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     This is just a small general introduction to a huge topic.  And to begin with I’ll ask the question that some may be thinking, “Why care about materials and techniques?  I just want to create, not get bogged down with technical stuff.”    I agree.  But this isn’t about cages or forcing you to ‘color inside the lines’.  The more you know about materials and techniques, the broader your palette, the wider your choices, the greater your power to bring your vision into physical reality and have it live long and prosper.

       Painting and graphic work involve three basic elements – the ground (what you paint on), pigments (natural or manufactured colors), and binders (what makes the pigments hold together and onto the ground).  Sometimes there is also a final coating to protect the work from the environment and add a particular surface finish.

        The first grounds were the stone walls of caves, and walls of various kinds have been used ever since.  Then came the great innovation of moveable paintings!  Properly prepared, wood, stone, metal, plaster, cement, paper, glass, fabric, ceramic, hardboard, synthetics – almost any surface can be painted on.  Each ground offers it’s own texture and character for you to make a part of your work.

        For the many grounds that expand and contract with heat and/or moisture, using a flexible pigment binder helps prevent cracking or peeling of the paint.   Binders (or ‘medium’) are necessary, and can help you create special effects, but they also affect the look of the pigment, and may yellow or crack with age.  If you know your binders, you can avoid these problems, or intentionally create an aged, cracked look quickly.

       Permanency is one of the main considerations with pigments, which now are mostly available pre-mixed with binder, and many brands will have a permanency rating on the tube.  For making your own paints, it’s important to know how pigments react with each other and how different binders affect them. 

        Some old, traditional pigments are rare or no longer used for various reasons.  For instance, Lead White can be a safety issue.  Lapis Lazuli, ground from the genuine natural stone, is extremely expensive and hard to find.  And a favorite of the 19th century and a commonly available shade up until at least 1925, Mummy, made, yes, from mummies ground to a fine powder, is now no longer used for,, um, obvious reasons.

        So, that’s all for now.  I’m thinking that next time I’ll begin going into a few details about pigments.  Any questions or suggestions are welcome.  :)

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Thank you so much for the fave :tighthug:
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Thanks for the fave! 
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Thanks for the fave! :star:
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reedymanedkelpie Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome.  I sew sometimes, and these designs are inspiring.  It is alright if I base a dress on these sketches someday...?
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Of course, I'd like to see them. ^_^
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reedymanedkelpie Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
With credit given of course?
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DreamDrifter91 Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hello, and welcome to :iconhorsesdragonspokemon:. We hope you enjoy yourself here!

Feel free to submit your art into our Art of the Week mini-contest we hold every week (winners announced on Sunday ~Australian time~).

 

We will be having a contest for September with the theme ‘Ancient’ you can interoperate it however you like as long as there is a horse, dragon or Pokemon somewhere in it. We accept written works as well. (deadline: Thurs 26th)
Have a great day! :)  

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Odilicious Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for requesting  as a print. Highly appreciated!:)
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reedymanedkelpie Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would like prints for myself, but I also have access to a very small exhibition space, and I was thinking of putting up matted and framed prints from artists and photographers who’ve contributed to CosmicRoots.  I may post a whole journal about it, to see how many people might be interested, and if anyone had any comments or suggestions.  What do you think?
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Odilicious Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, how do you want to manage this exhibition? 
Do you want to buy the prints here then exibit ? 
Do you plan to re-sell the prints?
Where and when would it take place?
So many practical questions, you see..:)
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reedymanedkelpie Aug 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're right about asking practical questions -  I think the general idea is good, but I have to make sure the details work out well for everyone involved.  I have access to a very small exhibition space; the space is on Long Island, in New York State, USA.  The exhibit would be ongoing for as long as it seems to work.  A small percentage of the selling price would go to the owner of the space, and some percentage to me (I haven't figured out exact amounts yet, and they may change depending on potential buyers' responses). 
I was considering buying prints, matting and framing them (pre-framed is too expensive), displaying them along with a bio or business card from the creator of each particular work along with their dA account address, and offering the pieces for sale.  Or artists could send their work on consignment if they preferred, which would be better for me but I'm not sure how to make it benefit the artist, unless they wanted a larger size exhibited (I was only thinking of the smaller sizes to start with), or if they wanted to try selling it for a higher price than I think would work .  Artists and photographers would get exposure and some actual money. 

If this succeeds, in the long run I would try to move to a whole gallery, where I could also sell some original works. 

I may post a whole journal about it on my group site, to see how many people might be interested, and if anyone had any comments or suggestions. 

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

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reedymanedkelpie Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi there!  Thanks for visiting  :wave:
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NotDominic Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just admire your gallery, hope you continue to amaze us all.
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reedymanedkelpie Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the compliment and the encouragement, especially since I am something of a procrastinator :)
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Dianabolique May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Thank you very much for faving "The Fairy's Garden"!
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reedymanedkelpie May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome. I would like to visit such a beautiful, magical garden! :)
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MaliciaRoseNoire May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: on Reine des Neiges :glomp:!!
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reedymanedkelpie May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. "Reine des Neiges" has a beautiful, frosty-cool atmosphere. :)
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MaliciaRoseNoire Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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