Rebelle and Paul Klee – Journey of finding the hidden

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:45:28 +0200

Every artist has their goals and dreams. Creative souls often look for suitable tools for visualizing them. Paul Klee (1879-1940), a prominent Swiss artist, was a seeker par excellence. He, the son of a music teacher and singer, was lead to the career of a musician. He was an excellent violinist, but in his teenage years, he gradually became a painter. It was partly because of the revolt, and partly because he didn’t consider the music of his youth (turn of the 19th and 20th century) to be worth following. His musical opinion was conservative, but as a visual artist, he became an inspiration for many modernist artistic movements, such as expressionism, cubism, surrealism as well as abstract art. Paul Klee - In the Style of Kairouan

You may ask why we talk about him. Well, as an artist, he lived in a special space between music and visual art. He did not imitate the reality seen but made hard-to-define feelings and visions visible. He began with a fact, but gradually his paintings became compositions of lines, shapes, and colors. In his paintings, he unconsciously applied the musical principles of creation. He gradually abstracted the reality into colored areas, which can be perceived as the equivalent of musical tones. He was looking for something deeper than the reality. He constantly oscillated between the difficulty of African culture and the European spaciousness of the image. Maybe it was because partially African blood was circulating in his veins. Paul Klee - Kairouan

What does associate this unique artist with Rebelle? All his life, Klee was looking for new visual forms by using a combination of painting techniques and materials. He experimented with lines, colors and different backgrounds. For him, the line was not only a capture of the object’s contour but also "a self-purposeful walk without a specific goal." Whether digital artists nowadays prefer precision or looseness in their art, sophisticated tools in Rebelle can assist with this. You can draw freely, yet with a helping hand of Ruler tool, the program gently guides your freehand lines to be more accurate.

Klee's sensitive interaction of background materials and watercolor is also typical of Rebelle, which makes the program distinctly different from others. Just as every musical instrument has its specific sound color, each background used in Rebelle differently interacts with the color. In Rebelle you have an opportunity to achieve the contrast organically – you can combine the precise shapes made with selections or stencils with a playful and rather uncontrolled flow of watercolors.Image courtesy of Hidehisa Miyagawa - painted digitally in Rebelle 3

However, Rebelle has something extra that Klee didn't have back in his days. It's time control. You can stop or start the color-spreading process in Rebelle at the moment that suits you best. You are the conductor of random diffusion processes and can freely move through the interspace of the game and deliberate creation. Rebelle is not just a tool for imitating the reality. It invites the artist to create images of indefinable feelings. Unwind with the melody of shapes!Image courtesy of Wolfgang Schweizer - mixed media with Rebelle 3

Be inspired by reality, but let Rebelle show imaginative color diffusion and airflow while experimenting with its real world-inspired tools. Don’t be afraid to explore different backgrounds and tools, enjoy the creative process, look for hidden and reflections of your artistic mind will be revealed!Paul Klee - Stufung rot/grün


The list of Paul Klee's paintings can be found here.

Author Mgr. Ľubomír ZABADAL, PhD. is an expert for traditional art media and assistant professor at Department Of Creative Arts and Art Education at UKF University, Slovakia.


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Tips for Selling Your Art Online

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:13:00 +0100

So you have put a lot of time, energy and creativity into your art. Now you are wondering if it can be sold. Rest assured it can. If you are not familiar with how to sell your art online, we are here to give you a few tips! We’ve rounded up the most effective ways the aspiring artists can get their name and their artworks out there on the world wide web and make money.

Let’s first take a look at who’s buying art. This would help you decide how to sell your art online:

Online Buyers of Art

Actually, everyone - from a housewife or homemaker to that topmost business magnate abroad are all buyers of art. Some broad categories of art buyers include:

·      Art Collectors
·      Art Galleries & Museums
·      Offices
·      Interior Designers
·      Home Owners
·      Companies and organizations of all kinds
·      Investors

Art of Buying Art

How and where they buy art depends upon their budget and what they’re looking for. Obviously, a billionaire would buy a piece of art at an auction at Sotheby’s or Christie’s for adding to their prestigious collections. Others with lower budgets will look at buying excellent art at exhibitions.

Then we also have people that wish to buy art for home décor or to give away as a gift. They will buy art online, usually at a lower price.

And finally come investors that have enough money, are willing to pay fairly large amounts of money and remain anonymous. These kinds of investors usually buy art online.

Tips to Sell Art Online & Make Money

Create a Website

Creating a simple, personal website doesn’t really cost a lot of money. There are many websites and apps for it. For example, a basic WordPress website with a domain name, hosting and other essentials for eCommerce can cost just about 45 EUR per month - which is affordable and reasonable if you consider the return on investment which comes later.We'd also strongly recommend looking at these beautiful websites that gather art-loving people together and create a community of people searching for an original piece of art:

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Showcase your art on these websites in the form of excellent pictures of your art, detailed description, material, time taken and the concept. It could be anything: a painting, portrait, picture, sculpture, carving or just about anything.

