Removing Your Stretched Painting From Gator Board

These simple instructions will allow you to remove your stretched painting from Gator Board and leave your board without any damage:

Ensure your painting is bone dry first.

Take a look around your tape to see if you can find an area where there may be a slight lift/air space in the area where the tape meets the watercolor paper? I use a kitchen knife that has a strong but thin blade. Holding a knife at an angle to ensure you don’t pierce the board too – simply pierce a small hole so you can gently slide the knife underneath the watercolor paper. Ensure your knife is held as flat to the board as possible so you don’t disturb the surface of the board – of course.

Once you have the point of the knife underneath the w/c paper – you simply slide the knife around the edges of the watercolor paper (I like to hold the knife reasonably low and flat to the board. It is just like opening an envelope with an envelope knife.

Voila! Now your painting is separate from the board!

Do I remove the tape on the edge of the painting?

You have some choices:

You have taken your painting from your board and this will leave part of the stretching tape still adhered to the white margin of your painting. (I always ensure I have an inch or more white margin around my painting).

You can cut the tape off if you don’t like it. Or leave it on the edge of your painting for stability. The decision whether to leave your tape on your paper is a choice for you.

One thing to consider

Is the tape you use archival? This will influence your decision.

If you use Lukas Wet Adhesive Tape

The Lukas tape I use is archival so it should not be a problem to leave it on the edge of the painting.

If you use Brown Gummed Tape

I know the brown gummed tape I used to use is also archival. (But unfortunately the tape does not have a brand name or identifiable markings so I am not able to recommend a brown gummed tape).

Because I can’t speak for the numerous brown gummed tapes available – I would recommend you cut the tape off the edge of your white margin around your painting.

How to remove the tape from your Gator Board

The remainder tape is of course still on your Gator Board. I throw my Gator Board in the bath with the taped side of the board facing downward. I leave it 10 minutes or so and then simply pull the last of the tape off. Sometimes I may need to use a blunt knife to get the stubborn pieces off – but generally it comes off without much effort at all.

Remember to wipe around the area where the tape had been to ensure you have wiped off any remaining gum. We don’t want your next painting to stick to the board.

This sounds involved but in fact it is very straight forward and easy to do. I have explained it in fine detail to help you understand every scenario. Once you have tried these suggestions you will find it all very logical and easy to do.

Now your board is fresh and clean and ready for your next painting. If you look after your Gator Board it will give you years of service. It is a fabulous product.

Happy painting!


Source by Susan Harrison-Tustain

How to Paint With Oils

Paint is created by combining dry pigment and liquid. In oil paints, the liquid used is linseed oil. You purchase oil paint in tubes. The paint is thick. So when you squeeze it out onto your palette, you mix it with your palette knife and use a stiff brush to apply it to your canvas. The thickness and composition of the paint means that it is very slow drying. Paintings done in oil typically take around 72 hours to dry.

The upside of the delayed drying time is that you can make adjustments to refine your painting. This can be done for up to twelve hours after you paint the canvas. You can make gradual shifts from one color to another. If you are using oil paints, you can also completely remove things from your canvas with your palette knife or a wet rag. Once the paint has dried completely, you can then put new colors on top of the original layer of paints. However, be aware that in order to avoid cracking, each subsequent layer must be thicker than the previous

The drawback of using oil paints is that when you paint one color next to another on your canvas, they taint one another easily

To begin an oil painting, you need to sketch your subject onto the canvas. You can use thinned paint or a piece of charcoal to accomplish this. However, if you use charcoal then it must be sprayed with fixative in order to isolate it from the colors. That is an advantage to using paint to sketch the subject is that you do not need fixative. Sometimes people transfer drawings onto the canvas. A drawing on thin tracing paper is taped onto the canvas. Carbon paper is then used to transfer the drawing. Trace over the drawing with the carbon paper positioned underneath it. A ballpoint pen will enable you to see where you have already traced. Once you are finished, fixative is necessary to isolate it from the paint.

Brushes are used to apply the paint to the canvas. The brush is the most vital tool an artist has. One of the markers of a talented artist is difficulty painting with poor quality brushes. You want a brush that maintains its shape even when loaded down with paint. At the conclusion of each stroke, the brush will return to its original shape. Brushes come in either sable or bristle, which is from pigs. Bristle brushes are appropriate for large areas on the canvas. Sable brushes are best for smaller areas and detail work. Brushes for oil paints come in flats, filberts, brights, or rounds. Flats are the most versatile brushes, used for a variety of strokes and blending. Filberts make a stronger edge. Brights allow your brush strokes to show. Rounds are for detail work.

Typically, you will paint with oils in layers. The first layer is the underpinning of the painting. Typically, these are just the values blocked out in paint-the lights, mediums, and darks of the painting. The second layer sketches out the drawing or vision of the painter. Subsequent layers add in details of the painting.

