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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
Technique
JKLeClair
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 09:26 AM UTC
Hello Everyone,

I am a rookie Acrylic painter, and would like to know your techniques in basecoats. I wonder if I am doing it wrong.
Question is, should the basecoat and the highlights be painted and blended in one session, or can the basecoat be allowed to dry or cure first?

Thanks
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:07 AM UTC
The basecoat should always be allowed to dry thoroughly...the trick is to use thin coats of your 'actual' colors so as not to build up visible layers of your paint...it works the same in oils - which is my preferred medium....I paint my basecoat in acrylics and my actual colors in oils...the technique is pretty much the same for both media, except for the extended drying/working time with oils...

CB in FL
JKLeClair
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:45 AM UTC
Thanks for the confirmation.
If I understand correctly, with acrylics you paint the highlights and shadows on the dry basecoat, then apply a diluted basecoat to blend the highlights and shadows??
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:33 PM UTC
Ken, when you work with acrylics you always should let them dry thoroughly before you go with another layer (luckly it doesn't take long). 2nd rule is not to work on one layer too long. You should apply thin layer and let it dry otherwise paint becomes glossy and it's really hard to get to flat appearance (guess how I learned that . )
JKLeClair
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 03:18 AM UTC
Thanks, I'll remember that, sorry you had to find out the hard way.

The part of using acrylics I am having a hard time understanding is the blending. I know with oils you can blend between the highlights and shadows and create a smooth transition between colours because of the slow drying time. How this is done with acrylics, especially when the highlights and shadows are applied and dry, is what I am not grasping.
I watched the utube videos by Michigan toy soldier, and as he progressed the highlights and shadows, he said they would look blotchy at first, and they did. Then he applied a thinned basecoat along the cheeks downward and all of a sudden everything is blended. I wasn't sure if I missed a step, and now I am thinking the blending is created by using multiple thinned basecoats (Glazes) over everything.

I do apologize if I am missing the obvious, but I do appreciate the help that other figure painters provide.

Ken