Bob Ross Master Paint Set Review

The Bob Ross Company makes several painting kits and sets that contain (almost) everything you need to paint with Bob Ross. Their flagship painting kit is the Bob Ross Master Paint Set and contains painting supplies which let you create almost any painting on ‘The Joy of Painting’. But is it really worth it? We bought one to give you all the information you need to help you decide for yourself in our Bob Ross Master Paint Set review.

The Content Of The Master Paint Set

The Bob Ross Master Set contains eight tubes of paint (1.25 oz / 37 ml), four brushes, a painting knife, a bottle of liquid white base color (4 oz / 118 ml) and painting instructions for a painting, both on paper and on a one hour long DVD.

Content of the Bob Ross Master Paint Set
The content of the Bob Ross Master Paint Set

It comes in a cardboard box featuring the typical Bob Ross aesthetic. We imagined it to be a bit bigger than it was, but with a size of 1.9 x 14.9 x 11.7 inches (4.8 x 37,9 x 29,7 cm) there is more than enough room for its content. The painting kit we are reviewing features text in English and German since we ordered it from a European marketplace.

Inside the carboard box we find a plastic inlay that holds the Master Set’s content and secures it from moving around during transport. There is some empty space on the right side of the inlay which looks like it would hold some kind of bottle. After some research we found that there are special versions of the Bob Ross Master Set that contain an additional small bottle of paint thinner. Underneath the plastic inlay we can find the instruction folder and the  Getting-Started DVD.

Bob Ross Master Set Content
The plastic inlay and its content

The Tools

The set contains four brushes and a #10 painting knife. The brushes are

  • 1 inch landscape brush
  • 2 inch background brush
  • #6 fan brush
  • Liner brush.

All Bob Ross brushes are natural bristle brushes made from animal hair and shaped to Bob’s own specifications to work perfectly with his wet-on-wet technique. The tools come with a handle painted in white and three of the brushes have a protective plastic wrapping. They also have a very nice weight and feel a litte heavier than other tools we have used before. All these things make the products feel very high quality and nice to use.

Bob Ross Master Set Tools
The tools in the Bob Ross Master Set

One Inch And Two Inch Brush

Arguably Bob’s favorite brushes. He uses these two brushes for almost anything in this paintings, from clouds and trees to bushes and waves. We are pretty sure you could paint using only one of these brushes and no other tools at all. As Bob himself said: “I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.”

As mentioned above these two brushes are made from natural bristles and the very first thing we noticed when picking them up was their almost absurd thickness. These brushes really pack a ton of very dense bristles. The thick round handle and the brass metal feel very well made and nice to hold.

Bob Ross Brushes
The Bob Ross one inch and two inch brush

Since these brushes are designed for Bob’s wet-on-wet technique we now understand why our clouds and brushes never came out half as good as Bob’s own. The high amount of bristles allow the brush to pick up a lot of paint. The length and thickness enable you to paint fluffy clouds and happy bushes with very little pressure.

Comparing the Bob Ross two inch brush to another brush we have used before really shows how specialised these tools are. Below you can see the difference in thickness and length. The other brush is a standard natural bristle two inch brush for oil paint. The difference really is extreme. We’ve often been frustrated when painting bushes because the shorter, thinner (and therefore stiffer) brush didn’t allow us to paint with the amount of freedom that is needed for best results.

Comparison between Brushes
Comparison between a Bob Ross and a standard two inch brush

And since this review wouldn’t be complete without a video of a finger going through the brush here it is. Just an amazing feeling.

We noticed that these brushes lose a few bristles when using them for the first time. According to the manufacturer this is normal for natural bristle brushes. Bob himself allegedly said “Because these are natural bristle brushes they do have a tendency to shed a little bit. Especially during the mating season.”

Fan Brush

Another stable in Bob’s toolbox is the fan brush. He uses it to make clouds, folliage, waves and to put highlights on grassy hills and evergreens.

Just like the other brushes this one is made from natural bristles. It is a #6 fan brush, meaning that it is the larger one of the two variations made by the Bob Ross Company. The other one is smaller and called the #3 fan brush.

Bob Ross Fan Brush
The Bob Ross Fan Brush

Again we have a nice protective sleeve for the bristles themselves and a round white handle with a nice weight to it. This time we have silver metal parts instead of brass.

