Q: hey Pete I was just wondering how much water you mixed with your acrylics or if you just used straight paint Im just starting to paint and youre videos are helping me understand how it works thank you so much A: I usually do not premix the paint and apply paint straight out of […]
Q: I just recently found your page and I love your work I enjoy watching the videos and learning your process. I also believe constructive criticism is important for learning and improvement. Would you be willing to critique some of the paintings of your fans -Let us send some of our work and let us […]
Q: Hi I remember telling you I loved your work but not sure if I asked about how you dilute your acrylic paint so you can work with it so easily. I need to paint some abstract chakras and need to get some of that watercolor type technique mixed in with heavier acrylic in certain […]
Coming soon! New abstract art painting techniques video lesson “Return of Dolphins”. Learn new abstract painting techniques, modern style, tools, step by step presentation and more! Step by Step Abstract Art Seascape Theme Video Lesson by Peter Dranitsin “Return of Dolphins”
Q: Hey, sorry to bother you at this time. I’m used to paint in oil, I’m trying to paint with acrylics but the paint is drying too fast and and not able to diffuse the lights and shadows… What can I do? I’m feeling a lit bit frustrated… A: Not a problem Alex. There are […]
In some of my videos I use feather for multiple purpose. Specifically I use it’s sharp edge as well as soft feathers edge. In this abstract art video lesson called “Three Islands” I am demonstrating how to create trees, branches, and water waves using sharp edge of the feather. Feather Abstract Painting Techniques Step by […]
There is no magic in mixing acrylic paint when it comes to abstract art creation. Simply add different colors using brush or any other object of your preference. In my abstract art video lessons where I share with you a step by step process I demonstrate the way I personally mix acrylic paints. Mixing Acrylic […]
Hi, in my abstract art painting video lessons I will explain and demonstrate for you a step by step creative process painting abstract art paintings. As well as the use of different tools that you might find useful when creating your artwork on canvas. On my website besides my original online art gallery I also […]
Hi my fellow Artists! I have finally got around to add more virtual rooms to DISPLAY YOUR PAINTINGS software. This software is only available on my website at http://abstractartlesson.com/display-painting-software/ If you are new to this – this software allows artists just like you to easily display your painting in variety of virtual rooms on any […]
Choosing the Acrylic Paint that’s Best for You by Olivier Hey fellow artists. I have some very helpful information for you if you are looking to know more about what type of paint to use. Please read this very informative article by Olivier :Choosing the Acrylic Paint that’s Best for You Here is a short snippet: […]
Acrylics dry incredibly fast, allowing for many layers to be created on surfaces quickly and easily. Some artists that generally prefer oils sometimes see this see this ability to be a hindrance to blending and mixing colors. There are, however, acrylic mediums available that will slow drying times making acrylics behave a bit more like […]
We tend to think of paint as something that must be applied to a surface, and that's all most paints are capable of, until now. Acrylics are plastic; they dry to form a solid flexible, transparent skin. While we know that these qualities make for a durable paint medium, what may be a surprise is that they also give acrylics the ability to be used as sculptural tools. Without the sustenance of a support, acrylic paint becomes so much more than mere coating. You can whip it, carve it, slice it, dice it, smear or spread it into a solid mass or sheet. And once you have done that, you can inprovise to create incredible soft sculptures. The warm acrylic film will stick very well to itself, as well as to other things. It can be stretched, stuck, or pured onto a surface to coat an armature or object. Sheets of dried acrylic, colors and mediums can be used to produce translucent and rigid sculptures that can stand alone or be made to appear to drip from the walls and ceiling. Creating a freestanding, three-dimensional acrylic paint sculpture can be a tricky process for two reason. First, the acrylic paint film is a soft, pliant material, in order to give the film enough rigidity to hold its shape, the acrylic sheet must be reinforced with some type of internal support. The support can be flexible one, such as a pliable wire, or a rigid one, like a bamboo skewer. The second challenge to creating freestanding sculptures is that acrylics are a thermoplastic, and thus the ambient temperature has to be takken into account. heat will cause the film to sag, stretch, and stick to itself, while cooler temperatures will make the acrylic stiffen and be susceptible to breakage. The solution here would be to build three-dimensional projects at room temperature. Sculpting with acrylic presents some unique possibilities. The acrylic sheets can be made to llok like fused glass by combining acrylic color in different stages of drying, or items can be embedded into the soft acrylic to accent sculptural work.
Purplose of Acrylic Ground
The purpose of acrylic ground is to protect and seal the support plus provide the paint with something to bond to. Absorbent asupports like paper, wood, and canvas will readily soak up the paint. Applying a gesso or other base coat not only seals the material but allows the paint to flow more freely over the surface instead of geeting caught in the grain. Priming the paint support is economical as well as vital to the longevity of a piece.
Priming wood and wood products
Priming wood and wood products is of particular importance for several reasons:
1. Change in temperature causes wood to shrink, expand, and warp, which can stretch the paint film beyond its tolerance.
2. Water absorption into the wood either from exterior sources or from the paint itself will cause the wood to expand while wet and contract as the paint dries. This could cause the paint to dry unevenly, which can trigger cracking or cratering
3. Any sap still present in the wood can inhibit proper curing in the paint, and can stain light colors.
4. Large knots in wood should always be sealed with proper wood sealer before being primed with an acrylic product.
Guaring against acrylic paint damage
Even thoroughly dried acrylic can sometimes fall prey to water, chemical, or mildew damage. One way to guard against this is to seal a porous support in order to inhibit the absorption of any agents that could have an adverse affect on the paint film
acrylic retarder and flow release agents are translucent and can become slightly gray or yellowish as they age and are exposed to UV light. This light discoloration in no way affects the hue of the paint, as once it has done its job, it comple
Josiah Rodriguez BekeWhen you begin a piece do you have a clear vision in your head? Also, how do you decide when your piece is finished?I have been struggling with this...REPLYThank you Josiah for your questions. I usually start with a blurry idea of what I want to paint. I plan in my head on […]
Pam Stefanikquestion Peter - I see you leave the lids off the paints while you work how do theynot dry out?REPLYGreat question Pam. The paint I am using "Basics" by Liquitex is very thick in its consistency and it takes a very long time for it to dry out.
Maria HegdalI have a question. I heard that you should never use water with acrylics on canvas. Because the colors let go of the canvas after a while. But I see a lot of artists use water.What is correct?Reply:I have to note that the biggest thing you need to keep in mind is what type […]
Carlos M.hey peter, I'm a new student and have been watching your videos learning the techniques you have displayed for us. I use the sponge for the drop shadow areas to create some depth but sometimes the paint comes up from the canvas. I'm using some matte medium and water along with the paint to […]