Top 10 studio tips of February-
I have been collecting ideas like this for a while now. I don't have a new painting to post so I thought this would be a good time to share some studio tips I have found useful.
Tip 1 - Use Pinterest:
My first tip is to use the website Pinterest as your personal museum or art library or studio/inspiration peg board. There isn't anything better on the web for artists to browse millions of paintings. No text just images.
Tip 2 - Use rubbing alcohol to clean your palette.
Nothing wastes more money than using turps to clean up. Alcohol does a better job and is only pennies compared to dollars for turps.
Tip 3 - Use Phone books as disposable brush cleaner
And they are free! after wiping your brush just tear off the page and use the next one. After a while the binding will develop a rough edge that helps clean the brush even better.
Tip 4 - A dollar a brush
You can get brushes like these for $1 at almost any hardware store. I use them for scrubbing in my big shapes, laying in washes or blocking in my composition. Sometimes I use them on color studies just to keep everything very loose. Seems when you use one of these cheap brushes you automatically allow yourself be more expressive with your brush strokes
Tip 5 - Put a sock on it
This is especially good when painting outside.Wear a sock on your hand instead of holding a paper towel. Helps in cold weather too!
Tip 6 - Old brush handles
I have brushes that have grown old and are loosing their hair.(like some artists I know). Or they fall apart. I keep the handles, sometimes sharpening them in a pencil sharpener. I use them as scrapers for lines and details.
Tip 7 - Make a miniature gallery
This can work on top of a dresser or just one wall, but keep your current art work (sketches, color studies or not-quite-finished paintings out in front of you. You can quickly judge which ones have potential or which should be recycled. It also helps you see how far behind schedule you are in finishing anything.
Tip 8 - A special showplace
I find it absolutely necessary to view each piece I am working on in another area other than the studio. Having a place to hang work, even if only for a few hours in different light and in a different room helps me spot what needs to be worked on next. Warning: If hanging in the living room, be sure to get permission first and make sure it hangs straight.
Tip 9- Read the books you have
Don't buy another art book or magazine until you have completed reading and studying one you already have at home. There was a reason you bought that book.....( no further explanation needed.)
Tip 10- Sketch books for thumbnails and ideas
by far the cheapest and most valuable tip is the cost of a pencil and a piece of paper. Any piece of scrap will do. Just use them. Sketch, scribble, doodle, copy work from other artists... ideas can only come to life if they leave your head through your hand.