What can I expect?
There are so many different brushes and brush shapes available, that it can become quite confusing. Before we start painting, we will learn which tools to use and how to use them.
- What can you expect to Learn?
- The Tools of your Trade: Brushes, Palette knives and more…
- The Tools of your Trade: Hogs Hair Brushes
- The Tools of your Trade: Synthetic Brushes
- The Tools of your Trade: Synthetic Golden Taklon Angular Brushes
- The Tools of your Trade: Palette knife set
- The Tools of your Trade: Acrylic Paint
- The Tools of your Trade: Acrylic Retarder or Slow Drying Medium
- The Tools of your Trade: Glycerine
- The Tools of your Trade: Tear Off Palette
- Painting Accessories – Lets learn more about how to use these tools
- How to use Painting Knives
- How to use Dippers
- How to use a Mahl Stick
- How to use a Round Brushes
- How to use a Flat Brushes
- Brush Sizes
- How to use a Filbert Brushes
- How to use a Fan Blender Brush
- How to use a Decorator’s Brushes
- Brush Care
- Other Painting Supports
Starting your Painting!
Putting down your first layer using Paynes Grey
Mixing and washing your Midtones and Highlights
Dark's and Lights
Hot and Cold Colours
Creating Depth and Shape using Tonal Values
Painting by Numbers!
PRO TIP! How to push your colours beyond the norm
- Abstracting your colors and getting that Modern look! Part 1
- Abstracting your colors and getting that Modern look! Part 2
- Color Mixing Tips
- Color makes a design come alive!
- How to Mix Bright and Dull Colours. (Yes, you need both!)
- How to mix Greys and Brown and Tone Down Colours
- Good Colour Combinations!
- Your Colour Chart!
- Colours that Sing!
- Clean your brushes at the end of every painting day, and never leave a brush soaking with the bristles touching the bottom of the container.
- First, remove the excess paint on a piece of newspaper, then rinse in white spirits (oil paint) or water (acrylic paint) and wipe with a rag.
- Wash under warm running water, soaping the bristles with a bar of household soap.
- Rub the soapy bristles in the palm of your hand so that the paint which has collected around the base of the ferrule is loosened.
- Rinse in warm water, shake dry, and then smooth the bristles into shape.
- Leave the brushes to dry, bristle end up, in a jar. Always make sure brushes are dry before storing them in a closed container, or they may develop mildew
- Dettol or normal floor antiseptic household cleaner is also a great tool for getting those hardened paint bits out of your brushes and make them new again. Just leave overnight in a tin or jar, wipe and wash as normal.