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03-13-2001, 06:27 PM
i'm new to acrylic, and recently did an abstract using acrylic. besides matt medium, i also used texture paste(sand).
i like acrylic for its fast drying time,is there any rules in mixing texture / colors / medium? will different mixing get different result? i tend to do it freely.

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Keith Russell
03-14-2001, 10:41 AM

As with any endeavor, the 'rules' are only those things that others have already done, that they found to work.

My favourite example of this is a story I read recently in a music magazine. A guy who worked on 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was visiting a class of students who were learning how to mix music.

They were studying the mixes used on 'Sgt. Pepper', memorizing mixer settings, reverb algorhythms, etc.

The visiting engineer was dumbfounded. He told the class that they hadn't known which equipment settings to use when making 'Sgt. Pepper's'--they just turned the knobs until they liked how things sounded.

In other words, use your ears to tell you what is good, not the rules someone else wrote down about what sounded good to them.

The same is true of art.

Mix the paints, modelling pastes, and gels, until things look good/work--for you:

make your own rules!



Keith Russell
Synthetic Sky Studios
Science Fiction Fine Art
[email protected]

03-14-2001, 04:01 PM

Welcome to Acrylics in WetCanvas!

Keith's comments are great. I would just add that technically, you just want to be certain that you are using acrylic to acrylic compounds. Test your mixtures and trials for any strange, unanticipated results from different drying times, ground to paint proportion experiments, etc., then have fun!


L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

03-15-2001, 12:22 AM
The Golden mediums I have all say that you can "mix any amount with paint." So, unlike with oil paints, I guess you don't have to worry at all -- just do what seems good to you.