Bob Ross often mentions how important it is to have well made tools because of their superior characteristics. One of the most important of these characteristics for a fan brush is a certain ‘springiness’. It is especially important when painting trees.

For Bob’s method you have to put quite a bit of paint on your brush when painting evergreens and then use the edge of your brush to paint the limbs. If your fan brush is not firm enough you risk that the heavy paint clogs up your brush and makes painting the next limbs harder. We did not have any problems like this when doing our trees with this brush as it always jumps back in its original form even when using a very thick coat of paint.

Liner Brush

The Liner Brush is the last brush we take a look at. Bob uses it in every painting even though often only to sign his name. Besides that it is used for thin limbs and sometimes blades of grasses on beach scenes.

Just like the other brushes we have natural bristles on a nice ergonomic white handle with silver metal again. The bristles on this one have a nice length to them that gives you a certain freedom and makes for very nice curves.

Bob Ross Liner Brush
The Bob Ross liner brush

#10 Painting Knife

To finish our collection of tools we take a look at the #10 Painting Knife. Just like with the fan brush ‘#10’ means that it is the larger of two knifes, the smaller one being the #5. Bob uses the painting knife mostly for his almighty mountains, altought there are paintings that he does with knife only.

The knife itself feels rather heavy. This makes it a great tool for when Bob tells you to use the weight of your knife to put snow on your mountain tops.  We have used plastic painting knifes and non Bob Ross knifes before and their light weight makes it hard to apply the highlights when doing mountains.

Bob Ross #10 Painting Knife
Bob Ross #10 Painting Knife

We noticed that the knife says “Made in China” while the brushes are all “Made in Germany”. We assume that the reason for this is the better treatment of animals in Germany than in China and therefore a better quality of the finished products. (Remember that we have the Master Set version for the European market. The brushes for the US version are all made in the USA.)

Oil Paints

The Bob Ross Master Paint Set contains eight tubes of oil paint and a bottle of liquid white. The tubes contain 1.25 oz / 37 ml of paint. Seeing these medium sized tubes was a nice suprise since we somehow expected to find only small tubes with 0.4 oz / 12 ml. (Despite reading the product description beforehand.)  Most of these medium size tubes cost around  $10 on Amazon.com. With the Master Paint Set’s price being around $100 it really is a good deal. But more on that later.

Paint included in the Bob Ross Master Set
Paint included in the Bob Ross Master Set

The eight colors included are

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Light Red
  • Midnight Black
  • Phtalo Blue
  • Sap Green
  • Titanium White
  • Van Dyck Brown.

These eight colors let you paint a lot of Bob’s typical mountain paintings. As always with Bob Ross oil paints the lighter colors have a different oil-to-pigment ratio than the darker ones. Remember: thin paint sticks to thick paint. This makes painting highlights on trees for example way easier than with ‘normal’ oil paints.

The bottle of liquid white contains 4 oz / 118 ml of liquid white, which should last for quite a few paintings. Along with the 1.25 oz / 37 ml tubes the paint included should let you paint at least 3 to 5 paintings without using up one of the tubes. Maybe more if you are carefull not to waste paint.

Instructions

The painting kit contains instructions for a painting in the typical Bob Ross style called ‘Mountain Summit’. There is an hour long DVD for you to paint along, as well as two booklets. One repeating the instructions and one with additional tips. Since we have been painting for a while we can’t really say anything about how easy it is for beginners to follow along, but we asked someone else to test it for you.

Bob Ross Master Set Instructions
Bob Ross Master Set Instructions

Is it worth it financially? How much do I save?

One of the biggest deciding factors in buying a painting kit instead of everything separately is the money you save by doing so. So let us take a closer look together:

The Bob Ross Master set usually costs $100 to $110 on Amazon.com, so let’s use $110 as our base price and look at the cost of purchasing everything separately. (All prices are as of March 22, 2018 and can change over time.)

Adding up these numbers we arrive at $91.95 for the tools. So getting the Master Paint Set is almost worth it for the brushes and the knife alone!

