Aerial Perspective – How To Create Depth In Your Paintings

Find out what aerial (or atmospheric) perspective is and how to use it to create the illusion of depth in your own paintings.

Be sure to stick around until the end to learn one simple trick to elevate your atmospheric perspective to the next level!

What Is Atmospheric Perspective

The word perspective describes the method that gives drawn or painted objects the appearance of depth and distance. In other words: perspective makes your paintings look three dimensional.

Atmospheric perspective, also called aerial perspective, is the effect the earth’s atmosphere has on the appearance of objects in the distance. This includes

  • Color shifts
  • Reduced contrast
  • Reduced details

Mastering these effects is a fundamental step in creating perspective and depth in your paintings. Continue reading to find out how to create aerial perspective in your own drawings and paintings!

An example for aerial perspective: the distant mountains are lighter and less detailed than the mountains nearer to the viewer

What Creates Aerial Perspective

The main component of atmospheric perspective is the scattering of light through molecules and particles in the air. Examples are smoke, water vapor, or fog.

These tiny particles diffuse the light into the line of sight of the viewer. Or in layman’s terms: distant objects appear ‘washed out’. The contrast is reduced and details are less visible.

A large effect of atmospheric perspective is the blueish color of distant mountains and other objects. This is the same effect that makes the sky blue. The scattered light contains more light of short wavelengths than other wavelengths. This creates a blue color.

Landscape of Vernon, Claude Monet. The blue color of the mountains creates the illusion of distance

The Three Principles Of Great Aerial Perspective

Creating atmospheric perspective in your paintings is easy as 1-2-3. If you master three simple principles you can add depth to your landscape paintings and create an illusion of scale, vastness, and distance that will make people go “WOW” when they see your masterpieces.

1. Details And Texture

The farther away things are, the fewer details our eyes can see. A simple example: while you might paint individual leaves on a tree in your painting’s foreground you might paint whole trees (or even groups of trees, or whole forests) as a single element in your backgrounds.

A fantastic technique to push your paintings to the next level is to combine the physical texture of your painting with the texture of the elements in your painting. Paint mountain cliffs in your foreground with thick impasto make the viewer feel like they are looking at real cliffs and paint the mountains in your background smooth to push them far away.

A painting by Conrad Jon Godly. The heavy use of the impasto technique in the foreground pushes the background away from the viewer

Value And Contrast

The value of color describes how dark or light is. Objects of lower value are darker, objects of higher value are lighter. This means that black is the lowest and white the highest value color.

Because of the effect of the scattering of light objects become higher in value as they move farther away from the viewer. In other words: the farther away something is, the lighter it becomes.

Notice how the distant buildings in the background are much lighter than the dark structures in the foreground on Monet’s ‘The Thames at Westminster’ below. The French master uses this effect to create an astonishing sense of depth and distance in a painting that doesn’t feature very many details.

The Thames at Westminster, by Claude Monet.

Color Temperature And Saturation

As objects recede into the distance the light traveling from them to the eyes of the viewers is shifted to color hues and they lose saturation. This means that things appear less intense and more blueish the farther away they are from the viewer.

This does not mean, that you can not have warm colors in the background of your paintings. Everything is relative, as is the “temperature” of your colors. While an object might appear bright yellow in your foreground it will be less intense and a little more greenish in the background, as if it is mixed with a little bit of blue.

Pro Tip: Push Your Aerial Perspective To The Next Level

A fantastic way to improve your atmospheric perspective in your landscape paintings was recently shared by TwoInchBrush.com community member ‘C.Dej.1028‘. They said:

Add the tiniest bit of your sky color to your snow color to aerial perspective to your mountains. 

C.Dej.1028, TwoInchBrush.com
“Peaceful Reflections” by C.Dej.1028 – Notice how the mountain blends into the sky

This simulates the scattering of skylight into the viewer’s line of sight. It blends the snow a little bit into the sky and pushes the mountains even further back, creating more distance and space in your paintings.

