The Joy Of Making Watercolors

The Joy Of Making Watercolors

I think everyone has had the opportunity to paint with watercolors. This is mostly because painting with watercolors has become a regular activity in schools. Watercolors may be difficult to master but unlike oils or acrylics, they are essentially child-friendly. This is because they are so easy-to-use and their water base is non-toxic. This is why most preschools and kindergartens usually use them in parts of their curriculum. Who hasn’t seen or experienced finger painting? Watercolors are an excellent medium for any budding artist to start in. This is why they’re also making them is an excellent activity to share with them.


The idea of making paints maybe daunting, but it should be noted that most artists before the twentieth century mixed their own paints. It’s just most people have forgotten the art of mixing paints because we often see art materials packed and ready-to-use. The act of creating your own paints is actually pretty easy Ð even more so where watercolors are concerned. Another plus is that we’re making the children’s version Ð mixing a batch of watercolors for professional use is much more involved process.


First, you’ll have to get together some basic ingredients. You’ll need the following:

• 3 tbsp baking soda

• 3 tbsp cornstarch

• 3 tbsp white vinegar

• 1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup

• food coloring

Note that the measurements can be doubled or tripled depending on how many people will be using the watercolor. This should be enough for a small group of four, but for larger groups add a bit more.

By the way, the corn syrup is the binder, the substance that will keep your pigments together, for your watercolor so its pretty important. You might not be able to come up with corn syrup; the easy substitute is to make your own glucose syrup. Sounds difficult but Òglucose syrup is just a fancy name for a sugar solution. To make it, just boil two cups of sugar in a cup of water. Mix it well until you have a clear solution. Now that you have your binder, it’s time to start.

First of all, mix the vinegar and baking soda together in a small bowl. It will start to foam, but that’s a natural reaction so you just keep mixing. When the foaming has died down, it’s time to add the cornstarch and your syrup, whether it be corn or glucose, to the mix. Keep on mixing until  you get a smooth consistency to the mix. This will be your base.

Now that you’re got your base, it’s time to create your color sets. Get several bottle caps or small containers of similar size and pour in the base. After you’ve used up all the clear base, you just add food coloring to them. Be generous with your application Ð the color needs to spread well so this means you also have to stir a bit. When you’re done, there’s only one step left; put the caps in a cool dry place so that they can dry. By morning, you’ll have a dry set of watercolors ready for use!

Canvas wall art

Canvas wall art

Canvas wall art is a new fabulous entry into the home décor market. The worlds of art and interior design are buzzing with the new trend in home beautification that is canvas wall art. Traditionally canvas wall art has been associated with hand drawn paintings; especially paintings done by the masters of the trade have fetched great amounts of money and prestige. Also there has always been a good market for copies of the great paintings. But that is in the past. In the present canvas wall art has taken a whole different life of its own.
Printed canvas wall art, or Giclee art as it is called in certain circles, is all the rage in interior design. With the advent of high quality inkjet printer technologies it is now possible to use previously unusable heavy materials as media for digitally generated art and the results are Giclee canvas wall art. And this does not just apply to original art works. With the printing technology now available for canvas wall art, printers can now print at the microscopic level allowing the creation of an amazingly detailed reproduction of any work of art as your very own canvas wall art. But quality does not have to mean an extravagant price either. Since none of the work is manually done, your canvas wall art does not have to carry the cost of a limited edition hand painted replica or a lithographic reproduction.
But you might not even want a reproduction for your canvas wall art. An amazing number of digital artists have come up recently with designs and artwork that can blow you away. Canvas wall art has never been more in demand. Because of the amazing quality print of canvas wall art and the designs have managed to create a massive boom in popularity. And that popularity boom for canvas wall art has only served to drive prices down. Now as an art lover you can have high quality original art work for your very own and as a consumer you do not have to worry about paying exorbitant and lofty gallery prices to indulge your fine tastes.
While some may argue and prefer the prestige and individuality that comes with hand painted canvas wall art, the canvas wall art done by contemporary digital artists are still defined and counted as original prints. They are the future of canvas wall art and now is the time to indulge and take a step ahead of the rest.

