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01-03-2004, 10:41 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Ink & Acrylic
Project Leader: Suzy78
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Acrylic paints
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited


Explore layering black India ink and acrylic to capture light, movement, and the essence of your subject with mixed media!

Use the ink (black only, please - any brand of waterproof/waterfast black ink) to create the initial "bones" of the painting, and move on to adding multiple layers of color over any or all of the support. Some sort of heavy watercolor paper is recommended for this project, although you may choose whatever support you wish.

Use ink intermittantly throughout the painting process to help deepen shadows, add texture, or refine detail, even on the top layer of paint!

Thinning Acrylics for Use Over Black Ink:

Acrylics can be thinned using just tap water (or distilled water if you have very, very hard mineralized tap water), and is the cheapest method. Acrylics thinned with water work best on paper.

Another method of thinning acrylics is to use some type of medium, such as acrylic medium in any weight (regular, heavy, etc.) and the finish of your choice (gloss, matte, satin). I use Golden acrylic mediums, mostly regular gel gloss. Simply take a dob of medium, and mix it with a very small amount of paint to produce a translucent acrylic glaze. Be creative and try different types of gloss if they are available to you. Acrylics thinned with this method can be used for any support, but I prefer water thinned acrylics for paper.

If you are familiar with other methods, you may use them, and please, tell what you did!Explore one or both methods using different amounts of acrylic and thinning medium (water or gel).

For an example of a recently completed painting using these techniques, please see my thread in Acrylics entitled "Canada Goose and Gosling".

A few reference images are provided, and may be used to complete this project. They have been pulled from the reference library, a special thanks to all that have allowed these images for us to use! You may also use a reference photo of your own choosing as long as it has strong areas of light and dark. Suitable subjects include, but are not limited to: water (river, pond, lake, ocean, waterfall); still lifes (arrangements of fruit, tea leaves, baskets, glass bottles); and animals (striped, spotted, painted (skewbald or piebald), or multicolored).

Everyone interested in trying something different or new is encouraged to participate in this project. If you are already familiar with using black ink and acrylics, please join this project and show the rest of us your accomplishments!

Good luck, and happy painting!

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=618) or join us in the discussion threadhere (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=157336).

Happy painting!

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