Summary

To create aerial perspective in your paintings remember these three principles to create the illusion of depth:

  • Fewer details in the background, more texture in the front
  • Objects in the distance appear lighter and lose contrast
  • Colors become cooler and less intense the farther away they are from the viewer

You know understand atmospheric perspective, why it appears, and how to use it in your own paintings.

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Happy Painting!

8 Challenges For Intermediate Oil Painters

You’ve figured out the basics of painting in your style of choice. The paintings you’re creating look great and you’re proud of your work. If you want to switch things up a little or push your skills to the next level try these 8 challenges for intermediate painters!

Photo by Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

Every challenge will push your limits a further and help you grow as an artist. You will not only get better at the technical aspect and develop your manual skill but also on the artistic and observational aspect of painting.

Challenge #1: One Brush Only

There is reason we have five to ten different kinds of brushes in our toolkit. Fan brushes, filbert brushes, liner brushes or background blender brushes – they all serve a purpose and let you create different effects.

It’s time to drop all but one of them and paint a picture using only a single type of brush. For starters we recommend something like a one inch blender brush.

The Challenge

Paint a picture using only a single type of brush – everything from background to details. No knife allowed.

What You Will Learn

With this challenge you will really get to know your brushes. You’ll learn how they behave when you load them differently with paint and what effects they are especially good for. Maybe you’ll discover a secret technique on how to paint mountains with a liner brush – if you do you have to promise to tell us!

To put it in the words of one of the biggest martial artists of all time:

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee
Photo by Yaopey Yong on Unsplash

Challenge #2: Knife Only

Let’s take it one step further. This time we are leaving all of our brushes out of the game. Knowing how to handle your painting knife is an invaluable skill every painter should master.

The Challenge

Paint a picture using only your painting knife. Using a brush for the sky and/or water is allowed.
Hard Mode: No brush allowed at all

What You Will Learn

Similar to Challenge #1 you’ll really get to know your painting knife and what it can do. But this one will not only challenge your technique and manual skill.

Painting with only a knife will also challenge how you think about details and shapes: How do you paint a round bush with a square knife? This one is for you to find out.

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

Challenge #3: Paint In Black And White

This one takes us back to the Fifties, back before color TV was invented and everyone could only see (and paint) in black and white. Did you know that it was a real challenge to decide Mona Lisa’s hair color in 1957 when they finally added color to that painting?

Jokes aside, painting with only two colors is a fantastic challenge for every oil painter.

The Challenge

Paint a picture using only different black, white and grey.
Hard mode: No different types of grey (like warm grey or cold grey) allowed.

What You Will Learn

Eliminating all colors from your palette forces you to focus on the value of the objects you paint. You’ll learn a lot about aerial perspective and how to create depth by varying the contrast of different parts of your paintings.


Challenge #4: One Color Only

I think we’re done removing things from your toolbox and colors from your palette. Don’t you agree?

Let’s take the palette from Challenge #3 and add a single color of your choice to it. Painting in black and white is one thing, but how about a painting using only different types of green, blue or yellow?

Did you know that Swedish painter Anders Zorn only used four colors at all? While it is one more color than you will be using for this challenge Zorn managed to create stunning works with this limited palette consisting of Ivory Black, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre and Vermilion Red.

Anders Zorn

The Challenge

Paint a picture using only black, white and a third color of your choice.

What You Will Learn

Just like with Challenge #3 this tasks puts a special emphasis on value. You’ll also become real good friends with the color of your choice. You’ll learn how it reacts to the addition of black and white and exactly what kind of hues you can mix and use.


Challenge #5: A New Subject

As an intermediate painter you’re probably pretty good at painting one kind of subject already. For me this is landscape art, classic Bob Ross style. Mountains, Hills, Rivers, Trees – winter or summer, those are my bread and butter.

But there is one thing we all know: Great things happen outside of our comfort zone.

So take those brushes and paints – all of them if you want, you’ve earned them after Challenges #1 to #4 – and paint something you’ve never painted before.