As mentioned above one of the 1.25 oz / 37 ml tubes of oil paint costs around $10. Since we have eight of them this puts us at $80 for the tubes and an additonal $12 for the liquid white. (Since you can’t buy a 4 oz bottle we just halved the price for the 8 oz one.) So we get another $92 for the included paints.

Since there is a special one hour episode for beginners available for free on the internet we don’t put a price on the instructions.

Buying all contained items separately sets you back $183.95. With the Bob Ross Master Paint set priced at a maximum of $110 on Amazon you save $73.95. Most of the time you can get it for $100 anyways, saving you almost $85.

What else do I need?

While the Bob Ross Master Paint set contains almost everything you need to start painting there are three things you need to buy in addition to the painting kit:

Canvas:  You need a pre-stretched and primed canvas of a good size. We suggest the Arteza Canvas 18×24”. While any canvas will do for starters we found that it is worth it to spend a few bucks extra to not get the bottom shelf ones.

Paint Thinner: Used to clean your brushes and thin your paints. No need to get expensive ones, we suggest the Mona Lisa 32-Ounce Odorless Paint Thinner. Be sure to get the odorless one!

Easel: While not really necessary (you can mount your painting to the wall or a ladder) it makes everything way smoother to work with. We have a cheap aluminium one from Amazon. While not the most stable one it does its job perfectly.

Final Words

We think the Bob Ross Master Set is a great way to start painting. It gives you high quality tools and paints made specifically to work with Bob’s wet on wet technique for around $100 and even with the needed additional purchases (canvas, paint thinner and easel) it enables you to start a new and exciting hobby for as little as $150 without having to get low quality supplies.

We hope you give it a try and it gives you as much enjoyment to paint along with Bob Ross as it does for us.

That ‘Tingling Feeling’ You Get From Watching Bob Ross

Maybe you have experienced it too. Watching Bob Ross paint makes your head tingle and when he drags his brush along the canvas it almost feels like he is scratching the back of your neck.
This fuzzy feeling that some of us experience has a name: ASMR, short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

What is ASMR?

Wikipedia describes it as  “an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. ”
People often describe this sensation as a “brain massage”, “head tingles” or even “brain orgasm”. Another term might be “pure bliss”.

The feeling often starts on the head or neck and moves down to the rest of the body. People that have experienced it say it reminds them of a mild electrical current or the bubbles in a glass of champagne.

What causes ASMR?

While there is little scientific research about the physiological or psychological causes of ASMR there are a number of triggers for it. Triggers are sensations or stimuli that make people experience these “head tingles”.

Very often these triggers are specific sounds, videos or touches. Examples are

  • Softly spoken or whispered voices
  • Quiet and repetitive sounds or videos of people engaging in mundane tasks
  • The sound of people chewing and slurping (We don’t get this one either)
  • Personal attention

An example for a video that triggers ASMR for a lot of people is this scene from the movie Toy Story 2. The video has been altered to remove all music and dialog.

ASMR and Bob Ross

Time and time again we hear from people that experience Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response while watching Bob Ross paint. This is so common, that the ASMR community on reddit has Bob Ross listed as one of the common triggers. But what is it with Bob that makes peoples brains tingle?

Besides the great hair ‘The Joy of Painting’ with Bob Ross features almost every stimulus we mentioned above. Bob is soft spoken and calm, talking only about happy things. His actions are well practiced and predictable. And the sound of his palette knife scraping along his canvases or his trusty brush hitting the easel when he beats the devil out of it fit the description of ASMR triggers almost perfectly.

Where to find more

The biggest online community for discussion about ASMR is on reddit. People share their favorite videos their and talk about their experiences. The forum also uses an extensive tag system so you can search for your favorite kind of videos. There are also countless videos on YouTube, featuring almost every trigger you can think of.

Did you ever experience ASMR personally? Or do you just like to watch Bob Ross paint his little bushes and trees? We would love to know more, so please tell us in the comments below!

 

Inside A Bob Ross Instructor Course

During ‘The Joy of Painting’ Bob Ross often talks about his friends and students and about what great painters and instructors they are, especially his son Steve. But did you know that almost everyone can become an instructor for the Bob Ross painting method by visiting a Bob Ross Instructor Course? All you need is the desire to paint.

