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Conservation Issues - ( part 2 of 2)

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.

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Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Conservation issues (1 of 2 parts)

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…

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Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Line drawing of photos using Photoshop

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…

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Added by Charles Eisener on December 10, 2014 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

photos I post on here....

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.

Added by Rosemary Clark on November 30, 2014 at 6:08pm — 3 Comments

Reduce the drying effect of your painting surface

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…

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Added by Charles Eisener on October 2, 2014 at 7:35pm — 6 Comments

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Added by Rosemary Clark on March 30, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

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Added by Rosemary Clark on March 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

some reference pictures for you all

Added by Rosemary Clark on March 29, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Frist lesson fron Art Tudor

Well here is may 1st. lesson from Art Tudor. I just finished it. I want to get better at this before I try one of Karen's lessons. Any and all feed back is…

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Added by John N Blank on March 23, 2014 at 11:42am — 6 Comments

Updated tree painting

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.…

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Added by John N Blank on March 22, 2014 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

Mr. Woody is finished

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Added by John N Blank on March 18, 2014 at 4:25pm — 2 Comments

10 more of painting

I spent 10 hours today blocking in more color along with finishing the breast, adding black & white color bars between the…

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Added by John N Blank on March 12, 2014 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

Blocked in color

Here is the wood duck with base colors blocked in just like you would do on a canvas. Next I will out line all the feather…

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Added by John N Blank on March 11, 2014 at 11:05am — 7 Comments

Summer Pond WIP

Not sure where you go to find blogs (at least I have not seen any on this site yet...could have missed them) So I thought I would start one on my page and post my acrylic work in progress of Karen's Summer Pond lesson.The colour of the painting, is much nicer than the photo...long way to go on this...I am slow at painting so will probably take me a few days to complete - also always trying to fit painting time into my schedule...even though I am retired, not enough hours in the day…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on March 8, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Just. Keep. Painting.

I have been away from my easel for probably 10 days at this point, because of the move to Portland. It is amazing how much my painting keeps my centered. I am a sad person by nature. It's just what I was born with, my default emotion. When I paint, that cloud lifts. I feel lighter and a smile comes easily to me. I have only been painting a little over 10 years now, but I had almost forgotten what a huge difference it makes in my life. I get caught up in entering competitions, selling…

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Added by Karen Ilari on April 8, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments

April Classroom and Moving!

Hi everyone. I wanted to stop a minute in all the chaos right now to let you know why I'm behind in getting the April Class video up! I'm moving! My husband's job is taking us to Portland, Oregon. It's about 160 miles from where we are now. He's already up there working, so that means I'm packing up the house. And downsizing! We are having a big garage sale this weekend in an attempt to weed out some stuff. Which is hardest on my husband with his 500 square foot shop and 2 car garage that…

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Added by Karen Ilari on April 5, 2013 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

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Added by Joy W on March 9, 2013 at 12:17pm — No Comments

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Added by Joy W on March 9, 2013 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Western Washington county (Oregon) photo refs

Added by Joy W on March 9, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments

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