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Wet into wet, working into a very wet base. Started the painting with a bit of a game plan and just went with the flow. Some semi dry brushing. A palette knife was used to produce the flowers and linage. Carving into the semi wet paint at the bottom of the painting with the knife. A few spots of light washes where applied over the dry painting.
I am a self taught artist, I have used the terminology as best as I understand it to describe my approach.
Please note that with this very wet application of paint the over use of water will weaken the adhesion or permanence of the acrylics. For this reason three coats of mat varnish where applied with a spray gun.
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Evie wrote:Really nice piece - this technique obviously suits you I'm self-taught too and use mostly acrylics, which do dry fast - so I might try it out! Those flowers look like butterflies about to take flight.
Hello Evie, Have you tried using a spray bottle of water to mist over your painting as you work? This will help slow the speed in which the acrylics dry.
Evie wrote: Those flowers look like butterflies about to take flight.
yes, and dragonflies
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I also work in acrylics. I usually slow the drying process by 'thinning' the paint with water before using. Your spray bottle sounds like it could be a great help.
Acrylic's are my main medium too, but I've been doing most of my art with an airbrush lately, so the paint has to have the consistency of "milk" to spray, & that usually means a whole lot of thinning. I've used a water spray bottle for slowing down the dry time a lot when working with "brushes," but find that using a "thinning medium" works a lot better for me in the airbrush along with water, because otherwise there's just too much pigment & adhesion loss with water alone. There are water soluable acrylic mediums you can use that dry "clear" & have a matte finish when dry. These are relly great because they don't "dull" down the color tones, and a little goes a long way. They have been very helpful for me, when using acrylics on canvas that need the "wet on wet" flow.
I think you made the right choice with the varnish coats though, because it not only protects any piece not "under glass" ... but it definitely helps deepen & even out the finish too.
Your work is very beautiful, self-taught or not, you are truly a talented artist!
Very cool technique.
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