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Alice 3 To Get Away Painting WIP 5

Alice 3 To Get Away Painting WIP 5

She’s nearly ready for the colour glaze! I’ve learned good stuff doing this. I’ve learned that the technique I taught myself over the last several years, which involves many, very thin washes, is not only needlessly difficult, but also actually destroys some of the properties of the acrylic; I should have been using an additive to make the colour transparent, rather than water, which eventually thins the acrylic so much, it barely bonds to the substrate, and is ridiculously hard to work with. I am hoping that, when I start using the proper additive, the work will be faster/easier after years of doing it the dumb, hard way; I’m aware, from the research I’ve been doing, that the transparentising medium presents problems of it’s own, so I will need to practice with it, first, so as not to ruin this painting, which I am very pleased with, so far.


3 responses

  1. Ooooh, I remember that learning curve too. The additive will help but you are right, it will require some practice. I also found that using distilled/filtered water helps a bit. Tap water seems to break down the pigment and bonding agents in the paint a lot faster. However water is water and is not going to give you the same results as an extender or glaze. She is looking good though, in spite of your difficulties. 🙂

    May 21, 2013 at 7:08 am

    • Thanks, Cari-Ann. I’m very happy I not only decided to paint again, but decided to extend beyond my comfort zone/established process; whole new potential has been discovered. It’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

      • So true and my atristic journey has brought about many steep learning curves too, yet I would not change a thing.

        May 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

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