10 Artists Tips!
Here are the top 10 Artist Tips to help you in the creation of your art work. These tips are intended primarily for our experienced artist clients who have already made at least one canvas but you can also follow these tips if you are a beginner!
10 - How to avoid seeing the numbers through the painting
Mostly the numbers can not be seen through the painting, but this can happen for the lightest colors. The magic solution? Color the numbers with a white pencil!
Find the numbers for your lightest colors on your canvas, and color those numbers with your white pencil before painting.
Figured’Art offers professional drawing pencils HERE
9 – Clear Gesso: How to get a better adhesion of the paint
Gesso Transparent brings an extra degree of roughness to the canvas to allow acrylic or oil paint to stick better. This preparation is transparent (Clear Gesso), it optimizes the adhesion of the canvas without affecting the visibility of the numbers and areas to paint!
8 – Paint additive - How to have a thicker paint or revive dry paint
Some people prefer their paint less thick and easier to handle. Acrylic paints being soluble in water, we can usually get by with a few drops of water. However, for the most complex paints, you can optimize the fluidity of these through a fluidizer.
7 - Foam Support - How to stabilize your canvas without losing mobility
Foam support panels provide a large flat surface on which you can mount your canvases. Once taped, fastened or clipped onto the support panel, you can bring your canvas wherever you feel comfortable to paint. Inside or outside, in your garage or living room, paint wherever you want! You can find these boards HERE. We recommend the Elmer's brand.
6 - Overpainting: How to use all this excess paint.
After finishing your canvas, you often end up with excess paint, most of the time ending up in the garbage. We advise not to spoil this paint and to use it to practice on a blank canvas. This way you can easily see your progress, and express your creativity without being limited by zones and numbers! We offer blank canvases at unbeatable prices HERE.
5 - Numerical instructions: How to make sure you read the numbers correctly
Some customers find the numbers too small, affecting the ease of reading and their painting experience. However, having a paint by numbers with small areas also allows to obtain a very detailed and professional final art work so it is difficult to limit our paintings to large areas of color.
Rather than providing a magnifying glass, which would be really impractical, we recommend taking a picture of your canvas before starting the painting. This way, during your painting creation, you can zoom in the photo you took with your smartphone or tablet for a better look and make sure you don’t make a mistake on the numbers!
4 - Pleated Canvas: How to smooth the folds of a canvas
The wrinkles on canvas are quite common, especially after a rolled expedition. Fortunately, just like the wrinkles on clothes coming out of the dryer, you can use your iron! See the video below:
3 - Paint one number at a time: How to keep your paint wet
If you paint a single color at a time, while making sure to close the paint pots between each application on the canvas, you will avoid exposing the paints to the air too long.
However, these paints are acrylic, so you can also use a little water or for even more efficiency, professional liquids.
Figured'Art will open a tutorial on the use of Fluidizers very soon!
2 - ZigZag: How to Fade and Manage Transitions
The best way to explain more complex techniques is through the following video.
1 - The 3 P Rule: Painting, Patience and Pleasure
Like any other art discipline, the result comes together with practice and time.
No need to rush thinking about the results or focus only on your final canvas. If so, you may not appreciate the moment, or won’t be satisfied with your work, and therefore waste your time.
Focus on the process of painting, acquiring technique, and experience, rather than on the outcome. If you show passion and take your time, you will always be satisfied with the incredible result of your hard work.
Do not forget the 3 P rule, Painting, Patience and Pleasure!