About the Courses

Bob Ross Inc. offers several courses that aim to teach you how to be a better painter and a great teacher and continue the legacy of Bob Ross. After finishing you can call yourself a Certified Ross Instructor and spread your love for creating beautiful paintings to the world.

There are four courses available, each covering a different topic. These are

    • Landscapes (CRI, Certified Ross Landscape Instructor)
    • Flowers (CRFI, Certified Ross Floral Instructor)
    • Animals (CRWI, Certified Ross Wildlife Instructor)
    • People (CRPI, Certified Ross Portrait Instructor).

Each of these Teacher Training Seminars consists of three levels, each one building on the one below.
Level 1 provides a strong foundation in painting your desired subjects and places special emphasis on the proper use of the different available tools.
In Level 2 you will work on more advanced projects and start honing your skills as a teacher.
Level 3 is the final step in becoming a Certified Ross Instructor and does not only feature advanced painting techniques but also teaches you everything you need to know to become a successful teacher, from demonstration skills to product sourcing, class setup and even promotion.

Interview with an Instructor

We talked with Grant Wells, one of our followers on Twitter that successfully took all three levels of the Landscape Instructor Course and is now an official Certified Ross Instructor, about the course and his experience with it. Here is what Instructor Wells has to say:

“As a child of an art teacher growing up I always connected with Bob Ross. His mellow voice and supportive words always felt right at home watching him paint. So fast forward a few decades to me being a painting teacher myself at an art gallery it only seemed logical to learn the technique that inspired me so long ago. Bob Ross was more than an artist to a lot of people. He was a mentor, a teacher, and a cheer leader for those who couldn’t believe in themselves.

I went to the Bob Ross certification with only 6 months of oil painting under my belt. Most of what I did in the medium was my best attempt at doing what he taught in his videos so long ago. While he makes it look easy, Bob had a technique that he learned from William Alexander that was quick and effective. He took that technique and turned it into an amazing system of supplies and knowledge. While he looks like he’s just poking the canvas with the brush, there is so much more going on. Whether it’s the amount of paint used or just the pressure and direction of the bristles against the canvas.

The greatest thing I’ve learned from his technique is that with these tricks anything is possible, there really are no mistakes. In a world where everything is certain and forever, the style leaves room to be adapted to and fixed in any capacity by artists from beginners to the most experienced. The course taught me all these lessons, and that there is always more to learn. With enough practice anything is possible, it’s our world so we can sculpt anything we envision.

I definitely recommend the course to anyone interested in bettering themselves or learning a new skill. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful for whatever your goals may be. I was able to use the technique and paint my own style of science fiction landscapes of surreal alien planets. Just acts as a testimony to what can be done with the technique, and knowledge learned from the course. After the first day of class I noticed a massive difference in my abilities from the little tricks and tips I was taught. I may not be as good as Bob Ross, but I’m that much closer to being up there, I’ll give myself another 30 years. ”

Below you can see Grant’s progression during the course, with the first painting done before starting and the other ones during or after finishing the CRI course.

If you have any questions about the courses or want to tell us about your own experiences visit us on Twitter @2InchBrush.
Happy Painting!

Why Painting Is Great For Your Mental Health

We all know that the act of painting is not only fun and often times incredibly satisfying but also a great way to relax and relieve stress.
But did you know that it also has wonderful effects on your mental health? And we are not even talking about art therapy guided by a professional but your ordinary slap-some-paint-on-a-canvas fun.

So join us and find out why painting is great for your mental health!


Stress Relieve

What we and everyone that has ever held a paintbrush already know has now been confirmed by scientists: painting reduces stress.
Girija Kaimal, assistant professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University, led a study examining the effects of making art on stress-related hormones in your body and has found that even only 45 minutes of creative activities like painting reduce symptoms of stress in the body. And the best thing is that this happens regardless of experience or talent. But as Bob Ross always said: Everyone can paint!

For the study the researchers invited 39 adults between 18 and 59 years old and provided them with resources to create whatever they wanted in 45 minutes. The participants also had the opportunity to ask an art therapist in case they had any questions. Before and after the 45 minutes the researchers measured stress hormones in the participants’ bodies and discovered that around 75 percent of them had a significantly amount in their bodies after the experiment.

