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Old 04-08-2019, 10:37 AM
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Re: April 2019 Watermedia Challenge

CP: lovely paintings of the mountains/rocks. When you say dilute acrylics - what is that exactly?
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:21 AM
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Re: April 2019 Watermedia Challenge

Sanlynn the eggs are stunning, I also just love those poppies Kay & the sky you did was gorgeous too.
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:35 PM
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Re: April 2019 Watermedia Challenge

Thanks for the comments on the rocks / mountains.

CaliAnn, when I say dilute acrylics, I mean acrylics that have been watered down to watercolor consistency. I imagine they are a little like acrylic ink, but probably not quite so intense. For example in the rock painting, the sky wash was very watery, and the dark areas put in at the end were getting toward the consistency of heavy cream.

The difference between student grade and artist grade really shows up when you paint this way. Student grade just doesn't have the pigment content for this, at least in my experience -- even with phthalo blue and green. Also, a lot of student grade acrylics have Ti white added, which is not good if you're trying to paint transparently. So I mainly use M. Graham and (left over from back in the day) Daniel Smith acrylics. Most of the paint goes on so dilute that it's actually quite economical in the long run.

I've read some experts say that you need to use fluid acrylics to paint in this style. Perhaps, but the heavy-body artist acrylics I've been using seem just fine to me when diluted.

One big difference is that once the paint sets, you're not going to lift it up by scrubbing. I've actually taken sandpaper to lighten a few small areas of some paintings and liked the result. But those areas are not suitable of painting over at that point.

Another difference is that you don't want to use a plastic palette. It stains, and if the paint dries, you're out of luck. (How could I possibly know that? ) Porcelain works great. If the paint dries, it's easy to clean. You need to mist every few minutes while painting, and put wet sponges in the mixing area and a tight fitting top when not in use.

I started doing this accidentally. I wanted to try painting, and the expert advice was that acrylics are a good place to start. After I got a few supplies and tried a few paintings, I decided I really wanted to try watercolor. I was ready to buy some watercolors, and then read Wendon Blake's "Acrylic Watercolor Painting,"

I keep thinking I should get some real watercolors and try them, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

That's probably more than you wanted to know, but it was fun writing about it.
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Re: April 2019 Watermedia Challenge

I know diluting them w/ water isnít advised but Iíve been lucky doing it for a long time.
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:01 PM
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Here are a couple of demos from Steve Mitchell, the Mind Of Watercolor guy. He's using fluid acrylics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTyOnPbaon0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UssCSnYPvKA
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i used the negative painting technique for the leaves pattern using just yellow & blue & mixes of the two. size 14x21cm


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Old 04-08-2019, 08:56 PM
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Sandie, I'm enjoying this negative painting example. It really comes together beautifully when I stand about four feet away from it. Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:10 AM
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Thanks CP. The photo has made it appear much lighter than it really is.The darks are much deeper in the painting & the effect stronger.
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:31 AM
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Kids Drawing, this started out yesterday as a background for the leaves composition but i didnīt like the colours so discarded it. However this morning I decided to use the background as a base for the kids drawing & used the negative painting idea in reverse by just lifting out highlights & adding a bit of colour in the shadows here & there. I was plesantly suprised with the result. Note to myself...must sort out more failed paintings and see what comes out!


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Old 04-09-2019, 07:14 AM
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CP: Thanks for the info - I thought that's what you meant, but wasn't sure.

Sandie: like both your paintings and especially love the kids doing homework - beautiful!
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Sandie, what a soft, beautiful painting of the two children! The fine, dark accent lines and points in just the right amount really set it off, don't they?
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Superb leaves, Sandie, and your two children is awesome!
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Lovely, Sandie! The kids are especially well done.
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Sanlynn, those eggs are the best! Wonderfully fresh.

I wish I could comment on all of the paintings. As usual, I start off with good intentions, but just started to draw the eggs, as I was attracted by the color in the shadows and thought I could use the practice. I look forward to Vivien's painting of same.
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Re: April 2019 Watermedia Challenge

Fantastic refs, wish I had more time, so many choices, I am leaving for the UK for a couple weeks and wont be back till the end of the month.
Wanted to try this mixed media technique: stenciled BG with acrylic, border is ink stencilled, used gesso and liquid acrylics and a drawing pencil to add some poppies.

Hmm, really want to redo the whole thing with WC, but maybe at a later date
Just having some last minute fun


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