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Old 02-09-2011, 12:36 PM
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Looking for Advice on Acrylics & Sketching

I have an idea for a mixed media painting that contains both acrylic paint and the ability to sketch/draw directly onto the canvas (over the acrylic painted background.) My problem is, I am not sure what type of drawing/sketch materials would adhere to the acrylics and without ultimately smudging the sketch when finished & sealed with an acrylic matte varnish.

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:07 PM
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Re: Looking for Advice on Acrylics & Sketching

As soon as you add drawing over acrylic you have a delicate at best surface. Be careful and cautious and use a thin spray finish instead of a brushed finish. I would use an isolation coat made of many thin sprayed coats of gloss acrylic soft gel thinned to be sprayed. Then seal with a UVLS varnish.
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Re: Looking for Advice on Acrylics & Sketching

I have seen work with color pencil over acrylic and pastels,charcoal etc. As long as you spray it should be ok. maybe do a trial run on a small piece first to experiment.
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Re: Looking for Advice on Acrylics & Sketching

Ink over acrylics can sometimes be a problem...the pens tend to get clogged. But there are a few that I've had a lot of success with, including my very favorite black pens by Faber-Castell.
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Re: Looking for Advice on Acrylics & Sketching

This is wonderful! Thank You Thank You for your suggestions. I plan to experiment all the way. Your input helps me a lot in narrowing down the experimentation with more successful results.

Again I must say, your knowledge is highly appreciated!
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