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Friday, January 18, 2008

Color Mixing Tips

Tip No 1: Add Dark to Light
It takes only a little of a dark color to change a light color, but it takes considerably more of a light color to change a dark one. So, for example, always add blue to white to darken it, rather than trying to lighten the blue by adding white.

Tip No 2:Add Opaque to Transparent
The same applies when mixing an opaque color and a transparent one.Add a little of the opaque color to the transparent one, rather than the other way round. The opaque color has a far greater strength or influence than a transparent color.

Tip No 3: Stick to Single Pigments
For the brightest, most intense results, check that the two colors you are mixing are each made from one pigment only, so you’re mixing only two pigments. Artist’s quality paints normally list the pigment(s) in a color on the tube’s label

Tip No 4: Mixing the Perfect Browns and Greys
Mix ‘ideal’ browns and greys that harmonise with a painting by creating them from complementary colors (red/green; yellow/purple; blue/orange) in the palette you’ve used in that painting, rather than colors you haven’t used. Varying the proportions of each color will create quite a range.

No 5: Don’t Overmix
If, when you mix two colors together on a palette, you don’t mix and mix until they’re totally, utterly, definitely combined, but stop a little bit beforehand, you get a far more interesting result when you put the mixed color down on paper or canvas. The result is a color that’s intriguing, varies slightly across the area you’ve applied it, not flat and consistent.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Stain Glass Paintings

Stain glass painting is a contemporary form of art, which has evolved and gained prominence only in the recent past. Stain glass painting basically involves painting on tinted glass by using special paints known as Stain Glass Paints. It is really amazing what this form of art can do a plain piece of lifeless glass. It's effects can be amplified if placed under proper lighting.

Traditionally, glass painting referred to painting on the surface of a sheet of glass, which was included to fill the gap in the stained glass work. This kind of painting, which is actually closer to drawing than painting, was done to add details such as faces and folds of clothing that couldn't be added with traditional lead lines. It was also used to cover up portions of stained glass works so that light was kept from shining through. In most cases, the glass paints used for stained glass painting are predominately browns and grey-blacks. The colours tend to be water or gum Arabic based, and can be applied with a brush in a method similar to the way watercolours are applied. The paints are mostly fired onto the glass using a kiln. The heat of the kiln causes them to bond permanently with the glass.

Butterfly from clay

Stain glass-Two cats

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008