Do It Yourself
Music, dance, poetry, fine art, photography, video—if you can think it, you can do it. Participating in creative arts activities add special emphasis to our lives. Arts and art education contribute to an all around balanced life, important for both adults and children. These Simple10s articles help you learn how to do it yourself.
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Oil Painting Brushes
Paint Brush Shapes
Artists strive for a unique style all their own. With painters, their styles may vary as much as their different mediums. They may work in oils, acrylics, watercolor, or gouache. Most artists find that the type of paintbrush they use helps make their style as individual as their signature.
Painting with a Painter's Knife
Artists use many different tools to create their paintings. Paintbrushes are the traditional tools for putting on the paint, but sometimes artists use painting knives instead of brushes. Brushes and knives produce very different results. Painting knives are great for putting on thick paint, or impasto. Some artists use painting knives along with their brushwork and others use the knives solely.
How to Hold a Painting Knife
Oil (and acrylic) painting can be done in many styles. Most commonly paintbrushes are used for painting, but sometimes artists prefer using painting knives for spreading paint on the surface. For artists looking for a new edge to their painting, using painting knives instead of brushes can give a kick to a tired or unsatisfying painting routine.
Use a Painting Knife: Textures and Marks
A painting made with painting knives looks very different than one made with paintbrushes. Painting knives are great for putting on thick layers of paint quickly. They are excellent for impasto work. And by using the painting knife skillfully, an artist can create a wide range of marks and textures.
Sketchbooks for Artists
10 Best Qualities
Ideas, observations, and inspirations happen anywhere. Keep a sketchbook with you at all times . Here are the best qualities to look for when choosing a sketchbook. Read More -->
Be Creative with Photos
10 Fun Projects
Digital photos are so easy to take. Don't let those fantastic images end up in digital oblivion. In today’s creative online marketplace, there are many flashy, fun things you can do with your photos. Read More -->
Warm Up Your Voice
10 Vocal Warm-Ups for Singers
Professional vocalists take care of their voices. Warming up plays an important role in keeping the voice healthy. Warm up first, then you will be ready to take the stage and deliver that hit performance. Read More -->
How To Write a Haiku Poem
10 Steps to Creating Haiku Poetry
Haiku is a form of short poetry that began in Japan. Most often the poems are inspired by nature. These short poems use sensory details and simple, beautiful words to capture an image, emotion, or idea. In some ways, haiku is like a meditation or contemplation... Read More
How To Listen To Music
10 Steps to Enhance Musical Enjoyment
Listening to music—what does it involve for you? Most often, music is played in the background while we do tasks such as housework or have conversations with others. In fact, our busy world can be so over-stimulating that we make a habit of “tuning out” or dulling what we hear. Rarely do we actively, consciously listen to.... Read More