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Painting is the type of hobby
that is worth spending your
time on. When you paint, the
things that you need are: a
canvas, brushes, 2 glasses of
water
and
the
most
important one of them all,
paint. You can not start a
painting if you do not have a
medium. Each medium has
specific benefits to the artist.
They have varying effects,
depending on how you use
them. An artist can prefer one
type of medium compared to
others because he or she can
manipulate that type of
medium and create a work of
art. The details of a painting
can be highlighted by using
the right kind of medium.
Being an artist, you have to
figure out the different types
of media used when painting.
This way, you can have more
control over the paint because
you know its capabilities.
You'll know its texture, light
and curing-tendencies. Each
medium has a different visual
effects
because
of
its
properties. All of the media,
whether it is man-made or
natural, are made up of
pigments or colors that are
added to a base. By being
observant, you'll know how
different one medium is
compared to others.
Photo Credit [Jill Kuhn, Flickr.com]

Acrylics

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They dry up fast and they contain pigment suspension in acrylic polymer
emulsion. It is a water-soluble medium that can be thinned out by using
water. When it is applied and it dries up, the surface of your painting is
water resistant. Other types of media take time to dry up and can easily be
removed with water. They are considered as the most versatile of all
painting media. When using it, make sure that the surface is does not
contain oil or wax. Avoid over mixing acrylics to other colors. It may lead to
a muddy finish on your surface.

Fresco
It you're not all too familiar with this one, it is a type of medium that
becomes permanent once it dries up. It is done on a laid wet plaster that
has pigments dissolved in lime water. Have you seen mural paintings?
People who make them use fresco for those type of art works. When using
fresco, you have to make sure that you already have a subject before hand.
You can't make changes on this one if you make mistakes so think of the
subject that you're going to use before starting.
Photo Credit [Dee Speed, Flickr.com]

Photo Credit [Andrey Zozoulya, Flickr.com]

Oil Paints
The difference between oils and acrylics is, oil takes a longer time to dry
compared to acrylics. You can take pauses when using this type of medium
because its curing time is slower. You can basically stop your work today
and then finish it the next day. You can still blend some colors. Unlike
acrylic, oil paints do not change color when they dry. The only time that it
will change color is if it sinks on the canvas.

Watercolor

It is viewed as the oldest type of medium used in paintings. They are known
for their transparency. They can give paintings a more dramatic feel because
of their properties. Of all the media , they are the most affordable. They can
be found almost everywhere. It is the primary medium used to teach kids
how to paint. However, it's not commonly used by artists because of it after
effects. They are also susceptible to water damage in the future.
Being an artist is also about learning about your resources, not just your
craft. If you know how to manipulate your medium, you can create a work of
art. The works from snappycanvas.com is a prime example of using different
medium. Although they have a different process of making photo-topainting canvas products. You can paint better once you'll know the pros and
cons of each medium.
Photo Credit [igorabondarenko, Flickr.com]


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