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How to Handle Acrylic Paintings

Posted by | March 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

I was browsing some blogs about paintings. I found these guidelines on how to handle acrylic art very helpful.

Minimize the handling of the artwork to avoid damage. Larger pieces of paper may need to be supported from the back, whether they are framed or not. If framing a painting on paper, use an acid-free backing board. Secure the painting in place with acid-free framing tape; white artist’s tape works well for this purpose. Double-sided tape works well for securing an unframed painting to the backing.

Keep the acrylic painting out of direct sunlight or strong artificial light, as these will cause the paint to fade. Also avoid any environment that is hot or that has excessive moisture; these will harm the integrity of the paint.

Frame the acrylic art piece to block dirt and dust from gathering on the paint. Do not let the painting touch the glass; acrylic paint can be damaged by glass. Scrap strips of cardboard or mat board can be used as spacers between the painting and the glass.

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How to Make a Color Wheel

Posted by | March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Just bought some basic art supplies yesterday:

  1. Acrylics paints: primary yellow, red, blue, white and Burnt Sienna
  2. 5 hard brushes in different size
  3. 1 cold press watercolor pad
  4. some canvas panels

To practice the color mixing and try out my brushes, I made a color wheel with whatever I have so far. I love those colors.

It’s  a really good idea to make your own color wheel – you can always refer to it whenever you are mixing colors. And it’s free!

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What’s Art?

Posted by | March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Art is something peaceful and agreeable, realistic and painted from the heart, something brief, synthetic, simplified and concentrated, full of serenity, and pure harmony, consoling as music.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

The Sunflower by Vincent Van Gogh below is so breath-taking.

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How to Use Different Colors?

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

To use the color wheel and the chart below we need to know these definitions:

  • Core Color:  The dominant color in a color scheme.  It’s the color of the principal item in your outfit like your suit or a dress shirt.

  • Accent Colors:  The second and sometimes third colors used in a color scheme.  The accent colors may be complementary, triad, analogous or neutral.

Complementary colors:  Colors directly opposite each other in the color spectrum or wheel.  Blue is opposite of orange on the color wheel.  That is why gold, rust and brown compliment shades of blue.  Here’s an example of an outfit:  navy trousers (blue) with a rust dress shirt (orange).

You can get  darken version (shape) of a color by adding its complimentary color or the color of black.


 Triad colors:  Three hues equally spaced on the color wheel.  When you want a combination that is colorful and yet balanced, a triad color scheme might be the way to go.  The first or primary triad colors in the color wheel are red, blue and yellow.  Here’s an example of an outfit: a navy suit (blue), pale yellow shirt (yellow) and burgundy tie (red).

Analogous colors: Colors, which are next to each other on the color wheel, go well together, such as blue pants, a blue-green shirt and a green jacket.


Neutral colors: Neutral colors include beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white and sometimes brown.  Neutral usually means without color, and these colors don’t usually show up on the color wheel.

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Basic Color Terms

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

To describe a color with reasonable accuracy, there are three basic properties used to identify the qualities of color:

  1. Hue – the name of a color
  2. Value – the degree of lightness or darkness in a color; can be expressed by tones, tints and shades
  3. Intensity – the degree of purity or strength of a color (hue) or how bright or muted the colors are. For example, an intense red is one that is a very strong, pure red color. When a lighter or darker color is added to a color, the intensity will be less bright. (If you add white to red you get pink, a less intense color strength)
  4. Color Temperatures – Warm colors – Red~Yellow Green; Cool colors: Green ~ Red Purple;
    Warm and cool colors have different effects on the human eyes. Warm colors seem to push forward to meet you, like extraverts at a party. Cool colors in contrast will seem to pull back. This contrast creates the impression in your mind that spatial differences exist on the flat painting surface.

HUE – The pure color (for example RED)

TONE – Hue + small amount of gray or opposite color (will mute or tone down the color)

TINT – Hue + White (will lighten the color)

COMPLEMENT TINT – Tint + small amount of gray or opposite color (will mute or tone down the color)

SHADE – Hue + Black (will darken the color)


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The Color Wheel

Posted by | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

The color wheel is a great tool for creating color combinations. It is a circular arrangement of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. One half of the wheel is warm colors and the other half is cool colors.

Primary Colors

    • Red, Yellow, and Blue

Secondary Colors — Formed by mixing primary colors

  • Green, Orange, and Purple

Tertiary Colors — Formed by mixing a primary color and a secondary color

  • Yellow- Orange, Orange-Red, Red-Purple, Blue-Purple, and Blue-Green

The color wheel is a great tool for picking complimentary colors. If you pick two colors opposite each other, for example, green and red, they compliment each other. The green makes the red to appear more intense. These combinations are natural attention grabbers, and are especially useful in packaging and advertising.

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