This could be a little mix up (like painting a seascape for me) or something entirely different (like a portrait or something abstract).

To get something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done before.

The Challenge

Paint a subject you’ve never painted before.

What You Will Learn

Pushing the limits of what you can paint is a fantastic thing. You’ll learn to generalize shapes and the interactions between light, angles and different objects.

I’m not going to say that a nose is just a mountain in someone’s face, but you know what I mean.

In addition to the learnings you’ll take from this challenge it’s just fun to switch things up from time to time.


Challenge #6: Use A New Medium

Painting is so much more than just applying colors to a canvas. It’s time to take everything you’ve learnt about composition, perspective and color theory and put it to use in another medium.

Whether you switch to acrylics, watercolors or pen and ink – let’s see what you can do!

Photo by Bench Accounting on Unsplash

The Challenge

Paint a picture in a medium you haven’t used before.

What You Will Learn

This challenge will really hammer home those transferable skills mentioned above. Be it acrylics or oils, composition matters in both cases. Ink or watercolor, you need to get your perspective right.

In addition you will learn to appreciate all the things your medium of choice does for you: painting reflections or leaves on trees is easier done in oil than in ink.


Challenge #7: Reproduce Someone Else’s Work

Who is the painter whose unique style you admire most? It’s time to try and recreate it!

Just like Pablo Picasso Steve Jobs said: “Good artists copy, great artists steal”.

The Challenge

Copy a painting of another artist as closely as possible.

What You Will Learn

Copying another painter’s work will give you great insights on how they create effects you adore and how they use composition and color to invoke feelings of awe.

Besides discovering new techniques it will also train your eye to paint what you see instead of what you think you see.


Challenge #8: Paint Faster

A tip we always give to beginners is “paint slow and take your time”. Once you have the basics down it’s time to speed things up!

If a painting in your style of choice takes you an hour try to do it in 30 minutes. If it takes a day try to do it in an afternoon.

Photo by Veri Ivanova on Unsplash

The Challenge

Paint a picture in half the time it usually takes you.

What You Will Learn

Working faster forces you to think faster and paint more loosely. You won’t have time to get hung up on mistakes or to plan out every aspect of your painting before putting it on the canvas.

This allowes you to learn to forgive yourself if you make mistakes, You’ll also learn which parts of your paintings can be abstracted (or dropped altogether) without reducing the quality of your work.


What do you think about our challenges? What did you learn from them?

Join over 1000 painters on TwoInchBrush.com and share your paintings and knowledge with us. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

How To Make Art When You’re Colorblind

Do you know those teambuilding excerices where you have to tell a fun fact about yourself? Here’s mine:

I run a website dedicated to art and painting with over 1000 members. And I’m colorblind.

People are always shocked. “How can you do art when you don’t know the colors?” – “Isn’t this super hard for you?`” – “What color is this?” (while pointing at the sky).

Being colorblind

Yes, not knowing what color things are can be hard when painting. Did you know that clouds are not always grey, but sometimes pink? Or that peanut butter isn’t green?
I have protanopia, which means that I have problems discriminating red and green hues. This influences not only these two colors but almost every other one as well. What even IS purple?

But like most things in life, if things get hard you just have to work smart. Here are my top 4 tips to create art as a colorblind person.

1. Can’ see color? Don’t use color!

What sounds like a dumb joke is actually my number one tip. There are many different ways to create art. You can vary your subjects as well as the painting media you are using.

On days where I really can’t be bothered to kepp asking my girlfriend questions like “Hey, what color is this plant? What color is this house? What color is your hair?” I simply drop everything colorful and stick to black and white.

A great painting medium that doesn’t use any color is pen and ink. It’s also pretty cheap to get into as all you need is some paper and a pen. Of course you can get more fancy equipment later.

RMG-2
A sketch of the view from my balcony

Pen and ink uses techniques such as cross hatching to create texture and depth. All colors are reduced to black, white and grey. And if you really want to add a single color it is guaranteed to make your drawing pop!

