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Your Questions About Acrylic Painting Videos

Lizzie asks…

What Is the Best Website for Good Instructional Videos on Acrylic Painting?

I know of Bob Ross, but anyone know of anyone else a gal from Canada could order them from?

admin answers:

How about this website www.virtualartacademy.com

Ken asks…

Acrylic Painting on a Canvas?

I’ve seemed to always have trouble painting with acrylics. I can’t control the paint and the brushes very well. I’ve seen some time lapse painting videos on youtube and some people spray the canvas with water throughout the actual painting process.

Should I wet my canvas before I start painting to get better control with the paint? I’m using an 8 x 10 flat canvas that already has gesso on it (its not a canvas sheet stapled to a wood frame).

Also does anybody have some basic tips about acrylic painting that every artist should know?

Thanks

admin answers:

Acrylic paint is water based. Dip it before proceeding. It will be much more smoother. Oil paint is much harder to use. Don’t wet the canvas unless you want that desired effect. Remember, your the artist, no rules in the expression of art.

Maria asks…

Acrylic Painting Question?

Can someone please try to tell me how you would create the illusion of being underwater, or mist? I know its almost impossible to tell me on here, but is there a site Ii can check out or even a youtube video?

admin answers:

Hmmm, welll…. One way is to paint the colors proportionately more blue. That is, you make all the colors more bluish than normal.

You can also get a waterspray bottle and spray the canvas. That blurs the colors in a watery-looking way.

You need to observe how viewing objects through water affects the way they look. There will be some distortion. A fun experiment in summer would be to put various everyday (waterproof) objects on the bottom of a swimming pool, and observe how they look.

Then put your head underwater and look at them carefully again. If wearing contact lenses, you will need swim goggles, of course.

Charles asks…

Question About Acrylic and Oil Paints?

I’m new to painting and i was wondering if this technique (using hands with paints rather than brush) is appropriate for acrylic paints as well as oil paints? The video where I saw this technique is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7n_nCrJUpo

admin answers:

That’s not a good idea because it dries quickly and dries as a plastic film on your skin, and who knows what toxic chemicals you might be absorbing through your skin that way.

I wouldn’t fingerpaint with oils either. If you really want to paint with your fingers, I suggest that you use a thin glove like ones used at hospitals. It’s tight and thin and you can still feel the paint but you can keep your hands clean that way. I used that but I find that you have to keep changing gloves every now and then so as not to mix the wrong colors together and ruin the painting.

Helen asks…

How to Do Shading and Highlight with Acrylic Paints?

I need help with shading and highlight technique using acrylic paints at beginners level. I did some search online but couldn’t find any step by step instructions on the topic. I am looking for something where I could learn from pictures or videos at each step.

I am trying to paint a flower. I have just started and have no clue how to giving shading and all.

Thanks.

admin answers:

Don’t use black, it dulls the painting. Instead mix the complimentary color with the original to create the shaded areas (yellow-purple; red-green; orange-blue)

Mixing colors even slightly will give them a nice tone and depth, for example if you are using yellow try adding a little bit of orange, red or another color so it isn’t straight out of the tube, the color will be richer that way—especially if you are close up or focused on one or a few flowers.

Try mapping out your painting first,. It might help to draw it on the paper/canvas first and cover the large areas in their basic colors, then apply the major dark and light areas and start adding detail from there.

Trust me it helps to hold off on the detail because you want to make sure that you have the shape and porportions right so you don’t have to redo the details because something wasn’t right.

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