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Finding Unique Art Style

Experiment with Different Medium and Different Art Techniques

When I first started, I used acrylic. I also tried water-soluble crayons and pencils, color pencils, and soft pastels. But the minute I touched oil paint with my brush, I knew oil would be my medium. It felt magical, as if we knew we were made for each other.

Experiment with different art supplies and Different Art Techniques, and when you meet your Mr. or Mrs. Right, you would know it.

Look at a Lot of Art

If you can’t visit museums often enough, one great online source is The National Gallery, London, where you can zoom in to observe the brush strokes. When you look at the art you admire, don’t just say you love it and stop there. Examine the paintings. Is detail carefully treated, or loosely? How important is tonal value? How important is color? Are the colors saturated or earthly? Did the painter plan the composition carefully or was it more free and intuitive? What about the use of narrative or symbolism?

Triptych Art Painting

Initial doodles- The first thing you need to do to create your painting is to simply doodle. Work with different styles, themes and ideas, when you have a number of different doodles. You can then choose your favourite from them, and then move on to doing it for real.

Sketching- Now that you have chosen your theme, you can begin sketching your painting for real. Try and develop the triptych canvas painting further than the doodles. Expand your ideas and add different dimensions to it.

Choosing your paint- Either acrylics or oil can work here. Note that oils will take a lot longer to dry than acrylics, making them better for longer projects. Choose which pain works best for you and apply it to your triptych canvas painting.

Applying the paint- Now it’s time to paint. Carefully choose your colours, based on what you are trying to achieve. If you are planning on painting flowers, bright, pretty colours may be the best idea. However, if you are trying to tell a grim story, darker

Doodling Unleashes Powerful Passionate

Following your artistic passion is a decidedly regulated enjoyable practice you may undertake by an act of will. But, it will require of you passing through of threshold marked clearly and visibly, “Enter at Thy Own risk.” Unleashing inborn artistic gifts involves risks. Those risks demand stepping out into the land of embarrassment in some way or another. Every human being is an artist accompanied as his/her birthright, but not necessarily comfortable with this idea. The innate artistic treasure holds an inestimable value but one that is not easily recognized or appreciated. In fact, you may be totally unaware of the unique artistic contribution you will offer while alive. These unique contributions are often masked in pain, delay and disappointment.

The vital importance of your artistic contribution to mankind can not be overstated. You have a supreme gift which should be redeemed, acknowledged and recorded for your own sake. That unique unstated purpose, hidden in you, along with your energetic sensual presence will not go unnoticed. But unless you make an attempt to draw

Pick Art Materials

If you are interested in a certain form of art, you should not hesitate to take it up more seriously. The first step should be determining what type of art form you prefer, be it painting, sketching or drawing. Once you have that settled, you can start researching on the types of art materials available for that art form. Never hesitate to try anything as you would not know what you might be good at if you do not experiment. Some people are simply gifted about being artists, but that does not mean only they can draw or paint. If you feel like you are not gifted, frequent practice and patience can turn you into a good artist.

If you are planning to take up sketching, you do not need to use very sophisticated drawing material. A pencil, sketch pad and eraser are all you need. Start by sketching simple things and as you practice more often, you can go on to sketch anything that you want. You can even look up at the internet to watch tutorials and learn the right techniques. As for painting, you would want to purchase water colors, paint brushes, easels, drawing

Healing of Art Therapy

Art therapy is used in hospitals, clinics, rehab facilitites, schools, private practice and in senior centers. It is used with children, teens and adults, older adults and with families and couples. It is used to promote and enhance physical, emotional and mental health by using creative expression. Taking part in artmaking helps decrease anxiety, stress, depression and increase self-awareness, self-esteem, relationship difficulties and behavior and developmental delays while providing insight into one’s life. I explain that art therapy is not an art class though the process might inspire a person to pick up pastels and draw on their own. Children gravitate towards the use of art and approach creativity with imagination and freedom and play without judgment or self-criticism. They enjoy experimenting with new art materials and soon discover creative tools to handle difficult emotions such as anger. Art therapy is beneficial in helping children diagnosed with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, fear, and the challenges of living with a chronic illness. As we age, we begin to seek perfection in ourselves and, through creative expression, clients can learn to silence the voice of the internal critic and become more self-aware of their negative thoughts and irrational beliefs. I

Must Relax and Draw

Fast forward to today. A mere 100 years later, how many people can read even their own handwriting, let alone make a simple sketch if they had to? Conversely, stress, anger and rudeness are everywhere in our high-tech, impersonal world.

