Category Archives: Art Tips From Donna

Gel or Paste ?

I often get people asking me What is the difference between Gel Medium or Paste?

Simply put….

Gel Medium is usually White when wet and dries Clear  ( with exception of Coarse Pumice gel and Extra Coarse Pumice Gel).

Paste is White when wet and stays the same colour when dry!

Gel mediums can be used an adhesive for  collage , to add texture to your artwork, to thicken paint, and added with paint can make a lovely glaze!

Pastes can add a lovely texture to your artwork, and depending on the type of paste you use you can get lots of different effects. examples of pastes are Crackle Paste, Fibre Past and Molding pastes light, hard, and coarse.

For more information regarding gels and pastes check out my upcoming Workshop to be held in Christchurch on March the 25th 2012!

Another Quick Tip – Blending Acrylic Made Easy with Golden Glazing Liquid!

Blending Acrylic  Made Easy with Golden Glazing Liquid !

How many times have you had trouble with trying to blend acrylic colours?

Acrylic dries fast so can be a real issue for people trying to blend with it!

Glazing is a wonderful way to add depth to your artwork !

There are, several great ways to Blend colours but today I am just going to talk about blending with Golden Glazing Liquid!

Using Golden Glazing Liquid is especially good for those that are new to painting?

You will need : Gel Medium Gloss, Glazing Liquid and 4 different colour Acrylic Fluid paints. (I like to use fluid paint as it doesn’t show brush strokes )

* Golden is the Brand Name, and the name of their product is Glazing Liquid.

1 – Seal your surface  that you are about to paint on,  with a layer of Gloss Gel Medium and allow that to dry.

2- Paint a straight layer of Golden Glazing Liquid over your surface, now it is very IMPORTANT : NOT TO LET THIS DRY B4 THE NEXT STEP!

3 –  On your palate, side by side (do not mix them together!) put an equal amount of  Golden Glazing Liquid and Paint.

4 – Dip your brush into the paint and then glazing liquid and apply straight onto your surface, starting from one side of your surface to about the middle or 3/4 off the way across at that point stop and wipe off any paint left on your brush. ( you should notice that the paint where you started should be way more intense in colour and starting to lighten toward the middle of your surface.)  After you have wiped off  with a cloth or paper towel excess paint on your brush, continue to spread the glaze and paint toward the middle and right across your surface until you reach the other side. ( you should notice by the time you get to the other side you probably will have hardly any paint left just glazing liquid, that is good ! ) * If by this stage the paint is starting to dry and get sticky then STOP  and wait till it is dry b4 you paint any more!

Blending Glazing Liquid, Cad Red Med and Hansa Yellow Med Fluid acrylic paint

5- Now starting  in another area or corner repeat above process with 2 different colours.

Have Fun !!

( and don’t be shy I would love to hear how you got on ! )

Aside

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What is Creativity?

To be creative is one of the hardest  and most physical and emotional taxing things you can do!

1) Be well rested and relaxed!  I find if I am tired and have been rushing around then the last thing I can do is sit down and be able to paint or be creative.

2) Paint, Create what is in your heart and Don’t put pressure on yourself!  Paint what you feel you want to paint Not what others tell you to! This includes painting what you enjoy and love rather than what is in vogue for now.

3) Experiment!  Experiment with using new products, new techniques, and colours etc… When we stay in one place and don’t wish to look outside the box we are comfortable in,  that is when we tend to get stayed and bored in our ways… and then Creativity is usually the first thing to go!

4) Maybe Create with others? Joining an art class, group or simply find a friend to paint with… Painting is such an uplifting thing to do and is always enjoyable with others, you may find very special friendships within your painting groups and also you can kick of different ideas you may have.

1. What is Creativity ?

Noun – Meaning of Creativity – the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretation, etc; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.

Art Tips – How to B Creative?

To be creative is one of the hardest  and most physical and emotional taxing things you can do!

1) Be well rested and relaxed!  I find if I am tired and have been rushing around then the last thing I can do is sit down and be able to paint or be creative.

2) Paint, Create what is in your heart and Don’t put pressure on yourself!  Paint what you feel you want to paint Not what others tell you to! This includes painting what you enjoy and love rather than what is in vogue for now.

3) Experiment!  Experiment with using new products, new techniques, and colours etc… When we stay in one place and don’t wish to look outside the box we are comfortable in,  that is when we tend to get stayed and bored in our ways… and then Creativity is usually the first thing to go!

4) Maybe Create with others? Joining an art class, group or simply find a friend to paint with… Painting is such an uplifting thing to do and is always enjoyable with others, you may find very special friendships within your painting groups and also you can kick of different ideas you may have.

1. What is Creativity ?

Noun – Meaning of Creativity – the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretation, etc; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.