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PAINTING MOVEMENT – Brushstrokes Techniques

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As in drawing movement, the concepts of CONTINUOUS and REPETITIVE motion applies in painting. Line of action is also key to showing movement with a brush.Whereas in painting, the color provides an opportunity to experiment with aspects of motion without a distinct subject.

There are a number of brush stroke techniques for expressing movement. Here are three to play with. For this exercise use acrylic, gouache and/or watercolour paints on primed canvas or paper/sketchbook. Try using various size brushes right for the paint you use. Choose and mix colors.

  1. Continuous Spiral The object of this exercise is to understand the use of continuous line of color to express motion. Choose a start point on the surface and continue the line in a spiral until you run out of surface. Repeat the exercise again, when the paint dries using another color and with a different start point.  Note that the continuous movement became an emerging repetitive pattern.

  2. Repetitive Scrubbing  – This exercise allows experiment with a line of colour in repeat brushstrokes using a scrubbing movement. Vary the speed and intensity of the brush stroke on the surface in various applications.

  3. Continuous/Repetitive Dabbing  Use a brush you feel comfortable with. Try this exercise using broken line dabs in repetitive brushstrokes. Then use continuous line dabs (almost like wavy lines) to show continuous movement.

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in color, instinct, painting, painting techniques


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PLAY WITH PAINT – 4 Techniques

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For these experiments use either acrylic or gouache paints on primed canvas, water-soluble paper or wood surface.


Materials needed to try experiment: small container for mixing, string or medium link chain, brush or stick for mixing paint and water, hand protection (if required).

  1. Prepare a mixture of mostly paint and water proper for the length of string.
  2. Soak the string in the mixture until thoroughly covered.
  3. Allow excess moisture to drain from string and apply to surface.
  4. Remove from surface and leave to dry.


Materials needed for this experiment: paint brush, palette for mixing paint, small vinyl,rubber and/or rigid plastic from packaging suitable for repeat impression (ex: chocolate or cookie packaging).

  1. Choose one or more objects to use for stamping a repeat pattern.
  2. Mix paint or apply with a brush directly from paint tube on stamp.
  3. Stamp the design on a surface in a distinct or random pattern. Try using different colors, overlap and variations of paint on the stamp.

Dry Brush 

Materials needed for this experiment: old or worn paint brushes, palette

  1. Choose and mix color in palette.
  2. Dip brush in paint mixture and apply to surface in a wiping motion until the brush is clean.
  3. Repeat the process with more color varying pressure and angle of brush on surface.

Spray and Drip

Materials needed for this experiment: small spray or squirt container, water,brush or stick to mix

  1. Fill the bottle with enough mostly paint and water mixture to allow spray. Shake thoroughly.
  2. Spray mixture on surface. Immediately turn the surface in various directions allowing the paint to drip at different angles.
  3. Allow surface to dry thoroughly before applying other colours.

Now try combining these 4 experiments on one surface.  Cut the finished design into a shape or random pieces.  Reassemble with a new design. Have fun.


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