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Can Interior Primer Be Used On The Exterior?

I have a very small, outdoor paint job to do. I am out of exterior primer, but have lots of interior primer. Can I use interior primer for under exterior painting? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Oct 1, 2015 - 6 answers

What is the best drawing and painting course for doing portraits?

I'd like to do an online study, proceeding on my own time; I'm mostly interested in portraiture. [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Sep 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Driving photons up the wall

What is a good cheap option to project an image onto a large wall for a outlining to paint? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Sep 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Chosing colors, apparenlty, not my thing.

So we bought a lovely new house, the only issue was the previous owners choice of paint, which should be easy to fix, but I'm stuck on what do to given the terrible color they painted the trim. Can you help me pick a new wall/trim color? [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Sep 27, 2015 - 22 answers

Be kind, rewind that masking tape

How to get masking tape gunk off of surfaces I need to paint? [more inside]
posted by purple_bird on Sep 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Should I paint the old lady?

I'm thinking about painting my brick house. Thoughts, opinions and past experiences needed please... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Sep 20, 2015 - 15 answers

F******n, why not is it not in every 5 gallon bucket of paint already?

I'm a construction professional. I'm not a painter, but I frequently paint my own properties. Here's my question: there is an additive that makes every paint way, way better by eliminating brush or roller marks. I already pay good money for awesome paint because I know how much better it is than anything sold at big box stores. Why isn't paint sold with the miracle additive already in it? All the painters I work with know about it and think it's the best thing ever –– to be fair, only genuinely high-end clientele would notice, but that's my target group. (I won't disclose the name of the product because this is not an advertisement, I genuinely don't understand paint marketing vs. paint chemistry vs. paint marketing.)
posted by halogen on Sep 20, 2015 - 20 answers

What color should I paint my room?

I'm not *great* at colors but I want to paint my room. Photos of current room here: I'd like to coordinate around the color of the turquoise dresser and the color of the chalkboard paint square. What color should I paint my walls? The more specificity the better (aka "match this exact shade" vs "paint it yellow") because I'm really not great at colors, but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 12, 2015 - 18 answers

What can you tell me about this old painting?

This is a picture that I just acquired. I'm wondering what you can tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Watercolors for Beginners - Recommendations Wanted!

Calling artists of MeFi: in search of suggestions for watercolors (and associated materials). Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Aug 31, 2015 - 13 answers

The devil, nudity, and drugs - oh my

One of my friends was recently describing a salacious black velvet painting and I've been trying to find an image of it or something like it with no luck. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Is it realistic for me to learn how to paint as an adult?

I'm interested in learning how to paint like this. Is this something I can actually expect to learn as an adult? If so, what resources and classes should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 7, 2015 - 30 answers

Best way to get my own Mondrian-esque art?

A dear friend is buying a house soon. His favorite artist is Mondrian, and he is partial to the earlier, simpler abstract works (the ones where the fields of color are large) rather than the later, more complex ones like Broadway Boogie-Woogie. I want to give him a nice Mondrian reproduction to hang in his new house. What's the best way to do this - buy one or make it? And if I make it, how? If I buy it, where? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Jul 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Large-scale painting with small hands

Best way to paint for small hands, a history of tendinitis, and large rooms? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jul 5, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I add a logo to a tent?

I'd like to add a white logo/slogan to a standard nylon camping tent. What's the best way to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jul 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Lead paint dust

I think workers employed by my landlord sanded away about a square foot of paint in my bathroom (in a building erected in the 1930s). There is a layer of fine dust in my medicine cabinet and on a few other surfaces (presumably those they didn't wipe down afterward). I'm concerned about lead poisoning; what steps should I take to avoid exposure? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jun 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Poster / wall art suggestions?

Looking for something for my wall that fits all these criteria: 1. Abstract 2. Nonrepresentational 3. Light colors 4. White space 5. Around 70 inches wide by 40 inches tall. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Who painted this whirligig picture?

This painting of a whirligig (with the sun behind it?) showed up in a Kid In the Hall episode a couple times. One of my friends saw it and recalled that her (now-deceased) Mom had once owned a print of it and she loved it. I'd love to find out who the artist is so I can track down another print for my friend as a wedding gift. Any idea of the artist? Many thanks!
posted by ktoad on Jun 2, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I paint a beach ball?

