49 Painting Styles And Techniques [2021 Updated List]

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Did you know that to become an artist you had to choose from 49 painting styles and techniques?

It may sound so easy, but the whole process of creating wonderful art takes years of dedication and hard work.

“A painting is an image that is made by applying colored pigments over the media.”

History is filled with many artists who practiced their art for years to give us not only masterpieces but something more.

They gave us new painting styles and techniques that became the foundation for the artists for years to come.

Whether you’re an artist or aspired to be one, or if you’re here for a stroll;

Below, you’ll find 49 different types of painting styles and techniques that are unique in themselves.

1. Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting of families by portraitflip

Acrylic Painting, one of the very common type of paintings, uses fast-drying acrylic colors to create a wonderful art piece.

These acrylic paints are made by suspending pigments in acrylic resins.

The acrylic paint is soluble in water but when dried, it becomes water-resistant. On top of that, acrylics can handle heat better than other types of paints.

The beauty of using acrylic paint lies in its ability to give both transparencies of watercolor and texture of oil paint.

Choosing this painting style will give you the benefit of versatility in terms of making art.

Year of invention: Somewhere around 1934 by Leonard Bocour and Sam Golden

Famous artists: Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell.

2. Oil Painting

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The most preferred painting style, oil painting is practiced by most artists around the globe.

The paints are made by mixing pigments with drying oils like poppy seed oil, walnut oil, linseed oil, and safflower oil.

Using oil paint gives you the versatility of creating a wide range of opacity and intensity in your art.

It allows you to create layers of different colors and blend them together to create a brilliant art piece.

Year of invention: In the 15th century by Belgium painter Jan van Eyck

Famous artists: Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso.

3. Pencil Sketch

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One of the types of painting art, a Pencil sketch is the art of creating highly defined artwork using the most commonly used childhood tool: a pencil.

The graphite pencil is well known for its ability to create a realistic and detailed sketch.

The smudging ability of the graphite pencil will let you add in-depth perspective and give beautification to the artwork.

Pencil sketching is a preferred method for drawing by many professional artists and people who love doodling.

Year of invention: Around 1560 by Simonio and Lyndiana Bernacotti

Famous Artists: Adonna Khare, Marco Mazzoni, Diego Fazio.

4. Watercolor Painting

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Watercolor painting is one of the famous painting techniques that create captivating art.

As per the name, watercolors are highly soluble in water and are made by combining pigments and binders.

Using watercolors, you create unique paintings that creatively represent your imaginations.

One of the best things about watercolor painting is that it can achieve transparency and glow in the painting by just adding layers.

Did you know that there’s something called Watercolor pencils? These pencils let you create the effect of watercolor paints!

Year of invention: Around 1.4 million years ago (old stone age)

Famous Artists: Albrecht Dürer, Paul Klee, John Singer Sargent.

5. Color pencil sketch

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Who doesn’t remember coloring books with colored pencils in childhood? It’s nostalgic to think about!

The color pencil sketch is a type of art similar to pencil sketching, but the only difference is that you get to choose a wide range of colors instead of just black.

Using color pencils will let you add precision, in-depth details, and will let you create colorful sketches.

Color pencils are non-messy and easy to use as compared to other art mediums.

Year of invention: In the year 1834 by Johann Sebastian Staedtler

Famous Artists: CJ Hendry, Marco Mazzoni, Veronica Winters

6. Charcoal Drawing

One of the emerging painting styles, Charcoal Drawing is used by many artists for its versatile properties.

Charcoal sticks are made up of charcoal powder (burned willow branches or sections of grapevine) and a binding agent like wax or gum.

Using charcoal will allow you to explore the contrast and will let you develop rich visual tones in your drawing.

Of all the art techniques and styles, charcoal will let you create vibrant drawings.

Year of invention: The first use of charcoal drawing can be traced back at least 28,000 years ago. The modern charcoal drawing (from charcoal sticks) began somewhere in the 17th century.

