.
Are you still unsure of how to use a painter’s pen when painting?
Well, you could always take a painting class. An art teacher will step in to guide you to find the right materials suitable for the best painting.
The choice of where to buy painter’s equipment is up to you. Many leading online retailers stock a wide range of equipment.
You got the painter’s pen in your hand, now go ahead paint…
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