For many people art is a hobby that they enjoy. It can be very relaxing to paint, sculpt, draw, or colour.
Working with your hands can be a great way to relieve the stress of the day. The thrill of creating a piece of art is also a draw for those who like art.
Many adults want to instil a passion for art in their children. Learning the techniques, the materials needed, and the patience to create a masterpiece can be daunting.
Children who start to learn early can take pleasure in producing works in their chosen medium later in life. If the child’s parents are not well versed in art supplies, however, choosing the right ones can be difficult.
Making a selection of materials for your child is usually a matter of age. A younger child might enjoy finger-painting.
Before purchasing finger-paints, make certain that they are not toxic in case the child puts his fingers in his mouth while painting. It is also a good idea to check whether the paints stain.
Purchasing washable finger-paints is usually best. If washable paints cannot be found, you can still buy non-washable paints for your child, however your child will have to wear clothes that he can get dirty when he paints.
Older children might like to start painting with brushes. Selecting a good brush for your child can be a task in itself.
For the beginner, a standard brush is probably sufficient. Later on, if the child wishes to further develop his talent, you can then begin to look into the various types of brushes.
Brushes are usually made out of hair from various types of animals. They can be made from ox, camel, squirrel, goat, weasel, fitch, or pony hair.
Each of these types has certain properties. Fitch hair brushes, for instance, are good to use when painting with oils.
Those made from the hair of badgers are best for blending paint colours together on the canvas. Sometimes, though, the various types of hair are mixed together to lower the cost of the brush.
The combination of pony hair and goat hair to make watercolour brushes is just such a case. If your child wishes to become a more proficient painter, you will need to help them select the right brush for what they want to do.
Safety is, of course, a major concern when selecting other types of art supplies for younger children. Pay strict attention to all the parts of the item you intend to purchase.
If there are any sharp edges on the item, it is best not to buy it. There may, however, be a variety of the item that is safe for children.
An example of such an item is safety scissors. This type of scissors most often has covered blades, and the blades themselves may even be less sharp than those of regular scissors.
Quality crayons, markers, pens, pencils, and pastels are available at most art stores. Many children love to draw and colour.
The child who has the right supplies can let his imagination run rampant. As a result, his skills as an artist will improve.
Adults are welcome to get in on the fun. Indeed, parents should participate in art activities with their children.
Acrylic paints are very versatile. Once you know how to use them, you can paint in any number of styles.
Oil paints are similar to acrylics. The possibilities for either one are nearly infinite.
Watercolours are cheaper than either acrylics or oils, and are very easy to work with. You can certainly try all three types of paint and then decide which one you like best.
Coloured pencils can be just as fun to work with as paints. You might sketch out a scene and then colour it in with coloured pencils.
It is possible to do the same with crayons or pastels. For the truly adventurous, there is also the choice to mix coloured pencils, crayons, and pastels and create a mixed-media project.
Perhaps you are more inclined to draw or sketch. If that is your desire, then grab some pencils or pens and enjoy.
Art offers a variety of mediums in which one can work, and so can satisfy the tastes of a variety of people. Making the determination about which one you like the most is simply a matter of trying them.
Take the time to do art with your child. Discover the wonder of art!