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5 most used and 5 most innovative art mediums

Art is a reflection of the world around us, and as such, it has constantly evolved to adapt to the changing times. From cave paintings to digital art, the ways in which art is created has undergone a tremendous transformation. Let’s get to know the most common and most innovative art mediums.

5 of the most used art mediums

There are countless art mediums out there, but which ones are the most popular? Here are the five most frequently used by professional artists.

  1. Oil
  2. Acrylic
  3. Watercolor
  4. Pastels
  5. Pencil

1. Oil paint

Oil paint is a type of slow-drying paint that consists of pigments suspended in a drying oil. It’s widely considered one of the most versatile mediums due to its ability to produce both delicate and bold effects. Oil paints have been used by artists for centuries, and their popularity has only increased in recent years. Thanks to advances in synthetic pigments and oil formulations, oil paints are now available in a wide range of colours, consistency, and drying times.

Clea Witte - Passion Pink
Clea Witte – Passion Pink
Oil Painting on Canvas

2. Acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paint is a more recent medium, having been invented in 1934 and popularly used from the 1960s onwards.

Munro - The Captain
Munro – The Captain
Acrylic on Canvas

3. Watercolor paint

Watercolour paint is a type of paint made with finely ground pigments suspended in a water based solution. It’s known for its translucent qualities, and washes.

4. Pastels

Pastels are sticks or pencils made of pigment mixed with a binder. Their application to a canvas or paper is similar to pencils, but they can transfer a lot more pigment or colour.

5. Pencils

Pencils are perhaps the most versatile and commonly used medium there is. They can be used for everything from simple sketches to detailed drawings and anything in between.

5 of the most innovative art mediums

The world of art is always changing, with new mediums being used to create incredible works of art. Here are five of the most innovative art mediums being used today.

  1. Glass Art
  2. Spry Paint
  3. 3D painting
  4. Neon
  5. Body painting

1. Glass art

Glass artists use glass as the primary medium combined with a variety of techniques to create their art, including blowing, casting, fusing, and slumping. Glass art can be functional or decorative, and it is often used in jewellery, sculpture, and window art.

2. Spray paint art

Spray paint art is a type of painting that is done using a spray can instead of a brush. This type of painting is often seen on walls or buildings and can be very colourful and intricate. Spray paint art is increasingly popular as it has become accepted in the art world and no longer limits itself to walls and buildings.

Richard Scott - Faster Faster
Richard Scott – Faster Faster
Spray Paint and Reflective Vinyl on Mild Steel

3. 3D printing art

3D printing art is a new and exciting way to create art. It allows artists to create three-dimensional objects that can be displayed in a variety of ways.

4. Neon art

Neon art uses neon lights to create an illuminated display. It is static or dynamic, and creates both two-dimensional and three-dimensional displays. It first emerged in the early 20th century, and was popularised in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, it enjoys a resurgence in popularity, with many artists using it to create unique and eye-catching displays.

5. Body painting art

Body painting art uses the human body as a canvas. This type of painting is done for a variety of reasons, including to create a work of art, to make a statement, or to simply have fun. Body painting uses a variety of mediums, including paint, chalk, markers, and even body glitter.

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