Famous Artists: Robert Longo, William Kentridge, Dan Pyle

7. Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting Painting Styles and Techniques

Portrait painting involves capturing a human subject on the canvas.

This type of art is tricky to master as the artist is expected to precisely paint the features of the human figure.

In portrait painting, you can choose any type of medium like acrylic, oil, watercolor, pencil, or any medium that suits your style.

Portrait painting has served as a family record and remembrance since ancient times.

Year of invention: About 5000 years ago

Famous Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Jan van Eyck

Do you know you can turn your old photos into portraits? See how it’s done here

8. Spray Painting

Spray Painting Painting Techniques

Spray painting is a different painting style that uses a device to spray the paint.

Aerosol paint is commonly used as the medium in spray painting. Tools like a spray gun, spray booth, spray can and spray brush is used for painting.

When you use an aerosol spray to make art, it will leave a smooth and even coat of paint.

There may be different painting styles but spray painting is one for graffiti and street art.

Year of invention: Spray painting technique can be traced back to the 1880s

Famous Artists: Bansky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey.

9. Allegory

Allegory Painting Styles and Techniques

This painting style involves the use of subjects (or objects) to portray emotions like sorrow, love, lust, hate, and happiness.

Allegory symbolizes the subject of the painting in a manner to show spiritual importance and morals.

One of the features of this painting style is that it can easily illustrate complex ideas and concepts.

Allegory has been used in all forms of art since ancient times.

Today, in modern art, allegory is defined as an art style where one narration means another.

Year of invention: It has been practiced throughout history.

Famous Artist: Bronzino, Sandro Botticelli, Johannes Vermeer

10. Graffiti

Graffiti Painting Styles and Techniques

It is a type of art that is used as a form of expressing thoughts, emotions, and messages to people.

The graffiti art is somewhat similar to spray painting forms but has its differences.

At a glance, graffiti is drawing or writing on the walls in public places, usually without permission. (Watch out! It can cause legal consequences!)

The English word “Graffiti” is taken from the Italian word “graffito,” which translates to  “scratched.”

Many graffiti artists do graffiti on the walls to spread messages or as a means of thrill-seeking.

Year of invention: Art in the form of an inscription or graffiti on walls can be traced back to ancient times. Modern graffiti became famous in the 1960s.

Famous Artist: Cornbread, Dondi White, Tracy 168.

11. Panorama

Panorama Painting Styles and Techniques
Artist: Jan van Goyen

Panorama is a painting technique where the scene or landscape is painted as a whole or in continuous narration.

To be precise, it gives you a wide-angle view of the landscape.

The painting is usually done on a wide canvas or a flat or curved surface.

The panorama lets you simulate the sensation of scanning a seascape or a huge landscape.

You can use any painting medium to make a panorama painting.

Year of invention: The first panorama painting was done by Scottish painter Robert Barker in the year 1788

Famous Artists: Benjamin Russell, Robert Barker, Franz Roubaud.

12. Fresco

Fresco Painting Styles and Techniques

Fresco is a mural painting technique that lets you create art on walls and ceilings.

In this painting technique, water-based paint is applied onto wet plaster so that it becomes a permanent part of it.

When it comes to a mural or wall painting, Fresco is a durable method.

The artwork completed by Fresco techniques looks monumental and has matte finishing.

Year of invention: Fresco was invented in Italy in the 13th century.

Famous Artist: Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Masaccio.

13. Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro Painting Styles and Techniques

Chiaroscuro is a type of painting art that uses strong contrast between light and dark shades.

It lets you manipulate light to achieve a sense of a three-dimensional object on the canvas.

The chiaroscuro painting technique lets you emphasize and illuminate the important figure of the painting.

By playing with the intensity and the angle of light, you can change the focus of the subject in the painting.

Year of invention: Chiaroscuro was invented somewhere in the Renaissance period.

Famous Artist: Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Georges de La Tour.

14. Glass Painting

Glass Painting Painting Styles and Techniques

As per the name, glass painting involves painting on a glass surface.

