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As an artist, you probably found that you’re most comfortable with one specific medium. For some, it’s watercolor or oil painting. For others, it’s drawing with charcoal or sculpting with clay.

 

Artistic expression is largely influenced by the right brain, and experimenting with new art techniques is a great way to exercise your creative processes. If you’re feeling bold or especially creative one day, don’t be afraid to try an art technique that is out of your comfort zone.

 

Pyrography

 

Pyrography is the art of decorating wood with strategically placed burn marks from a heated object. The pressure you apply and the shape of your wood burner’s heated tip are the elements that influence your design.

 

As a beginner, it’s recommended that you practice your technique in advance because mistakes can’t be erased once they’re burned into the wood. It also helps to sketch your design with a pencil before taking heat to your project. Of course, be careful not to burn yourself.

 

Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can use those skills to create complex designs and images on virtually any wooden surface.

 

Stippling

 

Most artists use lines and shading to create an image. Stippling is a drawing technique that uses nothing but dots. It is similar to pointillism, except that there is no color used in stippling.

 

To represent darker areas and shadows, the dots are placed closer together. Lighter areas and highlights are marked by fewer dots that are spaced further apart. For anyone new to stippling, it may be helpful to first create a value scale.

 

Artists who have mastered this technique can create incredibly realistic images through their dot work. It is also a great exercise for artists who are trying to heighten their understanding of creating depth in their art.

 

Finger Painting

 

For most adults, the thought of finger painting brings back memories of kindergarten. It is also a great way for adults to produce stunning works of art without using paint brushes.

 

Painting with your fingers can be challenging at first because you won’t have the same precision as you would with a brush, but that’s all part of the fun. If you’re trying to avoid dirty fingernails, you can wear gloves while finger painting. The gloves can also make it easier for the paint to move smoothly around your canvas.

 

Trying new art techniques can reignite your motivation and passion for artwork if you’re in a creative block. It can also be a fun way to challenge yourself without the pressure to create a masterpiece.