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The Soft Painting Technique

The special effects achieved with Soft Painting are obtained using multi- dimensional harmony.

A relatively new technique developed in Israel by local artists, has brought about a breakthrough in the process of creating original art.

Soft Paintings which are created in the Soft Art technique, are created exclusively by Arntova’s talented artists.

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In the soft painting technique the artist uses synthetic acrylic fibers in a wide variety of shades (substituting the familiar oil or water based colors which artists use in a standard painting).

For the purpose of rendering the image the artist makes shapes using these fibers, pieces of synthetic felt or burlap and colorful acrylic strings of different thicknesses, thus effectively painting with these materials to create their ideas.

Replacing the painter’s brush, the artist uses a needle to fasten the materials to the “canvas” which is either synthetic felt or burlap.

The artist starts with a single needle and paints his work, using strings instead of the pencil, and fibers instead of colors.

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When the painting becomes thick with the layers of fiber,
the artist uses a special punch with a hundred needles to
work the fiber in and this allows for complex shading of
layer upon layer of fiber where color is achieved tthrough
the various shading and layering of the different colored fibers.
The beauty of this technique is that at any time prior to
finalizing their creation the artist can easily remove
these fibers and continue working, without any waste of materials.
After the artist completes their work the canvas is backed with an
industrial felt and placed in an press with 14,000 needles which
completely compresses the work and pushes all of the fibers and
materials into the fabric making an endurable and unique piece
which is one of a kind.The special effects achieved with this unique
technique are based in the creative process and the
combination of layers of materials;the creation of new shades,
transparencies,and forms which can not be achieved in any
traditional method of painting.Because these works are all done
free hand by the artist,each work is an Original.

 

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