It may seem like a not-so-popular technique, but glass painting was one of the most dominant forms of painting in ancient Europe.

Gesso, enamel, and acrylic paints are used for glass paintings.

This form of painting lets you create wonderful artwork on glass that can be illuminated by using a light source.

Year of invention: In 9th-century Germany.

Famous Artists: Gerhard Richter, Brian Clarke.

15. Gouache Painting

Gouache Painting Painting Styles and Techniques

Gouache Painting involves the use of body paints or opaque watercolors to make the painting.

The Gouache paint is a water medium paint made from natural pigments, water, binding agent, and occasionally an inert material (that gives fluorescence effect).

You can also find acrylic gouache paint made with an acrylic binder that gives a matte finish to the painting.

When you choose to make art with this types of painting, you get the benefit of making vibrant art that will stand out on the canvas.

The paintings made from Gouache Paint look energetic and realistic.

Year of invention: Gouache painting was developed in the 16th century when the artists used oil paint over tempera to get a matt finish.

Famous Artists: Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, Pablo Picasso.

16. Landscape painting

Landscape painting Painting Styles and Techniques
Artist: Kevin Hill

Landscape painting is one of the forms of painting that captures natural sceneries on canvas.

The subjects of landscape painting can include terrain, trees, mountains, desert, river, forest, valley, sky, or any scenery.

One of the features of Landscape painting is that it can depict all the natural elements wonderfully.

You can choose to add imaginary views or copy a landscape with varied realities for making a landscape painting.

Year of invention: The first existence of landscape painting can be traced back to  1500 BCE.

Famous Artists: Claude Monet, Albert Bierstadt, Camille Pissarro

17. Still Life

Still Life Painting Styles and Techniques

Still Life art is a different painting technique that depicts inanimate objects like cutlery, pots, vase, pantry, fruits, flowers, drinking glasses, dead animals, or everyday objects.

This art technique will give you the freedom to experiment with the arrangement of the element within the painting.

It will let you put emphasis on the color, texture, and composition of the elements.

Bodegón is a famous Still Life painting style from Spain that roughly translates to “pantry”.

Year of invention: The first recorded Still Life painting was made by Jacopo de’Barbari in the year of 1504

Famous Artists: Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque.

18. Tempera Painting

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Tempera painting is a painting style that lets you create elegant artwork.

Also known as egg tempera, it is made by mixing colored pigments and water-soluble binder medium like egg yolk.

The creamy texture of tempera paint allows you to create smooth strokes on canvas and lets you make a uniform painting.

One of the benefits of tempera painting is that they last long.

Year of invention: The early existence of tempera painting can be traced back to the 1st century BC in Egypt. 

Famous Artists: Sandro Botticelli, Duccio, Carlo Crivelli.

19. Trompe L’oeil

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Trompe l’oeil is a French painting type that translates to “deceive the eye.”

The main purpose of this painting technique is to create an optical illusion of the subject existing in the three-dimension.

Trompe l’oeil focuses on creating a realistic painting with a twist in the perspective.

Zexius, one of the famous painters of ancient Greece, was known for his realistic painting styles.

“The painting is so realistic, that the birds tried to eat the grapes from Trompe l’oeil.”

Year of invention: Trompe l’oeil is said to have originated in the early Renaissance period.

Famous Artists: William Harnett, Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts, John F. Peto.

20. Impasto

Impasto Painting Styles and Techniques

Impasto is a painting technique that uses thick layers of paint so that the brush strokes are visible in the final artwork.

When you look at the artwork, it appears as if the painting is standing out from the canvas.

For making an Impasto painting, you can choose acrylic or oil paints.

This type of painting technique lets you play with the light, texture, expression, or tone of the painting.

Year of invention: The impasto technique originated in the 17th century

Famous Artists: Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jackson Pollock,

21. Foreshortening

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Foreshortening is another type of art that uses optical illusion in a creative way.

It is a painting technique that depicts an object or human figure in the painting extending in space.

