There is oil paints,pastels,water color,acrylic and more.My personal favorite is acrylic art paints.The reason why, it cleans up with water,it is pretty much oderless,it is cheaper than oil paints ,drys fast,it mixes well with other colors,you can use it on several different surfaces.It will last for years if it is not exposed to direct sun light.You can also make it look like oil paint,if you apply a thick coat or make it look like water color with a thin coat.I would recommend it for beginners and expirienced alike.
THE RIGHT BRANDS
the brands i use and recommend is plaid and apple barrel. Some other name brands get clumpy or they are not thick enough amongst other things so, plaid or apple barrel for my acrylic art paint.
Acrylic art paint will apply to wood,glass,plastic metal and canvas,When using canvas,you should prime it with gesso.It makes the acrylic art paint go on smoother.when i make a walking stick or mask or something of that nature , i usually put a coat or two of polyurethane on to preserve it and make it glossy
Why not oil? let me tell you…
Oil paint takes days to dry,It is expensive and you cannot rinse it out with water..You would have to use some kind of toxic solvent or paint remover, I am not saying it is bad paint,It is very good paint but because of the reasons i told you i would much rather use the good old acrylic for my work,Some artist do prefer oil it gives the painting a fuller look because of its thickness and it does not turn darker when it is dry so it does have its good points too.
SUCH VIBRANT COLORS AND SO MANY!
Do not go out and buy a single color of paint.If you run out of a certain color ,You should get a color wheel.It tells you what colors to mix together to make a certain color. It is a handy little thing to have around if you are not good at getting the right color down . it will save you a little$ and a trip to the store to look for that certain hue.there are so many hundreds of colors it is un real. apple barrel and plaid has them all.This world would be pretty boring if it was just one color,thank you God .You did awesome in the color department!!
GOOD PAINT BRUSH= GOOD RESULTS
A good paint brush makes a big difference.It can save you alot of time and headache. With a bad brush you cant really stay in the lines where you are supposed to be and you end up going over it wasting time and paint.If you take care of your brushes they will last quite some time.i clean mine right after i am done using it and keep it stored where the bristles are undisturbed.There is nothing worse than trying to paint with a brush that is frayed. Y ou might as well throw it away! It is very important to take care of your brushes!
I dont have a favorite brush brand there are several great ones,but i do prefer using a stiff brush instead of soft,It spreads the paint better.In your brush collection it is good to keep a variety pointed stiff,pointed soft ,flat or at an angel. They all serve their purpose,You just got to kinda experiment to see what works for you if you are interested in painting some work of art,the words i have high lighted in blue,just click on one of them and it will take you to my favorite place to buy art supplys including acrylic artist paints. Go ahead and make something awesome!!!
I told you my thoughts on paints and brushes now go create a masterpiece!!
THE FIRST PAINTINGS
The first paintings go back to pre-historic times.The oldest known work of art is 40,000 years old in a cave.It is believed that the paintings were done by neanderthal pre-historic humans,The cave paintings in france are believed to be 32,000 years old,They used red ocre and a black pigment,the pre-historic paintings are of horses,mammoths,lions,humans and even a rhinoceros .Some believe they painted the animals to capture their soul so they can hunt them.Some believe they were painted to pass information
I told you my opinion on paints and even a little history.Now you should give it a shot .Paint a masterpiece !!
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