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bamagal

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on: April 12, 2013, 12:39:40 PM
I am just starting out learning to paint with watercolor, also acrylics and oils but this question is about watercolor. I have never painted anything so I need all the help I can get. I was reading another post about the canvas panels. I bought them because they are cheaper to practice on. Do you have to prime these before you paint on them? I painted my first panel today and needless to say I still need a lot of practice.....lol. But I couldnt get the coverage like I wanted, and wasnt able to blend the colors to make a smooth transition into the other colors, its like you can still see the texture of the panel itself some and the brush edge, maybe I just didnt blend it long enough, not enough water, too much water???? I know its just going to take time and practice to understand this medium so any tips you can give will help. At first I thought about painting over it all and starting over......lol..... but told hubby I wanted to save it just as it is so later I can compare just how far I have come.....lol.


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Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 01:28:31 PM
Bamagal, I'm worried about the fact that you are painting with watercolours on canvas panels meant for oils and  acrylics. Painting with watercolours on canvas panels is a bit more specialized and I will be dealing with that aspect later on in the course.

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Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 01:37:26 PM
Thanks, thats what I just now thought about, I am going to try it again on my watercolor paper and see how it goes. Thanks!! I was watching a youtube video and was trying to follow it. I wasnt totally sure of the medium they used, so maybe I had it wrong to begin with  ???


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Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 01:56:31 PM
Bamagal, on first glance it looks like she is painting with oils. (Could also be with acrylics?)
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Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 02:04:34 PM
I didnt think it was watercolor, but wasnt sure what it was. I really like this painting. Trying it now on my watercolor paper and we will see how that goes. Then later on try it with oils.
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Reply #5 on: April 16, 2013, 11:26:59 AM
The banner on the video says an easy method of acrylic, so I guess it is that - a cheaper and easier medium for those on a budget and in a tight space. I also noticed she used some form of (acrylic gesso?) for the base, it makes the paint easier to blend on the canvas.
I am however, strictly a watercolourist, so could be wrong.

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Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 12:23:16 PM
Sandra, Yes that  is what she used, gesso does make it easier for the acrylic paint to move. But acrylics are not cheap or easy. Each medium has there on heart aches. I know from experience.  :2funny: :2funny:
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Reply #7 on: April 16, 2013, 12:37:06 PM
Haha! Yes, they all have their quirks! I didn't mean to say acrylic was cheap or easy, cheaper than oils, possibly, easier in that they dry quicker and if you don't have a dedicated studio, that can make a difference. Technique wise, I wouldn't have a clue and am happy to admit it! ;D

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