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Old 05-01-2012, 01:57 PM
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Working Acrylics more efficiently

The recent post on drying time prompted some ideas to working faster:

ORGANIZE YOUR PAINTS: Organizing your paints will buy you more time to paint with your quickly drying paints instead of fumbling around for the right tube, especially outdoors.

I organize my paints on binder rings by color - yellows, blues, reds, earths. The Liquitex tubes have a hole punched out in the bottom for the rack display which is very handy. Repair torn holes and add non-liquitex brands with duct tape. Pick up paints by the ring,not the tubes.

MAKE YOUR OWN COLOR MIXING GUIDE.
I have filled a Raffine heavy paper sketch book with color mixes so I can zoom in on that "special mix. For example, If I am painting a sky, I flip to the "Blue Sky pageand I can look at the the paint swatches with tints and darening for for all the major blues - cerulean, cobalt, phtalo and ultramarine and quickly pick the right mix for my need. Dito for mixed greens, flesh tones, mixed neutrals, etc. Every time I get a new tube, I add a paint patch and perhaps some experimentation. Ditto for new mixes either accidentally or from an instruction book. Side benefit - you begin to realize which tubes of paint you really need and which are just convenience blends, also cross compare blending results against oil based paints.
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Re: Working Acrylics more efficiently

Photo shot from my hotel room, demonstrating paints in binder rings and example colorpage
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:46 PM
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i love your post and your color charts and organization- sadly when i paint i am all over the place hee hee
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:29 AM
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Re: Working Acrylics more efficiently

Neat, thanks for sharing! Even though I won't use this method - I looooove to look for the right tube, gives me time to think twice about possible choice of color and my artistic soul feels better in a mess of tubes and brushes (I think it makes the process of painting sort of "making things tidy and clear" ^_^).
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