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Large watercolors using acrylics

Sometimes I have commented the other ways of achieving a watercolour-like effect with other techniques, either digital or traditional-material.

There is an interesting and long article by Nicholas_Simmons Painting Large In Watercolor: Faded Glory in Wetcanvas (an artistic portal which I will comment on with more detail some day), which explains a technique to use acrylics, watercolor-style (acrylic paint thinned with water, or watercolor mixed with acrylic medium). The close-up photos are really nice.


Charlie said...

Wetcanvas is a great site and resource for all mediums although I must admit I haven't participated on there in quite a few months

Arri. said...

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Joan said...

Simmons describes a technique to use acrylic on paper, something that is really obvious for anyone that has ever tried using acrylics.

I forgot to mention that there is another technique you can use in canvas, board or any other rigid surface. You have to prepare it with a special "ground" like Golden Paint's GOLDEN Absorbent Ground (http://www.goldenpaints.com). The surface now behaves much like paper, allowing watercolour-like effects. It must be applied over a pre-primed surface due to its fragile, paper-like nature, but once properly sealed, it is a permanent acrylic film.

I think one of my favourite artists, Bernd Koberling, has been using this ground in his recent paintings on alucoboard, which remarkably resemble watercolour drops (only that they are huge 150cm. squares.)

Joan said...

oops - The surface I just mendioned isn't Alucoboard, but Alucobond (that's a commercial name)a light composite material consisting of two aluminium cover sheets and a plastic or high-mineral filled core.

This material offers a very flat, stable surface that you can just sand in and prime with acrylic gesso.


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