Using the Right Art Supplies
Art Materials, including paint brushes, easels, canvases, art paper and all manner of paints, crayons, charcoal and pencils are the basic requirements for those pursuing a serious career in painting or drawing. Listed here are some art materials you will use in almost all types of visual art work.
Acrylic Paints are a fast drying paint most commonly used in grattage and by hobby painters for painting miniature figures or crafts. Acrylic paint is a pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. These paints can be diluted in water but are water-resistant when dry. For this reason they are also used by artists painting water colours.
Oil Paints are slow drying paints that have been used in Europe since the 12th century for decoration and as an artistic medium. They hold their colour brilliantly which is clearly exhibited in the paintings and frescoes of the Renaissance period. Oil paints are pigments suspended in drying oil. They take several weeks to dry and therefore suit artists who are working on a painting either canvas or other material over several sessions.
Gouache Paints are a type of paint suspended in water. Similar to watercolour Gouache paints have larger particles and include chalk as the white pigment. Gouache Paints or Designers Gouache are opaque, dry fast and have a matt finish. Also known as an opaque watercolour.
Artist Brushes varies in sizes, depending on its use. For very detailed artwork, it is recommended to use thin, fine brushes. There are mainly three kinds of brushes: watercolour brushes which are made of sable or nylon, oil painting brushes which are made of bristle or sable, and acrylic brushes which are made of nylon. The handles are either made of wood or molded plastic and ferrules are either made of aluminum, nickel-plated steel or copper.
Paper is the most commonly used medium on almost all kinds of painting. It is recommended that the paper used have a neutral PH level to keep the quality of the artwork. Another important consideration is to use a paper that matches the medium to be used. Some recommended papers are Arches Paper, French handmade paper, and Stonehenge Paper.
Artist Mediums and pastels are the tools of the artist painter and
form a group of products called Art Materials. When you are ready to make painting as your hobby or as a career, start using the right art supplies.