Art Terms and Styles

So, you're itching to explore the world of visual art, huh? Well, hold on to your paintbrushes because there's a whole lot of lingo to sift through! In this article, we're gonna dive headfirst into some of the most popular art terms and techniques, ranging from ancient Fresco Art to contemporary Mixed Media.

Fresco Art

Fresco Painting - Michelangelo

Let's start with Fresco Art - a technique that's been around since the glory days of ancient Rome and Greece. It's all about creating a painting by applying water-based pigments to wet plaster. As the plaster dries, it creates a bond with the pigment that makes for a super durable and long-lasting piece of art. Fresco art has been used to create awe-inspiring murals for centuries, and it's still going strong today.



Ocean and Beach Image - Canvas Wrap

Now, if you're all about prints, you might wanna check out Giclée. This is the preferred method of printing for Canvas Art Plus.  It's a fancy-pants printing process that uses specialized inkjet printers to create high-quality fine art prints. The ink is sprayed onto the paper in a way that creates super vibrant colors and sharp details. But don't let the French word "spray" fool ya - this process is anything but haphazard. Giclée prints are known for their archival quality, making them a great investment for any art lover. Our Giclée prints utilize UV water-resistant inks that are rated over 200 years for indoor use.


Oil Painting

Van Gog Oil Painting - Irises

But what about those of us who crave the texture and depth of a traditional painting? Fear not, my friends, because Oil Paintings are where it's at. This classic form of art involves mixing pigments with oil to create a work that practically jumps off the canvas. It's been around for centuries, but it never gets old. Many of our prints are fine art oil painting reproductions using the Giclée method of printing.



Watercolor of a Barn

If you're looking for something a little lighter and more delicate, you might wanna give Watercolors a try. These paintings are created using water-soluble pigments that produce a translucent and luminous effect. It's like painting with a rainbow of colors that leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. As with all of our prints our watercolor prints are created using our Giclée method of printing.


Pencil Sketches

Pencil Sketch
And what about Pencil Sketches? This art form has been around for ages and involves using different grades of pencils to create shading and texture. It's perfect for everything from realistic portraits to whimsical doodles. Now, if you're feeling adventurous, there are a few other art terms worth checking out. Acrylics are a bit like oil paints, but they dry more quickly and are water-soluble. Charcoal is a medium made from burnt wood that produces a smoky, sultry effect. Pastels are like crayons for grown-ups - they're great for creating soft and dreamy images. And Mixed Media is all about mixing different art forms together to create a unique masterpiece.


So, there you have it, folks! A little tour through the wild and wonderful world of visual art. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, there's a medium out there that's perfect for you. So, grab your paintbrush or pencil and get creating or just buy one of the many selections of these reproductions from Canvas Art Plus