View Full Version : Acrylics - a new adventure in speed drying.

08-22-2011, 11:20 AM
I just took the plunge from Oils to Acrylics. I knew the dried faster… but WOW - it was minutes - not hours … or days like my oils . I now have a spray bottle of water with me ALL the time…
But it is fun.
Here is my first experiment in acrylics and what was for dinner. It is 8 inches by 10 inches.

Thanks for looking.


Happy Painting. :)

08-22-2011, 11:58 AM
Welcome to our world Joy. Nice work!

08-22-2011, 03:28 PM
Thanks Gayle. Acrylics are a blast. :)

Lady Carol
08-22-2011, 04:49 PM
Nicely done indeed!!!!!

08-22-2011, 05:13 PM
ye i just switched 2 weeks ago and i thought i was going to have 15 minutes before it dried it was like under a minute, or so it seemed. but i love em now.

08-22-2011, 05:38 PM
Thanks Carol and Greetings Keith.

Will be fun learning the quirks of Acrylics. :)

08-22-2011, 06:01 PM
nice work you handle the paint well.

08-22-2011, 07:21 PM
Joy, it looks wonderful and has the feeling of oils. I like working with them too. Lil

08-22-2011, 09:51 PM
Did you gesso your canvas?

08-23-2011, 01:41 AM
The canvas I purchased had already had gesso applied. (However I do put several coats of gesso on the canvases I use for oils - even though it has a coat of gesso from the manufacture.)

I take it from the question that perhaps putting another coat of gesso on it would help with slowing the drying time?

Lady Carol
08-23-2011, 08:03 AM
Yes. Additional coats of gesso help to slow drying. I usually gesso as I think canvas manufacturers skimp here and gesso is relatively cheap all in all

08-23-2011, 10:20 AM
Well done!! I get a hint of your oil background in this, love it!


08-23-2011, 10:55 AM
Thank you Ken and Elaine for the kind words.

Thanks for the information Carol.

Happy Painting. :)

chammi kaiser
08-24-2011, 07:59 AM
A warm welcome from me too. I am so pleased you are enjoying the process of working with acrylics. I like what you have done very much. Looking forward to more of your work.

08-24-2011, 12:07 PM
Thank you Chammi,

Am looking forward to experimenting with them. Going to work on more onion paintings... a study in onions and acrylics. :)

Happy painting.

08-24-2011, 01:15 PM
Hi Joy......I think you will eventually love acrylics. I also gave up on oils and have learned to work with the acrylics and now I wouldn't go back.

Love you first effort with them and also the subject matter. Good job!


08-24-2011, 03:11 PM
Joy, when I started with acrylics a thousand years ago (actually, about 50 years ago), acrylics were just acrylics. When I did brush painting, I used tube acrylics. When I did airbrushing, I used watered-down tube acrylics. When I needed thick acrylic paste for palette knife, I added fumed silica to tube acrylics.

Today there are dozens of varieties of acrylics for the dilettante, ranging from paste to heavy body tube to retarding agents to pourable, airbrush, and interactive to open acrylics that supposedly mirror oil drying times.

We old timers learned to work with rudimentary acrylics that seem to dry on the way from the palette to the canvas and which have absolutely no effective blending capability. IMHO, the old stuff works for me so I have little urge to spend lotsa money on all the 'new and improved' stuff.

And further IMHO, if I was transitioning from the languid time frames of oils to the frenetic pace of acrylics, I think I'd buy some really cheap acrylics (like Reese's or Marie's), some cheap brushes, and a canvas pad with 10 sheets. If I found that couldn't adapt to the acrylic pace, I'd contemplate going to one of the interactives or maybe just hie my butt back to oils.

08-24-2011, 05:28 PM
Thanks Marie.

I think the acrylics are a blast. Just like everything worth doing.. There is always that learning curve … just some are stepper than others. :)

Happy Painting