A fantastic resource for beginners with pen and ink is the YouTube channel of Alphono Dunn. Dunn ist a graduate of the New York Academy of Art, an award winning artist and a successful YouTuber with over 600 000 subscribers.

Once you’ve watched a few of Alphonso’s YouTube tutorials you’ve got a great base to create same nice looking basic drawings with pen and ink. Especially his series on Urban Sketching (basically going outside and drawing your city) is worth a watch.

A great way to learn pen and ink in a more structured way is Dunn’s book “Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide”. If you have a few bucks to spare I also recommend you to get the accompanying workbook.

2. The value in understanding value

If pen and ink isn’t really for you or you’ve already bought oils or acrylics this one is for you.

A lot of what makes a painting good has nothing to do with color hues but color values. In this context it basically means how light or dark a color is.

The color value of different objects tell you a lot about how far away they are and about their position relative to each other.

Of course things near a light source are often lighter in value than objects in the shadows. But did you know that there is an effect called athmospheric perspective? This is the effect the atmosphere has on the appearance of an object as it is viewed from a distance.

Field before the storm
Painted by TwoInchBrush.com member Sunnylady this painting uses only three colors: Burnt Sienna, Titanium White and Ivory Black

As the distance between an object and a viewer increases, the contrast between the object and its background decreases, and the contrast of any markings or details within the object also decreases. The colours of the object also become less saturated and shift towards the background colour.

Or in short: objects get lighter in value when they are far away.

A great way to get your feet wet (or snowy) is the ‘The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross’ episode ‘Shades of Grey’. Bob Ross recorded this one after meeting a colorblind person who told him that he could never paint. And boy, did Bob prove him wrong!

Bob Ross colorblind episode

3. Stick to what you know, get help when you don’t

We know that the sky is blue. We know that grass is green. No problem choosing the right colors to paint these things.

All you have to do is check your paint tubes for the name of the color inside and youre good to go.

But what about the shirt in photo you are recreating in oils? Maybe some kind of green, yellow, orange or a color with a fancy name you don’t even know?

Technology is your friend. There are countless apps to help you get the name of the colors you can’t see. A great one I use is Color Blind Pal on Android. Simply open the app, point your camera and find out that the new shirt you just bought isn’t the color you thought it was. Great stuff!

Screenshot

Once you know which color you need to use you can either grab the right tube or check one of the numerous color mixing charts online to find out how to mix the hue you want.

4. Messed up? No problem

Painted a pink sky or orange grass by accident? No problem, just pretend you meant to do this from the very beginning. It’s art and if people don’t like it they just don’t get it 😉

Color Blind Problems T Shirt | Funny quotes, Funny pie charts ...

Have any other tips for colorblind artists? Reach out on Twitter and let me know!

6 Reasons Why You Should Start Painting During Lock-down

New cases of COVID-19 are rising all over the world, having many people staying at home practicing self-isolation and social distancing. And while this might have been quite fun for a few days (or in other words, the time you needed to binge-watch your favorite new Netflix series), by now we all start to feel the boredom kick in. But fear not, our beloved Bob Ross has got you covered! Let us show you why now is the perfect time for you to pick up a brush and start creating your own masterpieces.

1. Calm your nerves

Well to say the least, it’s definitely a strange and unsettling time full of uncertainty as we all collectively try to overcome this global pandemic. Amid the fears of the disease and all the consequences we are facing because of its spread, it’s no wonder we feel our anxieties heightened. It’s even more important now to find ways to care for ourselves and look after our mental health.

Countless studies have shown that painting can be a great tool for that. Only 45 minutes of doing art reduces the stress hormones in your body by a significant amount, calming your nerves and relieving anxiety (for more information check out Why Painting Is Great For Your Mental Health)

We all can surely need a little positivity right now, so what better way than to watch an episode with the happiest painter of all time and start painting a few happy little trees yourself?

