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Still playing with Acrylic Painting Techniques

The more time I get to escape into my studio this week to play and experiment with my Acrylics the more I realize how much I am learning and enjoying working with them.  I can’t stress enough times how I like the fact that acrylics are odorless and non toxic.  Don’t have to worry about odors in the studio and everything cleans up with soap and water.  Can’t get any simpler than that!

Rose of Sharon /Acrylics with Blending Medium on Canvas Board

Acrylic Blending Medium

As I have said before, my Porcelain Art seemed to come very easy to me but trying something new at this stage in my life seems a bit scary and I feel a little unsure of my painting ability.  So I started rethinking what my style is.  I looked back thru my career as a Porcelain Artist and found some of my published art pieces.  I decided to try to duplicate this style with Acrylics. I had to think why I was struggling and what could make this transition smoother.  I decided to explore Wet on Wet painting techniques with the use of blending mediums.  I had a jar of Acrylic Blending Medium and Watercolor blending medium.   These mediums slow down the drying process of the acrylic paint and allow the artist to blend colors, make a smoother transition from light to dark and soften hard edges.

I found that the Acrylic Blending Medium could make the finished product a bit too shiny for me so I tried the Watercolor Blending Medium to see if I liked that better and I did.  I put a small amount in a small plastic cup used for medicine, as I have an abundance of them, and I dipped my brush into it and then into my paint.  I found I liked this medium much better and it allowed me the smooth transitions I was looking for.  Of course I am still not 100% happy with the painting but I am getting closer to my goal.

My hopes for this blog is to let people out there know that it is never too late to learn.  Don’t be afraid to try Acrylic Painting or any painting technique you might have wanted to try.  I would normally not share my experiments with the world but I want to touch anyone who might be struggling a bit like me and to learn as we go along together.   I still have a list of things I want to do when I grow up!

Acrylic Gel Medium Transfers

One thing on my list is to try photo transfers.  I don’t know much about them but have always been interested in the look.  I did some searching and I found a young man’s site that explained how he did it step by step.  I have never tried them because of the caustic solutions I had heard you had to use.  Paul Fujita says you can make transfers with just Acrylic Gel Medium, photo copies and water.  Check out his site to see the step by step directions with photos.  There are so many possibilities here and I can’t wait to try this.   http://www.calsk8.com/zeitgeist/acrylicgeltransfers.htm

I hope by sharing my journey I have inspired at least one person to jump in there and start painting.  Please feel free to comment or contact me if you have any questions or just want to share.  Have a great painting experience!