The Eiffel Tower: a symbol of Paris, city of lights
The Eiffel Tower in all its tall grandeur floating around Paris’ landscape is no doubt the symbol of Paris, and France at large. It is arguably the most famous tourist attraction in the world and a monument to behold.
With over 6 million people climbing and viewing the Eiffel Tower every year, it’s a must-see for everyone who visits Paris. You simply can’t go to Paris without seeing the tower and the Seine river area!
One of the most loved cities in the world, Paris, the city of lights, draws millions of visitors from all over the globe to marvel at the Parisian’s cultural wonders and brilliant architecture. But Paris is not just known for its brilliant night time illumination, it’s also as a city of love and arts.
To date, Paris is one of the world’s most known cities for fashion and shopping. It’s the heart of France and home to well-renowned artists and innovators.
The Universal Exhibition of 1889, birth of the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. It was originally designed as the centerpiece for an international exposition called ‘Exposition Universelle’ or ‘Universal Exhibition, during the 1889 world’s fair held in Paris. It took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days to finish the tower.
Gustave and his co-engineers who designed the tower began building it in 1886 after winning a competition that was launched for the fair to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is actually not made of steel, it’s made of iron. The aim of the competition was to “build on the Champ-de-Mars an iron tower with a square base, 125 meters wide and 300 meters high".
Originally, the tower’s licensing rights were supposed to be for only 20 years, after that, it was supposed to be demolished. The tower became a subject of controversy. At 324m high, it was said to be too monstrous.
Plus, it was non-profitable. But Gustave was determined to avoid its destruction, later they found great use of the Tower during the First World War, using it as radio for the telegraph communications. To date, the tower has become a distinct symbol of France.
Which technique to use when painting the Eiffel Tower?
There are plenty of acrylic painting techniques that you can use when painting the Eiffel Tower. It all depends on your image of the tower. But of all the painting techniques there are, the most useful one for painting the actual tower is detailing. This is not a usual technique that most acrylic artists use but as the tower requires a lot of detail, it’s a good trick to learn.
Essentially, detailing is when you use a small pointed brush to add fine details to a painting. It’s not as easy as it sounds though. Detailing requires a lot of control and precision.
An easier way to create your own Eiffel Tower painting is through painting by numbers! It’s a fun and easy craft for beginner painters. It’s like those coloring books with numbered areas that we all used to have as kids, you just follow the number patterns; only this time you got yourself a canvas, brush, and paint and a bit more difficulty.
Acrylic is a much more suited medium for beginners. They are much more versatile than oil and are more perfect for these kinds of artwork. It's easier to create color gradients and play with color tones with acrylic because it’s water-soluble.
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There’s more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. Although it is almost always associated with the city, Paris in itself is a monument of art. Every area and pretty much everything about the city is simply beautiful.
It’s an artwork. There’s a reason for it to be Paris, the city of artists. Not convinced by France? There are plenty of other landscapes to paint, cities, or more natural sceneries!
Did not find your perfect Eiffel Tower DIY painting?
If you have the most perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower from one of your visits to Paris, we can create a DIY custom paint by numbers kit with your photo for you!
What a fun, personalized, and thoughtful DIY project to give someone you love, like yourself! Once done, frame it and hang it on your wall!