In this article, we'd like to delve deeper into the five simple and effective reminders we always tell our students -- hold the brush properly, paint the outlines first, don't leave out white spaces, clean the outlines, and add finishing realistic touches.. Read on!
For the Classic Brush Hold, grip the thickest part of the handle above the body of the brush (ferrule) and start painting! Make sure to weight the brush on your hand too, roll it with your fingers, and find the balance of the brush in your grip as you go.
One is it prevents your painting from looking undone or unfinished. Second, empty white spots on your canvas can immediately attract attention, which is not ideal after all the work you put in choosing and applying colors. In instances of abstract art where the confluence of colors (including white) is acceptable, try making all parts of your work covered in paint. And third, a fully-colored painting can immediately help you convey the mood of your painting. White spots purposely left out can affect the overall theme.
We suggest you use small brushes for making details (which we will discuss in full length in a bit) and flat brushes for slightly larger areas of color. This tip is most especially applicable when working with acrylic paint.
When painting straight lines or edges, try using artist' tape to ensure your lines are neat and even. Remember also not to overload your brush with too much paint because once the paint dries on the tape, you there might be jagged ridges on the edge, and you don't want that.
More importantly, for clean outlines, always use high-quality paints that provide good coverage.
Application of varnish, creating shadows based on a light source, adding details to a subject's hair or face, creating the stem details of a leaf -- these are just some of the many finishing work you can do as you can consider your painting 100% done and complete. Use small-tip brushes and well-diluted paint when adding the fine details to your work.
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