blending acrylic metallics

by leslie
(huntsville alabama usa)

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 some gold enamel paint with some bright yellow acrylic. It mixes well but separates quickly, so you must stir it frequently. The effect was an exceptionally easy to spread rich bright gold which had subtle yellow highlights when dry.

I was painting a sun over an archway and I liked the look so well, for the shadowed side of the suns rays I mixed a metallic bronze acrylic with a royal blue acrylic (the metallic paint is thinner with a slightly tacky quality) which was perfect!

The finished surface looks like hammered metal. Really nice and easily acheived! No picture yet as I just put it up yesterday, but if I can add one later I will!

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I never thought of using the 2
by: Betty R

Great idea Leslie!
I use these paints but never thought of combining the two.
I am painting a poster right now for our oldest daughter with wedding bells etc. and I under painted the bells in orange and the shaded area with orange and burnt sienna then went over it all with the gold metallic. Never occurred to me to blend them. Thanks for your idea!

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Blending acrylic Metallics
by: Anonymous

Hi Leslie:
That sounds really interesting. Looking forward to seeing an example before I go out and buy the paints you mention.
Thank you,
Mops

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