There are two types of paints which work well on canvas. One is oil and the other is acrylic. You need to choose which painting medium you will be using. Some people prefer the oils to the acrylics.
There are several differences between the two paints. The oil can take days to dry completely.
This allows the artist to continue with the painting for days after the original sitting. The acrylics are not so forgiving.
These paints can dry within hours. If you think you can make a mistake and go back later to fix it, you are wrong. Oil paints are made up of pigment and oils.
A simple paint can be made from dried saffron and peanut oil.
Mixed properly you can use this formula to create a wonderful shade of yellow which you could also eat.

Most of the oil paints on the market are poisonous, so always keep them out of the hands of children. When oil paints are made from three things.

This is pigment, oil, and some type of drying agent. The latter was added because the oils took too long to dry. Drying agents can be things like a paint thinner.

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Chapter 1 – Painting 101

People have been expressing themselves through painting for thousands of years. Even the cavemen showed great hunts or other events with paints made from berries and plants.
There just seems to be an innate need to show others our thoughts, feelings, and ideas through pictures.
The phrase “ A picture is worth a thousand words” is so very true. With colors and design you can express every emotion you feel.
Whether it is a woman in a garden waiting for her lover or an old barn set in a field of wild flowers, the subject bring memories and feelings to the fore front of the viewer’s mind. All of this being accomplished on a blank canvas with paint.

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There are some basics the beginning artist should know. Although you may have been sketching and drawing for years, the first time you pick up a brush it will seem foreign to you.
This is fine. You will become very familiar with each of the brushes and the strokes they can make. They will soon be as comfortable in your hand as the charcoal pencil you use on the sketch pad. Paints can add style and creativity to an art piece.
A single tear drop on the face can take on a totally new dimension by adding color. Paints allow you to do this with ease.

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The types of paint you use will also allow you to be more creative. Many artists use the oil paints for extend projects. The oils do not dry as quickly and can be rejuvenated with a little turpentine or mineral spirits. This allows the artist to continue the project another day.
The brushes you use with an oil painting must be cleaned extremely well. If you allow them to sit in the cleaning solution they can loose their shape. Canvas Painting 101!
This means you may not be able to use certain brushes to achieve a particular brush stroke. When the artist uses acrylic paints, the dry time is extremely fast. Many times, a project which is being done in half an hour or so will be done with acrylic paints because of the ease of use. Clean up with soap and water is a quick task.
The brushes wash up quickly and cleanly. Allowing them to dry either on a flat surface or standing with bristles up will keep their original shape. The best thing to do when first beginning canvas painting is to experiment.

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Try using oils. Become familiar with acrylics. You will eventually choose which medium you prefer to work with.
By playing with each, you can determine how the paints mix, get a feel for how they flow onto the canvas, and become familiar with blending.
These are all important for the novice artist to consider. Another factor is the type of canvas you will want to use.

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There are stretch canvases, rolled canvas, canvas boards, and canvas mats. Each one can be used for different styles, artwork, and even paints. Which one you use will be determined by which one you feel more comfortable painting upon.
The information can become overwhelming when you start painting on canvas. Getting to know the terminology will help clear some things up a little bit. Here are some terms we will be using in this book.



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