Art Attic forum: Using Acrylics like Watercolors

 
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AlohaHoya
Apr 23, 2010 8:01 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I had never heard of this (don't really get out much Crying ) so when a friend told me about it, I was fascinated and gave it a try. All I had on my palette was UM Blue, Q.Gold and Q. Rose... so I wet some 300lb Arches Rough cold pressed and did a trial.....no 'scene' in mind. Then, at the top of the paper, where there was some space, I did a wet wash of the same colors.

Frankly, I don't see much difference in the colors (both WC and A are Daniel Smith) and I do notice a bit more transparency with the WC. I am surprised the acrylic turned out so 'kinda transparent'.

Has anyone else tried this? What were your results? What did/would you add or subtract to the paints. I have a sunset to paint with a lot of atmospheric dust in it....and I am thinking that the acrylics achieved that.....

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ImageSharon
Apr 25, 2010 11:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Here you are!!
Sorry I missed this.

Sometimes I've used acrylics as watercolor, often, in fact. The only problem is that once dry, there's no changing the transparency. And...if you are using salt, or trying for that effect, it doesn't work as well with acrylics.

Did you do your sunset yet? Those colors are lovely, and sunset-ish.
You did very well with a limited palette. And I like the look you got at the top.

I sure wish I had some extra hours in my days....I am so in a painting mood.
AlohaHoya
Apr 25, 2010 11:47 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I started with washes, and mixed and then it looked fun so I put in trees and I got a WHACK in the brain that it is a matter (for me) of minimalization... I don't have to paint every #%#@!% leaf in the image.... Hurray! I will take that and attempt to make a ''painting out of a work sheet''...

FUN
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ImageSharon
Apr 26, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'll be anxious to see what you do!

Love those Whack! epiphanies, don't you? I often get them in the middle of the night.
ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 1:06 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Any progress, Carol????

I want to see........
AlohaHoya
May 5, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Hmmmm no new work yet... thanks for the yank on my chain....gotta do it.... Whistling
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ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I tend to yank a lot of chains....
AlohaHoya
May 5, 2010 12:34 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
ooooooooooo and it feels so good, sometimes.... Whistling
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ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 5:44 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
To be the yankee or the yanker???
AlohaHoya
May 5, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Yankee. It is good to be woken up and reminded by that gentle tug that...Hey...there is your passion...DO it! while I am still trying to find a matching sock.
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ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 7:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You wear socks??? Surely not in this weather.

And your socks match? Any particular reason why?

Yes. Just do it.

My aunt lived in Hawaii, in Honolulu. Actually she was my husband's aunt, but she loved me best. She sometimes painted and I asked her to send me one of her paintings. I also asked that she send me one she had done of her local scenes. You know what she sent me? A rose.

Good grief. I have roses all over my yard. I really wanted something exotic, as I imagine Hawaii is...but no. I got a rose. Of course, I love it anyway. I never did get a painting of a Hawaiian scene, though.
AlohaHoya
May 5, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Well...I guess I better gt hopping!!!!

Roses are VERY special here...because they are so HARD to grow...one is quite the grower if you can keep roses and actually get a rose!!!!

There is so much here...it boggles the eyes!
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ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 8:53 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Pictures, I really need pictures.....
AlohaHoya
May 5, 2010 9:02 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK...but you won't see neatly weeded borders and trimmed hedges!!!! More like fragrant chaos...
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ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 9:07 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Sounds like mine...the chaos part....

I was out sniffing my American holly tree tonight. Did you know those teeny tiny little white blooms produce the very best fragrance? I need to figure a way to bottle it.

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AlohaHoya
May 5, 2010 10:51 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Interesting....never thought of Holly as fragrant....
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ImageSharon
May 5, 2010 10:55 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Only when blooming.
ImageLedgegardener
Sep 3, 2011 10:16 AM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Not painting related, but horse radish gone to seed has an incredibly lovely scent....could smell it in the garden and could not believe it when I tracked down the source.
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.
ImageSharon
Sep 3, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Horse radish?? Hmmmmmm...don't think I've ever smelled it, could be because I never eat it, I guess. I love the scent of nasturtiums, but they only last till about early June here. The heat gets them every time.
ImageLedgegardener
Sep 3, 2011 7:49 PM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
My nasturtiums are done now too. Horseradish flower are not very impressive - tall main stem with lots of tiny flowers. Not sure if i have a pic.

Tomorrow will try to get some pics of the humming birds. They have had a lot to say today and are so focused on tanking up, there were 4 on one feeder. They will leave within the next 10 days.
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.

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