2. Learn something new

While you might have run out of a few things by now (we hope you could get your share of toilet paper), free time surely isn’t one of them. With all this extra time on your hands while you’re stuck at home, why not use it to learn something new? You don’t have to put on jeans to feel productive – we promise!

Just use our simple guide showing you how to get started and become the artist Bob would have wanted you to be. If you’ve already got the basics down, you can use the time to advance your skills. Have a look at our articles section and check out the amazing tips given by our great community.

3. Get a lot for a little

You want to free yourself of the boredom you have endured the last couple of days, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money? We get it. Starting a new hobby or other ways of entertainment can be quite expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

The best option for beginners is to opt for the official Bob Ross Master Paint Set, which provides you with all the tools and colors you need to start painting right away. The best part: you get to entertain yourself painting your very own masterpieces hours upon hours for under 100$. All of the tools – including the infamous two inch brush – were especially designed to provide the best results for the Bob Ross wet-on-wet oil painting technique and they will basically last you forever.

After testing many different brands ourselves, we can fully recommend buying the official Bob Ross painting products. They really do offer the best value for money. And in case you wondered: no, we are not affiliated with Bob Ross Inc., we just made it our goal to provide you with the best Bob Ross experience possible.

To help you save money when buying painting supplies, be sure to check out our Dealfinder on Bob Ross supplies.

4. Get the perfect outdoor feeling at home

You miss seeing the sun setting down behind the snow-glazed mountains or the waves breaking at the beach? We feel you. Especially now as spring has finally arrived and the days are getting longer, it can be really challenging to stay inside.

But why not make your own beautiful landscapes in the safety of your home? By painting your favorite outdoor settings, you can let your mind wander to these amazing places without having to step foot outside of your door. So the only question is, where should your journey take you?

5. Make paintings for others

Before you start to paint your first pieces, you might ask yourself “Can it really be as easy as Bob makes it seem on TV?”. The answer is a resounding “YES!”. We know many of you may think that you just wouldn’t be able to create these beautiful art works yourself – we’ve all been there. You might not expect much of it now, but you sure will be amazed by the results of your inner artist once you get started.

And not only you. Soon your family and friends will ask you for paintings and what better gift for your loved ones than a homemade one? And if you are looking for an easy yet fulfilling side hustle, you will be surprised how much people are willing to pay for your creations. We’d say that’s a true win-win situation, so, what are you waiting for?

6. Be part of a worldwide community

While it’s important for us all to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus, we should not completely isolate ourselves from the outside world. Luckily, we have phones to stay connected with our families and friends, but thanks to the internet we can still also be part of bigger communities and get to know new people.

Here at TwoInchBrush we have a wonderful community of painters sharing their works, tips and tricks with each other. We would love for you to join us and share your art works with the world. From Texas to Belgium and Japan, you can be a part of it. Create an account here and together we can put the SOCIAL in social distancing!

Until then, stay home, stay healthy and happy painting!

Streetwear brand RIPNDIP launched a Bob Ross product line – and we love it!

Lovers of original streetwear and Bob Ross, hold on tight! While we all know and love the great array of Bob Ross merchandise that has come up over the last few years (check out this post for our most beloved products), Bob Ross has finally made it into the world of fashion.

With their collection inspired by famous works of art, RIPNDIP, the popular streetwear brand known for its colorful designs and its naughty cat mascot Lord Nermal, paid homage to history’s greatest artists. Featuring the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci and Salvador Dali, it seems like a pretty obvious choice to also include the icon that is Bob Ross. RIPNDIP did an amazing job with their clothing line “Beautiful Mountain”, gracing us with the Bob Ross and Lord Nermal collaboration we never knew we needed, but clearly do. But keep reading and see for yourself!

Beautiful Mountain Tee

Like our hero always used to say “You can never go wrong with a happy little tee”, or something like that. While the front of the t-shirt is very subtle, you can definitely show off your love for Bob with the main design of the line on the back, which pictures the master himself painting a mountain portrait of Lord Nermal. Note that there are different colors available.

