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An Introduction to Lino Art

Watercolor painting, acrylic painting, oil painting, drawing – these are the typical art forms that come to mind when one talks about art. Despite its rich and long-standing history, linoleum (lino in short) art is not the art form most turn to when seeking to try something new because it looks complex. It is, however, quite to opposite. Here at Art Pazionate, we aspire to bring you exciting new experiences and lino art is one of them!

So, what exactly is lino art? Lino art is simply carving your own printing plate from a linoleum block with various carving tools. The lino printing plate is then smothered with ink and impressed onto a piece of paper or fabric (think: carving the rubbers of a rubber stamp). The actual printing is sometimes done with a printing press, but, in present day, is mostly done by hand. Lino art is one of the simplest forms of art yet can also become extremely intricate and detailed if you want it to.

Dating back to the 1800s, linoleum was initially created as floor coverings to replace expensive wood and metal blocks because it is cheaper and less time consuming to manufacture. Soon, it entirely replaced wood and metal in the field of block carvings due to the nature of its material. Linoleum is softer, especially when heated, which allows artists ease of carving and more flexibility to create intricate pieces. Despite the ease of carving linoleum allows, it can sometimes lack the character a woodcut may deliver due to its grains and angularity. Pablo Picasso started using linoleum in the early 1900s, resulting in the spike in its popularity.

Now that we’re done with the ‘what’s, let’s move on to the ‘how’s.

Step 1: Look for a shape or pattern you would like to replicate and trace it out on a piece of tracing paper with a pencil. Do note that the design will be flipped upon printing so you should carve the design accordingly.

Step 2: Flip the tracing paper over and retrace the lines so the previously drawn lines will transfer onto your lino block. At this point, the shape should be a mirror image of what you wish to have.

Here’s where the fun starts.

Step 3: Whip out your tools and start carving! You should first carve the outline of your shape, then carve the surrounding material away. This will result in your desired shape being the only smooth surface left on the lino block. Patience is key!

Tip: never carve towards yourself for safety reasons and don’t use too much strength lest you carve a hole through the lino block.

Step 4: Now that you’re done carving, use an ink roller or simply smother some ink over the smooth surface of the lino block.

Step 5: PRINT. Look for a surface you wish to print the shape on, it can be a piece of cloth or a simple piece of paper, and stamp the lino block onto it.

Viola! There you have it, your own lino art.

With just these simple steps, novices and experts alike can enjoy the fun of lino art. If you are keen on being the next to experience the pleasures of lino art, join us at our 2 hour Lino Art Workshop and bring home a block that is uniquely yours!

 

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3 Watercolor Tips with Tissue Paper


With the recent influx of watercolor calligraphy, watercolor painting has once again clinched a spot as the favorite pastime of many. Alone, with your friends, or even with the entire family, everyone can get a piece of the watercolor action!

Despite all the fun it brings, watercolor painting might be daunting to beginners. There is no eraser, no undo button, and, the scariest of all, is that a small drop of paint can quickly spread into a huge blotch, ruining the entire paper. Thankfully, there is a solution for these, and it can easily be done with tissue paper.

A staple in every household, tissue paper is cheap and extremely handy when in the hands of a painter. Here are three tips on how to use tissue paper to ease and spice up your watercolor adventure!

1) Use a tissue to absorb excess water from your brush

A common mistake made by many is not taking into account the amount of water absorbed by the brush. When painters allow their brushes to touch the canvas after it is soaked in water, blotches will start to appear. Too much water will also dilute the paint, creating a less than satisfactory color. You can also gently tap the brush on a piece of tissue if you want your brush to be slightly wet and not too dry.

Of course, playing around with the amount of water absorbed by the brush is also an excellent way to create shades. If you are going for a lighter, slightly more transparent shade, it will do you good to leave the tissue aside for a bit!

2) Use a tissue to remove paint or mistakes

One of the biggest fear of beginner painters is the idea of not being able to remove excess paint or erase a mistake made. That is, however, a huge but extremely common misconception. To do so, you can wet the area you want to remove before gently dabbing the tissue, allowing it to absorb the excess paint.

Tissues are naturally very absorbent and can easily soak up all the unwanted paint marks. An important thing to note is that due to its porous nature, tissues are very fragile. If you scrub too hard, it will fall apart and soil your painting instead of salvaging it.

3) Use a tissue to create soft textures (e.g. clouds)

With almost the same technique as how you remove mistakes, tissue paper can also create soft textures. Instead of allowing the tissue to absorb all the paint, you simply dab the tissue to reduce the intensity of the color of your paint until you arrive at a shade you are satisfied with. This method is perfect for creating elements with soft edges, like clouds, and results in a more natural outcome.

