View Full Version : watercolor effects w/ acrylic

10-28-2010, 09:31 PM
hey folks, ive seen these type of of watercolor effects around, and while I get the whole process with watercolor and paper. Im wondering what the technique entails when its acrylics on what mostly appears as canvas.

- do you coat or seal the canvas better? or thin up the paints with a binder, rather then water.

nice effects, but not nearly the thinness of actual water color on paper.

any sites, vids or technique info appreciated.

Particularly interested in the very fluid type splashing, mixing, running together of colors. Not really the brush techniques. See examples below.


10-28-2010, 09:33 PM
cant post links until I post 2 more times.

10-28-2010, 09:37 PM
heres a few examples, and his youtube page doesnt shed any light on the technique.

this guy has some nice stuff

particularly the splash effects:

10-28-2010, 09:48 PM
Here's a pretty good video you can download to your computer that might be helpful. They do charge for these, but I have found most of the videos on this site to be worth the small fee they charge. Take a look!

10-28-2010, 10:25 PM
thanks I'll see whats there.

Charlie's Mum
10-29-2010, 03:28 PM
I do a lot of work with acrylic inks - which behave in the way you're asking about.

Now that's you've come to our forum - and welcome!! - it's always worth taking a look at our Information Kiosk - a sub forum at the top of the main forum page.

Take a look at one of our classroom threads - the Brilliance of Acrylic Inks - here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285864)

10-29-2010, 07:18 PM
cool thanks I'll check it out

Chestnut Tree Cafe
10-30-2010, 07:55 PM
I'm not an expert at this technique, but...

If you use a more absorbent surface e.g. unprimed watercolour paper or unprimed canvas, and dilute with water the acrylic will soak in, look matte and not travel as far (unless surface is wet in which case it will spread).

If you use a less absorbent surface e.g. sealed canvas or board and dilute with a fluid gloss medium you will get a glossy pour which sits on the surface (and takes ages to dry).

Acrylic inks I've not tried but I imagine they are good for thin transparent pours, whereas fluid acrylics will also do opaque pours. In my opinion, diluted acrylics never seem to spread as well as watercolours, but they have lots of different possibilities.

You could try putting paint of different viscosities in a paper cup and pouring from that.

You probably need to experiment to find the effect you are looking for. Perhaps try using water, water and flow improver, and a fluid medium.