Beautiful Mountain Longsleeve

This long-sleeved shirt is similar to the t-shirt above but it’s not quite the same. Additionally featuring a paint palette reading “RIPNDIP” on both sleeves, it brings just the right amount of color to your life. Note that there are different colors available.

Beautiful Mountain Hoodie

Next up is the hoodie version of the longsleeve, guaranteed to keep you warm during the cold months.

Beautiful Mountain Coaches Jacket

There is no better way to keep our favorite painter close than by wearing this jacket. If you think it looks amazing on the outside, don’t forget: it’s what’s inside that counts! Note that there are different colors available.

Beautiful Mountain Tote Bag

The days of carrying your paint supplies home in boring shopping bags are finally over! Gift yourself with this natural canvas tote bag or get it for your favorite hipster.

Beautiful Mountain Umbrella

If the only thing you want to get wet is your brush, make sure to check out this awesome, clear umbrella and nothing stands in the way of a happy little walk through the rain.

Beautiful Mountain Blanket

Ever wondered what it would be like to cuddle with the happiest painter of all time? Well, you can find out now with this blanket!

Beautiful Mountain Board

Last but not least, here is a real treasure for the cool skateboarders out there with a warm heart full of love and appreciation for our beloved The Joy of Painting host.

Have you found your favorite Bob Ross item? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

We’ve Added Articles – Share Your Knowledge With The Community!

The community of painters on TwoInchBrush.com is absolute fantastic – fantastic painters as well as fantastic people. It is no wonder that there is a lot of knowledge transfer happening in the comments of uploaded paintings.

Until now all this knowledge was lost (not really lost, but you get it) when newer paintings were uploaded which pushed the older ones on page 2 and beyond.

To save all your wonderful tips and tricks I’ve spend my Christmas holiday by adding user-created articles to the website. You can now share all your secrets with the community and help people reach the next level!

Head over Community > Articles or visit the articles page directly and have a look.

I’ve started by recycling an old article I have written for the blog, but I’m sure some of you will write their first ones in no time!

Write your own articles

There is a big blue button with “Write article”, all you have to do is click it. 😉

Images work best with a width of 100%.

Don’t forget to publish your article after you have saved it.

Since a lot of great great advice has already been written in the comments you can generate new articles from your existing comments too:

For the Community

Liked someone’s article? Leave them a heart to let other community members know!

My next step is to make articles commentable and of course add some article related achievements for you to earn! Both should be done in a few weeks.

I wish you all a happy new year!

Felix

TwoInchBrush.com Update – Ready For A Challenge?

Yesterday I’ve rolled out an update I’ve been working on for some time. Among other things this includes:

Challenges

While painting your favorite Bob Ross paintings and interacting with the community on TwoInchBrush.com you can now complete challenges and earn badges for your profile.

Head over to our Challenges page to see which ones you have already completed and decide which one you’re going to tackle next!

Got an idea for a challenge? Shoot me a mail at paintings@twoinchbrush.com and earn a special tagline for your profile.

Design Updates

I’ve tweaked some smaller stuff like text color and spacing, updated some bigger things like comments and some layouts, and made the blog look more like the rest of the website.

A redesigned comment. Notice dracula’s custom tagline and the palette indicating the uploader of the painting.

Less Ads

I’ve removed some of the more intrusive ads from the website. While I might lose a little bit of money I feel like they took away too much of the user experience on TwoInchBrush.com.


If you find a bug or have a suggestion for future features you can always send me a mail at paintings@twoinchbrush.com or contact me via Twitter or Facebook.

Cheers,
Felix

Discover The Best Present For Kids Between 8 And 14 Years Old

It’s not only incredibly fun but makes them smarter and a better person – scientifically proven!

It’s the same every year. Christmas is approaching fast and you don’t have a gift for the children in your life.

They might want the newest PlayStation or another game for their computer. You want to gift them something that doesn’t fry their brain cells and have them staring at a screen the whole day.

But most importantly – you also want to gift them something fun. Something that makes their eyes shine a little bit brighter. And maybe something that puts a spark into their hearts – for the rest of their lives.

