Friday, August 1, 2014

Finding Your Favorite Medium




Art is a great creative release for many people. This is the reason many forms of art are used in various schools of therapy. Being able to create is freeing and can also be healing. Many beginners are quickly overwhelmed by the amount of artistic mediums from which to choose, and may not know which form of art is best for their personal creative expression. Most seasoned artists would agree that it is best for beginners to have fun experimenting with different mediums to see what most inspires them. This process puts less pressure on a new artist, and allows them to simply enjoy the experience.

Watercolors

Many beginner artists start with using watercolors, and there is a good reason for this choice. Student grade watercolor sets can purchased very inexpensively and there are many grades of watercolor paper to choose from. Watercolors are paints mixed with water, and require little supplies or equipment and if you’re just starting out, you can choose the cheaper version of paint and paper but to have the best results consider investing into good the better paper, paint and brushes, these make all the difference to the success of your work. But if you just want to play and have fun students sets work just fine.

Oil Painting

When you think of oil painting, you may think of the classic paintings of yesteryear. The pigments are intense, thick, and combined with oil. Because of these characteristics, an oil painting can take weeks, even months, to completely dry. This medium would be most fitting for the patient artist. A new artist may still prefer painting with oils, as they can be very forgiving. If you make an error, it is easily erased and can be done over again. Watercolors are for the more free-handed artists, because you cannot simply erase, and recreate. A good guide book can help any beginner, who is interested in exploring oils as a medium.

Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting can be similar to using oils, but instead the pigments are mixed with water. These paintings will dry faster, but may not have the depth or richness that many oil paintings display. New painters need to know, that just as acrylic dries much faster on the canvas, it also tends to dry quicker on the paint brushes, which means you must clean them in a timely manner. If paint brushes are left uncared for, you will have paint caked up on your brushes, which will make them difficult to clean and difficult to work with.

There are guide books for all types of media. Artists who are new to the craft, would do well to choose one, and follow its guidance. With a bit of instruction and practical tips, mixed with some experiential creativity, a new artist, in the right time, will be drawn to their perfect medium of expression.

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