Painting can best be described as the process of adding color to a surface. Usually in the form of a liquid. There are many different painting methods and techniques. Some of these techniques are explored in the tutorials below. There are also many types of painting styles. There are also many opinions about which methods and styles are best. We won't discuss opinions, instead I will impart what I know about the process of painting through the free painting lessons featured on this page.
Understanding the properties of the medium that you are using can determine your success in painting. Remember, the more that you practice painting, the better you will get.
Paints are generally made up of three types of ingredients. These ingredients include pigment, solvent, and binder.
Pigment gives paint its color. Pigments can sometimes influence the name of the color as well. For example, Alizarin Crimson gets its name from its pigment.
The second type of ingredient in all paints is binder. Binder is what holds the pigment together and can influence its ability to be spread over a surface. The type of paint is generally named after its binder. A few examples of this is oil paint (binder=oil), acrylic paint (binder=acrylic polymer), and latex paint (binder=latex). A few exceptions include watercolor (binder-gum arabic) and tempera.
Solvent is what allows paint to be thinned. Obviously, the solvent affects the viscosity of the paint. Solvents also must "jive" with the binder. For example, you could not use water as a solvent for oil paint.
To learn more about the characteristics and techniques involved in a variety of painting media and processes, follow the links below...
“Pastel Landscape Mastery” is a members only video course on drawing landscapes using pastels. The goal of the course is to provide the student with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels through easy to understand modules that include videos and ebooks. (12 Modules)
“Oil Painting Master Series” is a new video course taught by oil painter and teacher, Ashley Bane Hurst. This course is designed for beginner and intermediate artists looking to get started with oil painting. This course provides an overview of the medium of oil painting. (14 Modules)