Hi Will I really loved this read… most informative. Watercolor paint needs an absorbent surface. Yes you can. The triptych got repainted, it looked better than the first. I had a question, there is a cotton fabric that has something written on it with acrylic paint. There were 5,126 failures. Using a good quality titanium white will help with coverage. You can successfully paint oils over acrylics but you shouldn’t use acrylics over oils. Will. If using only … Do you run into the same problem of areas of gloss and matte no matter how you apply it? As long as she doesn’t turn into a Mr Bean ‘Whistlers Mothers’ scenario! I wish you all the best. It’s a scene of a church near Montepulciano in s. Tuscany – lots of different greens – But I punched in some reds (red roofs; some red/gold trees in the foreground, luckily), taking the cue from your video suggestion of juxtaposing complementary colours. I have been working on a painting of a lady sitting.. everything was coming together.. Hello, Ten years ago I painted a friend’s portrait in acrylic followed by matt acrylic varnish. If you really want to... yes. I am working on canvas wrapped Dibond panels though. Just wondering if I can paint on wood not just canvas. I’ve heard both pro (to protect the art) and con (changes the colors and/or rinses them away): your viewpoint? I put several layers on when I overpainted (allowing each to dry first). I’m only a beginner and I’m doing a painting on a large canvas, but something just wasn’t right! If that doesn’t give me the results I want, then I’ll start over. Can acrylic be sanded down or stripped? Can I use rubbing alcohol to take it back to the canvas in thar area and start the animal again? Cheers, Will. I am going to try and find the original paint I used hopefully that helps. Hi Elaine, you could try rubbing alcohol, but depending on the thickness of the paint it would take quite a lot of elbow grease to take the texture back. However, if you want to go for it anyway, then either: a. No, you need an artist quality yellow that is an opaque yellow, Cadmium yellow would be your best choice. Thanks! I had a canvas that was previously painted on using a cheaper magenta. This topic of ‘repainting, I have a still life. If you feel you would like to have an expert eye look over your work I offer an art critique service that you can read more about here. Yes, you can. Just discovered your site, its great, Cheers Rosemary, Hi Rosemary, if you’re using standard acrylic, once it’s dried you won’t be able to wash or scrub it off with water. You can always spray a light fixative in some of the build up layers to secure the underlying layers and then leave the final pastel surface un-fixed. The main issue is adhesion of the oil layer to the acrylic layer underneath. Could you help? The ‘how to’ is probably not to! Have a look at this painting by Kathryn Townsend where roses have been used in a balanced composition. The sky really has turned out well – again following your ‘Monet’ videos. I use watered down paint when using acrylic and I know that i will not be able to get the same results on the gessoed canvas since the tooth of the canvas is gone. 4. The first thing to note is that our Fluids and Heavy Body acrylics can easily be thinned up to one part paint to one part water, or a 1:1 ratio, and maintain excellent adhesion onto absorbent surfaces. I feel so much better – thanks for explaining all this. Will titanium white cover black acrylic paint on wood then re paint it red? Even just starting with an artist quality white and the galleria colours can make a great start to your paintings. I painted a night lake/sky scene for my bedroom in greens and browns, but I don’t like the hue of the green paint I chose. Do you have a solution? I was almost finished, when I realised the eyes were a bit weird, then the paint got sticky and awkward.. I never saw it hanging in his house but he presented to me the other week asking me to change the eyes! The results: So, last weekend I gave my new pro cadmium yellow a try…and it worked like a charm! Thanks. Can i add a layer to the existing one with acrylic paint? Because acrylic paint is essentially plastic, once it is dried it becomes a great surface to paint on again. Yes, you can apply a varnish to even the sheen I’ve never seen a painting described as oil and acrylic though….so thinking there is a reason why this shouldn’t be done. Hi Kathy, it will cover the painting, but depending on the opacity of the Titanium White it may take a few coats. Hi Will, This is interesting. It is not expensive…bought at TJ MAXX. I also tried mixing from orange to purple, as you explained in one of your colour theory videos, and I found the explanation really helpful. The ridges occur if there is too much varnish on the brush when applying, and you’re right, applying to such a large area is very tricky