LIVE: Painting on Aluminum?!? Really? Learn All About This Fun Surface Today!

Hi friends! I tried a fun new surface yesterday and I thought I would share it with you during today’s live stream because I think some folks might find it very useful. Aluminum panels have many advantages. They are lightweight, double-sided (a smooth shiny side that would be nice for mounting art, pop art, vinyl transfer or silk-screening and a rough side that grips paint and primer beautifully), archival and easy to frame. That said I found this surface took a little getting used to. I did this painting directly on the brushed aluminum side.

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For today’s live demo I have primed another panel so we can see the difference between primed and unprimed. Because the surface is slick you can’t afford to waste many brushstrokes or you will have an oily muddy mess on your hands. To be honest I think this surface is much better suited to acrylics if you are not priming first (yes I said “better for acrylics” don’t be shocked) so I am looking forward to working on a primed version next because I like a smoother surface to paint on and these are lighter than wood panels. I also think it would be really fun to use one of these panels with alcohol or India ink. I will have one panel left after today so let me know if you would like to see that. Here is the reference photo I used to paint the apples.

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You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow “frugalites” or ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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Supplies:

Edited to add more notes about painting on Aluminum panels…

The primed aluminum panel worked a lot like a gesso board or primed hardboard panel with the advantage of being lightweight. I think to take the most advantage of the unique surface I’d use it unprimed with a permanent transparent media such as alcohol or india ink. I think either side would be fun to experiment with and yield beautiful results. I found painting directly on the unprimed surface a bit frustrating as I was trying to complete the painting all at once and I felt like my paint was sliding around. I’d recommend in working in layers and allowing drying time between them. If using oils I recommend Lukas 1862 as they dry to the touch overnight.

A note about the Charvin Extra Fine Oils…

These are a very high-end paint and a bit more spendy than I usually use. They are made in small batches and triple milled for a smooth buttery consistency and the color load is robust meaning you get lots of color in a small amount of paint.  The paint is made with poppy oil rather than linseed oil (they say to reduce yellowing but the kit I got has a bottle of linseed oil in it which seemed odd but I did not need it on the silky smooth surface of the AlumaComp board) and it uses high-grade pigments with a range of 205 colors. The tubes have hand-painted swatches of the color at full strength which can be deceiving as the rose in my set looked black straight from the tube but turned into a lovely mauve as white was added. I can see how it would be a useful deep shadow color in floral paintings. I wasn’t familiar with some of the colors in the landscape set I received from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama but I found them to mix well and perform as expected for an artist grade oil paint. I think they are a bit pricey for beginners but someone who has experience with oils will enjoy and appreciate the subtle differences in quality in these paints. *Charvin also makes an extra fine acrylics line as well.

What do you think of painting on aluminum? If you want to give it a try I recommend starting on a small panel to see if you like it before investing the time and money of a larger one incase you don’t care for it. It’s growing on me but it was pretty aggravating at first getting use to the slippery surface (kinda like going from driving a big pickup truck in 4-wheel drive to a sports car on an icy road LOL!) Once you get used to it you can see the possibility it holds! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you live at 12:30 on YouTube, til then happy crafting!

Paint with me LIVE in 2 Hours: Peony in Inktense!

Hi Friends! This week during our free live Friday class we will draw and paint this beauty! We go live every Friday at 12:30 Eastern Time, so mark it on your calendar!

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If you have Inktense water soluble pencils it is a great time to use them, if not you can paint along with the watercolor pencils or paints you have. If you have been thinking about getting Inktense pencils check this out, I will go over the benefits of these pencils as well as the drawbacks so you can see if it is worth the investment. You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to hang out and chat with your fellow painters make sure you view it on the YouTube watch page.

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Inktense pencils: (or use any watercolor pencils)
Inktense colors used:
Mustard #1700
Cad. Yellow #210
Apple Green #1400
Fall Green #1530
Iris Blue #900
Carmine Pink #520
Shiraz #600
Fuchsia #700

Paper: #140 hot press watercolor paper or 100% cotton Printmaking paper (I am using Fabriano Artistico HP)  (I tear down a full sheet to 7″x11″ or 1/8th of a sheet)

Brushes: #4 cats tongue/filbert or round brush, #8 round

Other: Paper Towel and water bucket

Reference photo by Paolo Vieceli at Paint my Photo

 

I hope to see you in the cat during the live class. Sarah will be here to take any of your questions during the broadcast so don’t be shy if you don’t understand something, we are here to help. Until then, happy crafting!

PS, if you want more cool art techniques professionally filmed and in HD quality check out my Craftsy class and save 50% today!

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Chicken Painting in PanPastel LIVE today!

Hi friends! Just a quick post to let you know that I will have a live painting tutorial on YouTube at 12:30pm ET. Please watch it on the YouTube watch page if you want to ask questions or chat with fellow painters! This is what we will paint:

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I call it a “Tribute to Rosie.” While I was working up this painting in PanPastels I realized that you can totally do this with oils or acrylics.  I think the reason I like PanPastels is because the painting methods are so similar but I don’t have to bother squeezing out paint or wasting it because it won’t dry out. I can paint as quickly as I like or take my time and my colors will not change. If you have any questions about my materials you can ask them to me during the live show, I am super excited! You can watch the show on the player below but if you want to chat please catch it live on YouTube. I will also share lots of tips and tricks! It will be recorded though so you can rewatch it again if you like;)

This live broadcast is sponsored by Snapfish! Why not have your artwork printed on travel mugs, ornaments, pillows or throws for gifts this holiday season. Or make up a wall calendar, you can even have a print of your painting made into a jigsaw puzzle or jewelry, how cool! So many options at the click of your mouse, don’t wait, deadline for Christmas delivery is December 14th.

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Materials list and resources:

Supplies:
Sofft tools and sponges (or brushes if using paint)
Canson Mi Tientes paper in a soft green shade
PanPastels in the following colors:
Titanium white
Perm. Red Shade
Chrom. Oxide Green
Burnt Sienna Extra Dark
Diarylide Yellow Tint
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Turquoise
Pthalo Blue EX dark
Magenta ex dark

Black pearl medium fine texture (optional)
Pastel pencils (optional)
Soft pastels for final highlights (optional-I am using Schminke)

Reference photo (Credit: Paint My Photo user Hugashrimp)
Pattern

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Big thanks to Sarah Gladu for being my live show moderator, she will tell me what you all are talking about in the chat, there is no way I could do this without her!  If you are catching this after the live broadcast (or don’t want to watch on YouTube) but have a question you can leave it in comments and I will answer it in the comments after the show. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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