Month: January 2019

Using a Limited Palette

This type of palette consists of the basic primary color including blue, yellow and red. You will also want to include a white and black for mixing purposes. The specific tube of each color you choose will change your palette slightly. By using these three colors, along with black and white, you can mix any color imaginable. Working with a limited palette will improve your color mixing skills and overall ability as an artist. Who knows? You might even fall in love with painting in this manner.

Tips for Using a Limited Palette

When you first experiment with a limited palette, you may find yourself lost. This is a natural reaction. Simply calm down and remember the basics. Blue and yellow will mix to green and so one and so forth. The key to successfully painting with a limited palette is having patience. Once you beginning picking up the various color mixtures, you’ll memorize them making the process much easier.

When mixing colors from the primaries, you should always start by placing your lightest color down first and then mixing into it. For instance, to mix a green, place a moderate amount of yellow on your palette and begin adding …

By Gregory January 29, 2019 Off

Contemporary Ghanaian Performing Arts


Ghanaian contemporary music has been influenced by foreign music styles and concepts though there is not a total eradication of the indigenous music styles. Some contemporary Ghanaian musicians blend the indigenous and foreign music styles in composing their songs. The foreign music styles that have influenced Ghanaian music today include jazz, pop music, Blues, Rock and Roll, Reggae, Ragga, R&B, Indian and Arabic songs. Contemporary Ghanaian music includes highlife which has more of the indigenous music elements, the hip-life which fuses slow lyric choruses with Ragga or rap music. Currently, there is the hip-pop music that is an exact rendition of the Western style of music though the lyrics and language are mostly Ghanaian in nature. There is also the church or choral music, brass band music, regimental or military music as well as the classical music.

Several foreign musical instruments are used hand in hand with the indigenous musical instruments. These include guitars, pianos, trumpets like the saxophone, foreign drums, cymbals etc. Unlike indigenous Ghanaian music, contemporary Ghanaian music is recorded in high technological recording studios where other artificial elements are added to the originally composed music to bring it to foreign standards. They are then copied on …

By Gregory January 29, 2019 Off

Types, Characteristics and Uses of Paper

  1. Art Paper- This is a smooth, high gloss, coated paper with both sides coated with Kaolin. It is used for making calendars, brochures, covers for magazines, labels, book jackets etc.
  2. Bond Paper-This is a strong printing material that has been given a plate finish. It has good durability and strength. Its stiffness is good and has a good erasing quality. It also has an excellent ink-receptive quality. It is used for drawing, printing, making of letterheads, magazines, notebooks, brochures etc. Watercolours and permanent markers can be used on it with success.
  3. Bank Paper- This is a thin, smooth, light-weight paper usually white though some are coloured. They are used for producing currency notes.
  4. Brown Paper- This is a strong, buff coloured sheet that has great tensile strength. It is used for making envelopes, covering notebooks and for wrapping items.
  5. Blotting paper- This is fairly strong and glossy used for producing flowers.
  6. Cartridge Paper- This is strong, heavy stock, and textured. It is also coarse, off white, absorbent and thicker than bond sheet. It is used for drawing, making prints, book covers and poster work.
  7. Carbon Paper- This is a thin material that is either coated at one side or both
By Gregory January 28, 2019 Off

Fabric Painting

First you need to choose the item you wish to paint. Whilst not too important better quality items will give better results and after all if you are spending your time creating your unique piece you want the finished item to be good.

There are 3 options when painting fabric, fabric pens, fabric paints and 3D fabric pens.

Pens are easier to use but generally can only be used on light coloured fabrics. They are also not really suitable for filling areas. Fabric pens are available individually or in sets. Dylon and Pebeo both make good quality pens.

Paints, whilst a little harder to use, are great for block colour and if you choose opaque fabric paints these are suitable for both light and dark coloured fabrics.

3D fabric pens are harder to use but can create some great textures and effects on your item.

Sometimes the best method is to use pens to outline and put detail on, then use the paints to fill in and then further embellish using 3D pens.

When you have chosen an item to paint and have your paints or pens to hand, it is time to start. If your item is new I …

By Gregory January 27, 2019 Off

Caring For Paintbrushes

Avoid storing brushes with the bristles facing down

If you let your brushes rest in a jar of water with the bristles facing down, this can cause lasting damage to the bristles. What can happen is that the pressure on the bristles can cause them to become misshapen – they can bend and spread apart. When this happens, it’s pretty much always irreversible. It can happen even if you leave your brushes for just a few minutes. What you should do is always rest your brushes horizontally so there’s no chance of the bristles becoming misshapen. Alternatively you can buy paintbrush holders, but again make sure to store the brushes with the bristles facing up.

