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Acrylic Washes And Pours

Those who love texture will appreciate the point of enhancing it with specially-mixed acrylic washes. Learning to make this mix was the first part of our class. While there are many recipes for it on Your Tube, we were aiming to mix something that could be used in a variety of materials such as paper, molding paste or canvas. Our surface was heavy watercolor paper because this paper can take a lot of abuse. We scored it, sanded it and covered it with masking fluid. The texture and hues on the wash can serve as a beautiful background for a collage. Once the acrylic washes were applied with a spray bottle, we tilted it and let the excess pour on a mixing tub that had an inch of water. The second part of our class was devoted to learning how to mix the paint for a pour. This time we tried bot...Read More

Painting in Acrylics

How can such a friendly and versatile medium be so misunderstood? Acrylics is the medium I recommend to beginners and plein air painters alike. Easy to use, incredibly versatile, and devoid of noxious fumes. The class runs from March 18 to April 22. Click here to register. Summary: You will be able to receive instruction and paint during every class.  Instead of lectures, we engage in a series of short exercises coupled with explanations of the concepts for each session. Receive as much or as little support as you specify. Format: During the first hour, the focus will be on exploring various acrylic pigment and additive qualities though a series of fun, abstract exercises so you can be aware of the medium’s possibilities. We will go through the steps in the development of an acrylic ...Read More

Painting in Acrylics Starts March 18

Some people start learning to paint with acrylics. Others begin with oil then switch to acrylics under the assumption that they are less messy or toxic. Watercolorists switch because it is less difficult and expensive to frame an acrylic painting. Then there are painters who are prevented from bringing their oils to communal spaces. No matter your reason to try them, rest assured no medium has been more misunderstood than this one. You see, it’s all about the additives. Knowing how to use them will give you a tremendous range of effects that simply cannot be achieved with oils. Yet visiting an art store and knowing which additives to get can be a bit intimidating, so many students continue painting without them and reaching the conclusion that acrylics is a difficult, unwieldy medium...Read More