Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
Some of you may already know how to do this, but for those who don't ... here's a tip on fixing dents in your canvas.
This morning I toned a canvas for a new painting and realized I had this horrid big dent in the upper centre portion. Well I no long have a dent. I spritzed water on the back of the canvas and rubbed my hand around on it and it totally went back to its flat shape!!!
Here's a very short video that shows you how to do this.…Continue
So one of the things you don't really think about when starting to sell your paintings. TAXES! I spend a good week every year trying to pull together my sales and expense info in order to do my taxes. The funny part of this is that I am a bookkeeper in my day job! I can set up a company and take care of everything from bills to payroll. Yet I always seem to leave it all for the end of the year in my own business!
I have everything all set up on Quickbooks software, it would be so easy…Continue
Ha! Remember what I said about tweaking? Well, this needed some more reflected light on the trunk of the tree where it melded with the shrubs behind it on the right side. Lost and found edges are one thing, visual confusion is quite another! I also added the hint of the queen Anne's lace in the…Continue
Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 12, 2015 at 11:56am — No Comments
OK, I have used a simple B pencil to draw-sketch the composition onto the board and then sealed it with a spray fixative so the graphite does not bleed into the paint when I start painting. Next issue is choosing a palette....I am working for a high value study over all to force myself out of that mid range…Continue
One of the most difficult aspects of painting a landscape is reducing the massive amount of information hitting my eyes to a simple format that will communicate the thought that I want to discuss. We know that painting is a form of communication, a visual dialog from between the artist and the viewer. In…Continue
Acrylic paint films have properties completely unlike any other medium, and these properties have to be respected in order to produce a quality product. They also vary considerably between manufacturers; the actual polymers may not be "acrylics" per se, but polyurethanes, vinyl acetates, and/or acrylic/styrene co-polymers either singly or in mixtures with actual acrylic polymers. The chemistry and film properties vary accordingly, so one brand may not react the same as another.
Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments
As noted in some of my other comments, a number of my earlier acrylic works were basically destroyed by SID (Substrate Induced Discoloration). This results from the water in the applied paint dissolving acids or impurities in the painting support and transferring these chemicals to the paint film as it dries. The end product can be nasty stains that are impossible to remove. I also noted that without a final sealer, the acrylic film remains somewhat "tacky" and any surface dust or dirt can…Continue
Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments
Don't know about the rest of you, but I find it harder to produce a decent line drawing from a photo than from life. Some shapes, like boat hulls, can be a real pain trying to figure out the perspective. I found a quick way to produce a line "drawing" from a photo using Photoshop. My software is nearly 10 years old, and apparently this works many versions, so you do not need the latest and greatest.
Just remember to save the line image with a new or modified file name so you do not…Continue
Just so you all know. Any photos that I post on this website are free for all to use. No worries. That's why I post them. So that if you get stuck for new material, you can access my page and get some new ideas. Free.
Several individuals have noted that acrylics seem to be absorbed by the surface of the substrate, whether canvas, faux canvas, or paper. Gesso surfaces are porous by nature, and the water does sometimes seem to prefer the gesso to the paint! There is, however, a very easy fix that works on all substrates, and chance are you already have some in your painting area.
The magic potion is matte medium. Give the painting surface a complete coat of matte medium and then let it dry overnight…Continue
Added by Rosemary Clark on March 29, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments
Hi Karen. I want to thank you for your input on this painting. I added, lengthened and thickened the branch's. Running the branch's off the edge made a big difference. I am a lot happier with it now and hope you think it looks better also.…Continue