Painting the interior of your house can be an overwhelming experience. But if it you are a novice and willing to learn, then it is advisable to run through a few tips on choosing the colour shades, faux pas painting, panel painting techniques and decorative art.
Compared to the other dcor invested, painting is the cheapest and allows more modification. The furniture and artefacts have longer life, but painting allows you to incorporate more decorations in alluring designs. It is prudent to finish all the interior designing work done, choose the upholstery, allocate and label the rooms, design and install bath fittings, tiles work and then go on an elaborate search to choose the right colour for the walls of your home.
The range in white and off white colours is amazing. To accentuate or simplify the interior it is natural that most paints end up in whites. For a change, choose pale colours like peach, matte yellow or grey hinted blue. Going for a contrast colour on the window wall is another latest idea which is the ideal way to break the monotony. Blend it with a matching curtain and contrasting curtain holders to enhance the appeal.
The palette of colours is an unending list. The samples have fancy names but please carry samples of fabrics of your sofa cover, curtains, rugs and carpets. Children’s room can have thematic representations of cartoon characters or a fairy tale depiction. Disney land characters, like Minnie and Mickey are common. Whimsical walls with the depiction of Alice in Wonderland or creating a water effect on the wall like the story of the Mermaid are decorative ideas. Involve a Doll house representing such characters. Bed covers offer a range in children’s specials.
Learn the art of painting well. Mix the solution correctly. Get to know the different shades and the trick lies in invention. Start with a steady hand and confident brush strokes. Patience is the key and learn to soften the colour. For practice sessions, try painting the out house. Summer schools offer unique painting tutorials and literature on learning to paint is based on self study.
Grandeur effect is created by illusion painting, gold leaf painting and vinyl finishes. The techniques in faux pas painting relate to stamping, sponging, finishing, cloud patterns, water effects, striped painting, crackle and aging designs and colour washing to list a few. Combination of classic art and modern impressions allows fusion in painting.
Study rooms require serious tones and the living room needs to create a welcoming look. Bathroom interior walls need to be bright and unique. Choose autumn red and flaming oranges and a huge candle collection to set up with contrasting bath towel arrangements. There are special instructions for painting kitchen cabinets and panels.
The following techniques on painting should help you to create beautiful artwork. I suggest that you practice on something other than your final painting. A pad of canvas paper works great for practice space. Yes, you will make mistakes and paintings that you simply aren’t happy with. The goal of this article is to give you some techniques on painting so that you can make fewer of those mistakes and that you will love all of your paintings You’ll find as you practice just how easy it is to make images using acrylic paints and a brush.
Tips for painting trees
When painting trees and tree branches, I first use a round brush to paint in the main trunk; then I use a smaller brush to add branches and finally a script liner to add the smallest branches. Some of the branches should overlap each other. If you are adding leaves or foliage, don’t stress over the branches because many of them will be covered up anyways. Always remember that you are painting the “indication” of items in a painting. So when it comes to branches, just paint the indication of them
To paint pine trees, use a fan brush. Start by holding the fan brush vertically to dab in the trunk of the tree. One reason that I do this is so that I have a nice vertical point to base my tree on. Then use the flat side of the fan brush to dab in branches. The branches do not need to be even or symmetrical and will actually look unreal if they are too perfect.
Other techniques on painting nature
To paint rocks, start with a solid under-painting. Purples, blues, and some burnt sienna or browns work well. Round the tops of the rocks and keep the bases flat. Now with a dirty white color, paint over some of the under-painting. Let some of the dark show through. You can add just a tiny touch of orange or yellows for highlights as well.
Painting birds requires nothing more than a small amount of paint on a small detail brush and then small, v-shaped objects. Because these birds are often added as finishing detail to the background, the birds themselves do not require much detail at all. They can be made using whatever blend of colors complements the picture you are painting
For dew or rain drops, with a color slightly lighter than the petal or leaf, paint an oval. This will be the center of the drop. With a color slightly darker than the petal or leaf, paint a half moon in the top portion of the oval and a half moon under the oval. With pure white add just a touch of highlight on the top of the oval. On the drops that are just about to drip, don’t paint the bottom oval. With pure white, pull down a couple tiny little rays of light.