We want to show you one of the best gifts you can give – and why to do it

Remember the TV painter Bob Ross? A soft spoken man with permed brown hair who knew his way around a canvas. Maybe you used to watch him years ago on cozy Sunday mornings.

What would you say if I told you that Bob Ross and his show (which stopped airing 20 years ago) have over 1.5 million fans on Facebook, and young people today are absolutely in love with the painter? They are sharing pictures and quotes with each other and are having paint-along-parties where they follow the old masters instructions – and having the time of their lives! 

Just as easy as it seems!

“Everyone can paint.” Bob Ross believed in these words and lived them. He inspired countless people to pick up the brush and give it a try. People that had never tried art in their lives before. People that were told “you don’t have any talent” by teachers. People who didn’t believe they could do it. 

But Bob Ross believed in them.
And boy was he right!

A first time for everything.

Almost everyone that tried to paint along with Bob Ross was surprised by their first painting. Suprised how easy it was, how good it looked. And to be honest, how long it took.

While Bob finishes his paintings in less than 30 minutes on the show, in reality it takes around 2 hours for a first timer. But that’s part of the beauty. Painting teaches creativity and patience.

My own first try. The mountain is a little smudgy, but I was really happy!

Great for mind and health – scientifically proven!

Countless studies have shown what every painter knew already: Painting is not only fun, but great for your mental health. Only 45 minutes of doing art reduces the stress hormones in the body by a significant amount. 

The scientists noted that this effect was especially strong in younger people, meaning that kids benefit even more from it than adults!

Increasing confidence, empathy and tolerance.

Doing art is great way for children to boost their confidence. They can create something, whatever they want. And with Bob Ross this is going to turn out great. Finishing the first painting and watching someone put it on the wall (not just because it’s something they made, but because it looks fantastic) will be a memory they’ll treasure for their whole lives!

Studies have shown that engaging with art makes kids more empathic, more tolerant and more diplomatic. Effectively making them better people!

The best way to get painting.

Let’s sum this up: painting is a fantastic activity that will not only make your children grow as persons but which is fun, challenging and will create wonderful memories for the rest of their lives.

This is where you come in: The best and easiest way for you to enable your child to do this and unleash their potential and inner artist is the Bob Ross Master Set.

The Master Set contains all brushes and paintings you need to get started right away for around $100, while including supplies worth over $180!

Bob Ross Master Paint Set
The Bob Ross Master Paint set

Instructions for a first painting are included, but we suggest following our “Getting Started” guide for even better results. The included paints will last for quite a few paintings, so unlike some toy it is not something that goes to waste after half an hour of play time.

You can find a detailed review of the Master Set and all included supplies here.

Truly a great gift!

Don’t wait any longer, you’re probably not the only one thinking about gifting a Bob Ross Master Paint Set. The product frequently goes out of stock. And who can blame people with the fantastic value you get with it!

Head over to Amazon.com and order it now, comfortably right to your doorstep!

 

8 Tips for Employing Art Therapy Techniques

This is a guest post by Sophie Garrod.

Art therapy has long been recognised as an effective way of treating grief, loss, mental illness and other mental health problems. Its accessibility means it is also equally effective across a range of different groups of people, including children to adults.

This type of therapy is so useful in these situations as it gives patients an outlet to express their feelings when doing so verbally may be difficult or even impossible. Art therapy can involve a range of different mediums, such as painting, drawing or sculpture.

If you think art therapy good be beneficial for you or someone you know, here are some tips for employing art therapy techniques to keep in mind.

1. When Art Therapy May Help

Creating art can be beneficial to just about anyone and boost mental and emotional wellbeing, even for people who are not experiencing any particular challenges. However, it has been shown to have particular results in improving self-esteem, self-awareness, emotional resilience, social skills, and easing distress. There are many different mediums you can use for the exercises we will discuss in this article. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways, especially for beginner artists, is with oil paints: see tips on getting started with oil painting here.

