Blending with Acrylic paint as easily as with oils

by Penny Hodges
(Fort Myers, Fl)

Everglades Back Country

Everglades Back Country

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 paint on a thin even coat of gesso. Immediatley start adding your background color and scrub in. Then add any reds, yellows, peaches or pinks and lavenders you wish and scrub them in. They blend beautifully.At that point I usually let things dry a little and then use straight gesso for my clouds also scrubbing quite a bit till I get the effect I want. After it is complety dry I will then scrub in Titanium white to brighten areas of the clouds. Once you master this technique you can pretty much blend anything with acrylics.

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by: Eduardo

I spray the paper first with a small misting bottle but not to much or the paint will run away out of control! If you don't have a misting bottle just dampen the paper slightly with a soft large brush.


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Blending with acrylic paint
by: Anonymous

I have always had trouboe with creating 'moody' skies, so look forward to trying your method. I have seen 'gesso' mentioned several times; as a newbie, could you please tell me what it is, and how it works?

Very many thanks

Anne

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by: Anonymous

Brilliant suggestion and a lovely painting. However, for those who do not like the way acrylic paint dries there is a medium you can buy to slow that down.

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by: Bev

this sounds great thank you what do you use to scrub your paint ex.. what kind of brush or cloth ??

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Blending with acrylics
by: Anonymous

Wow, Penny. Good info. That is often why I don't use acrylics, because of their fast drying. I need medium with forgiveness. Lots and lots of forgiveness. And, your painting is beautiful, also. but, using the gesso wet, etc. is like the wet on wet oil painting that I am accustomed to.

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