Cheers, Will.

This becomes really clear when painting portraits. Working in a cooler or more humid location will slow drying. Let me know how you get on with your paintings, Will, I am trying to decide between SLOW-DRYING ACRYLICS (open acrylics) and WATER-SOLUBLE OILS. You carefully squeeze out your paintings, being careful not to use too much, and then what happens? Thanks Karen, pleased you found it helpful. Hi Will, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!! I will have about 15 students for 18 weeks in the spring so I am trying to plan my lessons now. Hi Will, I recently found this website and love it!

I don’t find the colors to be as vibrant in acrylic as in oils as well. I do like to blend and kind of do “happy little tree” type paintings.

Near a window?

You know, I’m still consistently surprised by how quickly we can forget things that were once second nature, if we neglect them for some years. I have just started, and Lukas 1862 was recommended for me. Hi Jodrien, pleased to hear you’re finding the site a useful starting point for your ventures into acrylics! I have been painting with oils since I was a child and now I’m considering to switch to acrylics due to the smell of turpentine…it gives me such headaches! Hi Gloria, I’m not sure of the lightfastness of each pigment that is used, but you could contact them direct, you might also be interested in M Graham paints that have been ground in walnut oil. Would be good to hear a professional artists opinion about these paints. This year when we were in need of a teacher for the painting class I volunteered.

I now understand some things I experienced using acrylic paints.

Also, she is a well known artist in our area having had some of her painting hang in local banks and museums.

This is really helpful for anyone–either new or having painted for a long time. Golden Open Acrylics are one of the new innovations from Golden.

Cadmium Yellow Light, Permanent alizarin crimson, Burnt umber, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White. Ps i’ve tried water colour, but i hate seeing the grain of the canvas through the paint. I guess mixing isn’t that bad at all :), Hi Jin, you can paint oils ontop of acrylics, but you can’t paint acrylics ontop of oils. I am doing some practice painting now in each.

Acrylic Pros: A Crisp edge The crisp edges that can be achieved with acrylics can be hugely beneficial if you paint with a more graphic composition.

I’ll definitely look into the stay-wet palette!

What you can do to your oil paints is add a quick drying medium such as Oleopasto from Windsor & Newton to help speed up the drying time. Painting was a hobby to me, but now I have an opportunity to show my work. I’ve read so many articles about which to use and I’m still so torn.

In this regard I feel I will be able to use your lessons to make good headway toward my artistic goals. Especially when it came to painting a realistic ocean wave that didn’t look realistic at all.LOL!!! so organized! Then you can start to think around where people who are interested in wildlife would go. I will try that -cheers. But more and more high end galleries are as keen on acrylics due to the long archival qualities, but personally I would match the medium to the qualities in painting you’re trying to achieve. My question is this: I remember when young that I could never mix purple in oil. Thick blobs of acrylic dry kinda “rubbery” and they keep shape.

How Long Does a Coat of Oil Paint Need to Dry.

We are trying to decipher which ones are oils and which are acrylic.

I think my paintings will improve significantly specially in terms of the layers. If working with oils in thick impasto you can use a medium such as Oleopasto medium from Winsor and Newton which is a quick drying impasto gel. If ceramic paints can be used on Formica sheets ,how do I do it. There are a few materials used in traditional oil painting that are derived from animal products, usually used in the preparation of the canvas, such as ‘Rabbit Skin Glue’ and ‘Gelatin’ which is sometimes used in Gesso. So if you have a good basic knowledge of colour mixing with acrylics first and then try oils you’ll get on really well. It seems such a shame to have them wasting away in storage.

Most artist quality paints have very little odour, if any, but with many hobby paints the fillers that have been used to extend the colours of the paints can cause a stronger smell. Thanks for the great information.

Thanks for dropping by, so pleased you’re finding the site helpful in developing your painting. Cheers, Will. It is so good that you teach with the understanding that students know nothing! I like the shine you see on the old masters, it makes a dark back ground colour look so much more interesting . Mix in ‘whiting’ with the gesso, this is essential one part of the gesso, the chalk, and the more chalk you have in the gesso the more absorbancy you will have.

I need some paintings to be ready before Christmas. Or are they just too plastic? I just wanted to thank you for providing such a wealth of concise (not to mention free) information. Both in paint quality and brush quality.