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Unique Painting Tools and Techniques

Updated on May 19, 2016


There are so many ways to express yourself through art. Painting is one of the oldest and most traditional ways to be creative. Within this art medium, there are several ways to put your heart and soul on display. The most conventional way is to use a brush to add color to a canvas. Although, a part of being creative is to break away from the norm and do things differently. Here are some unusual, unique, and surprising ways to convey color and emotion through painting.


Tall Painting


This method sounds simple, but produces striking art. It involves pouring subsequent and contrasting colors over a box-shaped structure. The timing of the pours and the variation in colors produces sculpture-like, 3d pieces that remind me of tie dyed modern art.


Straw Painting


Using plastic straws and ink or any water-based paint, one can create original abstract art. Simply add dots of your painting medium by using a medicine dropper onto paper and then blow through the straw. This creates remarkable designs that are not easily made with a brush.


Spray Paint Art


Spray paint is notoriously used in graffiti. Some artists are giving this medium a better name as it's being used to create art depicting space and various landscapes. Using basic tools, such as paper, bowls, and poster board, one can experience creating texture and shading. These techniques create a work of genius that is truly inspiring.


Abstract Art With Uncommon Tools


Abstract art is different in that there is no right or wrong way to create it. It is meant to express a certain feeling, but does not usually depict a certain person, object, or landscape. This provides freedom for the artist and allows him to produce very original works. Unusual tools can be used to convey the feeling that you want to express. This promotes extreme creativity as an artist uses uncommon tools to create whatever he wants at the moment. Tools with a flat surface, such as a scalpel or squeegee can be used to spread paint or create texture. Sponges, rocks, crinkled paper, or perforated cardboard may also be incorporated to add texture. Various sizes of brushes may be used and even fingers may do the painting for more control. Any everyday object, in addition to traditional painting tools, may be used to produce abstract art.


Acrylic and Mixed Media Painting


Acrylic is a type of fast-drying paint that adheres to many surfaces. That is why it is useful when incorporating unusual objects into your paintings. Rocks, grass, various types of paper, confetti, and clay can be included to give more dimension to an otherwise flat art piece. Mixing mediums is just another of producing innovative and imaginative paintings.


Digital Painting


Technology has brought art into such an advanced state that it is easily created, stored, and shared through computers, phones, and tablets. It has surely come a long way since the development of 'Paint It' for early home computers. The programs and apps make developing paintings easy, but the true masterpieces are made by those that have a vast knowledge of the many tools offered in each of them. For the iPad, an app called ArtRage was designed for using your fingers as tools to paint or sketch. It is based on the ArtRage Studio Pro computer software. An artist can choose from 19 various grain options and many colors. With technology changing every day, no one can tell how it will affect art in the future.


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    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Sherrye Barrow: Thanks so much! :)

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      Sherrye Barrow 

      5 years ago from Duncan, AZ

      Interesting and creative hub!

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      5 years ago

      Hi; I do still kind of wonder about the link between a palette of paint, and a kaleidescope of make up colors, how you may have a flair for both.

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Gayle: I haven't tried this technique myself, but most people use white posterboard. Thanks for your question!

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      Gayle 

      5 years ago

      What kind of paper do you use for the spray can paintings?

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Better Yourself: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I enjoy painting, too, but I haven't in awhile. I like to paint sunsets and abstract things as well. Thanks for commenting!

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      Better Yourself 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Love your hub! I enjoy painting, abstract mostly. I really enjoyed your mixed media video, and I love finding new techniques! Thanks for sharing!

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      gouda 

      5 years ago

      this very interesting to see the free hand drawing of so much high quality........awesome.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Olde Cashmere: Thanks so much! I really appreciate you voting and sharing. :)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      This was an awesome hub ebower, packed with interesting information for artists. Thank you for sharing. Voting up, sharing, and rating awesome, useful, and interesting :)

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      SusieQ42: I'm glad you found it and you still enjoy it! :)

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      This is it! Great ideas and techniques. I enjoyed it way back a year ago and once again.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Anjo Bacarisas II: Thank you! I appreciate your kind words. :)

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      Anjo Bacarisas II 

      6 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      Cool hub, very creative! thumbs up for you :)) the painting and its thoughts are very nice it's like catching something that is so unavoidable, inspiring to paint.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      carol7777: Thanks! Well, that's more than I have done. I usually only paint with acrylic paint, but I should really try different mediums. Thank you for reading!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Love all your painting ideas. I will have to try some. Basically I have just done watercolors, pastels and acrylics. Well written article. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Budget Equestrain: Yes, I've never tried that before, but it sounds fun! You're welcome; thanks for reading. :)

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      Budget Equestrian 

      6 years ago from Twin Cities, Minnesota

      I'm so excited to start playing with joint compound and clay on my canvases! Thanks!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome! Yes, it's always good to try something new. Thanks for reading! :)

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      Ariana Phillips 

      6 years ago from Utah

      Thanks for the ideas. I generally work in oils myself but it might be fun to branch out if not in medium then at least in technique.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      jamelia webb: I agree! Art is fun and a wonderful way to express one's self. Thanks for reading!