Start with a basic set of colors, which will allow you to blend to create whatever shade you would like. Essentially, you want to buy a white, a black, and then warm and cool shade of each color. Buy cheaper artist’s colors rather than student colors, as they are higher quality. Titanium white is a good choice for a white because it dries fast. If you buy a warm and cool version of each primary color, you will have an easier time mixing. Many experts also suggest that you buy a warm and cool green as well. You will quickly learn how to mix colors.

The best way to develop skill with oil painting is to practice. There are many oil painting exercises as well. Ultimately, you want to master basic forms, values within colors, distance, and texture. Over time, your skill will grow and you will learn more nuanced painting techniques. Above all, you must have patience with yourself.

Source by Alain Journo

The Art Of Obsession

When I was a young fresh faced seventeen year old country girl, starting out at my first job, as  draftsperson / graphic artist, in the big city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia I came to know an older draftsman whose name was Brem. Like so many in our field he was an artist who loved to paint.

I remember we’d often discuss art and our methods, likes and dislikes. He was like an artist mentor to me and I enjoyed our often lengthy discussions. When I think back to that time I always remember him stating that, to him, painting and the creative process was addictive, so much so that it was like a drug that he must control and at times stay away from. At the time I didn’t quite understand what he meant, as we were both passionate about our art but I had never felt the feeling he was describing or had I and not recognised it as he did?

My inquisitive mind got the better of me so I questioned him further to understand what exactly he was talking about. He described that when he took on a painting or creative project he felt obsessed and consumed by the work, rarely stopping to eat or drink, driven by the need to have it all out on paper or canvas while it was still there fresh and clear in his mind. The work invaded his sleep and took over his dreams and would not let him live a normal life until it was out from his inner sight and there in front of him for all to see. During the process he ignored his family, shut himself away and nothing else mattered until he was finished!

A few years later it was for all those reasons, an illness and his love of his God and family, that Brem one day decided that he would no longer paint. I was greatly saddened by his decision, it was a great sacrifice for him to make but he stuck to it and I don’t believe he ever painted again. The decision was like a little death, painting was his passion and his obsession, it consumed him and now it was no more.

What sort of pressure is there to make us choose something that hurts our very being?

Sometimes our own insecurity or guilt drive us to read a situation and make a choice that is not good for us, but will be for those we love.

Me on the other hand, I continued with my technical drawing at work and I would sketch and paint when I could but work took over my life and I didn’t paint or create seriously for many years, until about three years ago, when I became obsessed.

The Art Of Obsession
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Importance of Photography Clubs

Photography has evolved a billion times since the camera was invented. It not only gave people the opportunity to click the pictures and save them for the future, but also provided a kind of platform to express their emotions, feelings, and perception. A human being able to use the brain for seeing and observing has made the camera a tool, to express the unspoken words and sentences to the outside world. A man’s word and photographs have the unimaginable untapped power.

In the series of evolution now photographers not only click and save pictures for themselves but can share photos with the outside world. There are a number of photography clubs who give a platform to all budding and professional photographs to upload photos free of cost and get recognition, popularity, and remuneration too.

What is the benefit of uploading pictures on the club’s page?

This is the basic question asked by all the budding photographers. The amateurs and professionals dwell on this question as they feel little hesitated or fearful to share their clicked photographs. The answer is very simple that sharing photos on the club’s page gives the desired recognition by the people. All members of the club watch and spread the photos by sharing them on social media and download for their personal use. The more photos get downloaded and shared, the more recognition a photographer gets.

Gradually a photographer builds his or her own fan base. That is how uploading and sharing photos over club pages could prove very useful.

Aren’t their photo galleries which can showcase photographer’s work?

Definitely, there are a number of photo galleries in the city, but they usually give permission to showcase a photographer’s work if they already have some kind of fan base or photographers can pay a huge sum of money to these galleries. Both of the situations don’t suit well for an amateur or fresher. Therefore, the photography club acts as free photo galleries for photographers. These clubs can be a huge launch pad and if not, then surely it can be a nice platform to start the work at least.

Importance of Photography Clubs

  1. They have permanent members – As said above clubs have their own circles where the uploaded photographs are shared and downloaded by members. They appreciate good work and the photographer’s motivation goes up. Uploading photographs free of cost and getting recognition is a win-win situation for photographers.
  2. Sole focus on photographs – Photographers always have this guilt that their work does not get appropriate attention and reputation, especially the freshers do think that. The photography clubs are solely dedicated to showcasing good and excellent work to the world. Their determination, dedication, and focus, always make the photographer proud of their work and profession.

Photography is not limited to joining any club or reaching to any platform, but these kinds of clubs always help the photographers’ work to reach its desired place. If it doesn’t prove well, it doesn’t harm also.

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Source by Shalini Mittal

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