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Old 09-03-2017, 06:44 PM
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Acrylics on foil

Hi all. I've recently joined up, and am keen for some feedback for technique improvement mainly. Subject done from a photo. Dimension is 65mm wide by 70mm long. This is one of the larger ones I've done.

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Really?! On foil?! Cool. I've never heard of that.
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:11 PM
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Hi. Yes. Ordinary aluminium kitchen foil - shiny side up. I normally use a dark blue base coat first; not too fussed if it doesn't cover the foil completely (although it helps). After it's dried (or sometimes not), I start the painting. I'm sure it's been used before but isn't all that well-known. Regards. Lawrence.
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Welcome to the forum, Lawrence. Well done on the tiny painting.
I take it you are using the heavy duty foil. Do you mount it onto something sturdier first? I've already tried painting on the thick foil from the top of a coffee tin and found that the paint easily rubs off, due to no pre-treatment. I'd like to know how you seal your work.
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:58 AM
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Re: Acrylics on foil

Hi Christel. Thank you. Not using heavy foil. I simply double fold and bind between folds using an adhesive to give it form and stability before commencing work.

There are two approaches I use to protect the painting from accidental scratching. After carefully completing the work, I prefer to apply two coats - one of gloss varnish then a layer of matt. The other option I use, depending on intent, is to apply clear acrylic as sealant.

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Old 09-05-2017, 04:31 AM
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Hi again. I do free form stuff as well. And that's probably the more interesting for me creatively (for obvious reasons). This pieces highlight how I'm using only two colours on the foil - the basecoat (Blue) and white. It's 55mm x 90mm. I do like the crackling effect of the foil interacting with the paint, much like oils on canvas: gives it texture. It may appear unfinished but I like it for that very reason (just my personal tastes). But C & C welcome on the composition. Cheers.

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An amazing support to use and I enjoy your results. Thanks for telling us how you do it, and welcome to WetCanvas! Foil is listed as one to use for alcohol inks, so I've been playing with those, but not yet on foil.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:29 AM
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Thank you Kay, and thank you for the welcome...and the knowledge about inks on foils. Regards.
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Thanks for the info.
Very interesting approach to painting. I also like the crackling effect and the way it glows.
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Yes, it's the interaction between that first coat of paint and the foil metallic surface that presents interesting inspirations, as with the above face. It does produce some interesting opportunities, as seen below, but then sometimes not. That's the fun part about doing acrylics on foil, the extracting that initial impression and bringing it to the fore. But like I've said beforehand, I'm very new at this, and trying to find my niche in this fantastic path.



Lost Orphans: 40mm x 50mm. This is another example of just letting the paint interact with the foil to "create" the image. I've simply brought it to the fore and added a couple of colours to make it interesting.

But I really do like portraits because I love looking at faces, and I am really here trying to improve on it as best I can when I can. This is a portrait attempt I did at the beginning of my acrylic on foil explosion that made me realise perhaps I have a chance at this.



Beautiful lady: 55mm x 90mm. Lots of things now with this that I didn't see at the time. But I am still pleased with the blending. But I noticed that the colour darkens when it dries. Could it be the basecoat coming through and causing this?

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Lovely! The last portrait is super.
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Wow, that is so cool! I've never seen anything like it.

These are all wodnerful works but the blue one in post #6 really appeals to me, it has a certain something, I like it very much.

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Hi Christel. She sort of put a brake on producing further portraits; I was wondering if I had reached a plateau after I had done her. Lucky, I have overcome that moment of self-doubt. Currently working on a couple's portrait. Hoping it leads to paid work.

Thanks for the welcome, Virginia. Yes, that blue piece is also one of my favourites. Has a spiritual flavour to it that draws me in (the face above the old guy).


Unnamed banner: 37mm x 51mm. An early banner I did that also has that higher purpose element within a familiar symbolic gesture. My main focus here was the interaction between the air and the water. The figure helps bind the elements together.

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Lovely!
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What a great sense of action and the lighting is fantastic.

Loving your style!
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