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Germa

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Reply #15 on: May 26, 2013, 05:38:58 AM
The pigments in acrylics aren't always healthy too Grandmapegi, same as pigments in oils.
Please watch for your health!


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Reply #16 on: May 27, 2013, 05:49:53 AM
When you see photo-realistic paintings, are these painted using acrylic or can you get the same effect using oils?  ???


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Reply #17 on: May 27, 2013, 09:14:37 AM
The old masters did, so it should be possible with oils. ;)


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Reply #18 on: May 28, 2013, 12:26:36 PM
you will find photo realistic paintings painted in all mediums O0
I personally believe the medium best suited to photo realistic painting though is oils due to it's longer drying time and the fact that the colour you mix on the palette looks exactly the same when dry.


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Reply #19 on: May 28, 2013, 06:53:22 PM
 :) so true about the colors when they dry.
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Reply #20 on: May 29, 2013, 08:13:20 AM
Good. to know that,  :thankyou:


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Reply #21 on: June 02, 2013, 08:27:58 AM
I just had to post as personally I have made the biggest mistake EVER that I think anyone can do when painting.............off I went and purchased some oil paints and started on my landscape lessons -  clouds first - not too bad but couldn't get them quite right.  The paint seemed really 'odd' and not as thick and oily but then I started on the mountains.

I tried and tried but the more I painted the worse the mountain became.  Lots of little 'paint balls' rolling into my mountains and just a HUGE mess!  I just couldn't get them to look right!

Finally and after really wanting to give up painting as a 'bad job' and something I clearly just can't do I saw that my OIL paints were actually ACRYLIC  :tickedoff:  Yes I had been mixing oils with acrylics and boy! what a mess I've made (never-mind the amount of paint wasted!).

Sadly I have started again but after trying the sky and wondering just what the hell is going on I spotted the error.  So that's two canvasses ready for the bin - I'm sooooo cross with myself BUT...............looking on the bright side, I came back after seeing the wonderful Roger Hodgson, my absolute hero singing 'live' after being a fan of his for more than £) years - perhaps I was still swooning after watching him singing all my fav' songs but at least I now know why my painting attempts are such a mess.

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Reply #22 on: June 02, 2013, 08:36:00 AM
hahahahaha,  :2funny: I don't do acrylics, but I have a pot of acrylic tubes on my desk for my grandchildren.

When I was painting the acrylics/oil class, the sunset, I needed a yellow, didn't look what I was taking, mixed it with my red, and got a kind of chewing gum.

Yes, you're right, I took a yellow from the children's paint and I mixed it with my red oil paint.

Luckily, it was a permanent red and not a cadmium red, since the last one is a lot more expensive than the permanent red.

I couldn't even put it on my canvas, and somewhere in that class, Nolan is showing what happens if you mix acrylics and oils; quite a mess.  :2funny:


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Reply #23 on: June 02, 2013, 09:54:52 AM
Germa I'm glad I'm not the only one 'experienced' in mixing oils and acrylics.  It does make quite a mess doesn't it  :o    STill don't know how I managed to buy acrylis instead of oils  :idiot2:.  I will really need to sort out the tubes as they're all mixed up .......I did wonder why the paint dried out so quickly - what a pleb  :2funny:

Anyway, going to give painting a miss today as I have to recover from almost driving myself to drink struggling to get that bladdy mountain done  :tickedoff:  >:D  Nolan could have used my painting as an example  :2funny: but I wouldn't show that mess to anyone! - just glad I 'discovered' what my problem was - thought I was going cuckooo! :fight:  :P
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Reply #24 on: June 02, 2013, 10:50:37 AM
I just had to post as personally I have made the biggest mistake EVER that I think anyone can do when painting.............off I went and purchased some oil paints and started on my landscape lessons -  clouds first - not too bad but couldn't get them quite right.  The paint seemed really 'odd' and not as thick and oily but then I started on the mountains.

I tried and tried but the more I painted the worse the mountain became.  Lots of little 'paint balls' rolling into my mountains and just a HUGE mess!  I just couldn't get them to look right!

Finally and after really wanting to give up painting as a 'bad job' and something I clearly just can't do I saw that my OIL paints were actually ACRYLIC  :tickedoff:  Yes I had been mixing oils with acrylics and boy! what a mess I've made (never-mind the amount of paint wasted!).

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Reply #25 on: July 08, 2013, 06:56:17 PM
Toni, been there done that,   :idiot2:  worst yet, my White paint was Acrylics.    I mixed that stuff with everything I had    :eek:   

Even worse than that my 'Art Teacher' had no idea 'why' my painting was not sticking to the canvas!   :pullhair:     Well he is NO LONGER my teacher, thank goodness.    :nana:

Anyone want a large tube of Acrylic Titanium White (well half a tube)?    ;)
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Reply #26 on: July 08, 2013, 07:15:56 PM
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Reply #27 on: July 09, 2013, 01:49:39 PM
Toni, been there done that,   :idiot2:  worst yet, my White paint was Acrylics.    I mixed that stuff with everything I had    :eek:   

Even worse than that my 'Art Teacher' had no idea 'why' my painting was not sticking to the canvas!   :pullhair:     Well he is NO LONGER my teacher, thank goodness.    :nana:

Anyone want a large tube of Acrylic Titanium White (well half a tube)?    ;)

Probably because that Oils/Acrylics mixing wasn't something he's never seen or is so 'out in left field' it wasn't on his 'radar'.

You can start a work in acrylics then shift to oils for the top paint layer.


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Reply #28 on: May 02, 2016, 09:21:57 AM
 :) Hi Stoney, I just saw this last comment you made a while back.  'Start with acrylic and finish with oil' and not the other way around!  It sounds like a good idea for quick blocking in acrylic color in thin layer and because it's fast drying you can continue with oil almost right away.  I think it may work since I usually paint oil over an acrylic white or toned gesso ground anyway.


Here's how to never ever mix your tubes of paint:  Always keep them in 2 bins separated from one another and put them back in their bins at the end of every painting session.


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Reply #29 on: May 03, 2016, 04:58:04 PM
:) Hi Stoney, I just saw this last comment you made a while back.  'Start with acrylic and finish with oil' and not the other way around!  It sounds like a good idea for quick blocking in acrylic color in thin layer and because it's fast drying you can continue with oil almost right away.  I think it may work since I usually paint oil over an acrylic white or toned gesso ground anyway.


Here's how to never ever mix your tubes of paint:  Always keep them in 2 bins separated from one another and put them back in their bins at the end of every painting session.


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Exactly.

I do have acrylic paints as well as oils.  They're kept separated in bins and I either only have acrylic paints out or the oil paints.


 

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