Category Archives: Effects

No Brushes!!!!

My art teacher came up with a great idea to do a painting without using brushes.

Trees
A4 (12″ x 8″)
10/12/13

I used a feather, palette knives, my fingers, cotton wool, natural and synthetic sponges.  I’m fairly happy considering it’s my first attempt at this type of painting.  I am eager to have another go as I really enjoyed the challenge.

Derwent Art Academy – 3 Classes Done 3 To Go!

I decided to sign up to the online Derwent Art Academy course, once you complete the 6 classes and graduate you receive a certificate from the Academy and a tin of Derwent pencils!

I am really enjoying it, I’ve only completed 3 classes so far, they are great fun to do.  When you submit each of your drawings you receive an email and then the next lesson is unlocked.

I have posted my submissions under the Practice Pieces tab, why don’t you sign up and have a go yourself!

Oil Bar & Charcoal

Today’s lesson was brilliant fun!

We had a play with Transparent Oil Bar and Charcoal.  The Oil Bar is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s oil paint in a bar.  To get the Oil Bar and Charcoal to blend softly we used white spirit.  It’s a really messy media to work with but, the effects you can create are really interesting.  I used different implements to create different effects and textures such as:  a toothpick, a palette knife, a paint brush and an old rag.  I also experimented with putting Charcoal under or over the Oil Bar.

I have posted my experimentations under the Practice Pieces Tab.