2. Art Therapy Should be Conducted By a Trained Professional

Participating in art therapy is not as simple as going to an art class. Art therapists are trained professionals with a very specific set of skills, rather than simply art teachers. Although art in any form is undoubtedly positive and an important part of self-care, if you are seeking to treat a certain illness or address a particular issue, you should consult with a qualified art therapy professional.

3. Art Therapy Can Involve Words Too

Just because art therapy is all about expressing things creatively, this doesn’t mean that it cannot also involve using words to express yourself. Some art therapy techniques could involve writing feelings, such as creating a postcard with whatever artist techniques you desire, and writing a note on the other side. This postcard could be addressed to someone in your life, someone you’ve lost, or your past, future or even present self.

4. Art Therapy Can Be Useful For Anxiety

Anxiety is a long-term condition which can be extremely difficult to treat. It is also something which often goes undiagnosed and untreated for years, despite its prevalence:  in the US alone, an estimated 40 million adults suffer from anxiety, 18% of the population. Art therapy can be very helpful in identifying the source of patients’ anxiety, as well as developing healthy coping mechanisms. For example, creating a “panic book”, which contains images and other materials which you find comforting, can help you to stay calm during a panic attack.

5. For Children: Keep It Simple

Art therapy is an invaluable tool for treating children, particularly young children. Young age groups have limited language and communication skills making it nearly impossible to express their feelings or complex thoughts, and art is an excellent way to bridge that gap. For young children, art therapy techniques don’t need to be complicated: simply drawing or colouring can go a long way to letting the patient express their feelings, and helping therapists identify issues.

6. Art Therapy is Great For Adults Too

Although art therapy is great for getting kids to express their emotions, it is also perfect for having adults do the same. Even though adults have better developed language and communications skills than children, they are not necessarily much better at identifying and articulating what they are feeling. Art therapist will be able to recommend specific projects and exercises which are suitable to the patient’s condition, and sites like ipicasso are great places for getting art inspiration.

7. Use Art Therapy to Identify Emotions

Sometimes the hardest part is not dealing with our emotions, but identifying them in the first place. Creating art can help you identify what you’re feeling, in order to work through and address these emotions, preferably with the assistance of a trained professional. There are a variety of art therapy exercises you can use to tease out complex or difficult emotions,  such as drawing or painting what you’re feeling, creating an emotional wheel (a visual representation of the emotions you are feeling at a particular time or over a length of time using colours), making a visual journal or making abstract line art to express how you’re feeling.

8. Art Therapy to Reduce Stress

Most people go through times of stress at one point or another, and a significant amount of people suffer from chronic stress over the medium to long term. Art therapy can be used for relaxation, encouraging mindfulness, and ultimately stress relief. Art therapy for relation can be very simple: creating a “stream of consciousness” painting while listening to music, using lines of colour to make a simple scribble drawing, or creating a mandala by starting at the centre and working your way out by drawing circles each with their own symmetrical pattern.

About the Author:

After graduating in journalism and media, Sophie started working as Head of Content for ipicasso.co.uk. Ipicasso is the specialized online store in selling high-quality paintings by numbers in UK.

Share Your Paintings With The World On TwoInchBrush.com

Today marks the 29th of October 2018. It’s Bob Ross’ 76th birthday!

Introducing The TwoInchBrush-Community

To celebrate this special day we worked hard for the last few weeks to give you the newest feature on TwoInchBrush.com.

Create your own profile and upload your own creations of Bob’s paintings!

Simply sign up and create your account and you’re ready to share your paintings with the world. Head over to any painting-page, scroll down and add your own!

Of course you can also add more info about yourself and your paintings. Add links to your social media accounts, so people can follow you there too!

There is more to come!

Of course we aren’t going to stop with this. For the future we have more in stock:

Comments, more upload options (like your original creations) and other stuff.

And of course we want to hear your ideas too! Visit this link and tell us about your  ideas or any feedback you might have. We’d love to hear from you!