Some tricks with acrylics, watercolour and pastels

by Francis
(Shropshire)

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 some white candlewax and allow a thin film of this to 'flow' over your glass whilst the paint is still wet. Then leave it to dry.


For an easy skin tone in watercolours use cad red and ultramarine blue with a touch of green added. Darken with burnt umber to various degrees.

For creating mountains in acrylics use a palette knife. Drag gently down one side of the mountain after loading with white paint and the paper will randomly pick up paint to create texture of snow or soil changes. Push up with the point of the knife to create peaks.

For brick walls blob brown, white, yellow and a touch of red and blue acrylic paint then drag across the page with a palette knife. Before this dries use the edge of the knife to create the pointing between bricks.

For clumps of grass in acrylics flick upwards with the point of the palette knife or downwards with the point to create tree trunks in the distant trees.

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church glass
by: Constance

Thank you for the instructions on how to make glass windows.
Constance O.

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excellent tips
by: maria

Well done on your excellent tips for using the palette knife. It's wonderful to see the knife has numerous uses.

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glass windows
by: Constance

Hi Bob;
I painted a victorian house and want to know how to make the windows look like glass. Can you help me.
Thank you
Constance O.

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Good find!!!!
by: Andy Penman

Hi Bob, I am now retired and suffer sever Rhuematiod Arthritis and some months ago I decided to take up painting. I am settling into the Acrylic medium and I find your tutorials and the newsletter invaluable in my quest to become a painter. They are basic and in plain English. I can also watch and learn at my own pace. Thank you for being you and; for opening up the world of art for me!!!!

Andy

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Tricks with watercolour and acrylics.
by: Mops

Thank you Francis. I love getting tips like this. I learn a lot from other people. It never ceases to surprise me how many different techniques there are out there. I've just printed your info out and added it to my "Hints and Tips from around the World" folder.
Mops

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skin tones
by: Mary Fraser

I'll try out your suggestion for skin tones ..thanks bunches

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Thanks
by: Dorothy, Cambs

Many thanks for these tips Francis, I am going to save them in my ART folder

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