Painting is an art almost as old as man, which has evolved into numerous types. Learning to paint is not as difficult as it seems, especially if there is goodwill. To learn more about the art of painting and how to take your first steps, keep reading, discovering tools and equipment, and the best way to use them while developing your artistic vein.
From prehistoric times to the present day, painting is a timeless art. Considered by many to be the essence of Art itself, the painting represents an excellent outlet for one’s personality, creativity, a means to develop and experience our “chromatic revolution.”
- The palette for mixing colors: This can be of several types: porcelain, wood, plastic. The latter is the most practical, especially for cleaning. After each use, this operation is very important to prevent stains of old color from dirtying the new color and compromising its yield.
- Brushes: These can be animal or synthetic hair and numbered from 0 to 22 depending on thickness. Synthetic brushes are the cheapest ones, while others have greater strength and quality. The shape can be different: flat, round, cat’s tongue (a cross between the two).
- Paper, canvas or any material on which we have decided to paint
- Rags and sponges
- Containers and containers for diluting
- In theory, there should be two containers. One to dilute the colors, the other to rinse the brush.
- Support to support the canvas
- Tubes of paint
Tips For Proper Cleaning And Storage Of Brushes
The brushes should be rinsed carefully to remove any residual color. If the color dries up on the brush, the latter would now be unusable. Also, remember to let them dry with the tip facing up to preserve their shape.
If we use gouache and watercolor, the procedure is extremely simple. Conversely, for oil colors, everything becomes more complex. Instead of running water, we should use white spirit and then soap and water.
If we notice that our brushes’ tip has become stiff, we could soak them in linseed oil for about thirty minutes.