Avoid storing brushes in solvent or water

Most artists will store their brushes in water at some point, but there are actually a few why reasons why this shouldn’t be done. Firstly, when working with acrylics or watercolours, the water can gradually cause lasting damage by causing the wooden handle to swell or even crack. As for oil paints, the solvents used to clean brushes contain a number of different chemicals that can cause damage to the ferrule; more specifically, these chemicals can damage the …

By Gregory January 26, 2019 Off

Matting Art

Humidity always has an effect on paper, causing it to expand and contract. If paper comes in contact with too much moisture, tide lines or even mold can develop. On the other hand, if paper becomes too dry, the fibers become brittle and could crack and tear. Matboard separates the artwork from the glass and protects it from direct contact with moisture. When matting, it is important to use acid-free matboard to prevent acid-burn which can cause yellowing in artwork. You should only use a mat window and back board made of 100% rag board or the lignin-free, alkaline-buffered mat board especially for art preservation.

Over time due to UV light and pollutants in the air, both standard and neutralized matboard will return to its acidic state, turning yellow to brown. It should not be used with any work of monetary or sentimental value. Museum quality matboards are:

  • 100% rag board is made from cotton and therefore contains no acidic wood lignin. Use for fine art, signed prints and needle art.
  • 100% Alpha Cellulose is matboard made from wood fibers that have been pulped extensively and chemically purified to remove lignins and other acid-causing materials to make it acid-free, then
By Gregory January 25, 2019 Off

Stand Up Comedy Advice

Stage Confidence

The first of my stand up comedy advice has to do with stage confidence. All creative performers are required to overcome their demons; only they have to do it on stage and you as a comedian need to keep your sense of humor while you overcome them. This article will provide you strategies for overcoming some of the demons such as fear of the stage, hecklers, bombed shows, and forgotten lines so that you can exude confidence while you are on stage.

Fear of the Stage

The second of my stand up comedy advice has to do with fear of the stage. The ironic part of the phrase “fear of the stage” or “stage fright” is that you really are not afraid of the stage, are you? The stage is just pieces of wood and a slab of concrete that you stand on. What you are truly afraid of is failing and not living up to your expectations or those of someone else. Being afraid of the stage is not because of what it happening right now; it is because of what you think might happen later.

Now that you are a comedian and have joined the ranks …

By Gregory January 22, 2019 Off

About Dusting Paintings

To safely and effectively dust a painting, you should use an artist’s brush with natural hair. The bristles should be soft and, most importantly, completely clean. Never use dust cloths because the threads can be caught by raised bits of paint. Avoid using stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters because these can quite easily scratch the painted surface. You should never dust a painting with anything that’s moist, otherwise you run the risk of the paint becoming discoloured or even falling off the canvas. Finally, ensure that anything with chemicals on it never comes into contact with the painting. If you’ve been using an old cloth to dust a painting, for example, that old cloth may very well have polish on it, which can cause paint to fall away from the painting.

To dust your painting, make sure your painting is propped up and have it leaning forward a bit. By having the painting at a forward angle, the dust is going to fall away from the painting on to the floor. Get your brush and go over the painting slowly, lightly and gently. Either work horizontally or vertically. Once you’ve gone over the painting once, go over it again …

By Gregory January 22, 2019 Off

Use a Painting Knife

Painting knives are mainly used for applying paint on to a canvas. Because they come in different shapes and sizes, a variety of different effects can be produced. Using a shorter blade can create angular strokes, while using a longer blade makes it easier to put down a long stroke of colour in one go. Painting knives can also be used instead of a brush and are useful for adding texture to a painting. Using a painting knife to apply paint is similar to buttering a piece of bread.

The two are often confused because they are very similar. Palette knives have a flexible, blunt blade that’s straight and wide with a rounded edge. Palette knives are more suited to mixing oil and acrylic paints on a palette, hence their name. Many people do refer to painting knives as palette knives and vice versa, even though they are different.

Scrape the knife across the surface of the paint, as if you were getting butter or jam on to a knife. Hold the handle firmly with a tight grip and use your wrist if you want to change the angle of the knife in relation to the canvas. The simply apply …

By Gregory January 21, 2019 Off