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Acrylic Painting Techniques For Beginners

The acrylic painting medium is a fairly new addition to the various painting mediums available to todays artists. It has been around since the 1950's and has been continually under development and refinement ever since. Acrylic paint is highly favored amongst artists because of its wonderful versatility. It can be applied thickly as an impasto having rich texture or in washes mimicking the characteristics of watercolor. Another likable characteristic of acrylic paint is its permanence. Acrylic paint is not susceptible to yellowing or hardening with age. With acrylic paint, the artist does not need to be concerned with the order the paint is applied or other special techniques that ensure the paint film remains free from cracking. So it can be said that acrylic paint is much easier to use than oil paint. Yet another characteristic that invites new artists to this medium is its fast drying time. Since acrylic paint dries so quickly, colors can be applied and overlaid quicker than with oil painting. There are ho...

 


Fun Paper Crafts the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Paper crafts can be a fun way to spend time with your family where you don't need to spend a lot of money. Paper is reasonably inexpensive and easy to find and work with. If you are like most families, there is scrap paper already in your home that can be used for art projects. Pick a night or a few hours on a weekend to have family arts and crafts time and work together to create some fun paper craft projects. Create Paper Towel Tie-Dye Art All you need is a roll of white paper towels and a box of watercolor paints and you are ready to create some fun tie-dye art. Even young children can have fun with this easy project. No matter what is done, a visually interesting piece of art is created. Since you are dealing with water be sure to cover your table with a waterproof vinyl tablecloth or drop cloth to protect the surface. Your supply list is short. You need a roll of plain, white paper towels, multi-color watercolor paints, small bowls, paint brush and water. Start by filling the bowls with a little water...

 


Ideas For Art Projects For Kids

Many children absolutely love creating art. Crafting, drawing, and painting are more than just enjoyable to kids - they are also beneficial for helping improve small muscle skills and hand -eye coordination. Experience with the arts at a young age will also nurture an appreciation for art that your child will carry into adulthood. Try this pair of simple art project ideas if you want to give your child a creative and enjoyable opportunity to also develop several different skills. Hand Tracing Creations When you want an art project that is enjoyable, quick, and affordable, it is hard to find one that would be better than hand tracing. The only materials you will need are crayons, paper, and the hand of your child. Begin by having your child trace their hand on a piece of paper with one of the crayons. Next, let their creativity run wild by transforming the hand tracing into something unique. Many people will remember this activity at school during the Thanksgiving season when they were taught to transform t...

 




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