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Glazing with Acrylic Paints

Glazing with acrylics is a technique I use in all my paintings now.  I guess it may be leftover from my experience as a watercolor artist. In the three paintings below, I’ve used the glazing technique in the “vases”.  They were created with lots of colorful layers between drying sessions to give a richer tone of color and depth.   What is “Glazing”? Acrylic glazes are super thin layers of paint that act like colored stained glass over your painting. When you paint with layers of transparent or semi-transparent paint colors, you can still see the color underneath. It is a great way to add depth and dimension to your paintings and bring out the colors or form underneath.  As...

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Acrylics Drying Too Quickly? Here's Some Solutions:

Acrylics are wonderful to paint with because of its' versatility, durability, vibrant colors and ease of use. It's a great choice for the novice to the professional painter. I love how they dry quicker and allow for so much layering of colors. I also like how acrylics can be mixed with a lot of different art mediums, like colored pencil, charcoal, paper and so on, creating some spectacular and original works. However, it does have some disadvantages, such as drying too quickly at the worst time.  It can be a real pain when you're wanting to blend colors in larger areas of your canvas and find the paint has already set. So, here are some tips below that I've found...

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What To Do About the Background

WHAT DO I DO WITH THE BACKGROUND? Have you ever gotten to a point where you just can’t decide on a background? Should you add more details, use one color or two or even create some abstract design back there? Here are some ideas for you when deciding on what to do in your background. KEEP IT SIMPLE Keep the background simple. Do not add too many details in the background, because having too much “stuff” will distract from the focal point. The focal point area should always be the most detailed while the outer edges are softer and more blurred. Your viewer will want to focus on the more detailed part and give the eye a resting spot.  COLOR CHOICES Use only...

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A Couple of Color Mixing & Color Harmony Resources

Here are a couple of questions from acrylic painters who struggle with color: “I get so frustrated when color mixing and it doesn’t turn out what’s in my mind’s eye.  How am I ever going to get it right without wasting paint?” “Is there an existing resource somewhere for how to mix specific paint colors?” “How do I know what color’s work best with each other?” Can you relate?  I sometimes have these same issues even after painting for years and years.  Here are some tips that have helped me: COLOR MIXING KNOW-HOW:  If you want a great resources for helping you mix the color you want, here is a wonderful book: Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic:  Mixing recipes...

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