View Full Version : Mische technique in acrylics

10-09-2006, 04:34 PM
One of the issues that I have with the Mische technique is the time waiting for each layer to dry. so thought I would try it in acrylic, in general the technique works okay however using tempera over oil allows for finer detail due to reticulation but I am sue with a little practice similar effects can be achieved.

The following experiment although simple was done in a single session and demonstrates the various stages. One slight alteration I used secondary colours for the various stages rather than primaries..:eek:

STAGE 1 Idian Ink Drawing.


Stage II Violet wash and added highlights


Stage III Orange Scumble


Stage IV Orange scumble with added high lights


Stage V Green scumble with highlights added


Stage VI Local colour added.

How many of you use this technique in acrylics???

Thanks for viewing look forward to hearing your comments or any suggestions.


10-10-2006, 01:11 AM
Very interesting... I had never heard of this technique before. But after you posted this info, I started reading more about it and I am interested in trying this with acrylics. Thanks for posting the different stages.


10-10-2006, 01:39 AM
That's cool! I also have never heard of this before. One question: isn't India ink water-soluble? How do you keep from making a mess of the ink drawing while you're doing the violet wash?

10-10-2006, 05:25 AM
THe technique is old and although traditionally and oil technique, thought that it could be adapted for acrylics. Once the technique has been developed the finial picture has a range of optical greys that creat an almost pearlescent luminous effect that can't be achieved in any other way.

Indian ink is based on shelac so shoudn't be water soluble but I guess for the purists you could use acrylic ink.

Thanks you for your comments perhaps we should start another forum jsut for those who like the technique. what do you guys think????????


10-10-2006, 02:05 PM
How many other artists in wc are using this technique? and do you know it under another name?

10-10-2006, 05:13 PM
I have never heard of it but it looks wonderful! It looks like a very arguous and intricate process which I would rather leave to the pro's:D Well done still!

10-11-2006, 12:06 AM
hi tdams...

I think there are more people in oils who are using this technique.
It took you six steps and that I believe was my question to you.
I like what you accomplished and think that the glow you achieved is really wonderful.
Is the plate suppose to be a metal plate....pardon my forwardness but think the plate is a little too high key and takes away from beautiful fruit.
Other than that I like what I see.
So you are finished?

10-11-2006, 05:41 PM
Thanks pam & Stephan for your comments much appreciated.

In fact there are eight steps drawing (which if it was intended as a proper piece of art I would have taken more care over) followed by coloured scumble then high lights. Totally agree that the plate coud do with dulling down, but yes it was one of those old white enameled things that we used to take on camping trips. Am I finished doubt it as I am always learning, but yes once the plate has been dulled down as suggested. Developing the technique for acrylics don't think so think that it has a lot of potential and needs further exploration.

Thanks once again.

10-12-2006, 12:28 AM
Thank you for sharing. :cool:

Lady Carol
10-12-2006, 11:44 AM
A wonderful example of the mische technique and demonstrates well the depth that can be achieved. I have to say that I am quite surprised at the success of this and will certainly consider trying it in the future.

10-12-2006, 01:16 PM
Thanks Firebush and lady Carol, If I can stimulate interest then I can ask for nothing more it is a great technique and very forgiving. I would be interested in seeing your own, or anyone elsews for that mattertest results when you get around to trying it.