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    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials

    Benefits of Painting with Acrylic Paints Next: How to Prepare your Canvas to Paint with Acrylics → [page] How to Prepare your Canvas to Paint with Acrylics Next: Types of Surfaces to Paint with Acrylics → [page] Types of Surfaces to Paint with Acrylics Next: Acrylic Painting with Translucent Paints & Washes → [page] Acrylic Painting with Translucent Paints & Washes ...
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    3 Easy Tips for Setting Up Still Life Paintings

    ArtBistro Partner, internationally recognized professional artist and author of, Lori McNee shares three easy steps that can make a big difference when setting up and lighting a still life painting. Do you have some tips you find handy when setting up still life paintings? We want to hear them — Share below!
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    How to Paint Faster

    How to Paint Faster
    *Faster* As an illustrator, the faster you can produce images, the better off you’ll be. It means you can fit more jobs into your schedule, which is more money in your pocket. It will also help you hit your deadlines more easily, which is absolutely necessary in this business. If you find you have trouble with this, here’s a few time-saving ...
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    How to Install a Protective Backing Board

    How to Install a Protective Backing Board
    h4. Welcome back to ARTSMART Part 2: Installing a Protective Backing Board Over the next few paragraphs, I am going to describe the step by step process for installing a backing board to your canvas painting. Please note that I still recommend that this task be done by a professional, however, when budgets are limited, I find that it is better ...
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    Applying an Acrylic Ground to Canvas

    Before applying paint to your stretched canvas, you must apply a ground consisting of sizing (glue which protects the cloth fibers from the degenerative effects of oil paint) and primer (a base coat which allows paint to stick well and provides a consistent, all-over color). Utrecht Acrylic Gesso is both sizing and priming in one, and prepares any appropriate support to ...
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    How To Brace A Canvas

    h4. Simple: *Step 1:* Select a Utrecht Cross Brace measuring equal to or greater than the narrower dimension of your stretcher frame; cut to fit exactly inside the frame. *Step 2:* Attach brace to frame using one T-Plate at each end of cross brace, as illustrated. *Note: Do not glue brace to frame; never glue joints of stretcher frames. h4. Advanced: ...
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    How To Stretch A Canvas

    Manufactured stretcher bars can be used to make frames that are superior to what most average artists can make in-studio. This is because the mitred mortise-and-tenons at the ends of each bar form tight friction joints that accommodate shrinkage or expansion of the cloth, whereas the joinery used in most homemade frames is rigidly fixed by nails, screws or glue. It’s ...
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    Priming Canvas with Oil or Alkyd

    An excellent ground for oil painting can be achieved using Utrecht Oil Priming White or titanium white alkyd paint. A sizing must be first applied to the stretched canvas to protect the cloth from the paint. (Linoleic acid, the component of linseed oil which causes drying, will burn cotton or linen fibers.) The most traditional glue size for canvas is Rabbit ...
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    Artist Painting Surfaces ( i.e. Canvas)

    There are three primary support materials used in traditional painting. Here are some quick facts about each. *Cotton Duck Canvas* - The most commonly used cloth support for painting. "Cotton Duck": &ab=1 is economical, archival, and available in widths and weights to suit every possible painting application. [widget:9_steps_guide_art_benifits] *Linen Canvas*- Once the common utility cloth of Medieval Europe, Linen is now ...
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    How to Prime a Support

    h4. Gesso Preparation It is recommended to gesso unprimed canvas after it has been already mounted on the stretchers. Acrylic Gesso can be applied with a wide 3" Gesso brush. No preliminary sizing or sealing is technically necessary. The significant ingredient of Acrylic Gesso is the acrylic polymer emulsion. This contributes to the sealing of the canvas fibers (replacing the need ...
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    How to Varnish a Painting

    There is a recommended procedure in varnishing a picture. Retouching Varnish is considered a temporary varnish and it is applied when the surface of the painting is dry to the touch. Final Picture "Varnish": is applied only when the painting is thoroughly dry. A painting with a moderate impasto or thinly applied paint layers can receive a final picture varnish anytime ...
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    How To - Decorative Surface Techniques

    The decorative arts have always included techniques for giving interesting surfaces to common materials. Whether mimicking a precious substance, imitating the patina of great age or simply using paints to the best advantage, art materials can give glamour and richness to otherwise ordinary objects and surfaces. h4. Using acrylic paint for wall decoration. Artists’ acrylics offer the broadest range of possibilities ...

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