10 Brush Techniques And Emotions Associated With Them

Brush Techniques & Emotions - by Uno Lona Academy for art education

Brush Techniques & Emotions - by Uno Lona Academy for art education

Human minds are entangled in a multitude of emotions. While some are released and some manage to escape, there are many that create homes in our mind space. Every emotion has a level of energy associated with it. Into the world of creative energy expulsion, these emotions often seek refuge. They hide underneath the choice of subjects, the choice of colours and the choice of brushstrokes. The speed and the length of brushstrokes, the moistness of the colour and the applied pressure that define the art piece, are some of many factors that assist artists in wrapping around emotions in their paintings.


1 Fluidic:

These brushstrokes are the result of smooth, effortless and unconstrained movements forming art works that are well balanced, well blended and exude calmness. Love, devotion, fondness, care, and empathy are some of the emotions that trigger such fluidic strokes.

2 Scumbles:

Scumbling is the result of casualness in nature created by rough, uneven and patched layers of natural textures and random strokes. However, when knitted together, the brushwork points out the experimenting, exploring and innovative spirit of the artist. It is sheer work of blending colours, textures and thoughts in a freewheeling mode.
So, if you are clueless about your strokes and colours, then you are the right fit for scumbles. Let your thoughts scumble and a great work shall surely shape up with the randomness.

3 Stipples:

What pixels are to a photograph, stipples are to a painting! Imagine you are in a complete rustic mode and you do not want to paint conventional strokes on the canvas. You can pick up different brushes and start dot work with them. It can slowly bring order to your mind and get you a meditating effect.
Expressing order out of your rustic moods is stippling to the art world! Many new patterns and forms emerge out of stippling which garner varied interpretations from the viewers.

4 Jagging:

There are paintings that give a chill to the spine or intense food-for-thought. More often such paintings have jagging strokes. Such strokes express an afflicting mindset. Harshness, monotony, and drudgery of life, is often expressed on canvas by artists in a jagged manner.
The release of these drab emotions in the form of creative energy often brings respite to an afflicting mind and at the same time give the art a very distinctive characteristic.

5 Cross-hatching:

If you want your painting to talk out loud and create multiple rooms for expressing, then you are a cross-hatching artist. Such strokes essentially bring out human emotions in a transient and blended way. Mixed feelings are the best way to express through such strokes.
If you are feeling blue and elevated at the same time, with sinusoidal mood swings then you should definitely try to crosshatch that emotion into the painting.

6 Hatched:

When you are in the zone of emboldening and reinforcing a feeling, then hatching is definitely your ball game. The tendency of our minds to emphasize upon our emotions in the form of exaggerations, exasperations, or extremities is often expressed by an artist through hatched strokes. It is the ‘Hyperbole’ of brush strokes.
Use this to showcase your profound love for nature and its surrounding, the next time you paint your travelogue!

7 Harsh:

As the name suggests, harsh strokes often result out of suppressed or extreme emotions manifesting into the art. Whether positive or negative, these tend to bring out the prominent things of an artist’s life on the canvas.
So if you find yourself painting harshly, do introspect what emotions are creating upheavals in your life!

8 Flat washed:

When a sorted and an assertive personality takes up painting, then the brush strokes tend to go on the flat washed side. When the emotional quotient is well balanced in an individual and there is not much of back-and-forth happening in terms of expression, then these strokes are manifested.
With smooth and soft bristles, an evenness is generated which brings out artist’s clear and sorted attitude! Be it the outlines or the texture, these strokes ensure a very finished look to the painting.

9 Ruled:

Ruled strokes indicate two forms of emotions, one being an obsession and another being conformism. Many artists tend to paint with rulers so as to get ruled strokes which represent their obsession with the subject or the piece. On the other hand, conformism to the set shapes, in their real worldly form also brings out ruled strokes.
Nevertheless, the human mind can always resort to something that can help them get aligned like a ruler or a piece of wood. Geometrical shapes and symmetrical angles dominate the ruled art form.

10 Dry:

Dry brush strokes often come from the confidence and boldness that one exudes. Since it is an approach of having more colour and doing minimal work with the brush strokes, it conveys the free-spirited and loud emotions expressed in an even toned manner. However, the final product stands out due to the sharpness of the painting.
Hence, next time when you are in a happy-go-lucky mood, paint through this technique and the results will be astounding.