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Glycerin does work! 
Rather than buying expensive retarder, just try mixing a little glycerin you buy from the store. Being a chemist, I can tell you that it will be "miscible" …

Cut price Acryilic Impasto Medium  
Only reccomended for expermenting with as I've no idea about the long term stability of the following. Been expermenting with using decorating acrylic-based …

Acrylic paint storage. 
Acrylics will "keep" in medicine (pills, tablets) organizers that are easily available at pharmacies. By spraying regularly with water from a spray bottle …

washing your brushes 
Don't wash your brushes in the sink. Acrylic paint clogs the drains. Thanks for your great site. Sheena. (Good point. It's always best to clean excess …

How to clean a brush that has dried hard with acrylic paint 
Soak in acetone. When brush is starting to soften gently coax the bristles apart with a pointed object such as a darning needle. Soak again and repeat …

Bright colours 
I have painted for years in acrylic and I find that using too much water will fade the colour and at the same time dull your painting. Try using paint …

Keeping Acrylics from drying out 
Does anyone have any tips on stopping tubes of acrylic paint getting dried up? I keep mine in a dark cupboard in a cool place, but if anyone has any …

a cheap and effective palette which cleans easily 
Buy one of those enammelled plates from your ironmongers or better still, try to get an old enamelled butcher's tray from a junk shop. When you have …

Blending with Acrylic paint as easily as with oils 
when I'm painting in a sky that will have alot of clouds or sunset coloring, I first spray my canvas with a small amount of water. Blot off excess, then …

Mix Your Own Color Palette 
One of the many mistakes I made in my new enthusiasm for learning to paint with acrylics was not mixing my own color palette. I had to think back when …

chromacolour paints 
I would recommend using chromacolour paints to anyone. For painting fine detail they cannot be beaten. This is the only acrylic paint I have found that …

aboriginal handmade traditional paintbrushes 
I don't work with acrylics, but am planning to (I use oils) but I also live around the Aboriginies up the top end of Australia. Their art work is …

Tips when using Acrylics 
To preserve your brushes use a straw cut into different lengths, use to store brushes. To clean brushes when using acrylics use washing up liquid. To …

Medium to Use for Sand Effects 
The Australiam aborigines here use lumps of sandstone and other rocks found on gravel tracks.Then with a coarse rasp, grate rock in a collector bowl. Bag …

How to Reactivate Dried Acrylic Paint  
To reactivate acrylic paint once it has dried try cellulose car paint thinner, it does a pretty good job at dissolving/thinning dried up acrylic paint. …

Using Underpainted Grounds
To Improve Paint Flow And Blending
 
Particularly noticeable when employing Alla Prima(direct wet into wet Impressionist) style painting. Acrylics can be pushed around the canvas and …

Care of Brushes 
When you buy brushes never ever replace those plastic caps they sometimes come with . They will bend the hairs. However when it comes to liner brushes …

Advantage of Acrylic. 
All my Abstracts work were painted with acrylic. There are some tips and tricks to paint with acrylic and I would like to share with you. I little …

Blotting with a tissue, great effects! 
After painting an area over an already dry one, wait until the layer is just barely dry. Spritz very lightly with water, then lay a tissue over the wet …

Care of Brushes 
I wash rinse my brushes as I use them but when I am done painting for the day I use the same gentle moisturizing soap on my brushes that I use on my skin …

silhouette it first 
With most of the pictures I paint I always paint the main subject, whether it be an animal, ship, bridge or whatever as a black or very dark silhouette. …

How to achive longer blending time using acrylics. 
I find that if I use super heavy gesso instead of white acrylic paint and water, that I am able to blend colors together. The drying time is slower. I …

Keeping Your Acrylic Paint Wet 
There are expensive pallets you can buy - there are pallets you can make using wet kitchen paper towels on a small tray under a pane of glass (which works …

TREE LEAVES 
Hi everybody, well, I like to paint gum trees as some of you know, well, I was shown a neat trick, all you need is some glad wrap that you keep your lunch …

blending acrylic metallics 
I've been painting murals in a Mexican restaurant, and playing around yesterday discovered (almost by mistake) a neat effect! In a little cup I mixed …

Protecing while correcting your work 
If you have an uncertain spot on your almost finished painting and you want to try and correct it but you are afraid of ruining the rest of the area, give …

Study Habits 
I keep a book of the lowest priced canvas paper I can find. Before I work on the real painting, I try to acquaint myself with the instructions on the various …

Keep your acrylic colours wet for weeks, months.. 
I tend to use alot of mixed colours,that i have made for spesific colour scheme, or even murals. For murals, i find the best way to store large amounts …

Some tricks with acrylics, watercolour and pastels 
If you want to paint realistic church window glass, paint the colours (i.e. red, blue, green, yellow, purple) then draw in the black leading then melt …

Another good way to keep paint from drying out too quickly 
I find that using an empty Huggies wet wipe travel box is excellent! It is quite flat and has a lid which of course keeps those wipes moist for a long …

A great way to stop the paint from drying on your Pallette 
When real life interrupts my painting I hate to lose the paints that I have put onto, and mixed on, my pallette. However, by accident, I came across …

Acrylic Ink Painting 
Start with a watered down canvas. Spatter and drip liquid acrylic ink all over the canvass. Lay on top cling film in different bunches. Crinkle a bit, …

Step by Step for a Perfect, Realistic Skin Tone with Highlights, Lowlights, and Depth 
Here is the secret to creating a REALISTIC SKIN TONE!!! 1.) FIRST, LOOK AT YOUR SUBJECT'S FLESH. -NOTICE all the different shades and tones of your …

Buying Tips 
Buy a little kit and make sure that acrylic painting is what you really want to do...then you need to buy a lottttt of white. You will use this a lot …

Choosing Acrylic Paints 
I am an art student and this year I began to use Acrylic paints for the first time. As a beginner, I wasn't sure which paints to buy but I knew that my …

Colour your ground. 
When preparing your canvas, add some paint to the final coat of gesso or use a coloured gesso. Your coloured ground is now into a tonal range rather than …

Butcher Trays make great acrylic pallets Not rated yet
Most every artist has their own favorite type of paint pallet, ranging from traditional styles that you stick your thumb through, to wet pallets that …

Drying Retarder Fluid Not rated yet
Whatever you call it, this medium is an important part of your acrylic painting kit. I put a few drops in a little spray mist bottle and fill the bottle …

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