One final thing to note is that all these tips are done with normal, plain tissues and not colored ones. Colored ones will bleed and create a whole new look, something you can try when you are feeling a little more adventurous! Experiment at home or sign up for an art class here at Art Pazionate for a guided experience.

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WATERCOLOUR TECHNIQUES AND BRUSHES


Pablo Picasso once said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” It is a personal momentum of your artistic expression of the world. Painting brings anyone the joy to create an artwork which speaks louder than words. It is an act itself which allows the human mind to experiment with space and mobility – working with the freedom of space to develop an artistic perspective.

Now, what is the oldest, classic and the purest form of painting – one where even children are so comfortable with? It is none other than watercolour painting!

Watercolour painting was derived from the cave paintings of Palaeolithic Europe and has also been used ever since the Egyptian times. In the past, the most common artworks of watercolour painting ranged from botanical, wildlife and landscape illustrations. In modern times, however, it is up to you to express your creativity and watercolours can give you boundless of opportunities to create different illustrations leading to a one of a kind masterpiece.

Watercolours is a very versatile and flexible medium which can bring the painter a variety of results. It may be a complex painting medium to master, but if you immerse yourself in the range of techniques available, it can help develop skills worthy of future artistic endeavours.

If you are looking to train yourself to be the next Edgar A Whitney, thread no further as we can enlighten you with the different techniques of watercolour painting while using specific types of brushes to apply them. You will be surprised at the different types of brushes available and the outstanding results it will yield!

1) Round Brushes

Round brushes are natural to come by as they are the most popular for watercolour painting. They are versatile making them suitable to create fine or thick lines. They are appropriate for painting small details and delicate lines, but also for wider areas. It is essential to invest in a high-quality paintbrush to get the best out of your artwork. The Kolinsky sable is notably one of the best materials out there. It works well with details and creating thin lines.

On the other hand, when you are opting for a low-cost option, round synthetic brushes will do the trick! These materials provide the brushes with the ability to “spring back” to their original shape. Their firm bristles allow the painter to create crisp lines. You can even get expressive with this type of brush by experimenting between thick and thin lines. A round brush can also easily enter tight places, for example when painting the intricate edges of flowers.

At Art Pazionate, we give you the best of the best with our watercolour painting classes in Singapore. It is a safe space for both teens and adults to express themselves while exploring their creative imagination freely.

2) Flat Brushes

Flat brushes are not as flexible as round brushes. They are most appropriate for washes and strong linear strokes. A flat brush will only provide you with strokes with fine and straight edges. The flat brush is suitable for the flat wash which is useful for painting skies and any area which requires a smooth transition of colour with no visible brush strokes.

When using a flat brush, place the wide flat side of your brush against the paper and stroke some paint onto your paper in a wide band. You will be able to cover large areas with brush strokes like this.

You can use the exact same brush stroke when using a round brush. The difference is the width and edge control. The strokes for flats tend to be crisp and sharp while rounds tend to be looser.

Our watercolour painting classes in Singapore will teach you the different techniques you did not know existed. They are known as the graduated wash, flat wash, variegated wash and dry brush which creates interesting scopes or proportions to add in texture to your artworks.

3) Detail Brushes

Due to their short hair length, spotter brushes are suitable for painting details such as tiny dots. They are the best for painting minute details giving the painter extra control as the brush will not bend.

Apart from that, the rigger brush is a round brush with extra-long bristles. Painters will be able to receive maximum holding capacity while gaining an extra fine point to create continuous lines. This brush provides you with the perfect technique to paint animals and details of sceneries.

At Art Pazionate, our watercolour painting classes in Singapore can also be customised to your current abilities and areas of interest. If you are interested in learning a specific technique for a particular type of brush, then this is the right class for you.

4) Wash Brushes

Wash brushes are similar to flat brushes. The only difference is that they are much broader, which makes them suitable to paint over large areas of spaces. Mop and oval brushes have large heads, and they are used for blending or applying lots of paint.

In a wash watercolour painting, very wet and diluted paint is evenly mixed and disseminated to prevent uneven pigment load on the brush. The brush with the loaded paint should be applied to dry or wet support to give it a smooth finish. A wash brush is usually suitable for large areas of colour.

To gain an outdoor experience, there are also water refillable brushes suitable for travel or painting outdoors. It works by just simply filling the brush with water. This takes away the hassle of bringing a water bucket along with the toolset. How convenient is that?

