Traditional Art Mediums

During the art course I did from 2014–2015 I had to research and try different traditional methods for creating art. Previously to the course I had only used pencil, Biro and digital (Photoshop and Corel Painter).

The process was very inspiring and it opened my mind to many alternate ways of creating art. I would encourage anyone to try something different from time to time, you never know what you like doing until you try it. In this article I will list some of the best known media for creating art traditionally. There will be the occasional picture, but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity or time to create art out of all these mediums for this article.

Drawing

One of my pencil and pastel drawings (copyright ©️ Christine Garner http://thimblefolio.com 2018)

Drawing is very accessible to most beginning artists. It is the process of creating artwork on a flat surface with line and tone.

All you need to start is a pencil and paper. My favorites are coloured pencils. Here are some common mediums for drawing with:

Pencil

Coloured Pencil

Pastels

Charcoal and Chalk

Markers

Pen and Ink

Painting

For painting you need brushes, paint and something to paint on. Rock, paper, canvas etc.

One of my watercolour and pencil drawings (copyright ©️ Christine Garner http://thimblefolio.com 2018)

I have since tried watercolour, gouache, acrylic and oils. I prefer drawing to painting, but a good compromise for me is to use watercolour pencils with a water brush pen which is easy to carry around and not so messy to use.

Watercolour Pencils

Watercolour

Gouache

Acrylic

Oil

Airbrush

Other

Art can be created by almost anything really.

My mums been trying to get me into applique and embroidery for years but I’m addicted to my coloured pencils and digital mediums for now. I love looking at these methods and seeing if I can re-create them digitally though.

Collage

Paper Cutting

Assemblage

Applique and Embroidery

Mixed Media

Printmaking

Printmaking is the process of making prints onto paper or other flat printable materials by using different methods. Each print uses a template but makes an original printed artwork.

I’ve tried screenprinting, rubber stamp making, collagraphy, monoprint and linocut. My favorite so far is rubber stamp making and linocut because its fairly easy to get into and not too expensive.

Here are some printmaking methods for you to research:

Linocut

Woodcut

Drypoint

Etching

Monoprint

Mezzotint

Collagraphy

Aquatint

Stamping

Lithography

Screenprinting

Halftone

Letterpress

Marbling

Sculpture

Sculpture is about creating three dimensional art.

Here are some materials you can use for doing sculpture:

Stone

Fabric

Polymer Modelling Clay

Clay / Ceramic

Wood

Glass

Metal

Paper

Recycled / Found Objects


Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I hope it was useful. If you would like to mention your experiences with art mediums or tell me about any not listed here please do so in the comments 😃.