Preparation of a canvas making
We choose the materials with which we like to paint. Either:
- tempera (gouache)
- hagiography dusts
- oil pastels
- coal pencils
It’s good to know that depending on the result we want we will select our materials accordingly. E.g. for a more direct effect we use watercolors or pastels and if time does not concern us then we can use all materials and even oils. The peculiarity of watercolor is that the artist needs to be short and quick in choosing the color because this material cannot delete things, so our brushes should be precise. It is a material for experienced artists both in design and color.
The watercolors above enable us to dry sooner in contraire with oils that charm us with their results.
Painting with oil
To paint with oil, we need:
- Melamine in the dimension we need which we will use as a palette. There we will mix our colors. Preferably large dimension.
- Brushes, wide and narrow, short-haired or long-haired, flat or round
- Our oil colors in tubes
- Turpentine (odourless). We use it like in temperas instead of water. Mix and dilute where we want our color.
- Especially prepared cloth that you can find with or without frame. (the frame is a wooden contour in which the canvas is stretched)
- A surface to touch the canvas, or an easel
Glass jars which we will have for:
- one for the turpentine
- another to clean up our brushes in turpentine
- When a brush is no longer needed we leave it in a third jar with water
*When you decide not to paint any more, for example to take a break we leave the brushes in water to prevent them from drying. In the end, we clean all our brushes very well with green soap and water. We can let our brushes in turpentine, but if we do then we will wear our brushes.
- A cloth to wipe our brushes
- A spatula to clean the palette, is best to do so while their still wet, because dry colors are hard to clean
Finally it is better to wear some old clothes that we do not mind getting them dirty.
General function of watercolors
With very dilute paint, lots of water to our brush. We start with light colors and then the dark. To achieve transparent and bright color we can, for example, if we like to paint a green grass we should first stretch yellow touches to the extent we will define and after paint over it the blue of our choice dark or light blue depending on how light is the green we desire. Some great painters used their watercolors and pencils.
Each material requires the same preparation, as well as:
- an easel
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