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Painting

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Annette Labedzki’s paintings are more like temporary sculptures. She molds models of various objects out of thick, frozen layers of paint, then destroys her creations by mixing them down into a new color of paint for a wonderfully soothing type of performance art.

Anime-Style Gundam Model Painting

Anime-Style Gundam Model Painting

Seo Gyeong-deok channels his lifelong love for anime by painting Gundam models and other figures in a vibrant two-dimensional cartoon style. Thestory met with Seo to learn more about his craft. He also accepts commissions. You can see more of his work on his Instagram page. Turn captions on.

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Corel Painter 2019

Get a great deal on the original natural media painting software, updated for 2019. You’ll get over 900 brushes to bring digital masterpieces to life, along with a dark mode, transparent color wheel, and smoother performance than ever. Save 41% in The Awesomer Shop.

Faking Neon with Paint

Faking Neon with Paint

Art Insider introduces us to Perth, Australia-based graffiti artist Straker – known for his ability to replicate the glowing look of neon lights using spray paints. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think his canvases were connected to a high-voltage transformer.

Super Saiyan Blue Spray Paint Art

Super Saiyan Blue Spray Paint Art

You don’t have to speak a word of Spanish to get the fire and enthusiasm of artist Porfirio Jimenez, who creates wonderful pop art paintings using spray paint and stencils. He may have talent, but his real super power is not getting any paint on his white t-shirt.

Black 3.0 Paint

Black 3.0 Paint

Stuart Semple’s Culture Hustle is known for making the pinkest pink paint available. He sells it at an affordable price too. Now he’s helping make the blackest commercially available black paint, and wants everyone to get their hands on it as well.

Hydro Dipping Shoes

Hydro Dipping Shoes

Black Light Visuals shows us how they use a tank filled with water and various colors of paints to create a truly one-of-a-kind marbled shoe design. Here, they dip a pair of ordinary white Converse Chuck Taylors and turn them into a wearable work of art.

Finger Painting Level 9000

Finger Painting Level 9000

Artist Iris Scott doesn’t believe in paintbrushes. Instead, she creates detailed and vibrant images using only her gloved fingers. Her works include people, animals, landscapes, water, and urban scenes. Find more of her art on her website, and canvas prints are available here.

Watercolor America

Watercolor America

Artist Josie Lewis created this satisfying time-lapse video of her painting a colorful map of the United States using watercolors. We’re impressed how she was able to keep the colors from bleeding across state borders. Prints available here for $30.

Do Machines Make Art?

Do Machines Make Art?

The Art Assignment argues that whether it be something as primitive as bones or as advanced as a neural network, there’s always a human touch at the root of all machines used to make art. We like to think of it from the other end: art is unfinished until a human mind ponders it.

Mirror Self-portrait

Mirror Self-portrait

Artist Ewan McClure shows of a nifty painting technique, in which he looks in the mirror to view his own image, then paints a self-portrait from behind the backside of the canvas, while looking at its reflection in the mirror.

Photorealistic Stencil Painting

Photorealistic Stencil Painting

Artist Justinas Zozo shows us the amazing technique he uses to create his photorealistic paintings. He painstakingly cuts dozens of intricate stencils, which he then uses to mask layer after layer of spray paint colors. Kingfisher took him about six months to complete.

Repainting Jumbo Jets

Repainting Jumbo Jets

Back in 2015, Virgin Australia repainted all of its airplanes with a fresh new look. It took 18 painters, about 69 gallons of paint, and 11 days to complete each jet. The most fascinating part of the time-lapse footage is watching the old paint melt off after it’s bathed in thinner.

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Water Droplet Painting

Water Droplet Painting

Illustrator Adam SB shows us how the simplest of mediums – plain old H2O – can be used to create art. By dripping precise amounts of water onto a smooth surface, he creates a temporary artwork that’s sure to satisfy any obsessive need for order.

Netflix Ebru Art

Netflix Ebru Art

This ancient Turkish art form involves dripping dots of ink into a water-filled basin, then laying in a sheet of paper. Garip Ay’s approach lets the dark water speak for itself. He was recently commissioned to create a series of images for The Crown, Stranger Things, and Narcos.

