Oil-based paint that has dried in a can is the only paint that can be reconditioned for reuse. Once latex or alkyd paints dry, they cannot be fixed. Paint thinner is a solvent that dissolves the oil-based paint back into liquid form. If too much thinner is mixed in, the paint will be too runny for p
Art libraries are great ways of researching different artists and paintings from the past and there are many available, both online and also traditional libraries with printed publications. This article takes a broad look at ...
Remove varnish top coats with sandpaper, prior to application.sandpapier image by Thomas Aumann from Fotolia.comWhen it comes to painting wood furniture, preparation is key to avoiding paint failure. In addition, improper application techniques can lead to unattractive finishes, marred...
Painting faces with oil pastels is difficult but can be mastered if you use simple flesh colors with shadow. The first step is to draw the face, eyes mouth and hair, and then mix your paints. To make flesh color from oil pastels, mix ocher and a lot of white. You should also use an under painting of
Comic book covers can be eye catching with the detail work and color. The amount of work put into a comic book cover can take minutes or it can longer depending on the artist and their vision for the drawing. Varying the line thickness using inking pens can give the appearance of thickness and depth
While there is no set historical time period that can be attributed to the beginning of painting, it is safe to assume that painting has been a part of human history from the beginning. Painting allows the artist to represent a specific mood through the colors and direction of the piece, therefore t
College students -- or those of college age -- often graduate from their high school decor. It is time to redecorate your room to reflect your new position in life. College students are typically forbidden from painting their dorm room walls, but if you live off-campus, you have more freedom to deco
Writing or drawing in pencil on black paper can be challenging because many of the lead colors don't show up as distinctly on black as they do on white or other colors. However, there are some steps you can take to make your pencil drawings stand out against a black background.
Most types of paintings which prominently featured women who were not of religious or mythical importance in 17th century Western art were portraits. Occasionally, painters, such as Diego Velasquez or Johannes Vermeer, would feature women in domestic scenes who were not posing for a commissioned por
An important first step in oil painting is to make a drawing on the canvas to establish the composition. Traditionally, this first drawing was made with vine charcoal. Vine charcoal is the ideal medium for this under drawing, because you can easily rub it off with a rag if you make a mistake, yet th