Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Traditional oil painting techniques often begin with the artist sketching the subject onto the canvas with charcoal or thinned paint. Oil paint is usually mixed with linseed oil, artist grade mineral spirits or other solvents to create a thinner, faster or slower drying paint. A basic rule of oil paint application is 'fat over lean.' This means that each additional layer of paint should contain more oil than the layer below to allow proper drying. If each additional layer contains less oil, the final painting will crack and peel. There are many other media that can be used in oil painting, including cold wax, resins, and varnishes. These additional media can aid the painter in adjusting the translucency of the paint, the sheen of the paint, the density or 'body' of the paint, and the ability of the paint to hold or conceal the brushstroke. These variables are closely related to the expressive capacity of oil paint.
Traditionally, paint was transferred to the painting surface using paint brushes, but there are other methods, including using palette knives and rags. Oil paint remains wet longer than many other types of artists' materials, enabling the artist to change the color, texture or form of the figure. At times, the painter might even remove an entire layer of paint and begin anew. This can be done with a rag and some turpentine for a certain time while the paint is wet, but after a while, the hardened layer must be scraped. Oil paint dries by oxidation, not evaporation, and is usually dry to the touch within a span of two weeks. It is generally dry enough to be varnished in six months to a year. Art conservators do not consider an oil painting completely dry until it is 60 to 80 years old.
When the image is finished and has dried for up to a year, an artist often seals the work with a layer of varnish that is typically made from damar gum crystals dissolved in turpentine. Such varnishes can be removed without disturbing the oil painting itself, to enable cleaning and conservation. Some contemporary artists decide not to varnish their work, preferring that the surfaces remain varnish-free.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Painting made out of musk melon seeds
Take a wooden plywood piece and cover it with a black cloth. Now take a small bowl ( circular in shape ) and make circles using a white pencil and the bowl at the required spots where you need to have the flowers. The Musk melon seeds ( MML ) are now placed around the circles . You need to place the MML in three layers .
The outer most seeds have to be placed first , then painted with the required colour like above you have blue , yellow , orange and red colors painted to make the respective flowers . The outer layer carries the darkest shade , like , dark orange ,then the 2nd layer of MML is placed and painted with a bit lighter shade ,like medium orange and the innermost layer of MML carries the lightest shade like light orange .
Inside the circle , you spread adhesive and then sprinkle the ajwain seeds over it . This would give the appearance of sunflower seeds in the centre .
You can stick MML in a line to make the stem of the sunflower and diagonally to make the leaves . After you stick the MML color them with green color . please note that you can use fabric paint for coloring the various shades on the MML . When your colour dry you put warnish on all the flowers and ajwain. You can put painting so many years.
You can frame it as you wish . here I have used a simple plastic sheet to cover the picture . you can use an aluminium frame with glass , or a plastic frame etc. Lovely isn’t it ?
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
WARNING NOT FOR EATING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you can buy paraffin wax from the market ( usually available with shops keeping material like wool , kundan, beads , zari , buttons , needles , thread etc,) . This paraffin wax is white in color .
Take an aluminium pot ( hindi - bhigona ) and put the paraffin wax in it . heat the pot till the white wax melts and becomes transparent . keep the pot on the platform and then Stit it with aluminium hand blender till you get the bubbles coming out . Take a spoon and Pour the wax bubbles in the glass - the bubbles come in the spoon as you put the spoon in the pot.
follow the same method as above for making the red wax , here you have to put red wax crayons inside the pot while melting the wax . you can make any combination of colors .
tutti frooti ( This has to be made first )--- paraffin wax is melted and with the required colors like red , yellow etc then put the melted wax in a plate and make it atleast 1 cm thick . As soon at it is cooled a bit , tak a knife and cut it to give a shape of burfi ( parallelogram ) . After it is cooled totally you can take out the pieces for decoration.
Decorate the glass bowl by putting the tutti frooti pieces below , in the middle or on the top so as to give a pleasing and attractive appearance .
Please note that the tutti frooti has to be made first and then as you pour the wax in the glass the pieces of tutti frooti are put to decorate it.