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Artist Painting Questions - Ask the artist

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Ask the artist - By Ron Gribble. I will attempt to answer some questions. If you have any questions, you can add them to my list below.   When would I use Acrylic, as opposed to Oils? This is largely a personal preference for each artist, but I always remember that the Acrylic is transparent, while the Oils are more Opaque. So if the subject you are painting is better rendered by a transparent paint, use Acrylics. Ask yourself the question: A. " Would the white of the board be a help or a hindrance? If it would be a help, then Acrylics it is. If it is not a help, then Oils it is. E.G. A scene of rocks and transparent water. The white of the board can be very helpful in creating textures on the rocks, while the transparent nature of the Acrylics is wonderful for glazes to create the "looking through the water" affect. B. Is there an advantage to having it quick drying? If so, Acrylics is the best option. Do I need to paint my boards with Gesso? If you are u

String Block Printing

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String Block Printing with School Paints LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary. This is easy and it’s fun.   It is amazing how something so simple can be so much fun and create interesting artworks.    String Block Printing You will need : : Sheets of Paper : Tempera Poster Paint : String or rope : Small blocks of wood : Shallow trays : Plastic table top or cover a table with a plastic sheet. : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels. Let’s get started: Put on the apron and prepare a surface to paint over. Have one block of wood per colour. Wrap your rope or string around each block of wood a few times.   Trying not to have a build-up of string in just one spot.   If you can make each blocks string differ to get a range of effects. Tie the string at the top of the block.   This will be the end you hold on to. Pour one colour of the Tempera Paint into the shallow tray Press your block into the shallow of paint or paint it with a

Artist painting Colour mixing with school paints

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How do you mix a colour as dark as black, without black??  by Ron Gribble. How do you mix a colour as dark as black, without black?? I use a very dark blue, like Ultramarine, or Thalo, and mix it equally with a dark red, like Alizarin Crimson. These opposites tend to cancel each other out, and the result is a very dark neutral colour. You can add more of one or the other to make it tend towards hot or cold, or equal amounts to make it neutral. One thing that I look for though, is to make the colour "believable". The two pigments are very strong, and need toning down with an earth colour. If you make it as dark an earth colour as you can, you will still have a deep rich, almost black. I use Burnt Sienna, and add little at a time until I have the colour I need. This idea with Burnt Sienna is a good one to remember whenever you are mixing any very strong pigments together. Colour mixing; RULE TO NEVER BE BROKEN . 1. Add little bits at a time. Mix it together, and a

Hand Prints with School Paints

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Hand Printing Prints: LEVEL: Pre-school and very Early Primary. Colourful painted hands. This has to be one the most popular art projects for kids and it is also a great keepsake for parents and grandparents.    Make it fun   You will need: : Sheet of Paper : Tempera Poster Paint : Little Hands : Shallow trays : Plastic table top or cover a table with a plastic sheet. : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels. Let’s get started: This can get messy if you don’t have a bowl of water and paper towels prepared before you begin.   Put on the apron and prepare a surface area. Write the child’s name on the back of the paper before you begin Pour paint into the shallow trays have one per colour. There are two ways to get the paint on to the hands.   1.        Slowly dip the palm of the hands into the trays.   2.        You paint the hands yourself with a brush. Sometimes the dipping option can get too messy with drips

Artist painting tip about colour

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COLOUR :  by Ron Gribble [ Follow us on Facebook  and Pinterest  ]   Lets look at colour. There is so much that can be said about it. We all know what colour is, but how do we mix it? How do we control it? How do you decide what colour you want, and where? How do we use complimentary colours? After a demonstration that I did at the Downtown Hilton Art Gallery once, a chap said to me that he had observed that I spent 80% of my time mixing colours!!! That leaves only 20% for all the other things!! It seems to me that we should be devoting a similar proportion of time in research and practice for this activity. I suggest that everyone should have a simple colour wheel beside their easel!! Go down to the hardware shop and pick one up. The colour wheel is very basic knowledge you could say. You left that behind at school, right? Then why is it that I see a very bad lack of the use of the colour wheel in paintings? Maybe, like me you did not fully realise the many ways t

Artist Paint Application and Personal Flair

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Application & Personality: By Ron Gribble If you cannot do more than a photograph, then why take a photograph in the first place and save yourself a lot of time and agony! This is to a large degree my personal opinion, but it is also the opinion of many top art judges who allocate points to what they call "application" and "flair". In brief, how was the Paint or other medium applied? With confidence? Accurately but boldly? Can we see the artist's personality in the way he applies the medium? Does this application contribute to the over-all mood of the work? Lets look at a portrait for example. Is it rendered with brush strokes that are bold and angular to depict movement, or youth, or vertical and horizontal to depict a more conservative subject? I often see work that is very well done, but too photographic. The artist has used too little personal flair. This is a real problem when painting a portrait of a person or animal, that has to be abs