Art, and the emphasis and value of drawing has gone the way of the dinosaur as pre-schoolers grow up on computers, text on hand-helds, and take photos with cellphones. In the crush of time, a fine “hand” and seems relegated to art museums, and seem worlds away. The high-tech world gives us no break from workweek stress as we are increasingly attached to laptops at home. Hours of computer/video screentime leave us stressed, frustrated and wondering why.

The connection between daily hand-creations and daily work has been lost as computers have become the silent partner of everyone’s job. As much as they have helped progress, even the word “stress” seems to have entered our vocabulary holding hands with the computer, whose “downtime” and ‘glitches” are part of universal parlance.

In search of peace and individual meaning, our computer generation has run themselves ragged with jogging, thrown out their backs with yoga, bicycled until they are

Art Easel For Kids

The fact that the table top art easel is compact and therefore more portable than larger, heavier models makes it the perfect entertainment item to take with you on trips or to visit a playmate. Many of these easels include a magnetic surface for playing with letters and numbers which makes it a great learning tool as well as portable entertainment. You will find a variety of options such as chalkboards or whiteboards for dry erase markers as well as the traditional paper roll or clip-on paper pads for painting, drawing or just doodling.

Table top easels are great starter models for kids that are not old enough for a standard floor standing model and they offer the additional benefit of being a less expensive way to introduce your child to the exciting world of art and personal expression. Most children will have a ball creating works of art and you may have to find a way to make room on the refrigerator for a constant supply of freshly painted or sketched masterpieces.

To find out if your child would prefer a table top easel, you might want to let them be involved in the selection.

Mixed Media Art

We can flick through magazines to look at techniques and colours

But it is so easy to become overwhelmed by the glossy photos and the gorgeous pieces with lots of layers and put together with such mastery that we would never be able to copy it, let alone create an individual piece – before you know it – time has passed but no art has been made

If we are looking for inspiration, there are times where new techniques and seeing what others have made is important; it feeds our minds and allows our clever brains to put an idea together with a colour scheme we saw with a technique we haven’t done in ages..

And to get it done – we need to sit down at our art tables and DO IT.

If inspiration doesn’t hit when we have the time, I often start by gathering up the left over pieces on my table (sorting as needed, throwing away *cringes* if I must). Sometimes a colour will catch my attention, then I will go in search of other similar colours I have, or images that will match or fit my mood


Word Balloons As Art

This piece of cartoon art is how people talk to each in comics: the balloon simply points to its speaker. But as we all know, we are capable of much more complicated emotions than those that result in words. That is, how can we represent three different feelings (say, fatigue, hunger, and anger) all in the same balloon? Answer: you make a complicated design in the word balloon that represents that complicated feeling.

Why should these bloated shapes that represent speech be limited to just containing words? Think out of the box (or out of the balloon, so to speak) and treat the word balloon as the frame of an illustration. Word balloons can be totally whimsical: just enjoy the process of drawing.

The Surrealists called it “Automatic Drawing”. Automatic Drawing is actually with doodling is: it’s drawing with the mind turned off. That is, the aim is the draw freely, in a way that doesn’t allow the conscious mind to censor or edit the work. Once you feel relaxed enough, and you’re able to persuade yourself that you drawing is just a sketch, the it’s okay to “make a mistake”: that’s when your artwork will

Get Out of an Art Slump

1. Just play. Do not set out to create a masterpiece. Play with your colours and shapes and ideas. Play a lot. If you are creating and enjoying, that is a reward in itself. Inspiration comes from there. Setting out to make a masterpiece is the fastest way that I know of to fail.

2. Doodle. Take a pen and paper and go sit somewhere where you can doodle without an audience. Start with a word drawn on the paper. Fiddle with it. Join bits. Add twiddles. Illustrate it. Relax and let the doodle happen. If you stretch your creative mind every day, inspiration will be plentiful. Colouring in a mandala is one of my favourite versions of this, obviously.

3. Complicate things. Choose two random concepts and find ways that they are similar. How is a banana like an airplane? How is a cat like a harvesting machine? How are you like a light bulb? Now illustrate that in a way that makes you smile.