5) Watercolour Painting Techniques

At Art Pazionate, we go the extra mile to teach you watercolour painting techniques in our watercolour painting classes in Singapore. There are a variety of techniques which can be used to give variation to your painting. You can also use different brush strokes to match with the technique which you plan to use. We have dutifully listed down for you some of the watercolour painting techniques to get you started with your art piece.

⦁ Wash
This technique is used when you dilute different parts of water with watercolour paint. This combination provides with a semi-transparent layer of colour. It includes loading a paintbrush which is very wet with watercolour paint, thereafter is applied to wet or dry support such as paper or raw canvas. Washes are usually applied with large brushes over large areas.

⦁ Wet-in-Wet
Wet-in-wet can be achieved when you add wet paint into wet washes, which allows the paint to spread without any breaks. When colours are added, they flow and blend into one another perfectly, creating a diffused effect.

⦁ Dry Brush
The dry brush stroke is unique in a sense where you can play with different textures on your canvas. This stroke can start from a wet area of your painting and then run it over a dry one. This gives a textured region of ground where the painting shows a more dense and shadowed area. You can also create grass paintings or scratchy lines with the dry brush watercolour technique.

⦁ Salt
Salt can be used to mix things up! It is a great experimental tool which can be used in watercolour painting. Sprinkle salt in desired underlying areas of watercolour paint and then allow the combination to completely dry. Then, lightly brush the salt away, and there you have it, your salt painting is ready to go!

⦁ Blot
This is a unique technique to lighten the value of an area that you have just painted, adding texture to your painting. The tissue is used to fastening the blotting process and how much pressure you apply to your tissue determines the amount of watercolour that is being lifted.

In our watercolour painting classes in Singapore, you can learn to achieve colours in various tones by mixing paints in varying proportions and adding different amounts of water to it.

At Art Pazionate, we get right down to the specifics to nurture you into a great artist!

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TECHNOLOGY FULLY REPLACING ART?


Art is changing due to the presence of technology. It seems like Art cannot survive alone without technology being weaved in now. Technology has offered novel avenues for expression such as social media. Artists, these days, can use services such as crowdfunding, where they can raise money online to kick-start their ideas.

The Internet has allowed for the rehashing, editing and manipulation of content especially with the new form of technologies. It is the norm to create new things online, now and the trend of sharing them with the rest of the world is foreseeable.

Technology has transformed traditional art into digital art. It takes away the tools, paintbrushes and blank piece of canvas which in actual fact enhances creativity and the space for artistic expression. The traditional process of creating art is intrinsic in a sense where artists work with raw materials from the purest form to create a piece of original artwork. Now, with the rise of digital technology, this raw aspect is no longer emphasised and the traditional workings of art is diminishing. Take, for instance, Photoshop specialists are one of the most common digital artists which take photography to the next level. With the help of different applications, a photo can be readjusted and edited to the preferred style of the digital artist. Technology has also reduced the time taken in executing the real artwork. From this, we know that technology can provide a quicker or more instant completion of art but it takes away the joy, patience and physical touches of finishing up painting. In simple words, with digital art, the essence of the human touch is gone.

With this in mind, it is essential to know that real art comes from within the soul. It gives new meaning to life and allows us to express ourselves freely in a more creative manner. It is the point of inspiration for raw talent to express their individualism.

As a child, it is the best time to enrich themselves with skills through artistic development. It can help them interpret their life experiences while building their artistic creativity. It also incorporates many values in children. Children can develop their thinking capacities, plan and organise better. Art can also provide children with opportunities for language and communication skills as well. Furthermore, art is essential for children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. The art classes for kids in Singapore at Art Pazionate will provide you with countless opportunities to enhance your child’s gross and fine motor skills.

At Art Pazionate, we offer the best art classes for kids in Singapore to develop their creative thinking skills. On top of that, there are art lessons for adults available at Art Pazionate as well. Art can help to alleviate stress, boost confidence and improve the quality of life by enhancing the immune system. When immersed in Art, adults will be able to improve levels of concentration which overall heightens mental clarity. It does not get better than this! If you want to enjoy the many benefits of Art, enrol in our art lessons for adults.

Additionally, Art can foster the minds of children to think in innovative ways and make their own decisions when they create their artwork. Art can give them opportunities to experiment around, take risks and make mistakes. They can gain skills by making pure art through drawing and painting, also known as process-oriented art. For example, a plain sketchbook and crayons can stimulate a sense of openness where children can think beyond their comfort zones.