When painting grass, under-paint the area where you will have the grass in a darker shade of green. Fill your brush with the green paint and use upward brush strokes. Use your No. 10 or No. 6 bristle brush. Add individual blades of grass in a lighter green shade (mix green with white or yellow to attain your desired color) and use a thinner brush or script brush to paint in blades of grass using upward strokes.
To add shadows: whenever you are painting a picture, even if there is no sun or light source represented in the painting, you need to consider what direction the light would be coming from. The surfaces of the objects in your paintings that would be hit by the light should be lighter, while the parts of the object in shadow should be darker.
These are just a few techniques on painting and painting tips that may help you develop wonderful artwork. I hope your paintings benefit from it.
Painting drywall is a fairly specialized task but with the right equipment, tools and preparation it is one that can be achieved by nearly anyone. The following steps apply:
(1) Drywalling jobs are best done when the weather is fairly warm and not too humid. Make certain that the surface to be painted is dry, clean, and free from oil and grease. Three coats of a joint compound should be applied to the drywall, then the joints between panels need to be taped with paper or fiberglass-mesh tape. This ensures the joint gets surfaced over. Fill in any cracks or marks the same way.
(2) Wiping the dust off walls and ceilings before priming may produce a cleaner finish yet from experience, I would suggest a light sanding with fine grade sandpaper (200 grit) after the prime coat has dried. Any imperfections, raised fibers and rough chips get smoothed off with ease. Wearing goggles and a mask is a good idea when drywalling as gypsum dust can be really irritating and in some people has been known to cause breathing problems and eye infections; always dress in sensible protective clothing.
(3) Before painting get out the vacuum cleaner or hand dust out electrical boxes and take care to remove dust above doorway or window trim. As with any painting job, drop cloths should be used to protect finished floors, doors, windows, taps and any other fixtures, 1-mil plastic or “painter’s plastic” is highly recommended.
(4) Do not let the drywall sit too long after being taped and sanded as sunlight can cause the face paper of the drywall to yellow and fade looking uneven after painting. Use a good-quality latex stain-killing paint before priming to combat yellowing.
(5) Three painting techniques commonly used are to apply with a brush, a roller or by spraying. A brush is fine for cutting in around trim and for fiddly areas like corners. Rollers are great for large areas, the bigger the area to be painted the bigger the roller used should be. Roll the top coat across the direction that the primer coat was applied; this promotes evenness for a great finish. Using a sprayer is a faster technique yet the finish achieved doesn’t always look as uniform and consistent as using a paint roller. A better idea is to use a paint-sprayer followed by a second person who rolls the finish. Makes quick work
(6) Two coats of paint should be adequate. One trick when it comes to priming drywall is to paint the first coat with a low-sheen, latex flat wall paint, tinted to match the color of the top coat. The problem with using standard ‘primers’ or ‘sealers’ or even a good-quality ‘primer-sealer’ is they don’t always adequately cover taped seams and fasteners. You sometimes end up with a bit of a see-through effect which does not look good. It is never a wise idea to skip the first coat as it prepares the surface for the top coat to be applied.
(7) For the top coat, two coatings of a gloss paint (includes satin and eggshell) used for wall surfaces, leaves a finish that is easily washable and not prone to smudges and marks. Bathrooms and kitchens, heavy cleaning areas, are ideal rooms for this. A flat paint is a better option used on the ceiling. A photographing (transparent) effect will be avoided; common with gloss paints.
Take time to prepare your drywall, use good quality painting products and tools and you should end up with an even, impressive-looking finish that will last for years. Consulting a paint specialist at the hardware store before beginning any job will clear up any doubts over which products are the best ones to use. Keep in mind that some jobs may require adjustments to the steps listed in order to achieve the best painting result.
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