ART HACKS – Tips and Tricks for Artists

ART HACKS – Tips and Tricks for Artists

Hey guys, Carissa Rose here.

This is my art hacks video, with tips andtricks for artists of all levels.

If you are using acrylic paints on canvasand you make a mistake You can still salvage your painting if you'requick! Just wet a paper towel and wipe up that mistake, acrylic paints are water soluable, so anywet paint will get smudged or picked up by the water.

but any of the paint that is dried underneathwill remain in-tact If you want to trace your sketch but you don'thave a lightbox, use your window! Tape that baby up and start tracing your sketchonto a new sheet of paper! This also works really well if you are tracingonto thicker art paper.

If you are doing a more intricate piece witha lot of details it may help to tape your sheet of paper thatyou are drawing onto as well, but be careful because you don't want thetape to rip your paper on your final piece.

and, DISCLAIMER, don't try this at night ; ) Got some extra bubble wrap laying around? Incorporate it into your art! Paint on some bubble wrap and then you canuse it as a stamp to put patterns into your artwork.

This is a fun way to give your pieces a pop-art-yfeel, and can also be applied for countless DIYprojects.

You can even get creative and paint shapesonto the bubble wrap.

There are endless possibilities if you getsome inspiration with it.

I used this method to add white spots to thetop left and bottom right corners of this piece.

Have you ever worked on a piece and felt likethere's something wrong with it but can't put your finger on it? Well, try flipping it over.

Looking at your drawing upside-down can giveyou a whole new perspective of what you're looking at.

It can also help you find any flaws in yourcomposition.

Don't know how you are going to color in yournew outline? If you are scared of ruining your outlineby choosing the wrong colors, try making a copy of it first.

You can also scan your outline and then printit.

Then you can experiment with colors worryfree.

Alternatively you can also scan it in thecomputer and use a program like photoshop or paint to test out the colors.

Before going back to your original outlineand completing your final piece.

Many artists like to use red or blue pencilswhen sketching for a variety of reasons.

This works really well if you want to makea really messy sketch, but still want to be able to come out witha clean outline.

You do all of your messy sketching with ared or blue colored pencil, and then you can go back over this with ablack colored pencil or pen, althrough, be weary, some pens may not workover some colored pencils.

This method can work particularly well ifyou plan on tracing over the original sketch because if you use some sort of light boxto trace over it to get a new outline you will be able to see all the black linesa lot crisper and cleaner and be able to differentiate them from thered or blue lines.

Rather than if it was all pencil it wouldall sort of merge together and you wouldn't be able to see your crisper lines.

And if you are good with photoshop you canalways scan your sketch in and then remove those red or blue lines digitally.

To leave you with your black outline.

I have a secret weapon for blending pencils,and it's practically free.


I wonder what it could be.

Yep! Toilet Paper! Kleenex works just as well.

This is a trick I picked up in middle schoolso I could blend my pencil drawings during class.

You can use toilet paper to give you somereally smooth blends with your pencil drawings.

You can wrap it around your finger to covera large area to blend.

And then when that part gets smudged up justwrap a different part of the piece of toilet paper around your hand and have a clean newblending tool once again.

Kleenex and toilet paper also work great forif you need to blend a smaller more detailed area, because you can take the toilet paperand fold it into a tip, and it will be more like a blending stump.

However, I do prefer toilet paper over blendingstumps, just for the fact that you can so easily refold it to get a nice, clean, newstump, and don't end up smudging dark pencils over areas that you wanted to be light.

Not to mention that blending stumps cost money.


So using toilet paper to blend is also a greatway to cover a lot of area with pencil.

You can get a really, really nice grey washjust by going over your pencil lines with the toilet paper.

And then you can go from there, and createwhatever wonderful artwork you would like! It takes a little bit of getting used to,but mess around with it, I bet you'll have some fun! And if you get the hang of it, you'll be ableto create some beautiful, wonderfully blended pencil artwork.

Did you know you can paint with Sharpies? Just grab your household rubbing alchohol,and a whole bunch of Sharpie markers.

And please make sure you are in a well ventilatedarea, with a window open, or at least a fan going, because the fumes from the rubbingalcohol are pretty bad for you.

And they can definitely make you dizzy.

So to paint with Sharpies, you're gonna takea canvas and you can draw on it with Sharpies and then take a paint brush with rubbing alcoholto blend them.

You can also take your Sharpies and draw onsome sort of plastic-y surface, um, you can use like a palate, I used a piece of tape.

And then you can take your rubbing alcoholto blend it on the piece of tape to get a more of a watercolor like medium to work with.

Now it doesn't feel exactly the same as watercolors,because the rubbing alcohol really picks up a lot of ink when you use it, but paintingwith Sharpies can definitely be a lot of fun and you can come up with a lot of really cooleffects with it and the colors are just so vivid.

So it's definitely worth a try if you've nevertried it.

There are just countless DIY projects thatyou could apply this to.

Using a grid can be a great tool for artistsof all levels.

It's a great way to accurately recreate areference.

Grab your reference and your ruler and startby putting lines at 1 inch increments on your piece that you are going to be drawing.

You can use whatever increments you want,but for this example I am using inches.

Then you are going to draw a line across allthese increments to make a grid for your piece.

So now this 4×4 inch drawing will have 16cubes, and I'm just gonna cut out that reference.

So, I'm going to be redrawing this twice thesize, so 2 times 1 inches is 2 inches, so now I'm going to, on a new sheet of paper,draw 2 inch increments.

If you want to make it 1.

5 times the size,then make it 1.

5 inch increments, if you want to make it 3 times the size, then make it3 inch increments.

Just don't press too hard with your pencilso you can erase those gridlines later.

And now that you've got everything all mappedout, you're gonna wanna start redrawing your reference.

It makes it a lot easier to redraw your drawingwith such close lines for reference.

And if you're having problems getting somethingin the right spot, you can always add an additional gridline through one of your squares by addinga line in the center of your reference square, and then your drawing, and then it's a loteasier to draw accurately to your reference.

Then you just go ahead and erase those originalgrid lines and you'll have a great base sketch to start working on your new piece.

Well what if you want to enlarge a piece butyou don't want to get all those grid lines all over a canvas? If you happen to have a projector, or knowsomeone who does, it's a great way to enlarge a sketch onto a canvas.

This would also work great if you wanted toenlarge an image onto a wall for painting a mural.

I was lucky enough to find this projectorat a Goodwill for only $5.

00, however, you can buy used projectors online for fairlyaffordable prices.

So to do this, you trace your sketch ontoa piece of transparency paper, and if you are like me and don't have any transparencypaper, you can also take a large ziplock bag and cut it in half and tape it to your sketch.

Draw it out and you'll have your nice, cleanoutline transparency.

Then you're gonna wanna set up your projectoracross from a wall and put up your canvas.

Then you can get your outline into focus.

Then you're gonna wanna really lightly witha pencil sketch out your outline onto your canvas.

You may want to put additional thumbtacksin the wall to hold your canvas in place.

And then there you go, you're all done witha very lightly sketched out outline and then you can go in with your acrylic paint, ifthat's what you're using.

Alright, so that's about it for today.

Thank you so much for checking out my videos,and be sure to check out my channel for more art videos.

Have a great day! Toodles!.

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