Traditional art has many countless benefits, especially with is apparent effects on children from such a young age as early as 20 months old. With this in mind, presumably, it cannot be replaced by technology.

Quickly enrol in our art classes for kids in Singapore at Art Pazionate now! If you are an adult and looking to enhance your creativity and artistic side, our art lessons for adults can do just that for you

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GETTING ART-FRIENDLY THIS HOLIDAY

The school holidays are here!

This is the perfect time for children to play and have some fun, learning time.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get involved in the Arts?

Children are the miracles of life and it is astounding to know that their brains develop rapidly during their younger years. The brain of a child speeds up naturally as it receives new information. Their brains are continuously active as curiosity levels spike when they are introduced to new mental skills and concepts of the world.

Apart from curiosity, their brains also open up to boundless opportunities for imaginative thinking.

Exposing a child to art can bring about countless benefits. Furthermore, children will naturally fall in love with art as it stirs the emotional and cognitive aspects of the brain. They will learn to think creatively and feel more confident of themselves.

They will also start practising problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Prolonged use of the Arts can help your child understand concepts at a deeper level benefiting them greatly as they grow older.

It is essential to be attuned with oneself and art helps to put this habit into place. Children will be able to express themselves more artistically when learning art at a young age. This also means that they will be able to express feelings without words. This just elevates the creativity ratio of a child!

Isn’t it wonderful to watch your child grow up to be artistically inclined?

Well then, it is the time to get them involved in some enriching art programs and camps in Singapore. We cordially invite you to our art programs at Art Pazionate studio, successfully led by Joanne Beh. We are dedicated to inspiring children while allowing them to make full use of their imagination. They can get the chance to think outside of the box and explore many opportunities in their artistic creations.

Read on to find out more about the children art workshops in Singapore.

POKEMON CLAY-MAKING

Calling out to all children aged 6 to 12 years old! If you love Pokemon, this will be the best art class to attend in Singapore.

Children will be able to work with clay by simply shaping them into the Pokemon characters they truly adore. It is a simple tool-making process as they get to mould air-dry clay.

They will be guided every step of the way to create their final Pokemon masterpiece. This is an enriching holiday art workshop in Singapore, especially to learn new art and craft skills. Be sure to attend it!

GET COZY WITH MARVEL SUPER HEROES

The Cute Marvel Superhero Painting workshop will turn children’s favourite Marvel superhero characters into cute illustration paintings. This is an art class like no other as children get acquainted with painting in their own unique ways.

They can mix it up by painting their characters with a funny nose or a big head. It is simply thinking out of the box and having fun with imaginative thinking. This is where they can unleash their fun and creative side!

THE 3D EXPERIENCE

In the Paper Quilling – Plants workshop, children will get to work with paper strips to make 3D art. They will learn to roll, fold and pinch quilling strips along with tools to create intricate designs of flowers and plants.

This class will teach your child patience and determination as they meticulously work with paper to transform it into a 3D design.

Geared up for one of a kind? Children should participate in this holiday art workshop in Singapore if they want to get crafty.

MASTERING THE FINE ART OF PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING

In this class, children will master the fine art of palette knife painting through colour and layering techniques with both brushes and a palette knife. In case you are wondering, below is an example of a palette knife.

For those who are interested, this class will teach you how to paint beautiful sunsets. Rest assured, this palette knife painting class in Singapore will be able to teach children the right skillsets to convert their ideas into a fine piece of art on the canvas. It is unique as children will learn how to use a professional tool to paint their art pieces.

Did you know that when using a palette knife, it does not require much cleaning as compared to a brush? You can simply wipe it with a thick rag when you want to switch colours.

Here’s a tip to get you rolling with a palette knife. As you gather your paint on your palette knife, pick it up like how you would scoop peanut butter out from a jar. It’s as simple as that!

OPTICAL ILLUSION PAINTING – LEAVES AND FACE

A fan of trick eye art pieces?

This class will offer you the right know-how to get viewers to look at your painting more than once. Children will specifically get to use and add in their own leaves placement with colours to create an optical illusion.

This class makes children create an art piece out of the ordinary. It is a holiday art workshop in Singapore that will leave you in awe as you discover the true image of the painting, put together just by leaves. When you discover it, the feeling is just the same as when you finish piecing a jigsaw puzzle together.

This art class in Singapore is fitting for children aged 5 to 12 years old!

For the icing on the cake, we can cater to your child’s specific learning needs and requirements in all our children’s holiday art programs.

What are you waiting for? It is time to get art-friendly now!