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      jamelia webb 

      6 years ago

      people doubt arts as nothing but i can assure its something. since latrly i ave observed alot about it... its funnnn...!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, mistifields! I'm glad you liked it. :)

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      mistifields 

      6 years ago

      Very awesome and informative hub.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      That's so true. Art can be expressed in many forms, and there's no right way to do it. Thanks for commenting! :)

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      megni 

      7 years ago

      Interesting. People need to know that making art is fun and is not as mysterious as it seems. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Carrie! The tall painting is my favorite. Exactly! I think that's why I like it so much. Thank you for reading my hub! :)

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      carriethomson 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey those styles are awesome, specially the tall painting its consuming a lot of color yet i must say it forms great patterns so very easily and beautifully!!

      carrie

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      You're very right, rosettaartist!

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      Rosetta Ceesay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Youtube has a lot of inspiration to be found on it.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Right; they can sort of be categorized together, but only broadly.

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      7 years ago

      Oh okay; more apples and oranges, really, that maybe they first seemed.

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I don't really see how they are related unless you place fashion and painting under the broad topic of art.

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      7 years ago

      Ebower:

      Yes, it's an absorbing and interesting topic. Do you find that your interest and skill with paint colors links in with your knowledge and flair for strong, elemental, primary 50s make up?

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, kgresham! I really enjoyed this topic, because I'm a painter myself. I was inspired by the tall painting video at the beginning (I found it at stumbleupon.com). Thanks for commenting!

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      kgresham 

      7 years ago

      Awesome Hub! Really interesting! Thanks for taking the time to put it together!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, friend!

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      7 years ago

      Don't think I voted for this yet; voted 'interesting'!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, rosettaartist1! I enjoy various ways of painting as well.

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      Rosetta Ceesay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I like the idea of playing and exploring art techniques. Thanks for this.

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      MJFenn 

      7 years ago

      YW :)

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, TroyM! I hope your friend likes it. :)

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      TroyM 

      7 years ago

      Wow, i really enjoyed this article. I am forwarding this article to my friend, who is interesting in painting...Thanks!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your comment, MJFenn! Actually, I've only used acrylic. I like it, because it's cheap and can be layered easily. I end up painting in many layers until I get the desired effect or to cover up mistakes. I'm sure watercolour can be fun to use in order to create dreamy landscapes. I don't know much about painting with oil, but it is probably the longest lasting of all three mediums. Thanks again!

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      MJFenn 

      7 years ago

      EBower:

      Do you prefer oils or watercolour? My mother got into watercolour but hasn't done much lately?

      Interesting hub.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome, Debra! I like to paint as a hobby, but I wouldn't say I'm a master painter. I thought they were interesting, too, as I was researching the various painting techniques. Thanks for reading!

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      Debra Charney 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, for sharing different painting techniques. I've always wanted to learn to paint. I used to draw as a child. You've given some interesting examples. Perhaps, I shall try some time.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Erika! The tall painting technique is my favorite; I only just found out about it this summer on stumbleupon.com. Thanks again for your feedback!

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      Erika Moriarty 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub with lots of great ideas! I will have to give some of these techniques a try, especially the tall painting!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm always happy to help a fellow painter! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tracy 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      A very helpful hub! I love getting my paints out and diving into the colors. You have given me some ideas here. Thanks for an inspiring article:)

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      ournote2self: I've seen someone do this type of spray painting on the street as well. Yes, it's quite incredible and inspiring. My brother has used this technique in the past; I still have some of his artwork.

      Phil Plasma: That sounds awesome; I love to see what kind of art kid's come up with! I would encourage you to create your own art even if it's just for fun. Today is a great day for pursuing your dreams; good luck!

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I've got a blogmate who is an art teacher in a Texas high school who shows every spring the result of his kid's art show. It is inspiring and has led me to consider getting set up to create my own art. Someday.

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      ournote2self 

      7 years ago

      I once saw someone doing the spray painting in person...it was so amazing! It truly takes talent to be able to do something like that!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome! I got inspired to write this after seeing the video on Tall Painting.

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      Shoaib 

      7 years ago

      Cool thanks for sharing this useful and informative videos..

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading it and commenting! :)

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      pop-pop20036434 

      7 years ago

      Wow, i really enjoyed this article, it was interesting for me too find out all of the different ways to paint.Really good job well done!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for checking it out!

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      Jenne Joy 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Painting is a great stress reliever for me, but I hadn't heard of some of these. Good info.

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you very much! I agree; I think the straw painting would be great for younger kids and abtract painting is good for older kids.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Very cool hub on creative ways to paint. This would be wonderful for home schooled kids or for summer projects. When my kids were home for the summer, we always got involved in projects, usually involving making a big mess.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      That sounds beautiful! Your welcome; thanks for taking the time to read it.

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      I often use my fingers to paint mountains and water (esp. waves) Thanks for this beautiful informative hub!

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      UrsulaRose: Thanks for commenting! That's really cool. I love painting with acrylic; it's good stress reliever for me too.

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it! I think tall painting is the most interesting as well.

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      sepiroth 

      7 years ago from Bohol

      Nice hub... I really like art, If Ive seen this before I will teach my class on Tall Painting... Nice one!

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      UrsulaRose 

      7 years ago

      I so enjoyed reading this Hub Article.

      I just love abstract art - it is a form of 'pain/stress-relief for me'.

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