Foreshortening is all about experimenting with the angle and perspective of the subject.

The painting is always depicted from an unusual angle. For example, a human body viewed from the top.

Year of invention: Foreshortening was invented in the 15th century.

Famous Artists: Michelangelo, Correggio.

22. Sfumato

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Sfumato is a type of painting technique in which colors and tones are blended to give a smooth look without leaving any mark of transition, edges, or lines.

Also, the transition between light and dark shades is invisible.

When you use Sfumato, the final artwork will appear like a flawless smooth painting.

Oil paint is most commonly used for making Sfumato, although other mediums like tempera can be used.

Year of invention: According to the art historian Giorgio Vasari, Sfumato was first invented by the Primitive Flemish school in the year 1483 -1485.

Famous Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Correggio, Raphael.

23. Mural Painting

Mural Painting Painting Styles and Techniques

This form of painting focuses on painting on walls or ceiling, rather than canvas.

In this painting technique, the architectural elements are incorporated into the artwork to give a beautiful three-dimensional painting.

The use of color, style, and texture can dramatically affect the qualities of the artwork.

Acrylic paint is most commonly used for making mural art.

Mural painting is the only type of art painting that lets you beautify the architecture of a place.

Year of invention: The existence of Mural painting can be traced back to the late Stone Age.

Famous Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros.

24. Panel Painting

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Panel painting is a style of painting where the artwork is made on wood or metal, as opposed to canvas.

Before Canvas became widely available, the panel was used for easel painting.

The most commonly used wood for panel painting is oak, beech, cedar, chestnut, firs, larch, linden, white poplar, mahogany, olive, and dark walnut.

Making artwork on the panel will give you the benefit of creating a smooth painting, as the panel itself is textureless.

Year of invention: Panel painting is one of the oldest painting styles and techniques that has originated before 600BC

Famous Artists: Cennino Cennini, Dieric Bouts, Rogier van der Weyden.

25. Plein-air Painting

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Plein-air painting is the method of leaving the studio behind and going out in nature to paint.

In precise terms, this painting style is the practice of painting outdoors.
(Plein-air painting or En Plein air translates to “in the open air.”)

Doing Plein-air painting lets you create wonderful artwork as the source of light is natural outside.

It will let you accurately recognize colors and how they differentiate from others.

Year of invention: This painting technique originated in France in the 18th century.

Famous Artists: Edgar Alwin Payne, William Merritt Chase, Alson Skinner Clark.

26. Byzantine Art

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Byzantine art is a famous middle-age painting style with religious expression and ideologies.

For a long time, artists used Byzantine art to translate church ideologies into an artistic form: a painting.

For portraying the ideologies, the artists utilized Hellenistic modes of style and iconography to make Byzantine art.

In a simple sense, Byzantine art is making a visual representation from religious ideas (or verses from the religious books).

Year of invention: Byzantine Art originated in the 6th century in the Byzantine Empire.

Famous Artists: Andrei Rublev, Simon Ushakov, Daniel Chorny

27. Miniature Painting

Miniature Painting Styles

Miniature painting or Portrait miniatures is one of the types of portrait painting that is executed on a small piece of material.

The common material used for painting was vellum, ivory, copper, or prepared card.

In the early 16th century, miniature painting was a way for artists to show their talent by illustrating a tiny painting.

This Portrait painting style was often known as limning or painting in little.

Miniature paintings, as small as 40mm x 20mm, were painted by the artists so that it could fit inside jewelry.

Year of invention: Miniature Painting first appeared in the 1520s.

Famous Artists: Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac Oliver, Nihâl Chand.

28. Digital Painting

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Artist: Michael Adamidis

Digital painting is the modern type of painting technique that uses technology to create impressive art.

The whole artwork is made digitally as opposed to the traditional approach of painting.

Digital painting gives you the freedom of choosing many different tools and features, which allows you to create out-of-world art.

One of the best advantages you get with digital painting is that you make corrections to the painting without leaving a mark in the final artwork. (All hail the “Undo” button!)