4. Limit yourself. Tell yourself that for this creation, you can only use one colour or you can only use a toothbrush to paint with or you can only

Artful Colored Pencils


Maybe you’ve spent some time drawing–nothing much: caricatures, Disney characters, doodles, etc. Perhaps you’ve even gone so far as investing in a drawing pencil. If you did, you found out that a drawing pencil is quite different from a regular pencil. Its lead is soft and creates dark blacks, solid medium grays and ethereal light grays.

Maybe then you began to think of color, wishing your drawing pencil could be colorful as well. It can be! Out there on the market today are good quality colored pencils that respond well to shading, layering of several colors, blocking in solid colors and making sinuous, expressive lines.

The added attraction of colored pencils, beyond their soft, heavily pigmented leads and willing response to the paper, is their price. A tin of twelve, good quality colored pencils and a good quality 9″ x 12″ sketchpad will be well under twenty dollars. And you are on your way to producing beautiful, brilliant, rich colored drawings that will retain their permanency and color integrity for decades.


Now you have sharpened your colored pencils and you have your sketchpad. What’s next? Start with a doodle. On a new sketchbook page, take

Arts and Craft Toys

Drawing time

You can supply your child with color pencils, crayons, and washable markers to draw with. There are plenty of options as far as paper goes as well. Give them construction paper, a doodle or scribble pad, white paper from the printer, or stuffing paper from a bag purchase.

Drawing time can be themed. For example, have your child draw family or friends. You can encourage them to draw their favorite animals, or make a picture of what they want to be when they grow up. They can draw a picture of their favorite memory, or try to make an image of an item you place in front of them, like a chair or a fruit basket.

Painting time

There are two options with the kind of paint. You can buy finger paint, so they can use their hands only, or you can get paint that they need a brush for. Getting different sized brushes is a good idea. Thick paper is best for this activity. A large canvas can be exciting for a little one, if you have the space. It is also a good idea for your child to wear old

Aqua Doodle

Aqua doodle is a drawing toy especially designed for preschool aged kids. A hydrochromatic ink causes color changes as your kid draw his masterpiece with a water filled pen. The drawings will stay on for several minutes and dramatically fade into mystical fun.

The Aqua Doodle set comes in a fun activity set composed of two pieces. It includes a large doodle mat which serves as the canvass of the masterpieces of your little one. It is also equipped with a magic water pen which he uses to doodle to his heart’s content.

The mat is designed with attractive borders. It also features the letters of the alphabet around its edges so children will remember their basic learning. Wide expanse of the mat will encourage the imagination and creativity of children to draw fun images, create stories, and practice their writing skills.

Once filled up with water, the magic pen leaves traces of blue which will disappear. Not to worry though because your kids will have plenty of time to admire their handiwork as the ink fades very gradually. This fun design will spark up the imagination of kids. Children love the idea of magic

Achieve Great Art

Form is really the edges of a subject within the space that’s used; the paper or within the scene. With a clear form, even the very silhouette of that subject is clearly readable apart from anything else. Overworked forms include putting lines for form where there are no edges of shape – one example would be the human nose or ear. Too many lines indicating form can make things “busy” or complicated and draw attention away from a larger theme. Often, artists use lines for form on noses or ears where they mean to convey a contour but smart texture work would be more effective.

Texture is an important consideration once a readable form is finalized. With a strong outline of form, it’s time to deliver a sense of what the subject “feels” like. Is it a shiny surface or rough like concrete or does the form outline distant trees full of leaves; the treetops being thoughtfully formed with line, the leaves within the form being thoroughly textured to deliver a leafy feel. There are short cuts for different tools to create complicated textures without, for example, drawing every leaf or brick or pore of skin and

Face Painting

As with full face painting, you still follow standard protocol:

– Check if the child has any rashes, open cuts, pimples (not many of these in a child, but just in case), soreness or redness of the skin. Inform parents of the child if you find any of these and do not do any face (not even cheek) paintings on them. If you see rashes in other parts of the body aside from the face and neck area, tell parents to have their child be checked for any possible allergies.

– Use water-based, FDA-approved paints. Never use acrylic or craft paints, as these are usually used on paper, wood and cloths and not really advised for skin use. Acrylics are known to have side effects such as rashes and skin allergies so it’s best to use just face paints that are approved for cosmetic use.

– Have cleaning materials with you (baby wipes, hand sanitizer, towels to drape over the child to eliminate unnecessary paint droplets, soap and water).

– You would need cleaning materials for your brushes and sponges as well, to make cleaning easier and for fast usage.

