Hello all, I am very new to acrylics and need some help! I stumbled across this great site and look forward to exchanging thoughts with other artists. By new, I mean I have only painted three times with acryics (one pix I'm still working on) and I need to know about blending, I can't get the look I want as in soft clouds, smokey effects, just blending in general. Should I thin the paint more, I do use a little water and a gloss medium? It seems when I try to go light on the canvas, such as clouds, the paint does not sink into the pores of the canvas, so I put more paint on which kills the effect I was going for. Being so new, I am lost, I bought some books, but they don't answer all of my questions.
I also am having trouble with the brushes, I need some tips on which brushes to use for certain looks, trees, water, obviously I am interested in painting nature! I have painted tons, but only in crafts (on wood, ceramics, ornaments etc.), I have painted in oil, but I was very young and I would just sit along side of my mom who was a great oil painter and paint with her, I do know oil was easier to work with!! Because of the hazards and cleam up of oils, I chose acrylics. Any advice to get me going would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!