Hints and Tips

This is the area where I will give you information that I refer to in class, I hope this area grows as I am asked questions and answer them.  I have included links to my Tips on Tuesday Blog where I give Hints and Tips, please let me know if you want something added in this area.

I also write a ‘Thoughts on Thursday’ Blog this is related to paintings and how they are put together. I will be including more examples of my own work with step by step photographs like my ‘Waterfall’ blog part 1 and part 2.

I will start by linking to a couple of files on how to stretch paper, the colour wheel and varnishing below.

Please ask me in the comments below if you want some information added to this page or if you have any other art related question.

Stretching Paper

Why do we even need to stretch paper?  If a paper is very heavyweight or if we are not going to use a wet technique it is often possible not to stretch paper but what you don’t want is a finished paper that is buckled and you just can’t get to lie flat.  Plus stretched paper is great to paint on.

So here is the document which explain how: Stretching paper

Colour and the Colour Wheel

Learning about colour is an ongoing process, it is useful to have a colour wheel to refer to, although you can buy a colour wheel, I will have one in class, you can download lots of colour wheels from the internet, here is one I found useful.

You can ask any colour questions in the comments below.  The best way to learn about colour is to mix it, click here for a blank colour wheel so you can create your own.

In my blog I have been doing a series on Colour in my Tips on Tuesdays so in here you can read about the Colour Wheel and How to Choose Primaries, Secondary Colours and Complementary Colours.  I am planning in my next colour tip to look at tertiaries so watch this space!


Also in my Tips on Tuesday I have Introduced Perspective, this blog includes links to the SAA drawing series ‘Practice makes Perfect’ if you are interested in improving your drawing skills.  Then you can take a look at Two-Point Perspective in my next blog.


My other Tips on Tuesday blog area is linked to materials, see all about what Interference Paint is and follow links to the science behind the paint.  There will be other material blogs in the future.


I am often asked to explain how to varnish.  Once you have completed your painting it is important to think of how you will protect it.  This file shows Varnishing Techniques with Atelier Interactives, although we are not using this paint in class it does have a really good explanation of the difference between acrylic and solvent based varnishes.  As well as brush varnishes there are spray varnishes, there is gloss, satin and matt finish in all types of varnish.  You will soon get to know what finish you want and the type of varnish you will prefer to use but please ask me any varnishing questions below.


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