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Artist Tip - Clean paint colours in your work

Artist Painting Tip By Ron Gribble;

Speaking of cleanliness, on previous occasions, the end result of all this is clean colours.

There is much to be said about colour mixing, that I could never cover on the Internet.

Try keeping each colour you mix to a minimum of colours from your pallet. The more variety of colours from your pallet that you mix, the closer you get to ‘Mud’. That is dirty in colour.

Ask the question of yourself very clearly - "Do I want a hot colour or a cold colour"?

If it is neither one nor the other it not only loses a great opportunity to contrast against it but it also is in danger of being boring at best, and muddy at worst.

If you decide on a cold colour go easy on the mixing of hot colours. If you want a hot colour mix, then don’t put large quantities of blues into the mix.

Of course there are always exceptions to every rule, but I have found the ‘Hot & Cold’ decision to be pivotal

Happy Mixing

Ron Gribble

Artist Tip Taking care of artist brushes

Artist Tips by Ron Gribble

Last post we discussed brush-cleaning devise that I use, This post I want to stay with brushes.
Generally speaking, good oil painting brushes are not expensive, but it takes only a minute to prolong their useful life.
I try to remember after each painting session (not so easy when I am on location) to clean my brushes with clean soapy warm water, as follows.
Wipe the brush across a wet piece of soap until a good quantity of the soap is worked into the bristles.
Grip the ends of the bristles with one hand and with the other hand move the brush so that the bristles are splayed out and the soap can work right up to the ferrule.
Now Place the brush into a sink, and squeeze the soap back out by pressing the ferrule end of the bristle against the hard surface until you squeeze out the dirty soapy water. Rinse with warm water
Repeat this until the soapy water that you squeeze out is no longer dirty.
Lastly repeat step one only, then gently mould the bristles nice and…

String Painting lesson with school paints

LEVEL: Pre-school and Early Primary. String painting is a simple art experience that encourages children to explore and create with a different kind of media and to experiment with line, colours, shapes and designs.

Here is another way to do string painting.

You will need:

: Tempera poster paint.
: String cut into 30cm to 50cm length (12 to 20inches).
: Sheets of paper – pre folded them in half.
: A shallow paint tray or dish
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels – for clean-up.

Let’s get started:
Prepare the work area with a plastic sheet and put on the aprons. A flat surface is better that an easel for string painting.

Open the folded paper on the table close to the paint trays. Place one end of the string into the paint tray while making sure you are keeping hold of the dry end.

Lift the string out of the paint by the dry end.Lay the string on the paper to be painted while trying to drip excess paint back into the tray.
Do the same with the other paint colours.So you …

Artist Tip How clean artist brushes

Artist Tip by Ron Gribble.

There are a lot of commercial brush cleaners available, but I will tell you about a cleaner you can make at home, out of two empty tins.
Before I give the details, I need to explain why a specific cleaner is needed. Why not just a jar of turpentine for oils?
You need to be aware that turpentine only suspends the paint, which then settles down into the bottom on your container. All you are doing after the first clean or two, is stirring up sediment and forcing it up into the brush ferules.
So take a standard food preserving tin; make sure that the lid has been removed without sharp edges. Now take a smaller size tin, Like a baby food tin and place it bottom up onto a desk.
Now, take screwdriver, with a medium width end, and with a hammer, gently force slots into the base of the tin. Don’t hit too hard, we only want slots and not holes. Not too close together or you will lose structural strength, but enough to cover as much of the bottom of the tin as you can. The…

How to paint a blended sky

How I paint a gradated sky or background using acrylics or a tempera paint.
The Colours:

For a sky I prepare three colours from dark or ultra at the top to a light sky blue that is almost white at the bottom.You can also use the same dark or deep blue but prepare three that have white mixed with them to end with 3 totally separate blues with the same base colour. 

I also use a very wide brush with long brush strokes so they completely move from one edge to the other.
Important: For painting a gradation or blended sky you need to work rapidly before that paint starts to dry. Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Goggle Plus and Flipboard.

So let’s get started: Wet your brush so it is damp and not soaking wet.

Work with a rapid bold complete side to side brush stroke, trying your best not to stop midway across the canvas. Paint the three ‘wide’ strips starting with darker deeper blue at the top then use the same damp brush in the mid-tone blue for the next strip.Follow on with the lighte…

Get Set up Properly, artist palette

by Ron Gribble

If you cannot keep your work place clean and tidy, you will never paint a clean and correct painting.

In the next posts, I want to give you tips on how I keep from painting " Mud" coloured paintings. The secret is in getting organised and disciplined. So often in my workshop, I see people who get paint literally everywhere.

So we will cover: 
PaletteBrush Cleaners Care of Brushes Colour Mixing – More colours, means mud.

The Palette:
In the studio I use a piece of glass. It cleans very easily, as the paint does not soak into it. If I am tinting my board a darker colour, I can slide a sheet of paper, tinted the same colour under the glass. This allows me to mix against the colour on my canvas.

