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ARTISTIC PAINTING

Often expensive, the artistic material can put a brake on your creative desires.

We give you here some simple recipes to make watercolor, oil painting, gouache, tempera or pastel.

♥ Watercolor

Watercolor is a pictorial technique using finely ground pigments, mixed with gum arabic. The small size of the material and its speed of execution make it the ideal tool for the realization of sketches and studies, and its beautiful transparency differentiates it from the gouache which is opaque.

Basic recipe:

Put 1 volume of gum arabic in a glass jar, mix with 2 parts hot water (or heat the mixture in a bain-marie). Stir in the preservative (a few drops of clove essential oil). Add the pigments.

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♥ Oil painting

Oil painting is a slow technique to dry, as opposed to acrylic paint, or watercolor, which are aqueous techniques. This particularity allows the artist to take the time to mix his colors, recover an error and rework his motive for several days to get the fade, the modeling, the touch he wants.

Basic recipe:

Mix the pigments with linseed oil, turpentine, a few drops of drying agent or linseed oil (drying accelerator), and the preservative (a few drops of clove essential oil) .

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♥ Gouache

Gouache is a pictorial technique similar to watercolor which, unlike it, is opaque.

Basic recipe:

Put 1 volume of gum arabic in a glass jar, mix with 2 parts hot water (or heat the mixture in a bain-marie). Stir in the preservative (a few drops of clove essential oil). Add the pigment (s). Add 1 volume of powdered talc (or Meudon white, or calcium carbonate), to obtain an opaque gouache.

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♥ Tempera

Tempera is an egg painting. This is the oldest and most perfect technique in terms of outfit.

It consists of mixing pigment, water and egg (yellow and white, or only one or the other). The yolk that oxidizes makes the paint insoluble in water, alcohol and gasoline after drying.

Basic recipe:

Mix an egg yolk, rabbit skin glue or casein in 1 volume of water, add a preservative (a few drops of clove essential oil) and then the pigments.

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♥ Dry pastel / Bold pastel

Pastel is a colored stick used in drawing and painting. It is composed of pigments, a filler and a binder. There are dry pastels (soft or hard), pastels (oil or wax).

Basic recipe:

Mix a volume of pigment for a volume of white Meudon, add water gradually while mixing until a homogeneous paste. Dilute gum arabic with water and add a small amount to your dough, mix well again. Form sticks and let them dry.

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SHAPE THE DOUGH HAS


Do you want to offer your children a creative and 100% natural activity?
Here is a simple and fun recipe to do with them for hours of mixing and original creations.


Basic recipe for about 1 kg of dough:
water
wheat flour
fine salt
natural pigments
olive oil, sunflower ...
In a large bowl, mix 500 g flour with 150 g salt and 1 teaspoon of the natural pigment of your choice.
Dilute with 1/2 liter of hot water.
Add a little olive oil.
Stir and let cool.
Knead the dough and if necessary add oil (To keep your modeling clay for a few days, put it in a plastic box in the refrigerator).

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THE GESSO


Gesso is an ancestral coating used for the preparation of surfaces to be painted such as furniture, woodwork and paintings.
He delicately bleaches black beams while transparency.


Basic recipe:
rabbit skin glue into granules
water
Meudon white or calcium carbonate
Preparation
Allow 75 g of skin glue to swell in 1/2 liter of water for 12 hours.
Heat the mixture in a saucepan over low heat. Gradually add 1 kg of white Meudon. The mixture obtained must be very smooth.
Let cool before coating your canvas, wall or furniture with a wide spalter.
Pass 3 layers warming the gesso and adding water if necessary. Sand.
Your support is ready!


And speaking of support, make sure for all these recipes to paint on good paintings and adapted papers.
Good work!


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