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Artists: What are different mediums to paint on?

Asked by pleiades (6571points) April 1st, 2014

I’m looking to find different materials to paint on, got any thoughtful recommendations?

Don’t hold back! Get weird! Whatever it is shoot from the hip.

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downtide's avatar

Rocks, pebbles, shells. Slices of a log, You can incorporate the natural contours of the object into the painting. Wood will have to be primed first. Acrylic paint will work on the rocks and shells.

gailcalled's avatar

Fresco; wet plaster.

Cruiser's avatar

I have a really nice still life done on the top of a wooden cigar box.

Seek's avatar

Mirrors/panes of glass/picture frames
Old paintings you find at thrift stores
Shipping pallets. They’re often given away for free on Craigslist.
Reclaimed wood – that is, instead of throwing away that nasty old dresser, take a hammer to it and paint on any flat pieces that fall off. (I have a couple of homemade board games painted on drawer bottoms)
Mason jars/teapots/teacups/saucers/coffee mugs
Sheets of tinfoil
Glass Coke bottles.
old curtains

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

ME! Paint on me, please!
Ooooooorrr, using tied down, I mean @downtide‘s suggestion of wood and primer, use the primer in certain places, and none in some places to get added effects.

blueberry_kid's avatar

Oh my gosh. The possibilities are endless.

the floor
shreds of paper
a brick wall
obviously, canvas
a box a scarves (it’s pretty awesome)
old picture frames
antique furniture frames
shoe strings
broken light bulbs
a light bulb
shards of broken glass
a box itself
torn cardboard
ripped newspaper
shit, go Andy Warhol and paint on some garbage
ask a few friends or neighbors if you can paint on them (really fun)
old wax from used candles
some rotten fruit
old carpet
a gathering of wood

I could go on for hours.

The thrift store is your friend.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Do you mean different mediums to pain with, or different surfaces you can use as a canvas?

CWOTUS's avatar

barn walls (or house walls, for that matter)
gravestones (why aren’t they decorated better? I wonder)
sailors’ ditty bags and chests
shirts, belts, clothing in general

gailcalled's avatar

Human skin

gailcalled's avatar

Cave walls

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

If you are asking where or on what can you paint on, let’s put it this way, you can paint on anything that is dry, non-chalky, not oily, doesn’t sweat, you can even paint on surfaces that are impenetrable it just won’t be permanent; same with skin and fur.

Kardamom's avatar

My friend has some leftover pieces of stainless steel sheeting that I’m going to try to paint landscapes on. Not sure how well the paint will adhere to it, but I’m going to give it a go.

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