I use medium/high grade acrylic paints (I prefer Golden brand) on prestretched canvas. Afterwards, I cover it with an acrylic gloss or polyacrylic varnish to protect it and bring out the colors.
As far as lighting, about the only thing I've found that really works to photograph my art is going out in early afternoon (3pm in the summer) so the light is reflective all around but doesn't shine directly on the work, and isn't so early/late that the wavelengths are distorted by the atmosphere. When I paint inside, I have to do it during the day if I want the color value to matter at all. Luckily my house lets in a lot of daylight, even if the fixtures themselves are poor. I've tried full spectrum bulbs, but I'm only marginally pleased with those. This summer, I saw another artist's VERY expensive halogen light, and I was jealous. It made the colors pop.
Wow Phantome, thank you so much! Now I can't wait to finish the third. I'll get some better pics soon... my house has horrible lighting, so I need to take them outside and get some full spectrum light on them.
Thanks for the prompt reply! I already have high-quality acrylics, and I think that would diminish the chance of bleeding if it got wet. I'm going to try a combination of wet-on-wet and gesso on my first pair... the wet technique to "dye" and blend the fabric, then the gesso for the tinier designs. I like how gesso will provide a good starting surface, bonding to the base and providing a good, absorbent layer for the acrylic to stick to. I'm hoping this will reduce the amount of paint needed, also reducing the chance of peeling. Who knows? I guess it's all in experience, right?
I'll post pics, as long as they're not a total fail. Then I'd be too embarassed.
From a picture taken by a good friend while on a humanitarian mission. These three boys live in an orphanage in Zambia, owned by the charity Mothers Without Borders. I painted this for her to thank her for some awesome favors that really helped me out.
Those look great! Have you worked with any wet-on-wet techniques, or applying a gesso beforehand? I'm going to start painting shoes soon, but my primary experience is acrylic-on-canvas for portraits. And since this is acrylic, does the sealant primarily keep the paint from softening and peeling off? Whenever I get my paints on my clothes, it's pretty permanent... just wondering how much different it would be for shoes.
Homemade cold process soap, and jams/jellies made from fruit in my yard. Luckily, we hang out with the kinds of friends who love stuff like that.
A couple people per year get handpainted portraits, but for obvious reasons we limit these to a COUPLE. This is one from last year, where I had a friend pose with her baby for a different painting. Then I secretly painted this one for her.