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Old 01-31-2018, 09:48 PM
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first layers

I've toned my support with burnt sienna liquid acrylic. My reference is ducks in river and there's a lot of sandy beige and dark umber tones. Moving forward my idea is that I should do the underpainting in thinned opaque colours first like the titanium white and raw umber and glaze more transparent colours like Payne's gray and raw sienna on the top layers. Is there anything to this theory of laying in opaque colours first before transparent colours? I ask the question because I have run into difficulty in getting good coverage with transparent colours on finishing layers. My thinking on white particularly is to lay the opaque titanium before say a mixing or zinc white and not the other way round. I just had trouble getting a good white before. Raw sienna too.
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Old 02-01-2018, 03:42 PM
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Re: first layers

Try looking at the Underpainting Classroom thread in the Information Kiosk, Classroom Index. Link in my signature.
Underpaintings are done in opaque paint to give all the tones completing the painting, translarent glazes are then done over to the required saturation.
You shouldn't need to use mixing/zinc white at that stage .... or any stage!
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