String Painting Art with School Paints

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String Painting Art with School Paints LEVEL : Pre-school and Primary. This is a fun and simple way for kids’ to make colourful pictures. Every painting is completely unique and there is very little involved in the setup.   Lots of fun… There are two ways to do this see here for the other option .  String Painting Art with School Paints You will need: : Tempera Paint   & Paint brush : String cut in about 30cm (12”) lengths. : Shallow Plates or trays : Paper : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels. Let’s get started: Cover the table with newspaper. Pour a little Tempera paint into the shallow trays. One colour only per tray. Dip the string into the Tempera Paint, leaving one end unpainted to hold on to.   Use your paint brush to push the string into the paint making sure it is well covered. Use your paint brush to push the string into the paint making sure it is well covered. Lift the string and place it on

Under Painting Artist Lesson

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UNDER-PAINTING: by Rob Gribble I first prepared the board by applying an acrylic, warm, mid tone colour to cover the white board. This is a lot more helpful than the dead plain white of the canvas. Light is warm, so whatever I am painting, this warm colour will not fight against my efforts. Once this is dry, apply what I call the TINT COLOUR . These pigments will be used in variations, throughout the painting. THESE PIGMENTS ARE ULTRAMARINE BLUE, ALIZARINE CRIMSON, COERULEUM BLUE. (There are many spellings of this pigment). I mixed these first in acrylic, as this will dry quickly, and be more stable as an under-painting. The patterns of colour that you will see (page 3) are random. I did allow the tint to be thicker where I intend to place the bluff and details however. I am going to attempt to work through a complete painting from start to finish.   I suggest that you read this whole demonstration through several times before you attempt to paint it on

Vegetable Prints school painting

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Vegetable Prints using tempera poster paint: LEVEL : Pre-school and Primary. Use vegetables to create exciting prints on paper. Make fun random prints or combine them to create interesting images. Lots of fun… vegetable prints for kids You will need: : Newspaper : Sharpe Knife for teachers only to use. : Raw vegetables like potatoes, carrots and corn on the cob. : Tempera Poster Paint : Shallow Plates or trays : Paper : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels. Let’s get started: Cover the table with newspaper. Teachers only: Use the knife to cut the vegetables with a flat surface showing. Try to make basic shapes like squares, stars or sometimes just cut the vegetables in half is interesting… Pour a thick layer of paint into a shallow tray or plate. Better to keep it as one colour per tray and one colour per vegetable shape. Dip the flat side of the vegetables in the paint Press the painted side of the vegetables onto the

Bubble Painting with school paints

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School painting: Bubble Paint LEVEL: Pre-school and very Early Primary. Kids love bubble painting.   It is so much fun and every one creates something different and unique. Key tip is to blow not suck through the straw. Bubble Painting with school paints You will need: : Paper : Tempera Poster Paint : Water : Washing-up Liquid : Spoon : Straws : Shallow trays : Plastic table top or you can cover a table with a plastic sheet. : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels. Let’s get started: Before you start make sure that children understand they are to blow in the straw no sucking. Mix together the paint and some washing up liquid. Whisk it up to make it frothy. Start to add some water until it is the right consistency to blow bubbles. Spoon the frothy watery paint in the shallow tray. Using a straw, blow into the bubble mixture until there are bubbles formed that are slightly higher than the shallow tray. Quickly plac

School Paints Handprint fabric prints

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Handprint fabric prints on t-shirts: LEVEL: Pre-school and Early Primary. This activity is always popular as a meaningful take home artwork for kids to give to their parents and grandparents.   They can be t-shirts, hats, towels or even pillow covers. You will need: : A solid colour cotton fabric to paint on.   More basic the better. : A permanent fabric ink or paint.   FAS Fastex textile ink is ideal. : Plastic table top or you can cover a table with a plastic sheet. : Paint brushes or sponges and shallow trays : Have plenty of water and old towels for a quick clean up. : Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels. Let’s get started: Before you start be sure that children and clothing is well protected as this type of product is designed to stain clothing permanently. Pour a small amount of the fabric ink/paint into a shallow bowl or paper plate. Solid single bright colours are better than mixed colours.   Colours can very quickly turn