You can choose

Art Desk As Versatile

When first introducing your child to a world of artistic flair, you will need to make sure your child is older and not willing to put everything in their mouth. You can start them by drawing basic shapes, squares, circles and triangles. Your young child’s attention span will be short and he may not be willing to stay, initially, for any length of time at his desk. Continue encouraging your child and before you know it, your child will look forward to this creative activity daily.

What child doesn’t like stories being told? You can encourage your child to draw and tell a story. Already seated at their art desk, you can provide a box of crayons and coloring books. Even blank paper will allow an art project to be initiated from the beginning.

As your child grows older, you can encourage him to broaden his use of pencils and crayons. There are plenty of items around the home that can be used in a creative way. From fingers, to cotton balls, to cookie makers, the list is endless. All it takes is an imagination that has no limits.

Another means to tap into your

Doodle Decides Your Mood

Primarily, it is the size of the doodles. If you draw large doodles that take most of your page, you are likely to be attracted to nature. Moreover, you might also have a reserved personality, but would want to socialize.

Small doodles on a corner of the paper suggest that the person is neat and organized in his/her ways. Because the drawing is placed on a side of the page, it shows that a person does not like wastage and prefers everything in its proper place.

Drawing flowers as your doodles suggest femininity. This is the reason why usually girls are observed to draw flowers while they doodle. Moreover, drawing flowers also suggest that you might be becoming aware of your own personality and waiting to bloom.

As for doodles that present masculinity, they consist of boxes, squares and other three- dimensional objects. Moreover, if you draw boxes, you are likely to have a practical, organized and methodical approach towards different things.

A lot of people also draw trees in their scribbles. A tree symbolizes a person or a thing from the past that you do not happen to forget. Moreover, you might fear

Rock Art

Generally, there are four basic types of rock art: Pictographs, which are painted on the rock surface; petroglyphs, which are pecked or incised into the rock; geoglyphs, designs made of rocks arranged on the ground, typically on a very large scale; and also cupules, small holes, often found in clusters. Petroglyphs seem to be the most common type in the Southwest. There, rocks are often covered by a veneer known as ‘desert varnish’. Mineral deposits such as iron oxide adhere to rock surfaces over time and eventually stain the rock. This natural varnish ranges from a rust color to a brown so dark that at first it appears to be black. Almost invariably, it covers a lighter colored rock such as sandstone, which is found throughout the Southwest. By scratching, incising or pecking away at the desert varnish, perhaps with an antler chisel, the artist would reveal the lighter sandstone beneath, thus creating a negative image.

The designs themselves vary, but there are a few general types that are repeatedly found. Aside from the geometric designs, there are typically two others: anthropomorphs, or human images; and zoomorphs, depictions of animals. Sometimes these two motifs are combined, such

Information about Abstract Art

Would you believe that it’s hard for some artists to create non-objective abstract art because they can’t free their minds enough. Even for myself, my mind naturally wants to take shapes and patterns and begin to put them together to create subject matter. I may start out with an abstract piece but I end up turning it into a landscape. So I end up with something in between. But other times I get a bit lost in the moment and formations unravel themselves naturally. When I am done I look back at what I created to find a very abstract piece of art.

Creating abstract art is really a practice in meditation where you have to free yourself from the distractions of the mind. Have you ever been on the phone and involved in a conversation where hadn’t realize you were doodling the whole time? It sounds silly, but If you ever take a look at people’s doodles you’ll see some very interesting art. It is almost always abstract, sometimes childish, with natural formations that seems to unfold one into another. Doodling is intuitive. It seems to be connected with the subconscious, very similar to dreaming. And

Create Art Journal

a sheet of grungeboard(you know you have some, we all got it when it came out and then said – “now what?”)

a sheet of watercolour paper – I’ve used Windsor & Newton Bockingford 14×10 inch – 300gsm. The size is the most important part, any watercolour paper will do, or you could substitute with a heavy weight cardstock. Check places like The Range or The Works.

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints

Brushes and plastic palette knife

Ranger Craft Mat

Liquitex Acrylic Inks

Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabbers

Liquitex Gel Medium & Gesso

Stencilof choice

Waxed Threadand a charm

Stampotique stamps

and lastly – an old gift card.

Start by applying a thin coat of gesso to both sides of your watercolour paper and grunge board. Using an old gift card will help you get a thin coat. Let it dry on one side before you do the other.

Once the gesso is dry, apply some gel medium through a stencil with a palette knife (easier to get the gel out of the pot that way as well) in patches to create some texture for your backgrounds.