Final acrylic work for week 1.
I’m happy with the results and learned a lot this week as I try painting in acrylic after working for so long in watercolor. Admittedly, the first day in my acrylic challenge was frustrating.
I’m so used to working in watercolor where:
- A little paint goes a long way
- Water lightens color
- Paint goes on the paper so easily, especially wet paper with a wet brush
- You need just a cup or two of water for brush cleaning
- One paper towel is all you need to occasionally dry a brush
Day 1 with acrylics:
- The paint wasn’t going on smoothly
- I was brushing off paint and creating messy clumps
- I had to change out my cups of water frequently
- My paint mixes were so dark I had to mix in a lot of white
Lessons learned the first day:
- Mix in a little water for smoother brushing (helpful site: www.artisfun.com)
- Perhaps apply gesso prior to painting (recommended by above website)
- Let layers dry to avoid brushing off paint and creating clumps
- Have lots of rags handy!
Day 2 with acrylics:
- Mixing in a little water helped. Paint went on smoothly.
- When I want to create a fade in watercolor, I apply the color and then use water to fade it out. Doing this in acrylic, adding too much water, creates a strange look and I worry it will rub off.
Overall, I was proud of my progress on Day 2.
- Similar struggle with how to fade colors (without too much water)
- Struggled with mixing the right color for the sand
Lessons learned on Day 4. (I combined painting with watching instructional YouTube videos.)
- Fading colors. This video was very helpful regarding fading:.
- How much is too much water? This video answered my question on mixing in water. 80% paint, 20% water max.
I’m still trying to figure out the right color mixes, especially sand, which is ironic because back at the beginning of my blog (2014), I was painting in acrylic and trying to figure out what color sand is! Overall I’m happy with my progress and am looking forward to learning more next week!
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