Originally Posted by missbenster
I'm new to painting and also new to this forum, great to be here, I have been reading a lot of posts that has been helpful.
I was wondering, I have been trying the Bob Ross way of painting and have to say I love it but the only thing is I think it is to hard to use the oil paint at home and was wondering can I do the same method with acrylics and if so what can I use as underpaint?
I live in Iceland and there are not a lot of different types of paints and medium, I did ask the lady in the art supply store if this was possible and she said it was not but I want to be sure so I ask you my new friends
Hi, and welcome to the forum.
Yes, you can use many of the same approaches and techniques. To get longer blend times, you can extend the blending times of acrylics in various ways.
To get the very thick consistency, you can purchase acrylics that are made that way.
"The thinner paint sticks to the thicker paint" is one of the basic and most often used and repeated principles in this style of oil painting. So the base layers are very thick.
With acrylics, though, you can get such fast drying times that it is often possible to use the principle of "the wet paint sticks to the dry paint." The underlayers don't have to depend on greater thickness or viscosity so much.
You mention underpainting. You can use acrylics for underpainting. Ross used them quite a bit, especially in the later years. Toward the end, he was doing more and more elaborate underpaintings in acrylics, before finishing the paintings in oils.
You can do the same thing, but just use acrylics all the way.
To get the snow-break effect with a knife, you would probably want some very thick white paint. You can find it.
You can also get thick gels to mix with the paints and thicken the viscosity. It is easier, though, to use thicker paints right from the tubes if you can find them.
There are some videos online of people painting in the Bob Ross style (and in other, similar styles). Gary Garrett is one painter who paints like this with acrylics, and there are others as well.
Atelier Interactives let you blend by rewetting or reworking. Golden Opens have long wet times, if that is what you are looking for.
If you search video.google.com, youtube.com, expertvillage.com, and other video sites, you can find some good videos.
Roger Bansemer works with acrylics, and has many videos available on his site, http://www.bansemer.com/painting_dem...ing_videos.htm
Although some of his approaches are different from Ross, there is a lot you can learn from him, and about acrylics -- and you can adapt what you learn to your own style.