“It was surprising, and it also wasn’t. It wasn’t surprising because that’s the core idea in art therapy: Everyone is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts when working in a supportive setting. That said, I did expect that perhaps the effects would be stronger for those with prior experience.” Kaimal explained.
The scientists also noticed that there was a correlation between the age of the participants and the lowered hormone levels, meaning that younger people benefit even more from creating art.
According to Kaimal “one reason might be that younger people are developmentally still figuring out ways to deal with stress and challenges, while older individuals ‘just from having lived life and being older’ might have more strategies to problem-solve and manage stress more effectively.”


Effects On Depression

Painting does not only reduce the symptoms of stress but also helps with depression. A lot of people suffering from it have reported that painting gives them newfound energy and invokes feelings of pride and accomplishment in them. Feelings which some of these people have not felt in years or never at all.

It is no surprise that painting and creative exercise in general have long been recognized as important and effective tools to help people who suffer from depression. A 2015 review of randomized controlled trials on art therapy’s effect on depression found that subjects in 6 out of 9 studies saw a significant reduction in depression. The review, published in the journal Health Technology Assessment, also included studies that found art therapy reduced subjects’ anxiety and distress and improved their self-esteem, mood and quality of life.

Leading art therapists recommend people who are self conscious or emotionally unstable to start with more controlled and predictable mediums like pens, pencils or markers on paper, and only move to looser mediums like oils, watercolors, or acrylic paint once they have started to gain more confidence, since the looser nature of these mediums tend to make them rather unpredictable and can lead to frustration in beginners. A great way to start with a very controllable medium are adult coloring books. These books were first popularized in France, a country that is number one in per capita consumption of antidepressants, tranquilizer, and sleeping pills.


Increased Empathy and Tolerance

A study of over 10,000 students found that a one-hour trip to an art museum changed the way they thought and felt. Students who visited a museum not only showed increased critical thinking skills, they also exhibited greater empathy towards how people lived in the past and expressed greater tolerance towards people different than themselves.

The study showed that children who toured an art museum became more observant, noticing and describing more details in an image, than their peers who did not. Being observant and paying attention to detail is an important and highly useful skill that students learn when they study and discuss works of art.

Visiting a museum also made the children more tolerant of people who disagree with them. While the results of a standardized test that measured their change in tolerance have not been huge even a small difference from only half a day at the museum is a great improvement.

How To Make Your Own Bob Ross Costume For Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready to woo your friends and random strangers with the best Halloween costume known to mankind?

We’ll show you how to dress up as Bob Ross and one of his happy little paintings and be the star of every Halloween party!

If you don’t want to DIY your Bob Ross Halloween costume for you and your partner we have great news for you!
Because of the big demand you can now buy a Bob Ross Couples Costume. Get it quickly before it sells out for this year’s Halloween!

In case you already have everything to dress up as Bob you can get the Happy-Little-Painting-Costume seperately as well.

Here is all you need for your perfect Bob Ross costume:

  • A brown afro wig to recreate Bob’s signature hair style. (Did you know that Bob Ross actually hated his ‘fro?)
  • A brown makeup pencil for the beard, or a fake beard
  • A blue dress shirt and a pair of dad jeans. While Bob sometimes was seen in different colors like red his blue shirt is the most recognizable.
  • A paintbrush. You do not need a real brush for oil painting, a cheap one from the hardware store is perfectly fine.
  • A wooden palette. If you don’t want to buy one you can also make one yourself out of cardboard. Don’t forget to add some paint to your palette.

With just these few items you have got yourself a pretty good DIY Bob Ross Halloween costume! Get ready to be the star of every party. And be careful of happy little accidents on the spookiest night of the year 😉


Did you wear a Bob Ross costume for Halloween? We love to see your pictures! Send them to us on Twitter and Facebook!

What Happened To Steve Ross, The Son Of Bob Ross?

We probably all know and most likely love Bob’s son Steve. Bob Ross mentioned Steve several times during ‘The Joy Of Painting’, talking about how his son makes a pretty penny selling his masterpieces.
Steve appeared in no less than 13 episodes on ‘The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross’, most noteably in the final episode of the first season, ‘Final Reflections’, where he helps his father by reading questions from viewers, which the old master answers. Besides his appearance in this Q&A style episode he also painted 12 other original paintings for the show.