The piles of raw colours around the edges (use the edges further away from you) will dry much slower on the glass. Use a large piece mine is about 1500mm x 400mm. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and use a painting trowel, with a bent neck, to mix your colours.

Never mix w…

Finger Painting Prints lesson plan

LEVEL: Pre-school and Early Primary.

There is nothing that is more fun for kids, than to have colourful squishy paint all over their hands. To be creating a colourful masterpiece is just an added bonus. Here is the lesson plan.
You will need:
: Tempera poster paint or finger paint
: Plastic table top or cover a table with a plastic sheet.
: Large sheets of paper – not too thin paper.
: Soapy water in a bucket with a towel
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels – for clean-up.
Let’s get started and make Finger Painting Prints:
Prepare the work area with a plastic sheet and put on the aprons.A flat surface is better that an easel.
Pour a puddle of paint onto the plastic table top.Keep the colour range to no more than 3 bright colours.Often just one colour is enough.
Now start to finger paint directly onto the table top, trying to keep to around the same size as your paper.Not too thick and squishy. When you are ready, wash up with the warm soapy water and dry off with th…

Tint An Alternative Colour

by Ron Gribble

Last tip I suggested that you try tinting your boards. A warm mid-tone colour.

This eliminates the need to cover the stark white when painting in oils. I use a mixture of titanium white and burnt sienna.

This tip I want to suggest an alternative colour. Try a darker blue/purple. If you have a close look at the picture of Lake Wanaka, you can see that the background was painted in a pink colour and the other with a mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna and crimson.

Lots of this colour appears all over the painting very deliberately. Not only does this technique eliminate the problem of covering the white board, but it also helps to bind the whole paint together into a common "Atmosphere".

If you try to mix the back ground colour in acrylic and let it thoroughly dry, then re-mix it in oil colour. Use this colour as your atmospheric colour. Tint every colour that you mix for that painting. The whole painting will have a distinct tint towards that original col…

Roller Painting - School Paints

LEVEL: Pre-school and Early Primary

Roller Painting provides the opportunity for expressive activities through the use of paint rollers. Children can create designs in a quick and easy way. It is also a great way to introduce children to textured materials.

You will need:
: Tempera poster paint. Not too many colours 1-3 is fine.
: Foam rollers, small are better.Kids size are available.
: Paint in shallow paint trays – need to be able to roll the roller in these.
: Paper A3 is a ideal
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels – for clean-up.
Let’s get started:
Prepare the work area with coversheets and put on the aprons.A flat surface is better that an easel.
Try to have a clean roller for each colour.Also try to have the children return the rollers to the correct colours. You will end up with cleaner colours to your artwork.
Pour paint in to the trays.One colour per tray.
Dip the roller into the tempera paint and spread the paint in a rolling movement.

Try tinting your canvas before you start to paint.

Try tinting your canvas before you start to paint.
by Ron Gribble
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Using an artist quality acrylic. You can try several options. The most versatile option is to choose a warm mid tone colour.
e.g. Try White: 80%; Burnt Sienna 20%

We will try other options later. Let it dry thoroughly before you paint your oil colour over the top.
Why tint your boards? Because the stark white will need to be covered in the finished painting. It is stark, lifeless and demands attention if left showing. Why a warm mid tone? Every subject that we paint is affected by light. Light is warm. The mid-tone does not leap off the canvas as white does. So if you allow some of the original under painting to show through thin layers of paint or just simply leave area’s unpainted, it doesn’t matter. It looks like warm light. In creating the illusion of the painting I want to eliminate as many problems as I can as early as I can. This allows me to render the subject in the…

Blank Canvas, Where Do I start?

Blank Canvas, Where Do I start?
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Some students always start to lay out their paintings at the horizon; some start at the sky - some the foreground.

For me, the answer has been little more complex than that. I need to ask myself a few questions. 1. What would I like to keep away from the middle of the composition?

2. What detail do I want to be sure not to lose off the sides, top or bottom?

3. What was it that made me want to paint this? Where should that element appear in the composition?

Too often, I have noticed paintings skilfully done but with some vital element crowded closely to the bottom edge, while there is much too much sky at the top!
So start drawing up your work at the point of primary interest or considering my three questions, and start there.
If you give the canvas a light coat of linseed oil first, (use a rag) and then draw it up using a pastel colour (I use an atmosphere colour of the particular work) to draw in …

Artist Brush Selection Guide: School Paints

Artist Brush Selection Guide: School Paints
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High quality finely balanced brushes are the most important tools of an artist’s trade. Their design and manufacture demands precision, patience and skill. There is an extensive range of artist paint brushes available and in a vast range of brush hairs.

The Handle: Many school-type and mass-produced handles are made of unfinished raw wood. These are the least expensive, become easily soiled and the wood often swells in use.

School brush handle: Known as stubby brushes.They are a short woodened handled brush with a head that is made of hog hair.It offers the wide thick handle that is ideal for small hands and can come in either round or flat shaped head.
Artist-type handles are made of seasoned hardwood, lathe shaped and properly balanced to give you the most comfortable grip. The pores of the wood are sealed and several coats of lacquer are applied to give the handle a polished high gloss finish.