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Alice 3 To Get Away Painting WIP 4

Alice 3 To Get Away Painting WIP 4

I’d forgotten how much work physical painting involves! Because it’s been a year since I last did one, there have been a few ‘three steps back, one step forward’ moments. She’s coming along nicely, though; however… I’ve put so much work into developing the shades of black and white, I may not want to risk ruining her by attempting the untried (for me) overlay of colour technique. The thing with very thin washes of acrylic is that you only have a very short window in which to work them evenly before they begin to show every stroke, which is not what I want at all (every stroke showing) for the colour wash. When that happens with the black and white I can simply curse and mumble and wait till it dries, then re-do it from a few steps back, but if it happened with the colour wash, I’d have to go all the way back, redo all the subtle tonal variations… no, thanks. I will look into additives that may help, but may also just not try.

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4 responses

  1. Try using a self-leveling clear acrylic gel. This should eliminate brush strokes and give you glazing transparency. If you don’t have any old spoiled paintings around to experiment on, get a cheap canvas board and fool around with the gel medium. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the saying goes. I would love to see color on this painting eventually!

    May 19, 2013 at 12:31 am

    • Cheers, Alli. I’ve already started using left-over paint to create the same black/white tones on a piece of card, which I will do a practice with colour on (without any fancy medium) to see what happens.

      May 19, 2013 at 12:36 am

      • OK, sounds good. Just be aware that if you are considering thinning the acrylic with water to get transparency, you might end up with the pigment separating out of the liquid–leaving a “particle” look behind…

        May 19, 2013 at 3:42 am

      • I am very aware of that! That is what I have always done, and I use extremely thin washes, that have very short working times, and are very fragile to re-work. It has only recently occurred to me that that was the problem, there was more water than pigment, and that I should consider using some kind of transparent medium additive. After years of doing it the very hard, wrong way, it would probably be a breeze using an additive!

        May 19, 2013 at 3:59 am

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