6 Ways to Loosen Up!

You may have heard the phrase ‘loosen up’ from an art teacher, I have and I never quite understood how or what they really meant.  We all have certain styles in the way we draw, some of us will naturally make bold, large strokes and others will enjoy small accurate strokes perhaps focussing on detail. Is there a need to loosen up and if so how can it be done?

Get Comfortable With Your Style

Now after many years of art classes I got the impression that you had to be ‘gutsy’ with your drawing and painting otherwise it was somehow lesser work.  Of course  this is not true, there is nothing wrong with a more ‘technical’ style and for those of us who like detail.  If you are someone who likes small paintbrushes and detail that is ok but there is some merit in trying out a looser style which you can use when needed.

Looser, more energetic strokes tend to have more movement and can look at bit fresher.  Sometimes we can overwork a piece and this is a trap that many beginners fall into because they are less confident with strokes and lines so they tend to go over areas time and time again.

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4 Painting Techniques for Beginners

First of all you might be wondering what is a painting technique?  I  thought I would explain as many of my learners get confused about what they are and what media they can be used in.

A painting technique means a way of using the paint – applying it or removing it, to create a desired visual effect.  There are lots of painting techniques you can use, some are general techniques that you might use with any paint media (watercolour, acrylics or oils) and some are designed to be used with one type of media (or are more effective with this type of media).

It can be really confusing when you hear names of techniques and have no idea that they are.  With this in mind I will go through the most basic ones that you might try as a beginner:

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