Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rock Painting Patterns

Rock Painting Patterns Have you ever gone in to buy some paper for painting and been overwhelmed by the choice? You would think it would be a simple thing to buy a sheet of paper, wouldn't you Rock Painting Patterns Well, it can be if you know what the different choices mean and how it can affect your finished painting.
Manufacturers have created a whole range of Rock Painting Patterns paper products for the artist. So many choices that unless you know what some of the terms mean it can be very confusing.
When you want your painting to last for a long time always go for acid-free. This is the type of paper used in archives.
The next thing is the surface texture of the paper, whether Rock Painting Patterns you want a fine texture or rough. You may be asking “How do I know? I just want something to paint on!”

Rock Painting Patterns If you use a lot of watercolour (or watercolour style) washes then the paper you should choose will be ‘Not’. That means 'Not hot pressed'. It has a bit more texture than Hot pressed papers.
If you paint a lot of landscapes and/or like granulation (which happens when the colours separate while they dry) you will probably like using Rock Painting Patterns Cold pressed papers. These have the roughest texture.
Papers are sold in weights. Rock Painting Patterns This affects the thickness of the paper. Papers that are less than 300-lb or 640gsm (grams per square metre) will need to be stretched before painting. If you don’t stretch the paper it will buckle when wet making painting difficult and the paint will dry in the hollows giving a disappointing result.
Stretching paper needs to be Rock Painting Patterns done in advance and the paper allowed to dry before you use it. You will need a clean drawing board, some 1½ inch wide gum strip, and water to soak the paper in (the bath is handy for this).
Soak the paper in the water until it is saturated, this will take less than a minute. Place the paper onto the board and smooth it out from the centre to the edges.

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