Year of invention: Digital art originated in the early 1980s, some claim its existence to be in 1967.

Famous Artists: David McLeod, Stephen Mcmennamy, Alberto Seveso.

29. Sand Painting

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Sand painting or dry painting is one of unique forms of painting art that involves pouring colored sands to create a painting.

The paint used in sand painting is made by mixing crushed, colored sandstone; charcoal, pollen, or other dry material.

Sand painting involves precision and intense control over the movement of the hand. To sand paint,  you’ll need a lot of practice and patience. 

The sand painting lets you create impressive and vibrant artwork which can be on a fixed or unfixed media.

Year of invention: Sand painting associates with numerous cultural groups around the world since ancient times.

Famous Artists: Tim Bengel, Kseniya Simonova.

30. Pastel Painting

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Artist: Fancy

If you are normal, there’s a good chance that you used pastels in childhood.

Pastel painting is a form of painting that involves the use of pastel sticks made from powdered pigment and binder.

Pastel painting style creates a painting that is highly luscious and has a velvety texture.

You can get different types of pastels like soft, hard, oil, water-soluble, and pan pastels.

Year of invention: 16th century in Italy.

Famous Artists: Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Odilon Redon.

31. Encaustic Painting

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Encaustic painting is one of the techniques in painting that uses hot colored wax to make artwork.

These types of painting use an encaustic medium which is made by mixing color pigments with wax.

The hot medium is poured onto the surface and special brushes and tools are used to shape the painting.

Encaustic painting needs a heat lamp or heat gun to fuse and bind the medium.

Year of invention: Encaustic painting originated somewhere in the first century.

Famous Artists: Jasper Johns, Pausias, Benjamin Calau.

32. Grisaille

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Do you have a liking for mono-tone art? Grisaille might be just for you!

Grisaille is a painting style and technique where the painting is done only in the shades of grey or other greyish neutral colors.

One of the prominent features of this technique of painting is that it is shaped to give an illusion of sculpture.

One can include a slightly wider color range in the grisaille type of art.

Year of invention: Giotto, an Italian artist, used Grisaille for the first time in the year 1304

Famous Artists: Giotto, Robert Campin.

33. Aerial Perspective

Aerial Perspective Painting Style

Aerial perspective, known as atmospheric perspective, is a type of painting art to create an illusion of depth in the painting.

This effect is achieved by changing the color contrast between the background and the objects.

Here, the main focus is to simulate the effect of the atmosphere in a painting, like the way things are seen from a long distance.

This different form of painting is used to paint landscapes.

Year of invention: First use of aerial perspective in painting was done in 30 BCE in Pompeian Second Style.

Famous Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Alfred Sisley.

34. Action Painting

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Action painting, a type of art, that uses splashed, smeared or dripped paints on the canvas.

The Action painting emphasizes the physical aspect of the painting that becomes the aspect in the finished artwork.

If you are somebody who enjoys vibrant and dynamic art techniques and styles that radiate energy, this might be just for you.

Year of invention: 1940s

Famous Artists: Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Jack Tworkov.

35. Madhubani Painting

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An Indian style and technique of painting, Madhubani, uses tools, twigs, brushes, fingers, nib-pens, and matchsticks to create art.

In fact, it uses natural dyes and pigments as paints.

The main feature of this kinds of painting is the eye-catching geometric shapes and the use of vibrant colors.

Year of invention: Estimated to be about 2500 years old. 

Famous Artists: Mahasundari Devi, Bharti Dayal, Ambika Devi

36. Ink Painting

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Ink is used as the medium to paint in this Chinese painting technique.

One of the painting styles and techniques used to achieve tonality and shading by fluctuating the density of the Ink.

One of its features is that you can get different grades of ink by varying the pressure and position of the tip within a single brushstroke.

You can make multi-colored artwork by using different colors of ink in your painting.

Year of invention: Ink painting appears in the Tang dynasty at some point during 618–907.