Also, open a Facebook group or page and Instagram account with the name of your website and spread it around to your social contacts. Get people to ‘Like’ your Facebook page, follow you on Instagram and share.

The primary purpose of a website and social media accounts is to build your personal brand as an artist. And secondly, you can include an online payment button on your website and social media page for people who wish to buy your art.

Etsy is Wonderful

Not many people are aware of this wonderful online marketplace known as Etsy. It is an American portal that allows you to open own marketplace for a small monthly fee. Etsy specializes in handcrafted stuff and unique art. Therefore, discerning buyers of art visit Etsy to shop around for something that meets their taste.
There’re lots of famous artists that sell art on Etsy and make money. In fact, opening a marketplace on Etsy has several advantages. One of them is your online marketplace receives only people that are genuinely interested in art. Hence, the chances to sell are higher. And secondly, Etsy gives you global coverage. Meaning, your art will be seen by people around the world. You can quote a price in American Dollars to get more money.

Online Art Galleries

Just in case you’re unaware, there’re several online art galleries that operate from the US and other parts of the world. You’ll have to register with them. The registration process can be slightly complex because these art galleries are very particular about whose art they’ll be displayed on their website. Therefore, be ready to provide details such as the school of art from where you got a graduation degree or your detailed profile if you don’t hold any formal fine arts qualifications.These online art galleries usually promote upcoming artists. They help you build a portfolio and display it to visitors online.

Of course, they’ll charge a small fee for this service. However, the fee is worth the value you get by displaying your art online on a very famous Internet-based art gallery.

Nowadays, lots of medium to large investors visit these online art galleries solely with the purpose of buying art. They look for excellent art from budding and upcoming artists that show promise of becoming big names. That’s because junior artists sell at a lower price and the same piece of art will fetch much more money when you become very famous.

Amazon Handmade

And last but not the least, Amazon Handmade is an excellent way to sell art online and make money. As the name suggests, this is a service from Amazon, the world’s largest online store. In fact, you can sell any handmade products such as paintings and sculptures or just about any art object through Amazon Handmade.

Also, you can sell portrait making services through Amazon Handmade. This means you can take orders and create portraits for your clients. Joining Amazon Handmade is free for artists, provided you meet the criteria set by Amazon. And agree to their terms and conditions. Amazon Handmade has thousands of art sellers like us that promote and sell their art to discerning buyers around the world.


Selling art online can be a challenge but if you are consistent enough, you can succeed. Eventually, once you get the hang of it, it isn’t as hard as you thought. With the right connections and an effective marketing strategy, you’ll be on your way to making a living out of selling your artworks online. Our recommendation for you would be to carve a niche for yourself by participating in various free exhibitions. You can also host an art expo at some educational institute such as your school or college. Remember, the higher your popularity, the better your chances to sell art online and make money from it.


Images by Kelly Sikkema, Arnel Hasanovic, Khara Woods, Klaudia Piaskowska, Steve Johnson from

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Nature Elements Brushes in Flame Painter 4 and How to Use Them

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:21:55 +0100

Digital artists are in a constant search for high-quality brushes so it’s good news for them that the most recent Flame Painter version comes with all sorts of brushes for various purposes. In today’s blog, we’d like to introduce presets for painting nature elements and natural environments and show examples of how easy they can be incorporated to put the perfect finishing touch of nature on your next designs.

Brushes for painting nature are useful for many purposes. It doesn’t matter if it’s photo manipulation, painting from a photograph, enhancing landscapes, creating an outdoor environment, scenery or cosmos. Adding fire, snow, greenery, clouds or space scenery is now a piece of cake with Flame Painter 4 brushes. They will ensure your artwork pops up by adding an extra layer of artistry to your designs. Read about various nature elements brushes Flame Painter offers and how to use them:

Fire brushes

It is hard to imitate fire digitally. Just type ‘fire’ to google image search and you’ll see there are dozens of variations of how the actual fire may look like. Thus, coming up with a brush for painting fire in Flame Painter was a challenge for us. Eventually, we’ve invented a few of them. When combined, they may create true to life fire effect which can adjust your photography or digital painting. The most basic “natural-looking“ flame brushes are Fire 1 and Fire 2 of the Elastic particle system. Combine them with the Fireball brush of the Follow particle system to give the brush stroke depth. To achieve a more digital look, try the Flame and Sizzle brushes.

For painting nice outdoor fires, use the Bonfire brush in Flame Particle System.

TIP: Use fire brushes on a background layer filled with color black as they look better on dark backgrounds. To make your fire designs look more realistic, adjust Brightness/Contrast which will make the flames more vibrant. You can also experiment with Hue/Saturation if you want to change the saturation and the color tone levels.


Spark brushes can add more depth and, literally, a sparkle to your flamboyant designs. There are various sparks brushes in Flame Painter that are random and scattered to create a nice effect for adding dynamic light effects or grunge splatters for your artwork with one pen stroke. The most precise brushes are included in the default Flame particle system, these are Sparks Chaotic, Sparks Large, Sparks Thin and Sparks Large. You can add a more variated sparkling design with Sparks brush of the Elastic particle system.

