The Home Sweet Home design was a "free downloadable pattern" from Artist Club. I thought it was just the cutest..and I had a Tavern board plaque in my
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When painting on canvas I ALWAYS use portrait or fine grade canvas so I find that I am able to use several different "types" of brushes successfully and am not restricted to the use of bristle brushes to get into the deep grain texture of the lower grade canvases. Using top grade products increases the beauty of your work, causes less damage to your brushes, and provides a painting flow that is so rewarding.
I have said before that the paint you use, your surface, and the effect you want to achieve will dictate the type of brush that you will want ie: soft, semi soft, medium or stiff.
The type of brush ie: flat, filbert, etc. and size is dependent upon the artist and what they find is more comfortable for them to produce the effect they are wanting to achieve. The specialty brushes make painting easier..... An experienced painter might be able to " make" just a couple of brushes to work but why struggle? Why not make painting a truly fun and rewarding experience with the ease of what is available to be used.
I DO NOT feel that brush companies provide several lines, several types of brushes, etc. to promote sales....I feel they provide selections to make us better artists by providing individuality.
There are several advantages to the tube acrylics that are fun to experiment with that aren't available with bottled acrylics.
Gel mediums are a clear acrylic substance with the thickness of hair gel. They come in a variety of thicknesses and the purpose is to change the consistancy or appearance of acrylic paint.
Depending on the type of medium it alters the consistency of paint, adds sheen, reduces gloss can add a transparent coat, prime a canvas or protect a painting and bind paint. Artists use
gloss medium to highlight specific elements of a painting such as the edges of clouds.
Gel mediums are available in gloss, matte, and semi-gloss. These mediums are also used successfully in cocllage, decoupage and transfers.
The gels come in self leveling which is used for gloss and, soft gel which is used for glazing and transparency effects. Regular gel extends paint and heavy gel increases the pody of paint and holds peaks. Extra heavy gel is ideal for impasto. The matte finish also retains brushstrokes well.
Fine pumice gel adds texture, coarse and extra course pumice create a granular surface and the glass bead gel contains actual glass beads and give a painting luminescent quality. Clear granular gel adds a textured, translucent area.
One of the important features of gel mediums is that they are archival so they will not discolor or loose adhering properties over time.
Since a lot of my painting is now being done on canvas and I am using primarily the tube acrylics for this surface I have been using both the matte and gloss gel as a protective coat when I finish...which gives the acrylics more of a brilliance and depth which I am liking. You can also mix the gloss and matte for a semi-gloss which is my favorite.
The above mediums are found in both Liquitex and Matisse....