Steve also quickly became a fan favorite during the Twitch livestream and on Tumblr because of his double entendres, such as “pound it into the brush real good”, “it can be dirty, it doesn’t have to be clean. Oh yeah, sure, tell me more”, or “It’s getting bigger all the time. Oh no, it’s huge. Look at that, it’s a monster!”. Combined with his heavenly voice, the hair and his mustache it is no surprise that Steve Ross was quickly titled Tumblr’s Sex God.

Jokes aside, what really happened to Steve Ross after the death of his father Bob?

It seems like Steve cut every and all ties to the public and went completely underground. Besides the obvious results like the YouTube videos of his appearances on his father’s TV show there are almost no traces of him to be found on the internet. One of the only sources that mention Steve is an announcement of the death of his late father.

The New York Times wrote in an obituary for Bob Ross that “he is survived by his son, Steven, of Ronkonkoma, L.I.”. It seems like Steven (or Steve for short) left Florida to live in the state of New York.

From this obituary it is also known that Steve became a Bob Ross-certified instructor, but after checking lists of practicing instructors it appears that he is no longer teaching people to paint. It is also not known if Steve still paints at all. One of Bob’s oldest friends however stated on his private Facebook page that Steven was still painting the last time they have spoken, but this was around 10 years ago now. Another commenter said that she believes Steve is doing software work now. Further questions about Steve’s whereabouts however remain met with silence.

It seems that Steve Ross does not want to be in the spotlight, as he is completely untraceable on social media or the internet in general. According to this book Steve also has no part in the Bob Ross company and rumor has it that he and the executives did not part on friendly terms after the death of Bob Ross in 1995.

Wherever Steve Ross might be now, we wish him the very best.

 

Life After Bob Ross: More Oil Painting

You have painted along with Bob Ross for several episodes now and might even have tried fancy stuff using black gesso or contact paper. Your girlfriend/boyfriend is threatening to kick you out if you ‘put one more stupid mountain painting on the living room wall’. Your big two-inch-brush is losing its last hair and you feel like it is time for you to move on from ‘The Joy of Painting’.

While Bob Ross is a fantastic source of information for first time painters most of us feel like painting something else after a while. Armed with Bob’s basics of mixing colors, creating the illusion of distance, and applying highlights (remember: thin paint sticks to thick paint) there is nothing keeping you from venturing further into the realms of painting.

Since most of us already have the tools recommended for the Bob Ross technique we will take a look at some options in oil painting, so you don’t have to go out and buy new equipment. Or at least very little.

 

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill is a young painter from California. He started painting by watching painting shows on PBS (most likely ‘The Joy of Painting’ with Bob Ross) when he was 15 years old, and has since become a master of the wet-on-wet-technique which he developed further. Kevin is not only a great painter, but also a wonderful instructor whose soft voice and friendly demeanor very much reminding us of Bob Ross himself.

Kevin Hill

Painting along with Kevin feels like the next logical step to take once you have mastered Bob’s technique. He sticks with the same nature themes and colors (which might annoy your significant other), but paints with much more detail. Most of the brushes Kevin uses should already be in your toolbox, but you might want to stock up on his beloved filbert brushes.

Today Kevin has his on painting show on PBS called ‘Paint with Kevin’. In each 30-minute episode, he provides instruction in a calm, reassuring manner and coaches viewers as they expand their painting skills.

Shorter versions of the episodes of his show and livestreams can be found on his YouTube channel or his website.

 

Dave Usher

Dave Usher is a painter from the United Kingdom. On his YouTube channel he focuses on oil, acrylics and watercolor painting. With over 40 years of experience Dave certainly knows what he is doing and in the several videos he uploads each week he proves to be a great teacher as well.

Dave Usher (well not him, but one of his paintings)

While Kevin Hill paints his nature scenes with more detail Dave Usher does it in a more impressionistic way, often using nothing more than a palette knife. Painting mainly motives of the british countryside most of his paintings are done in thirty minutes or less. Since Dave paints in three different mediums you might have to search a little bit until you find an oil painting.

Link to his YouTube Channel.

