Knowledge of paint, water-based paints, and brush techniques (brush pressure range, dry time).
Experience working with oil paints on paper, and ink on paper.
Experience using acrylic paints.
Experience with drawing from wood, acrylic paints, paint brushes, paper.
Some experience with painting and painting accessories (tapestry, glaze, glazing and paint striper).
Can you tell us the story of paint and paper’s evolution?
In the 17th century, Dutchman Piet Breugel started using ink on paper as a means of painting (the invention of the ink-jet printer made this possible).
The earliest ink-and-water color brush I recall from any painting I’ve done has been the Blackwing brush (which was invented in 1780). The paint brushes made by Charles Wotton and others at this time also had a metal bristled tip and a long “leather nose”. The brush was still not really sharp enough to use in water, so Breugel turned to a different kind of ink: chalk.
A few years later in 1790, the German artist Heinrich Cornelius Wirtz started using colored paint on paper on some paintings he produced. He also experimented with drawing with his brushes, and used a paint stripe like the blackboard I remember from my childhood. At some point in the mid-1790s we came to believe colored paint-and-tapestry became the true way to do art, and that painting from wood, paper or acrylic paints were no longer an option for painting for art’s sake.
Today it is impossible to do watercolor painting without a good palette. Most modern watercolor artists I know, as well as many art lovers who still paint from the old school of watercolor, always use color in the first few works, regardless of what they are painted on paper.
What’s the most important part of a palette?
I’ve seen lots of artists with the classic “palette” of pencils, markers, pencil erasers, etc., but they often use a lot of different colors or textures. The most important part of a palette is the way in which you choose the colors, how they look together, and how they flow together.
Which pieces of furniture or clothing do you use your color palette for?
I’m a painter of furniture. At home, I’ll use my palette of gray paint for the majority of