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Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide
Art collection is a very stimulating and inspiring
hobby for all. It isn’t just for the rich and famous,
but even regular everyday people too. There are
various forms of art that you can choose from,
especially since art’s definition can greatly vary
from one person to another. However, it doesn’t really
matter whatever its form is, you’re the one to make
the call on which is attractive and how much are you
willing to spend for such piece.
To Go For Prints Or Originals?
In the art world, some people may look down on others
due to their different tastes in picking out art. For
instance, there are those people who only buy original
works and would never even consider buying prints.
However, you should take note that if you’re just
starting to collect art and is doing this for
enjoyment then originals are not really necessary to
buy, especially if they’re way out of your budget.
There is really nothing wrong with buying prints. In
fact, these are one superb way to have framed art that
would look lovely on your wall, just like how an
original would look, but at a way lower price.
Although here, you would not be having the same
texture as to the original work; since originals
usually show dimension and texture, while prints
won’t. However, well printed artworks are not settling
of course.
In fact, a lot of art collectors have art prints by
different artists, which were fairly bought
inexpensively from the Internet, galleries and art
fairs. Amazingly, such pieces still look tasteful and
classy, instead of cheap looking like what most people
All Framed Up
Once you spot an original or print that you like, you
have the option to frame it by yourself or get
somebody else to do it for you. Generally, you can
find frames in a vast price range, starting from
cheaper metal frames to ornate and hand carved wooden
frames costing you a fortune.
With regard to using mats, which is another way of
framing your picture inside its frame by the use of
papers or illustration boards, you should take note
that such could detract your print. If you don’t know
how to frame, then you should get your piece and get
it framed first. While doing so, observe how they’d
offer you different mats and frame styles.
You don’t have to hasten up when picking out the mat
you want to use. In fact, you should take your time
and deliberate on it carefully, since the mat and
frame color combinations can have a great effect on
how well or bad your artwork would look. You should
also consider how the frame would fit-in in whatever
place you’ll put it, like your home or your office.
If you want a clean and contemporary look, it’s
recommended that you use the Nielsen brushed metal
frames, which are not only cheap but are still elegant
looking too. These usually come in different colors.
Nevertheless, it’s safe to go for black or bronze.
If you’ll be placing them in a gallery, bronze would
also do well, especially since it wouldn’t cost you
too much. After all, most people that buy art from
galleries would have the art they bought re-framed in
able for it to match their home décor.
If more of a wood type of person, you can also get
wooden frames that are naturally stained. Cherry and
mahogany are the most preferred styles when it comes
to wooden frames, since their deep and reddish color
bring an elegant look to any artwork.

Art Pyrography-Fishing Boat- Handcrafted-Wood Burnt

Art Pyrography-Fishing Boat- Handcrafted-Wood Burnt

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Imagine stumbling upon a beautiful stretch of shoreline on a perfect afternoon. As you stand beside a weathered wood fence, you gaze upon a lighthouse and watch the seagulls soar across the sky. A sailboat peacefully drifts along the water, and the quaint seaside homes are visible in the distance.
You don’t have to close your eyes and use your imagination to be whisked away to this beautiful scene whenever you wish. The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque will transport you there every time that you look at it!
The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque features a lovely picture is produced by burning every detail into a piece of birch veneer plywood. Then, the plaque is then hand-painted with watercolors to draw out all of the details of the beautiful scene and enhance the realism of the design. The picture may also be left in its natural burnt state providing a more rustic leek. An acrylic clear finish is added to bring out the natural grain of the wood and preserve the work of art for years to come.
With its wood burnt and painted or unpainted border, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque is like a picture within a picture and instantly catches the eye when hung on a wall. The work of art bears the signature of the artist, L. Baber, at the bottom right corner of the image.
Measuring 12 inches by 12 inches in size, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque will make a charming addition to the wall of a living room, entry way, bedroom or den. The wall plaque is also a unique alternative to paintings, posters and prints for decorating vacation homes, cabins and offices.

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