I want to paint a beach ball to look like Jupiter. It will spend the vast majority of its time deflated in a waterproof container in the middle of the woods. Periodically it will be taken out, inflated, looked at for a minute or two, and then put back. Is there some kind of paint or painting style that will keep the paint from cracking and peeling after repeated inflation and deflation?
posted by ErWenn on May 25, 2015 - 15 answers

my accent is not so good (what rhymes with orange?)

Was going to paint the baby's room orange, now realize that it's TOO orange. So now we have an orange accent wall. What goes with orange? I fear I've painted myself into a corner... [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on May 20, 2015 - 33 answers

House Painting Movie Montage?

My husband and I are painting our new house, and I feel like I'm stuck in a romantic comedy, with the montage including the happy couple painting a room or the house. Of course, my husband has no idea what I'm talking about, and I can't remember any specific movies that have this scene. Can anyone point me to a movie with a montage including the couple painting their new house together?
posted by freshwater on May 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Adolphe Willette - Onbekend

While visiting the wonderful Kattenkabinet in Amsterdam, myself and my friend were captivated by Onbekend by Adolphe Willette. Back home, and I cannot find anything online about this picture, in which a huge black cat looms over a panicked townscape. Does anyone know anything about this painting? What's going on in it?
posted by sarahdal on May 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me not wreck my house.

We love our house, an 85-year-old home that was extensively remodelled, preserving much of the charm, including original A-grade fir hardwood floors, but with many improvements, including plumbing and wiring. The outside is the original cedar siding, which was sanded/filled/primed/painted about seven years ago. Now that it's in need of repainting, I'm considering whether I should paint or replace. Don't know if this wrecks the look/value of the house. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by liquado on May 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I find and buy affordable original artwork?

I'd really like to have more art in my house, and I love the idea of having original pieces. But I know almost nothing about art, so I don't know the best ways to go about finding and buying it. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Name that Artist ?

This painting means a great deal to a good friend - he has no idea who painted it - i would like to surprise him with some background information if possible. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by kev23f on Apr 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What the monk is he doing?

In Eduard von Grützner's painting Vor der Brotzeit, the monk has something in his hand. What is it?
posted by naturalog on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me identify this painting/print

I'm trying to identify this painting/print that I have seen on several design blogs. This example is at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village.
posted by Frank Grimes on Mar 31, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I paint like this?

I haven't painted since I was in school, but then I saw this and was inspired to try. What supplies and techniques would I need to paint in this particular style? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Is anyone familiar with the artist Judy Manthorpe?

Is anyone familiar with the artist Judy Manthorpe, who does oil paintings of cheerful winter scenes like these: "Georgetown Canal" and "winter landscape with children sledding"? [more inside]
posted by Oliva Porphyria on Mar 7, 2015 - 1 answer

Watercolor Artists Whose Work is Not Representational

I love to look at and create watercolor paintings. However, most of the watercolor art I find isn’t to my taste because it’s so representational. Boats, still lifes, nature, and portraits do nothing for me. I do like the watercolors I’ve seen by Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. Who are some other artists who are doing or have done interesting things with nonrepresentational / abstract watercolor?
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Best way to prep coffee table for chalk painting?

What is the best method to clean and prep a coffee table for chalk painting? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Painting a room in two colours

Decorating-challenged man with limited colour sense has large family room (24' x 30') with walls divided roughly half way up the wall (on three sides) by narrow (4") shelf/plate rail. Is there a general guideline/rule for painting such a room with one colour up to and including the rail and another colour from there to the ceiling? [more inside]
posted by RafikiGuy on Jan 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Object Source Lighting Modeling Help..

Hello! I'm building a miniature and I'd like to incorporate some object source lighting for the first time. However, I'm having some trouble visualizing where the light would go. I'm wondering if you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Trying to ID "Invisible Man" painting

We picked up this cool print of a painting at a thrift store the other day. When I saw it I thought it looked familiar somehow, but googling has yet to turn up the artist. Look familiar to anyone? The signature looks like it says "S. Seppa" but it's not super easy to read. Thanks!
posted by klugarsh on Jan 20, 2015 - 4 answers

How to oil paint?

