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Artist Painting Questions - Ask the artist

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 using store bought canvas…

String Block Printing

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.

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 paint brush.

Make a print on your paper by placing the string block of wood around the pape…

Artist painting Colour mixing with school paints

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.


1. Add little bits at a time. Mix it together, and add more. If you …