Yourself

If you have enough of following along with videos of other people painting here is an idea for you: just look through your smartphone, camera or photo books for motives you would like to paint and do it. Even if you have never painted a cityscape or a bowl of fruit before it is a great experience and you will learn a lot from it. Just be careful with paintings, as some people might get offended by your first try. Maybe stick to self portraits for the beginning.

Know another great painter to follow along with, or want to show us your own creations?
Send us a mail at paintings@twoinchbrush.com or visit us on Twitter.

Show Your Love For Bob Ross With These Awesome Articles Of Clothing

There are a lot of ways to annouce your love for the soft spoken painter Bob Ross and his paintings. While growing your hair and getting it permed, while wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans, or even dressing up as one of his paintings is one of them, there are a few others that are more suitable for the normal non-crazy person.

 

Socks!

Our favorite and probably the most subtle way of confessing your feelings for Bob are these cool socks made by Oooh Yeah. You can get them for men and women and they come in many different colors (featuring happy little trees, fluffy old clouds and the man himself) and even as multipacks.

Shirts!

A little bit more in-your-face than socks are the millions of Bob Ross themed shirts avaiable on the internet. While the Bob-Ross-Galaxy-Shirt is a timeless classic our favorite one is the Bob-Fucking-Ross shirt.

Check out some of the designs we like below:

 

 

 

Underwear!

Even when you think you’ve seen it all you discover that people are selling Bob Ross themed underwear. It is available in black for men and white for women and features a drawn Bob Ross figure on the behind. There is a joke about a happy little bush somewhere hidden here, but we leave that for the reader.

 

 

If you know about some more cool articles of Bob Ross themed clothing hit us up on Twitter!

Happy Painting, and God bless, my Friend!

6 Tips To Improve Your Bob-Ross-Wet-On-Wet-Technique

Number 1: Take it slow!

While Bob Ross only takes 30 minutes for every painting he does, us mere mortals can’t expect to do the same.
You can expect a painting to take at least 90 minutes, maybe 60 if you’re going really fast. You’ll probably spend more time mixing colors, trying new techniques, thinking about where to place that next happy little tree, and cleaning your brushes (we seriously believe that we spend around 50% of our painting time with cleaning brushes before we got our cleaning screen) than Bob does. It may also make a difference that Bob Ross painted over 10 000 paintings in his life.

But hey, it’s about the journey and not the destination. Painting is fun and relaxing and we should enjoy every second of it.

 


Number 2: Thin Paint Sticks To Thick Paint

Bob repeast this in almost every episode of ‘The Joy of Painting’, and it is great advice for all of us mud mixers out there that have problems when putting the highlights on their trees and bushes.
Oil paints are made of two things: pigments and oil, and the more oil there is in a paint, the thinner it gets. And just like very wet stuff that sticks to very dry stuff thin paint sticks to thick paint in much the same manner. You can find more tips on how to do mountains here.

If you ever had the problem that the paint on the canvas mixes with the paint on your brush when doing highlights for your trees and bushes you probably didn’t thin your paint enough. You can do this by dipping your brush into your liquid white or even your paint thinner before mixing the color you want to use for the highlights. If your paint still doesn’t stick, just add a little bit more thinning medium.

 

Number 3: Be Gentle!

Every time we apply one layer of paint over another layer we have to be very careful not to mix the two layers.

When doing mountains, be sure to hold the knife just as thight as Bob would hold a new born baby bird: Tight enough not to drop it, but not tight enough to hurt it. And baby birds (just like palette knifes) are very delicate creatues, so very little strength is needed for this. Just let the knife (or bird) do the work.

When putting highlights on trees or bushes drag your brush through the paint a few times to create a sort of rounded end on your brush. Then turn the brush in such a way that this rounded end points up and very gently put the paint on the canvas, almost not touching it. Applying the highlights in this way (along with thinning your paint) makes sure that you won’t pick up the darker layer that’s already on the canvas.

 


Number 4: Using The Right Paint

First of all it is important to use oil paints. The Bob-Ross-Wet-On-Wet-Technique was developed for oil paints and if you’re using acrylics you’ll have a hard time getting the desired results. We’re not saying that it is impossible to do Bob-Ross style paintings with acrylics but it’s going to be much harded to follow along with Bob.