My sister gave me a starter set of oil paints for Christmas. I know nothing about how to use oils, basic techniques... nada. Can anyone point me at free web resources on how to get started? Seems like there's a lot out there and I'd appreciate finding stuff vetted by the hivemind. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jan 15, 2015 - 7 answers

what do I need to know for a small but important paint job?

I want to paint my dining room. Obviously there are many Youtube videos, etc and I have been watching them. But I want YOUR experience. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jan 12, 2015 - 26 answers

Different mediums to seal hardboard for oil painting?

I bought some hardboard for oil painting; I plan to cover it with acrylic gesso. I've been told by an experienced painter to use GAC100 to seal the board to prevent discoloration due to chemicals leaching into the paint from the hardboard. I've read articles that say either GAC100 or high-quality (e.g. Gamblin) PVA. Do you use those, or something else, for this purpose? Will any acrylic polymer substitute? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How to paint Netherlandish/Flemish, a la Bosch, Bruegel, or Ryden?

I paint occasionally in my spare time, and over the last couple years I've viewed a lot of early Netherlandish and Pop Surrealist painting that's tightly executed and finely detailed. What steps have you taken or do you advise to learn to paint in something like the style(s) of Bosch, Ryden, Bruegel, etc.? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Which colors to paint this ceiling medallion?

Florists, gardeners, green-thumbs, I have a floral ceiling medallion that I want to paint in pastel colors. Link to imgur album. I know these might not be real flowers but what do they remind you of? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Best options for tarting up horrid 80s wall unit?

I am going to need a bookcase in a room I am redecorating. Downstairs is a HORRIBLE 80s chipboard wall unit thing with dark, not at all convincing fakey veneer. Complication: I'm redecorating the room to a Hannibal theme. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Oct 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for First Nations art depicting seals

I'm looking to find examples of Canadian First Nations art depicting seals. Ideally paintings, prints or sculptures from B.C. aboriginal artists. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Oct 12, 2014 - 12 answers

my enjoyment...not for sale!

Another word for work that is for enjoyment, not for sale. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Oct 3, 2014 - 38 answers

Help identifying writing on a Russian? bark painting

It is a little painting on bark. Trying to find out more information about it. But I am being stymied by not really knowing Russian characters while trying to google the writing on it. Pics inside. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Sep 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Is $2500 reasonable for an 1100-sq. ft. apartment paint job in NYC?

We're strongly considering getting our apartment painted by professionals, and we got a quote today: it would be $2500 for the foyeur/dining area, living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. The price includes only labor. We would be providing all the paint. There's a number of different colors, a few accent walls, and separate colored molding. Is that a reasonable amount to pay? How much can we try to negotiate it down?
posted by Blisterlips on Sep 3, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I prevent a stretched canvas from warping more with each coat?

The canvas warps when painted and then unwarps when it dries, what can I do to prevent this? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

My Mismatched Crap + X = Beautiful Bedroom. Solve for X.

We're putting down new wood floors in our bedroom. We've got lovely curtains, terrific bedding. And I just painted the walls a pleasant grey/purple tone. But our dresser and headboard are two different shades of cheap light-colored IKEA wooden stuff. The new floor is yet another light wood tone. Is there some kind of wash or paint treatment I can apply to my headboard and dresser that will pull them out of the light wood range and into the other colors in my palette, so that our stuff can finally match? [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Jul 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Wrapping exterior house trim

Has anyone had any experiences with wrapping exterior wood trim and window frames instead of painting? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jul 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Online acrylics lessons

I used to be a decent student painter, and I've recently had a yen to start up again, after almost a decade. I've got to restock my supplies and have an okay sense of what I need. But – I'm looking for some mid-level acrylic lessons in either photographic + blog or video format to dive back in. Very basic conceptual stuff not needed (I know color theory, perspective, and all that good stuff), but something that focuses specifically on painting with acrylics, technique, and getting started on new projects would be great. Any ideas?
posted by thirdletter on Jul 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Make my black fitbit clip flesh toned

Is there a simple way to paint or color the standard fitbit clip so that it is a nude/flesh tone? I would like to paint it, but I anticipate difficulty since it seems to be made partially of silicone. Is there a way this can be done successfully?
posted by skjønn on Jun 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Painting a Peeling Garage Door

The paint on our wooden garage door is seriously peeling, and I want to re-paint it. How should I go about this? What tools do I need? What kind of paint should I use? Brand recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 23, 2014 - 16 answers

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