Smoke brushes

Smoke effect is the “signature” brush of Flame Painter. Just like with fire, there are many variations on how the smoke looks like. What is more, smoke can be also hard to capture photographically. We’ve tried to come as close as possible with the three brushes in Elastic particle system called Smoke, Smoke 2 and Smokey Cloud. These medium sizes brushes can be used to add realistic-looking smoke to your work - graphics, wallpapers, posters, or flyer designs. Moreover, these smoke brushes can add a new dimension to photos.


Flame Painter 4 brings amazing new brushes for creating own universe, stars, galaxies, space dust, constellations, and nebulas. Try the Sky or Sirius brushes from the Flame particle system or Violet Dust, Milky Way, Illumination of Ribbon particle system for night sky images. If you’re after a more fantasy image, try the more colorful Cosmos brush from Follow particle system to paint starfield with some interstellar clouds.

If you’re looking for a brush to paint stars, be aware. Star brushes may look cheap. Glitter love brush from Elastic particle system has a digital art vibe which when applied to the right photo, can add a touch of magic to a night sky as well.

Other deep space brushes like Star Clouds, Star Sky of Elastic or Ethereal and Nebulous from Fuzzy particle system will add a beautiful touch on the “fantasy” side to your night artworks.

TIP: If you’re working on a nebula, make sure you add some 3D feeling to it by adding different levels of shades so it does not look boring. Also, remember to alter the colors and the strength of the brush when creating the nebula.


The latest Flame Painter is shipped with many beautiful brushes for painting leaves, grass, plants or flowers. If you’re looking for brush presets of leaves, check out the Green Leaves and Green Leaves 2 brushes in Follow particle system. For adding autumn magic to your work, use Autumn brush from the Elastic it will nicely blend into any “fall” piece.

It is possible to add various flowers and plants to any outdoor scene with Flame Painter 4. Try out Ribbon’s Summer Story, Follow’s Gold Stars and Fern, Flowers and Aloe brush from Fuzzy particle system.

An exotic grass look can be achieved using Grassy Green brush from Fuzzy.

TIP: It is important to say that Flame Painter’s settings give you amazing possibilities of creating your own greenery brushes - use Brush Creator panel for this. Here you can add various images to shape your brush the way you want. You are also able to add textures to the brush preset in the Palette panel’s Image settings.


Flame Painter 4 comes with various brushes to add realistic-looking clouds to your photos. Clouds 1 and Clouds 2 brushes from the Fuzzy particle system have different images that altogether create these unique brushes. Each of them is a bit different. This is because clouds in the sky often look diversely depending on the image. These two are perfect for any landscape or photo series where you can quickly create a dramatic effect,

If you are after a mysterious look of mist-like clouds try to use Smokey Cloud of the Elastic particle system.

TIP: If you want more detailed painting, try to select a lighter and a darker tone of your main cloud color, and then switch between them to paint highlights and shadows. You can also experiment with the blending modes of these brushes to suit your needs.


If you are looking to deploy various snowy moods in your design, Flame Painter will help. Check the Light Sparks brush in the Ribbon particle system to create an effect of falling snow. The other two brushes for similar effects Snow 1 and Snow 2 of the Fuzzy particle system. These brushes are already set to have various sizes because we know snowflakes that appear in a photo are not all the same size due to the distance from the camera. They have also some amount of Blur applied to them as well.

If you’re looking to add a digital touch of snowflakes to your image, try Snow Flakes brushes of Fuzzy or Follow particle systems. Try to switch the color to white to add beautiful snowy designs of your Christmas gift or animated wintery background.

TIP: Try white snowflakes falling against a light blue backdrop - it will look striking.


Rain effect can be really hard to add to your photos realistically, but Flame Painter brushes can certainly help. The software brings two rain brushes in the Liner particle system: Rain Heavy and Rain Light. The difference is how much rain effect you would like to put on your designs. These brushes make it fast and easy to add rain effects to your digital illustrations or photographs.

TIP: You can easily adjust the size, frequency, and angle of the rain droplets by messing with your brush size and settings. You’ll want to add differing levels of rain for a more realistic effect. Place smaller drops in the distance, and larger ones in the foreground.

No matter if you are a photographer looking to add beautiful naturally-looking/photorealistic effects to your outdoor captures, a designer looking for expressive yet controlled nature effects or a digital painter, searching for natural brushes to make your artworks come to life, Flame Painter 4 offers a wide range of unique brushes that will beautifully enhance your imagery. Try a free Demo version and available at and let your images stand out. Your imagination is the only limit while exploring its possibilities


FIRE: Image by Guilherme Medina |
SPARKS: Image by James Owen from Unsplash
SMOKE: Image by Tim Trad from Unsplash
COSMOS: Image by Jeremy Bishop & Warren Wong from Unsplash
GREENERY: Image by Elijah M. Henderson & Eric Muhr & Jonathan Borba from Unsplash
CLOUDS: Image by Matthew Henry from Unsplash
SNOW: Image by Giovanni Moschini from Unsplash
RAIN: Image by Brooke Cagle from Unsplash

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