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06-05-2001, 09:43 AM
OK y'all. This is another acrylic. I'm not trying to be a rabble rouser here in the Watercolor forum. I just really am interested to discuss with other WATERCOLORISTS (which I primarily am!!!) what they think about acrylics. If you have painted with both... ....how do they strike you? Why do you prefer acrylic over watercolor or vice versa? This was the first acrylic I ever did. I was pretty amazed at how pleased I was with the handling of acrylics. What do you think of it? If you are a watercolorist strictly, does this inspire you to try acrylic? Darrell Duchene inspired me to try them. I know I ask alotta questions...lol... ...but I'd like to heard from all of you who have tried both. Did you like acrylics? Why? Why not? ---Jane

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06-05-2001, 01:24 PM
This is a wonderful painting Jane! I love the way you captured the delicate skin of the onion....and the shadow areas!

I enjoy working with acrylics like they are watercolors but after they dry...that's it! No wetting and adding more paint into the color...layering is the only option. I've noticed too that when I use the acrylic...it seals the paper but watercolors don't do that. Of course sealing the paper could be a good thing! It would only stretch once!

One thing I like to do with the acrylics is lay down one color....let it dry....lay another over it...wait a minute..then drag a wet sponge over the second layer. Some of it will dissolve and pull away from the underlying layer....great look for texture! You can lift as much or as little as you want.

I just finished a painting using watercolors, acrylics and India ink...I'll post it in another topic.

"Everything is not art and Art is not everything, but it comes close."....carly

Sister Mary
06-06-2001, 12:28 AM
I have done two paintings with acrylics. Actually I am in the process of finishing the second. The current one is on watercolor paper. The first was on a sheet of canvas. Meaning not stretched over a frame. I do not like acrylics because I can not get the exciting results I get with watercolor. I like to work wet in wet. Working with acrylic is much like working with oils for me. Too difficult to be fun.

06-06-2001, 08:04 PM
I prefer watercolor over acrylic because of the effects you get with wet-in-wet. The paint does some of the painting for you and you don't know what the outcome will be.


06-07-2001, 09:51 AM
I'm learning watercolors right now,but I have used acrylics before,then I got mad at a picture I tried to fix and even tho I used gesso,so I can paint again,the old paint was still showing thru,so I threw a tantrum and chunked all my acrylic supplies.I can fix my mistakes a little with watercolor,but I like acrylics as far as control,when you're painting.

Art is in the eye of the beholder

06-07-2001, 01:22 PM
It's interesting to hear different views on acrylics, because the painting methods are so similar to using watercolor. And yet, it is not seeming like most watercolorists exactly embrace acrylics as an appealing alternative for variety. I am going to repaint in acrylic a few paintings I have done in watercolor. I'll post the results. I don't know myself what I'll discover! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

06-09-2001, 07:26 AM
I've tried acrylics, but they didn't suit my ways. I love to use wet into wet techniques and often rewet the paper during the process.
Acrylics dry too fast for me. The magic is not there as it is with watercolours. If one decides to water acrylics down so they act similar to w/c then why not just use watercolours,

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06-09-2001, 01:22 PM
Must say I agree with Rod here. That fast drying doesn't appeal to me and I like the "magic" of watercolor too.. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif This is a really lovely painting..very nicely done!


06-11-2001, 02:30 PM
Hi Jane!
I actually began painting with acrylics in Jr. High school, and just recently (10 years later) got into watercolours. I like them much better for the way them seem to paint themselves.
I have a tendency to lean towards bright, bold colours, and with acrylics, I always found it made my paintings look less realistic. Watercolours seem to help me tone down my work.

Ps. Love the onions - where's my frying pan?
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

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