Art Attic forum: Acrylics looking like watercolors

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ImageLaVonne
Jul 5, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

You might check out http://www.welburngourdfarm.com/colorsandfinishes.aspx

They have a series of transparent colors that gourd decorators use for obtaining different effects on their gourds.
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Imagesheryl
Jul 6, 2011 8:09 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Thanks, LaVonne!
ImageSharon
Jul 8, 2011 12:33 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Have you used them on a watercolor paper, LaVonne?
It would be a very porous surface, more than the surface of a gourd, I would think.
ImageLaVonne
Jul 8, 2011 12:46 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

No, Sharran I haven't but I have used then at a gourd workshop....and yes watercolor paper just might be too porous for these mediums.

But it was a thought....
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ImageSharon
Jul 8, 2011 12:53 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It's a great thought, I need to check it out.

Thank you so much for the link, and sorry it took me a couple of days to find it.
I think I'll look to see if they have it at Hobby Lobby first. I noticed recently that they had some tools for working with gourds.

I'll let you know.
Imagesheryl
Jul 8, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Here's another thought - I was looking for references to gesso the other day, and I came across a post of a woman who does a lot of pictorial journaling. She takes books made out of light-weight watercolor paper and does a thin, fairly wet wash of gesso on it to make it hold paint.

Would that work?
ImageSharon
Jul 8, 2011 9:24 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
The thing is, watercolors are made to be absorbed into a porous material, that's how they blend to create new shades, new tints of color. They aren't made to 'stay in the lines' unless the surface has been masked.

So I don't really know.

I can't imagine why if you were using watercolors...why would you want to keep them from doing what they do? Gesso would do that. Anyway....I guess we'd just have to experiment to see what happens.

I gesso watercolor paper when I want to use opaque acrylics on it, just as I gesso canvas when I get it at a fabric store.

Something to try. Lots of directions this could take...fun.
ImageLedgegardener
Sep 3, 2011 7:55 PM CST
Name: Ledgegardener
Maine, on the downeast coast
Just wandering about to see what is here. In a few short sentences how do you get acrylics to behave like watercolors...beginner level info.
Living and loving life on the coast of Maine.

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