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Old 10-05-2005, 10:22 AM
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***Starting tips and posting guides***

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, ChammiKaiser and ColinS
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.

Frequently-asked questions
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'.

Colour-mixing problems
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".

Please note 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.

Rating threads
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

Last edited by Charlie's Mum : 04-13-2014 at 07:39 AM.
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Here are some tips and links for getting your bearings within WC! and to bring you up to speed on important tools and features.

New users
The WetCanvas! homepage might have been the first page you saw when you found us; once you've become an active member you tend not to visit it any more but it's useful to go there occasionally as the links in the left frame will take you to each forum's 'channel page' that lists articles and other information (including a short list of threads that were recently active) which is different from the first page of any forum which just lists threads. See the difference here and here.

Please be sure to check out the New Users forum (the welcome forum) if you're unsure about your way around.
The FAQs in the New Users forum will help you with things like making an avatar, signature banners, personalising the WC! experience and even a how-to on registering if you are just browsing as you read this.

You can bookmark each forum you are interested in (most members have more than one part of the site that they frequent) but a better way is subscribing to a forum. This way you only need to open your own My WC! page and you'll have a list of all your favourite parts of the site ready to click. You subscribe by clicking on Forum Tool (just to the left of Search this Forum) and selecting the appropriate option; you can also subscribe to individual threads if you want to keep track of new posts on a subject you're interested in.

WetCanvas! has a Glossary of common artistic terms that you might like to check if you come across terms you are unfamiliar with. We also have a Product Review section which you might like to browse; consider adding your voice to the reviews there!

As a closing comment if you are reading this using Internet Explorer I would encourage you to try another browser (e.g. Firefox or Mozilla) because in addition to being more secure and blocking almost all popups they are more memory-efficient and feature tabbed browsing, which makes viewing multiple threads/pages much easier, so instead of having a separate browser window for every page you open you have tabs within the one window. Once you get used to it you'll wonder how you lived without it!

Your Acrylics team

Last edited by Einion : 08-28-2008 at 07:55 AM.
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Old 02-27-2006, 02:07 PM
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Some additional help can be found in this great collection of links provided by the tireless team in the New Users forum.

Opening an Account at WetCanvas

Making Avatars
Making Animated Avatars

Posting Images
Resize Images using free software
Resizing tutorial for Photoshop
Creating a Signature Banner
Personalizing WC! (setting options and preferences)
Where to post your work (a guide to the forums)
Private Message system
Rating Threads
Help for Mac Users

Please post images of your work with the Uploader or Attach them — the use of off-site links as a substitute to show your images is unacceptable and not in keeping with the intent or spirit of this site. These will be deleted.

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:32 AM
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Re: ***Starting tips and posting guides***

Because of the increased 'traffic' in this forum, we are now limiting members to

one thread only, per day,

for the foreseeable future.

This will prevent some members' threads being pushed off the first page so quickly that they get fewer, or even no, views. We do want to be fair to everyone!

If members post more than one thread on the same day in this forum, the threads will be merged.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Acrylics Team.

The discussion thread is here - but is now closed.
Cheers, Maureen

Forum projects: Plant Parade projects in Florals/Botanicals, Weekend Drawing Events in the All Media Arts Events forum. Different Strokes in the Acrylics Forum.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:26 PM
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Re: ***Starting tips and posting guides***

Uploading images to any forum

First, size or resize your image to 100 dpi (resolution) and no more than 800pixels in either dimension, this should give you a file size of around 100kb ....... the uploader can take up to 200kb file size.

Save the file as a jpeg

Open your new post page - or New Thread

Type any introduction needed.

Click on the icon above the text panel of your post - it's the 'picture/mountain' icon.

In the new window that comes up. click browse to find your file then click Upload/Submit

When the image shows, click on that and it will put it into your post.

These screencaps describe it!

Continue with any text you want to add.
Cheers, Maureen

Forum projects: Plant Parade projects in Florals/Botanicals, Weekend Drawing Events in the All Media Arts Events forum. Different Strokes in the Acrylics Forum.
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