How to achive longer blending time using acrylics.

by Yvette
(Ma.)

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 now never use white paint anymore and my blending is similar to oil blending.

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by: Yvette

Hi Cats,

Thank for your comment. Interesting about Future floor polish. I will have to try it and see what happens. I do worry about a painting cracking with age. So I will see if other artist have tried this with their paintings.

I also have heard of using Dawn but it has to be the original one. That my make sense.

Thanks to all of you for your comments.

Yvette

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how to achieve longer blending time with acrylics
by: cat s

I've heard of using Future Floor Finish, and it extends the drying time by 10 or 15 minutes, and for better flow, I've heard of the SMALLEST drop of Dawn soap.

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Liquitex super heavy Gesso
by: Yvette

I use Liquitex heavy Gesso or Liquitex super heavy gesso. In doing a background I usually wet my canvas or paper with water then I apply a good amount of gesso to my canvas as a base, then I spray it with a light mist of water to keep it wet. I then blend in my background via color. Gesso, helps to keep acrylics wet for a longer blending time.

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Great tip...
by: Jill

Love the painting, it's so pretty! The tip is useful as well.
(An aside--Dennis, that DID make me smile! lol)

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Extending Acrylic Blending Time.
by: Dennis

The only problem with Gesso is that it is not transparent. Gerry Yarnell uses it as a base coat to give a 'wet-in-wet' technique.

If you want a transparent extender try using 'KY' jelly (it works). Just dont use too much in your paint mix. A little goes a long way!

I use Propalene Glycol as well (basically the same chemical, but thinner).

Hope this helps (will probably get a few smilesa as well).

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What brand?
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the idea - is there a certain brand or type of gesso to use for this or just regular acrylic gesso white or clear?

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Gesso
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the hint, sounds like a great idea.

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GESSO
by: Nicolle

Thank you Yvette for your tip. I am going to try this. But i have one question. Would it cause any problem if i want to apply varnish? I use oil colors most of the time so i have no practice (or little) using acrylics. I use gesso as first underpainting with oil.

I like the colors you chose for your painting and the composition too.

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black and white
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I love the lifelike appearance in your painting, I am a newbie to all the mediums. I am trying to create a picture of a black and white dog. I don't know how to get the effect of the colors as you have in your bird feathers.

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ACRYLICS
by: Marilyn

Yvette, This is quite striking. i love the vivid red of the flower. I do watercolors but the more I see of acrylics the more I would like to try them.

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Blending with gesso
by: marion

Lovely painting, the tip you gave about the gesso is interesting. I have trouble blending with acrylics as they dry so fast.Thanks

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