As a new artist it is important to learn different brush strokes. This includes Pointillism This will help make your painting have texture and depth adding another dimension of fun to your art. (or even an experienced artist who has picked up the habitual pattern of using the same easy broad stroke should remember to disperse pointillism in their pieces)

So what is Pointillism?

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.

Georges Seurat and Paul Signac created this technique in 1886, moving away from Impressionism. The term “Pointillism” was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the these artists, but is now used readily by artists. The movement was started by Seurat and was called Neo-impressionism. The Divisionists used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes. Pointillism is similar to color printers as the dots are printed on paper or canvas using only four colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The colors are not preblended but nozzles which are programmed know which color to apply for the final picture. Pointillism is very unlike traditional painting where the colors are mixed first on a pallet prior to applying or mixed on the canvas while colors are wet.

The majority of Pointillism had been done in oil paint. But any paint can be used as long as it does not run or bleed. Thicker paints are preferred.

George Seurat’s Pointillism of the Neoimpressionist Era
Ludovico Tommasi Divisionist

Use any of the photos on this page to try out Pointillism art. Remember to focus on fun! Focus on the journey of creating! It’s the creating something out of nothing and leaving all worries behind which is the challenge. If it feels hard, your trying to hard. Some artists use a big paint brush so that they won’t focus too much on details. Try this sometimes.

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