Famous Artists: Chang Dai-Chien, Qi Baishi, Shen Zhou.

37. Warli Painting

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Tribal people of India found Warli painting, one of the different styles of painting.

It is a form of tribal art that uses geometric shapes to depict the various elements of the painting.

The pieces of Warli painting represent different elements of nature.

The traditional Warli painting uses only white paint (made of rice flour) against a colored background.

The painting style looks similar to cave paintings and beautifully represents the painting.

Year of invention: Warli painting dates back to the 10th century AD.

Famous Artists: Jivya Soma Mashe,

38. Collage Painting

Collage Painting Techniques
Artist: Patrick Bremer

Collage painting, a unique type of art, involves making artwork by assembling different pieces of materials.

It is an assembled piece of art that is visually appealing.

A collage is made from bits of magazine, papers, paints, newspapers, ribbons, photographs, and scraps of other artworks.

For making a collage painting, you have to stick the bits of materials together on a flat surface to make a complete artwork.

Year of invention: This art technique came into existence in China around 200 BC.

Famous Artists: Hannah Höch, Henri Matisse, Man Ray.

39. Figure Painting

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Artist: Tony Hinchliffe

A figure painting is one of the Portrait painting styles where the subject is always a human.

It is a representation of art that focuses on the realism of the human form, without adding any imaginary or artificial elements.

This type of portrait painting puts emphasis on the body of the subject, rather than their face.

For this painting style, you are free to choose any medium of paint for creating your artwork.

Year of invention: Figure painting can be traced back to the Stone Age era.

Famous Artists: Edgar Degas, Michelangelo, Matthias Grunewald

40. Casein Painting

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Artist: Robert Watts

It may sound odd, but a painting style and technique exists that uses paint made with milk.

Casein painting involves the use of casein paints that are made by mixing pigments and milk protein— casein.

Casein painting lets you create effects similar to oil painting.

Over time, casein painting is known to become water-resistant.

Year of invention: Casein painting is said to be invented about 9000 years ago.

Famous Artists: Oscar Howe.

41. Perspective Painting

Perspective Painting Styles
Artist:  Thomas Schaller

You know that everyone has their way of seeing things, and that’s what perspective painting attempts to do.

Perspective painting involves representing the painting from the viewer’s perspective.

This painting style also represents a three-dimension image onto a two-dimensional plane.

This painting type is similar to foreshortening.

Year of invention: Early 15th century.

Famous Artists: Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Andrea Mantegna.

42. Divisionism

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Divisionism is a style of painting that separates colors into dots or patches which interact with each other.

It became the foundation for Neo-Impressionism.

The painting made with this art technique looks somewhat similar to being pixelated.

But the beauty of this technique is that when you look at the painting from far away, the dots blend together and the image looks whole.

Year of invention: In the 1880s.

Famous Artists: Georges Seurat, Gino Severini, Carlo Fornara.

43. Ballpoint Pen Art

Ballpoint Pen Art Painting Technique
Artists (From The Left): Lopez Loren Zana, Mostafa Khodeir

We use a ballpoint pen for writing, but do you know that you can make incredible art with it?

The ease of handling, fast drying time, availability, and low price make them a great choice for many artists.

Using this type of drawing technique will let you create contrasting drawings that will catch the viewer’s eyes.

Year of invention: Ballpoint artwork became famous after the 1950s

Famous Artists: Ler Huang, Mark Powell, Rachel O’Brien.

44. Kalamkari Painting

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Kalamkari is a painting type of art that involves the use of a pen to create incredible artwork on cloth.

It is widely known for making attractive earthly tone art.

Natural dyes extracted from plants, minerals are used in this style of painting.

Kalamkari painting is a lengthy process that involves 23 steps to complete.

As natural dyes are used, kalamkari painting is considered one of the environmentally friendly painting styles.

Year of invention: The origin of the Kalamkari painting is not exactly known, but it is estimated to have originated in the Middle ages.

