Day 12 of the Challenge- Transitioning From Oils to Acrylics


I'm experimenting with acrylics, so I did this really quick "sketch".  I was trying to go so fast so the paint wouldn't dry! I'm so used to oil's slow drying time and my colors. I know exactly what color to mix with another to get what I'm after, when using oils. I have a limited number of acrylics so had to make due. The one thing I did discover is that I can almost achieve the same feel as oils, which is what I'm after. I'm going to try some more tomorrow and maybe actually spend some time at it. In some research, I found that you need to use some kind of medium with acrylics to give it some body and using it doesn't effect the intensity of the color but rather extends your paints! That's a good thing! So I'll need to purchase some gel medium and some good quality acrylics in my basic palette I'm already using with oils. 

I was actually in bed half the day, feeling wiped out, but managed to get this day's painting done! So it ended up being a good day after all and now I'm eager to continue my transition to acrylics.

It's funny how sometimes you need a change; life is just like that. Fall is a good time for change...



Dave Casey said...

Well good luck with this Jen. I'm doing the same thing. I've tried acrylics off and on over the past couple of years, but was never satisfied with the results. My paintings always looked a little cartoonish to me. But the last few have started looking like I wanted them to. I'm using Liquitex Heavy Body paints and I started mixing them with some Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel and I think that's what giving me the look I want. The paints go on quite a bit thicker, but they still dry pretty quickly.

koralee said...

Oh I just know you will do amazing...you are so talented my friend. xoxo

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