with a brush. I experimented with some ‘Rothko’ style colour blocks in reds and browns on a yellow ochre background using a palette knife to apply thick impasto layers. Let me know how the painting turns out. In addition, some spots are more glossy than others. Ideas: Painting gesso over areas that are beading? Drawing with a thick pen will also enable you to cover any … Thank you. Don’t paint over it, keep it as a record of your progress. It’s harder to draw onto a canvas that has already been painted with a standard pencil as the acrylic won’t show the graphite, try using a pastel pencil such as the Derwent pastel pencil. Because oils get more transparent with age, this will be the reason that the blue shape is now visible. This method is especially helpful when creating architectural elements in a painting, but can be used whenever you want to give an object a patina-style finish. Halfway into the painting I realized the boy was in the wrong position and re-drew and re-painted him. Cheers, Will. Hi John, thanks for the update, brilliant news with the pro cadmium yellow. Imagine trying to cover a wall that has been painted black with white paint. Will, I had a couple of other questions concerning acrylic painting I wanted to ask you about: 1) I’ve read that using too much water in acrylic painting breaks down the binding properties in the acrylic paint, which in turn poses a threat to one’s artwork eventually peeling away from the canvas. Make sure the wood is the same height as the wood stretchers. I also had to apply “novice” orange over black….and it wasn’t working…so I put a layer of the new “pro” yellow on…and then orange over the yellow…and voila…it worked. Have another experiment, even just squeezing out small blobs of paint (in progressively larger blobs) and timing how long it takes them to dry. Good luck with your painting, Will. Have I ruined the canvas – would I be able to go over the overwatered background with soft pastels? Will it help just adding more layers of white or do I need to do something else first? Is that true? Hoping you have a solution. Hi Will, I have just started using acrylics and started off painting your French Cafe (perhaps a bit ambitious of me). You’re welcome Hillary, I usually use ‘Soft Gel gloss’ for an isolation coat. Even with all my experience the pile of unfinished, slightly embarrassing paintings, is a clear reminder that sometimes when you know in your heart a painting is not right it is worth starting again. 2) I’ve also read that one shouldn’t be using gloss or matte mediums as a final varnish on a painting, even if the product says it’s ok to do so, that it’s permanent and only specific varnish should be used. Different types of model paint are compatible to an extent however must be applied in certain orders of application, and importantly, if this order of application is incorrect or the wrong paints layered then you can … It’s 3/4 Done and I keep seeing old colors of blue pop up in extremely tiny spots. Thanks for your advice and time. Do I need to gesso that areas -or can I paint with white and then blue? This will make sure that the paint will stick to the original print or paint used. Yes, the same principles apply, you can repaint with black to start over, alternatively just repaint around the ferns as tweaking the length of the leaves is easily remedied. Hi Leslie, so pleased you’ve been enjoying the oil portrait course. Improvedrawing.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Hey Will, thanks so much. I’m now hoping I did the right thing! Chris. Will. Hope it will not spoil the cloth since i need to gift it. Burnt Umber is my go to choice for a dark wood finish. Then I covered that space with gesso mixed with a tiny bit of blue and medium (extender). No, painting acrylics over oils is not recommended by manufacturers or professional artists. Cheers, Will. I am thinking maybe if I divide the original, small, picture up into segments and divide the canvas up into the same number, and then draw each part onto the relevant segment and take it from there. Yes you can. I´ve had some of them for years, but the same thing happens with one I bought a couple of months back. Thanks very much for the help. Hi Will, so my issue is that I started an acrylic painting, (no gesso), for a now ex boyfriend and I want to cover it and reuse the canvas. (Novice question ;-), You can see this painting of peonies I did with exactly that method. You don’t need to Gesso the area unless it’s a very large expanse and this would cut yellow paint cost down! “That’s good to know! I went in with glaze mixed with purple to lay in some shading and it was looking great. The sky covers about 2/3rds of the canvas. Also, I painted the background an olive green and would like to paint some yellow ocher accents on it. 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