Oil Painting to Water Color Painting

Oil painting and water color have been very popular choices of technique and have been known for astonishing results. But how do both popular rankings look like up next to each other?

Oil Painting

Oil painting is very popular for it’s capabilities and finishing product. With many famous paintings used with this very technique , it encourages other artist to use this technique and experience with options it has to offer, but just because everybody is using it due to herd mentality. But why is oil painting so great?

For example take a look at The Mona Lisa, it’s painted with oil painting but that’s not the point. Many things cripple and lose it’s value in this case it’s either color or form. Speaking of time, if one is very slow at completing something oil painting does not dry as quickly which lets the artist to make some changes as they please. Oil painting is able to last up to several weeks exposed to air and they cause goats  to dry up (depending on how many coatsImage result for the mona lisa you put) but it’s also known to not lose it’s color even after years, The Mona Lisa is up to 500 years old but is still worth up to 100 millions dollars. To replace the material it can be a bit pricey but most oil paintings take a lot of time to finish and it give you enough time to save up to replace them.

In the end I find that oil painting can take too long to dry up since I’m an impatient person and is hard to fix if too many layers have been applied but is a good way to have a high quality finish.


Water Color

Many different artist has been asked (Link of source) why choose water color? All of them had different answers but the similarity is that it has a unique finish. The best way to add a touch for a more luminous appearance and is hard to be mistaken for any other kinds of painting.

Water color is usually used to draw scenery and backgrounds due to it’s faded colors which gives off a nature like vibe. But having to paint landscapes can be hard and people tend to makes mistakes but when the color is dried it can be re-written by adding a bit of water and you are capable of removing it. Water color is also capable of being exposed and it won’t lose it’s color unless in contact with water. What is also cool about water color is that you don’t have to worry about material so much, it takes a lot of time to Image result for watercolor paintings of peoplefinish being used and if dried up it can be re-used by adding some water. With so much time to take up using it, and up side to it is that they aren’t expensive to replace. Just buy primary colors and mix them up to your hearts content.

It’s one of the many short cuts used to draw nature like scenes/backgrounds due to the pigment it makes the paint itself look water like and luminous. I do recommend having water color as a medium for some beginner artist because it holds well enough to create images and is easy to fix if a mistake is made.


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My Top 5 Preferred Art Styles

Criteria: All of these form of art have been displayed in museum and can material can be bought in art supply stores. These form of art are all done by hand and is still used very much in modern art.

If you don’t have any idea what to do during your free time, you can probably do some of these art projects down below.

5. Collage

A collage can be made from colorful pieces of paper, parts of books or magazines or any kind of paper in general. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. The term collage was invented by Georges Braques and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

Image result for kids collages          Collage is one of the very known technique of art for its simplicity and how it’s a form of art for all ages. Everybody is capable of doing this art work since it’s not a step by step procedure but a expressive and creative way of having something down on a canvas/paper.



4. Water Color

This kind of painting will take you lots of patience, especially trying to get the right way you want the finished product to look. Watercolor are made of of ingredients that are able to hold the pigment in suspension such as arabic gum or synthetic glycerol. Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous hence the word ‘water’ in their name. The paint itself appears as a hard piece of color like chalk but when water is applied the pigment melts and is able to be used for painting. Water color has been used as early as the 1780’s created by William Reeves

Watercolour is commonly used to paint nature sceneries since the water like paint gives off a natural feeling. The pigment when smeared with water onto the canvas is extremely faint and is easily painted over when a mistake is made. It it also easy to paint with since the colour dries in a short amount of time and is easily coaxed over if the colour isn’t to your liking.

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3. Pastel

There are many kinds of different pastel you can choose from to do your art work, such as hard pastels, soft pastels, pastel pencils and the most commonly used, oil pastel. All pastels end up making a bold and vibrant art work that stands out in a good way when used properly. It is easy to mix colours and due to the facts they don’t have dry and crusty textures, when bumped into the colours it won’t be ruined. It is also the many few material that show up on any texture, it will show up on dark backgrounds, hard textures or even soft textures.

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But if you do ever make a mistake it can be hard to fix since it’s put onto the surface so well. If the mistake is extremely small it’s possible to fix it, with the chances of ruining it can be high there is something called fixative spray. It will provide a bit more moisture to the surface and make it able to remove the mistake, in the end it also provides a nice glossy shine to the art work.



2. Shading/Sketching

These two combinations have been best friends since forever for realistic drawings. The sketching part is commonly used to draw real life objects such as, people, fruits, animals and what ever you prefer. Sketching has a higher accuracy of it’s appearance than a 2D picture. When done sketching artist would either fill it in with colour or black and white. That black and white would be known as shading, it contrast the direction of the light where it reflects the model on your paper. It also gives some dimension to the picture which makes it seem more realistic and professional. If the artist have a high level skill, they are capable of doing something that seems 3D, it will look like something you see at a movie theater popping out at your face.

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1. Finger Painting

I’m not joking when I say that this is also used for professional art. Many of us think that finger painting is for children from ages 3-7 but instead of randomly splatting bright vivid colours onto a piece of paper. Finger painting is a source of amusement and is capable of helping your brain. It’s a way to relieve stress, which is used in therapy and education.

The name itself is very self explanatory which means you use nothing but your hands to make the art work. It can give off the vibe of recklessness but when colours are used correctly the end product can be just as realistic as water colour work. Finger painting doesn’t have to be serious (just like when I described it to be) it is usually done by children for a source of amusement when bored also for adults,Image result for finger painting art
it isn’t generally shown in museums because it’s difficult to make an artwork that looks professional. I would consider this one of the hardest ways to paint, your finger are very limited tools, with different shape and sizes it can be difficult to get a certain shape. In the end finger painting is always a fun thing to do, I don’t see anything bad coming from finger painting.

Hand Turkeys

HAND TURKEYS! Something that we have all done as a child, (or even now) which made us feel superior because even though if you add anything unrealistic, you can still define what animal it is. It’s a wonderful way to kill some time, it’s easier than trying to do origami and you get to express your style of designing! It’ll probably be something flashy or even dark or something positive ( I hope)…but plus side is that you get a pet turkey on a piece of paper!