Wet vs Dry - Acrylics Dry Darker - The Proof!

Wet vs Dry - Acrylics Dry Darker - The Proof!

So one of the things we deal with when painting with acrylics is that they dry darker then they seem when they are wet.

How many times have you walked away from a canvas thinking your highlights are just right, your value shifts between light and shadow are just right. And a couple of minutes later they are gone! I know I have!

This is because the acrylic medium that is mixed with the pigment to make acrylic paints is a little opaque when wet - and then drys clear.

It's hard to pin this down because it isn't the same for all colors, so I thought I would try an experiment.

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Comment by Wenda Spooner on March 23, 2016 at 10:30am

very interesting! thanks

Comment by Sarah Irland on January 24, 2016 at 9:26am

Karen-this is really helpful! Thank you so much for doing the work and sharing the results with us. I have had this problem, particularly when trying to paint a light sky. I hadn't put the pieces together in this way, but you make the point clearly. Thanks, again!

Comment by Karen Ilari on January 23, 2016 at 1:01pm

Thanks Lynda, knowledge it power, right! The interesting thing to me is understanding the variation in the shift between the more pure tube colors and the lighter colors. That was a lightbulb moment for me!

The scientific approach to art - experiment and discover :)

Comment by Lynda Dinneen on January 22, 2016 at 2:52pm

Karen this is super.  My frustration with acrylics is about equal to my frustration with oil....sigh!  With oil, it is mud, with acrylics it is color shift.  This is a great example!  Thank you!!!!! :))))

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