45. Veduta

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One of the many techniques of painting,  Veduta is a highly detailed painting type that depicts a city or town or any part related to the city.

It is a type of landscape painting where the size of the painting can be large, so as to accommodate the whole cityscape.

Those who practice this style of painting are called Vedutisti.

Year of invention: 16th Century

Famous Artists: Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Paul Bril.

46. Gond Painting

Gond Painting Styles

A unique style of painting, Gond painting is well known for its imaginary, colorful, and mystical elements.

It is a tribal art that is practiced by the Gondi people which is an ethnolinguistic group in India.

The paint used is derived from natural sources like plants, soil, charcoal, and other natural materials.

One of the striking features of Gond painting is the beautiful contrast of the painting.

47. Phad Painting

Phad Painting Techniques

Phad painting, a different kind of painting from India, is well known for making lively and colorful paintings.

This art technique combines scroll painting and folk painting.

One of its attributes is the high detailing level. While doing the Phad painting, every inch of canvas is utilized.

Cloth is used for painting, and the paints are extracted from vegetables and plants.

Year of invention: 1629 in Rajasthan, India.

48. Sotto In Su

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Sotto In Su, meaning “seen from below,” is an Illusionistic ceiling painting.

In this painting technique, the artwork is painted upon a ceiling or other higher surface which gives an illusion to the observer.

Most of Sotto In Su paintings were created to give an illusion of an open sky.

The advantage of Sotto In Su is that it unites the architecture, painting, and sculpture together.

Year of invention: During Renaissance.

Famous Artists: Correggio, Giovanni Battista, Andrea Mantegna.

49. Custom Handmade Painting

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Custom handmade painting is a relatively new type of painting style where you can turn your photos into paintings.

It combines the aspects of digital art and traditional painting to make custom paintings.

This portrait painting style lets you create a wide variety of handmade paintings that depict you and your loved ones.

One of the advantages of this painting technique and style is that you can edit or combine different photos into one painting.

You can choose Acrylic, Oil, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, color pencil medium to make a custom handmade painting.

That was it, folks!

Art is a creative endeavor that requires three Ps: patience, persistence, and perseverance.

Attaining mastery in styles and techniques of painting is not easy. You’ll have to spend years perfecting your craft.

But don’t be discouraged, because Rome was not built in a day!

Hey, creative peeps!

This was our updated list of 49 Different Types Of Painting Styles And Techniques.

We hope if different styles and techniques are practiced in the world of painting.

My personal favorite painting style is Impasto. That’s the reason why it’s on the cover pic 😉

Which painting style do you like? And Why?

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who painted Starry Night?

Starry Night was painted by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in the year 1889. Impasto technique was used to paint this masterpiece.

2. How to develop an art style?

The only way to develop an art style is by experimenting. Explore the different art styles and find the one that suits you the most. Start practicing and add your personal touch to it. Soon, you’ll have your unique art style.

3. What is a painting medium?

The painting medium is the substance in the paint that acts as a binder. It forms the base of the paint and gives it a particular characteristic. Famous painting mediums are oil, acrylic, watercolor, and tempera.

4. What are some famous paintings?

Mona Lisa, The Scream, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Guernica, The Starry Nights are some famous paintings.

5. How many types of painting are there?

There are more than 100 types of paintings that exist. We’ve mentioned the top 49 painting types to get you started.

16 thoughts on “49 Painting Styles And Techniques [2021 Updated List]

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  2. SILAS. SUBRAMANIAN, D.F.A., says:

    It is very useful for the young generation and teaching purpose also good, I like it very much and enjoyed

  3. Floris Betrouw says:

    Good day,
    It is really informative art information that I have experienced.
    Painting art is my hobby, but I earn something for it in everyday life.
    Personally, I am working on a self-designed art painting technique (realistic 2D -3D), which I have been actively implementing for 10 years.

    Best regards,
    Floris

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  6. Hermin says:

    Thank you for sharing, I learnt so much about painting techniques that can assist me in my class work and add to my vocabulary.

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