View Full Version : Help, please!

09-17-2005, 02:12 PM
I am a FT muralist using acrylic but want to learn watercolor. I have clients who want the washy look on their walls.
I did this yesterday....help me, please. Can watercolor technique be used on a wall?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2005/45742-100_0224.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2005/45742-100_0238.JPG

This was in a workout room. Kinda obvious, huh? :rolleyes:

09-17-2005, 03:39 PM
Lovely! I know nothing about walls, but I would assume watercolor wouldn't lay on a wall, paint wouldn't stick. You need paper, board or specially made canvas. And even if it sticks, any water drop, or humidity in a room would destroy it. I would think even if you use fixative it wouldn't provide protection. But again see what others say, I never did murals. Just watercolor. Olga

09-17-2005, 05:11 PM
Wishy washy watercolours......get outta Dodge.
Seriously, that look should be able to be achieved with acrylics....but I don't know how.
You could varnish over the watercolours, but think you would do better to PM Nick Simmons who should know.

09-17-2005, 06:32 PM
Ahhhh Walls....I did too many of them.

You can use more glaze or you can get some Watersoluble woodless pencils and varnish over them.
I would use acrylic and then a moist cloth to dab away some of the color. It will give a nice distressed washed out look.
Regular color pencil will also produce a nice faded look- as if it was an old fresco that has aged.

09-17-2005, 09:21 PM
Have a chat to Amaze, she is doing murals right now as commissions..

09-18-2005, 12:38 PM
You can use watercolors and a gloss/matte acrylic clear medium. Gives you that transparent color, but makes the watercolors "acrylic" in nature so they will stick and be preserved. Don't use your good watercolor brushes, stick with your brushes you use for acrylics. That goes for your mixing palette also.
Experiment on paper, canvas board, or some kind of painted wood product.
Good luck.

09-19-2005, 09:55 PM
Thank you for all the great ideas!!!
I created the palms with a watery acrylic so I guess I am on the right track.
Looking forward to learning watercolor from all of you....