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Scanning the list of tags, I found a several that seem quite similar and probably need clearer usage guidance in the form of tag wikis and excerpts:

  • : 3 questions, two about what type of paint to use and one about paint mixing technique

  • : 6 questions, four about existing paintings (?) and two about working with oil paint

  • : 6 questions, five about working with oil paint and one shopping question

What's the difference, if any, between the and tags? Should always come together with one of these tags? Clearer guidance, please!

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Here's how I see it working, once tag wikis offer better guidance:

should be used when the question is about dealing with paint in a generic way, and not specifically about one type of paint or another, or when the type of paint isn't known. Examples:

should be used when asking general questions about the act or process of painting itself (verb form), to specify materials are going to be used for a painting project or existing painting. Or, when the question is about an existing painting (noun form).

should also be used with specific media tags, if the the question is about the process of painting with that medium, just as you would use + or + .

Specific tags, such as , and should be used when the question is specifically about working with those materials, as the methods of applying, preserving, mixing, etc. are unique to those mediums. They don't need to be used with other tags, as seen here:

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  • Yes this feels right. Curious to have a look at some of the tagged questions using those tags currently. – Matt May 18 '16 at 3:11
  • How does this incorporate existing paintings (e.g., a question about preserving a completed work)? – Erica May 18 '16 at 14:15
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    @Erica If we're not discussing tags like "preservation", then "painting" + type of paint/canvas. I meant to add a line about "or maintaining" to the painting section. I'll edit when off mobile – user24 May 18 '16 at 14:18

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