Which art medium best suits you?

Art Tips in Oil Painting: The old masters mainly painted in Oil Paints. So are you a more traditional painter?.

I can say if you want to do fine work, oils are really one of the best paints I have found to bring out precise delicate lines for example….

Yet, you will have to wait a while for oil paints to dry. Sure oil paints have been used for many different styles, from old world, through to modern designs.

But they are not the instant sort of paint you might be looking for… say with modern painting. And can easily be turned to a mud color if you make a mistake and don’t have the patience to wait for the paint to dry. Only to keep trying to paint over the mistake, leaving a bigger mess than you started with(some art tips help you to avoid mistakes, that others have learned).

If you are not the most patient of people, I would not suggest for art tips, in perusing oil paints as your main medium in art.

Art Tips in Water Color: Said to be the hardest of all paints to master, I would not recommend it to the budding artist just starting out. Knowing that water is easy flowing, if mixed to much with your water paints, you will find that you will be struggling to achieve your desired effect.

Until you master… or should I say, get the feel for how much desired water and paint you will need blended together, to get the right strength needed for color variations.

If you get this wrong, you cannot correct the mistakes very easily – if at all. So I would say, get used to painting with other paints firstly, before you attempt using water color.

Which art medium best suits you?

Acrylic Painting: A more modern paint, acrylics are easy to use and quick to dry. If you like to paint outside frequently, acrylics are easily transported and used. Only needing water to dilute acrylic paints, and also to wash out your brushes. You will enjoy the brilliance that acrylics can give your paintings.

You can apply them thickly or thinly, with the addition of a warm day. Your painting will still dry in time for you to pack up and not worry about its contact will another surface and smudging your painting, if working outside on location.

More suited to someone who likes to splash on their paint, and create bright spontaneous paintings. Acrylics are more easily handled by a beginner starting out on their painting exploits.

“There is a logic of colours, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform.” ~ Paul Cezanne

Art Tips in Oil Pastels: If you would like to do your paintings with a different sort of medium, there are your oils in a stick form. Again… easy to take with you. And without the mess of having to take turps. Much detail can be brought out with the pastel, more or less with a bigger sized canvas. As pastel shaped sticks wont give you the sort of detail you will get with the fine brushes.

Oil pastels blend in well together, and have that luxurious felling when drawn across the canvas. One pastel mixed with another, just glides beautifully together. So if you don’t wish to work with the brush, here is an alternative that will give you as much depth as normal paints and brush will.

I have found it a little bit bulky to work with starting…..

But that is because I have mainly worked with paint and brush. Once you get used to the oil pastel though, you can have allot of fun with it. And who knows………. you might just decide to stick with the oil pastel.

Art Tips in Pen and Water Color: You could say that you have the best of both worlds here.

Using pen and ink, mixing it with water colors. You are bringing more preciseness to your flamboyant watercolor, with its almost transparent look. I enjoy using both together very much. And amongst the almost dream like colors of watercolor paints, you draw in the preciseness of blank lines, think and thin.

If you want to explore the diluted effect of watercolor paints and want to bring in the crispness of ordered structure. Then by all means…………. go with this style.

I would still urge you to practice with other paints firstly, before trying watercolors. Though you could; when first starting to use watercolors, go straight into this style. As watercolors need practice to achieve getting you edging to a more professional standard. You can draw in your black lines, and add your watercolors within its lines.

Though not necessarily filling in the sections fully. Sometimes if you just put in a faint few strokes of color within different drawn objects. You will find the effect very satisfying.

Choosing what sort of artist you want to be, as to what style you would like to peruse. Say a fine artist, or modern artist. Can influence your choice of medium you stick with. And some artists might only stick with a couple of mediums.

Personal ability and choice does have a large factor to which medium you will choose. I find that it takes a little time, experimenting with different mediums till you find the ones that seem right for you. Though, I hope my guide lines here help you in narrowing down your choices to which mediums you would like to try.

As buying all mediums, just to see which suits you best, can run out quite expensive. So selectively choose which medium you would think suits your choice of art style and lifestyle best.