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How to prevent watercolor paper from buckling.Traditional Art Week
One of the pleasure of painting in watercolor is the "happy accidents". The unpredictability of watercolor often results in great paintings when unplanned effects just emerge on your paper. But conversely, this unpredictability can just as quickly ruin a painting. One of the major cause of "unhappy accidents" is buckling paper. As the water or paint pools in the ridges of your buckling paper, you create unwanted lines and other undesirable effects.
You could drastically reduce the amount of water you use by not wetting the paper before you paint and by using just enough water to activate the paints. That might be enough to avoid buckling paper problems but you would be missing all the fun of watercolor. You would not be able to do those gorgeous wet in wet, create blossoms or drips, or use salt to create great textures.
Using airbrush in traditional art - part oneTraditional Art Week
Airbrushing is a kinda old technology used by various artists, illustrators and designers. This small air-operated tool can spray various media by a process of nebulization. You can usually see airbrush paints on cars, as make-up paint or used in traditional art. Spraying paint is not as complicated as it may look - you can use cut stencils or items to block the flow of paint onto the paper. You can spray the whole picture with airbrush or just parts.
This is part one of the three tutorials I have in mind. In this one I am focusing on beginners who are thinking about purchasing an airbrush but know nothing about it. I am using my personal experience and feelings here.
Picking up the right gun for me
There is no instant recipe which gun you should obtain because markets are selling various brands and types. First ask yourself what exactly you want to use your gun for.
A Quick Approach to Ink and Wash TechniqueTraditional Art Week
What happens when you are sitting in your comfy armchair, sipping coffee and recalling some old images in your mind... Images of a distant house you used to pass by when you were little, images of some faces you saw a glimpse, or something you imagined in your happy moment, a lonely afternoon, a colourful night whose details have been lost in time, leaving just an impression in your mind forever.
How you would picture those moments and scenes? Mix with your new imagination? That will dishonour the actual moment. Relive the moment? But you can't - the details are long lost. And yet you get the urge to feel the moment once again, see it for once more. Relive again.
Everyone will have their different approaches to be in those moment, but if you want to visualize it in art, You should and probably have to resort to ink and wash.
Ink and wash technique is a highly appreciated technique when it comes to illustratio
Introduction to GouacheTraditional Art
Definition of the Medium
Gouache is similar to watercolor and acrylic. But it has unique characteristics that differentiate it from both of them.
Like watercolor, it's water soluble and its binder is gum arabic (M. Graham & Co use honey ιn their gouache). The pigment ratio however is much higher compared to watercolor. It's also opaque (containing chalk). However, it can be thinned down to washes and worked just like watercolor. In that form it's less translucent than watercolors but you'll have a hard time to tell the difference. Most importantly it can build up opaque layers.
When it dries - like acrylic - the lights tend to be a bit darker and the darks a bit lighter. It dries fast and flat. Although - unlike acrylic - the opaque layers of gouache can be reactivated with water. Despite the matte look, gouache has a special vibrancy in opaque form due to the high pigment load.
If you work in watercolor, y
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