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patindaytona

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on: August 24, 2017, 11:46:06 AM
I have tried it on a few in the past. I'm sure some of you will say NOOOOOOO!!
But, it's cheap and i don't plan on haveing my painting in the Louve anytime soon.   What do you all think of using latex on a board, then painting oil over it? Just curious about the replies here.
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Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 12:53:08 PM
Dennis once told me that
if you are not able to find Gesso, then Exterior quality White Acrylic Paint from the hardware store will do the job just as well.  O0
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Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 01:32:45 PM
Well, the story with me is that my printer won't work to print out a coupon for Hobby Lobby 40 per cent off.   So..............i'm thinking of buying the latex instead at the hardware store.(don't need a coupon there).
GOOOOD., SOUnds good that Nolan agrees with it. Thanks Emmalee.
I am doing boards lately instead of canvases. I like the feel. They are thick boards too, no warping.
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Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 01:30:00 AM
I would be very wary in using latex instead of Gesso or Quality Acrylic paint. Latex is a rubber-based compound and as far as I know oil and rubber don't go well together. I wouldn't imagine that the latex you have has been formulated to withstand oil punishment.
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Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 03:37:46 AM
If you do go to the hardware store vs the art store just get some of that Exterior quality White Acrylic Paint, not latex. On the other hand, if you don't have a printed coupon for hobby lobby you can show them a coupon on your smart phone. Thats what I always do. I just go to their website on my iPhone and show the coupon to them that way.
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Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 02:37:55 PM
Thanks Dennis, i got my wife to print out the coupon after all at her workplace for me...so i'll get some regular Gesso for the job. Going to put a few coats on Board. I had done it before, but i will try adding a bit MORE water this time, not TOO much though, because i want it nice and leveled.
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Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 09:16:18 AM
Hi Pat, I find Liquitex Gesso the right consistency for me and start by dipping the brush into water and shaking out the excess water. I always use a tinted ground so I sqeeze a little yellow ochre, burnt sienna or burnt umber acrylic paint from the tube.  A lightly tinted ground gets rid of all the white of the canvas and helps you see the colors a lot better when you begin blocking in colors in your painting. -Liz


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Reply #7 on: September 03, 2017, 02:04:18 PM
Hi Liz,
I did end up buying the acrylic outdoor paint instead. It's not latex at least. It's much less expensive, and i think i'll be fine using it. I don't expect to be in the Louve anyway.
I had done two oil painting recently, had to mess with one (who's to say when it's done anyway). And i totally ruined it. It wasn't great to me to begin with anyway. Going to start a new one soon, and hope to make up for it that way.
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Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 03:22:53 PM
Hi Pat, do you sand your board lightly after each coat of gesso?  I just use one coat on canvas tinted with a little bit of tube color of yellow ochre, burnt sienna or pale umber or very rarely a light pink.  I wet my big brush real well and don't usually thin the gesso.  I think when I used Masonite board I may have used two coats to cover the brown color.  That would be the ground.  Do you plan to do underpainting afterwards? ~Liz


 

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