Precision Painting Ceramics

Precision Painting Ceramics

Video of the incrediblly steady hand of an artist from Japanese tableware company Kutani Choemon, as they embellish a ceramic dish with delicate linework, and floods of colored glaze that we were convinced would spill out of the lines, but miraculously don’t.

Swirl Painting Guitars

Swirl Painting Guitars

One of the cooler ways to decorate an electric guitar body is to dip its body in a vat filled with several colors of paint. The technique isn’t nearly as easy as DeanSwirled makes it look, so you might want to just have Dean do it for you.

Hand Paint Illusions

Hand Paint Illusions

Artist Jordan Molina aka “TutoDraw” shows off how the effective use of a black background can create all sorts of creepy effects on his hand, from his wrist being severed to exposing the bones inside, or chunks bitten out of it.

The Starry Night in Water

The Starry Night in Water

Artist Garip Ay demonstrates how to replicate Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic swirled masterpiece The Starry Night by painting it on water that he’s dyed black. Be sure to stick around for an awesome surprise at the end.

Paint Spinning Drill in Slow-mo

Paint Spinning Drill in Slow-mo

The Slow Mo Guys loaded up a drill bit with several colors of wet paint, then captured the ensuing spatter with their high-speed camera at up to 2500fps. The spiraling paint drops are cool, and they could probably sell the artwork they created at a fancy gallery now.

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Fusion Frames

Fusion Frames

Darryl Cox’s surreal art are tree branches that look like they’re growing out of antique picture frames, or vice-versa, made using a combination of sculpting, painting and woodworking. Check out his Etsy shop for available pieces. He also accepts commissions.

Bob Ross on YouTube

Bob Ross on YouTube

“I think there’s an artist hidden in the bottom of every single one of us, and here we will try to show you how to bring that artist out.” The Bob Ross company now has full episodes of The Joy of Painting on its YouTube channel. Learn, relax and be inspired by some happy little trees.

Charizard Game Boy

Charizard Game Boy

Video game system customizer Oskunk shows off more of his amazing painting skills as he takes an ordinary Nintendo Game Boy and transforms it into the ultimate Pokémon handheld. Check out his online shop for more awesome artwork.

Tales You Lose

Tales You Lose

Designer Andre Levy takes everyday coins and hand-paints them with images of pop culture icons from cartoon and movie characters to historical figures. Too bad the Magneto coin isn’t actually magnetic.

Single-Brushstroke Dragons

Single-Brushstroke Dragons

While the details and secondary colors are painted with additional brushstrokes, we’re still amazed by how artists, such as those at Japan’s Kousyuuya can create such impressive dragon bodies with a single stroke of a brush. More here.

Speed Painting Surprise

Speed Painting Surprise

As we sat and stared at this masked speed painter work his magic, we tried to figure out who his subject was the whole time. But it’s not until the last few seconds that his true ability to render portraits is revealed.

Realistic MS Paint Santa

Realistic MS Paint Santa

Eclectic Asylum Art spent a total of 50 hours making this realistic portrait of Santa Claus on Microsoft Paint. It’s not as jaw dropping as Kyle Lambert’s iPad finger painting, but come on. It’s freaking Microsoft Paint.

Photorealistic iPad Finger Painting

Photorealistic iPad Finger Painting

Artist Kyle Lambert used the Procreate app on his iPad to make an incredibly realistic painting. It’s a replica of a photographed portrait of Morgan Freeman taken by Scott Gries. It took Kyle over 200 hours to finish the portrait.

Surreal Spray Can Art

Surreal Spray Can Art

He’s not the fastest painter we’ve seen, but give this street artist six minutes and $20 and he’ll give you a jaw-dropping display that culminates in a surreal cityscape so 80s you can practically hear the synthesizers blaring in your mind.

iPad Finger Painting

iPad Finger Painting

Japanese artist Seikou Yamaoka proves that you can create incredible works of art on an iPad Mini – using his fingertips and ArtStudio to create a near-perfect reproduction of Vermeer’s The Girl with the Pearl Earring. More here.

Calligraphic Snake

Calligraphic Snake

The end result is cutesy but this artist’s ability to paint a snake without lifting his brush from the paper is just as mesmerizing as a real serpent slithering in front of our eyes. (Thanks Bebba W.)

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