While there are times where thinner paints are needed (like when applying highlights, see above) most of the time you’ll get better results with dryer and firmer paints, so paints with less oil. You’ll obviously get the best results with the original Bob Ross paints. These are a bunch of oil paints that have been developed to work specifically with Bob’s technique. They even vary in the ratio of oil to pigments depending on the things you’ll paint the most with them. So darker colors that are used more often for background layers are firmer than lighter colors, which are used mostly for highlights.

If the original Bob Ross paints are too expensive for you (although they are definitely worth the money) there is a way to upgrade other paints by removing some of the oil from them. You can read more about this in the article about painting mountains you can find here.

 

Number 5: Stop Overmixing!

One thing most beginners do when first starting to mix colors on their palette is overmixing their colors. When mixing two or more colors it’s often the case that we don’t want to create a new color that’s completely uniform, but rather a marbled mix of colors that we can use for our painting. If you look at a tree you’ll notice that the leaves aren’t all the exactly same color. The same is true for the snow we put on the mountains. Sometimes the little bit of Titanium White that didn’t quite mix with the Prussian Blue will create a wonderful effect of light that gets caught in the snow on some mighty mountain in Alaska.

While Bob Ross makes it seem very easy to get the perfect mix it actually takes a while to get a feeling for when to stop. But once you have it you’ll create wonderful paintings with it.

 


Number 6: Have Fun!

The most important tip of them all: don’t forget that you are painting for fun. Enjoy the process of creating something. Don’t get discouraged when something doesn’t work on the first try but rather try to find the beauty in learning a new technique and overcoming the hurdles you face.

Follow Bob’s advice and take mistakes not as mistakes, but rather as happy little accidents!
Too much green in your water? It’s a beautiful little pond full of algae now!
The snow got mixed up with the ground layer of your mountain? Seems like the mountain is even more rocky than you thought!

This is your world, you’re the creator. Feel free on your canvas!

Paint Better Mountains – Upgrade Your Titanium White

One of the things most beginners find hard to do when first painting along with Bob Ross are mountains. They struggle with getting the paint to ‘break’ like Bob does, and while the old master creates the illusion of terrain with a swift movement of the hand and a small roll of paint on his knife, they are stuck with the same role on the painting and with almost no breakage and no terrain, just like pictured below:

One solution to this problem is to just slapping a lot more paint on the canvas and calling it a day, just like I did in my first painting:

But here is the thing: Since a lot people start painting with rather cheap oil paints the problem is not their technique but the paint itself! 

Oil paint in its basic form consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil and the Titanium White that Bob Ross uses is a rather firm and dry paint, meaning that it does not contain as much oil as other paints. The original Bob Ross Titanium White is made for the wet-on-wet-technique while other oil paints, especially cheaper ones, contain way more oil than the Bob Ross variant. But there is a way to upgrade even the cheapest oil paints you can find to get better results!

 

To show you this trick I went out and got the cheapest paints I could find. A 12x12ml (or 12×0.4oz) set of them cost me around 4$, so one tube is a little more than 30 cents.

And just as one would expect the paints are not the best quality and just as firm as the baby owl that Bob had on his show one time.

As mentioned above oil paints are made from pigment and oil, so to get our paint to become firmer we need to find a way to decrease the amount of liquid oil in our paint. While there are stories about the old masters of oil painting leaving their paints out to dry over weeks and waiting for the day the paint had the perfect ratio of oil to pigments we don’t have time for this. So here comes the trick:

All you have to do is take some carton (I like to use the back of notepads as they seem rather absorbent) and spread your paint on it.

After around thirty minutes you should start seeing spots and stains of oil on the backside. This is the carton sucking the oil out of your paint.

Now it’s time so see if your paint is firm enough. Just scrape it off with your palette knife, put it on the palette and check the firmness. If it still very runny you can just put it back on the carton and wait for another fifteen minutes. Be sure to not leave it there too long. After around one hour the paint simply becomes too dry and won’t leave your knife when applying it on the canvas. If this is the case simply add a little bit of fresh white and mix it thoroughly. This is what happened to me, and since I didn’t have any white left I just scraped the paint from the first mountain I did and mixed it, which is why the snow on the second one has a little darker color. So I put down some rough mountain outlines and applied some paint. Below you can see the results using Titanium White fresh out of the tube and using paint that was dryed with this trick.

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