Hi, if you're a new member welcome to WetCanvas! (please go to the second post) if you're just new to this part of the site welcome to the Acrylics forum; some quick pointers to get you oriented.
Acrylic forum Staff
If you enter the Acrylics forum via the Channels menu, you may note the staff list, in the side panel, is incorrect due to current software problems.
The Staff for this forum are:
Moderators: Lady Carol, Charlie's Mum and Noodle1
Guides: Idylbrush, Gaykir and ChammiKaiser.
Since WetCanvas is an international forum with members from all around the globe, in the interests of readability, we ask that members use English or include an English translation of their message in their posts. For the same reason, abbreviations that are used for texting messages are not recommended in posts as they could be confusing, especially to non-English readers.
There are several online translation sites, and whilst not perfect they do allow members to understand your post much better. Here are a few:
Thank you for your co-operation.
The common Wetcanvas abbreviations can be used and they are shown in the "WC Acronyms" - courtesy of Yorky, WC Administrator.
There are some useful resources in sticky threads like this one at the top of the first page you see when you enter the forum, you'll find a lot of useful information in these to start you off.
If you have a question about something that might have been asked before please try a quick search before starting a new thread. The Search this Forum
link is located in the upper-right corner, just below the page numbers, so it's always available even if you're looking at page 2 or 4 or 8; this search will automatically restrict itself to the Acrylics forum. Click on the Advanced Search
link below this if you would like to restrict your search to a given range of dates or to a specific member's posts.
You can search the entire site if you think there might be other references to what you're curious about (stretching canvas, priming with acrylic 'gesso', paper weight, brushes etc.) by clicking on Search
in the middle of the blue bar just above the list of threads.
When using Advanced Search
I often find it useful to select the Posts
option under Show Results as
(bottom option on the left) which gives you a brief summary of any post found that contains your search terms, instead of just a list of thread titles with no additional detail that you have to then read through 'manually'.
WC! also has a forum dedicated to color theory and mixing
if you would like additional input. Many of the members who frequent that part of the site will be able to give more time and a different perspective on color matters.
Palette and brand recommendations
If you are just starting in acrylics and would like ideas on starter palettes and/or brands there are many existing threads that you can look through to begin with. There is also a sticky thread near the top of the Color Theory/Mixing forum entitled "Show us your palette colors and tell us why" which you might like to peruse.
The sticky, Online acrylic resources
contains the URLs of most of the major acrylic manufacturers' websites, including other information of particular benefit to the acrylics user.
Posting and Feedback on your work
If you post a picture of one of your paintings here generally you'll get positive comments from members who like it or want to give encouragement, with the occasional mild critique if someone sees something they think could be improved upon. It's not essential but it would be helpful if you could list the dimensions and the support used, also, if you are actively seeking it, it's a good idea to include "critiques welcome" or "C&C wanted".
that the posting of video links only to off-site hosts is not acceptable as it is against the spirit of WetCanvas.
If you have made a video of your work, please use the link as a support to, and in conjunction with, the posted image(s) . It has always been the policy and within the community spirit of WC that members share images of their work here on site for sharing and for C&C. Please do not link to off site image hosting services because we risk those images being removed and rendering threads here on WC useless. You will also benefit from posting here because many members will not follow a link due to fears of a virus or other potential negative.
If you would like to get more in-depth comments on your work to help you improve you can also post in one of the dedicated critique forums - Open Critiques and Structured Critiques - the frequent visitors there will have more practice giving input and this can be most helpful if you wish to develop (particularly the Structured Critique forum). You can also post work anonymously to the critique forums if you wish.
Don't forget to check out our Composition & Design
and Drawing & Sketching
forums, for help with these important areas, as well as the other subject-specific forums if your work falls into particular genres - landscape, plein air, portraiture, figure painting, abstract etc.
"How do I do this?" questions
Please don't include a picture of a painting by a living artist with this kind of query, instead post a link to where the painting or paintings can be viewed elsewhere.
As you might have noticed, above the main list of threads we have a Hall Of Fame, which is used to separate threads from the archives thought to be particularly beneficial, as well as those rated highly by the members. So please don't be shy about rating threads!
Don't forget to check out the articles
we have here already. And if you have a technique you would like to demonstrate or you'd like to do a step-by-step of a painting you think would be valuable to others consider writing an article of your own!
Thanks for your attention, we hope you enjoy the forum and we look forward to helping you in any way we can.
Your Acrylics team