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What’s the Difference Between Gouache and Acrylics?

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Acrylics and gouache are water based paints that clean up with soap and water. While they can have similar appearances, they each have unique properties which make for completely different painting experiences.  What is the difference between acrylics and gouache? Gouache paint is opaque watercolor then remains water soluble after it dries. You can use it on paper or illustration …

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The Complete Guide to Canvas Panels

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If you’re new to canvas panels, you may have a number of questions about what they are and how to use them. In this post, I’m going to explain all of the various aspects of painting on canvas panels.  What Is a Canvas Panel? Canvas panels are rigid boards with a layer of canvas glued to them, they’re a good …

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Do You Need to Stretch Acrylic Paper?

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If you’re new to acrylics, you may be wondering if you have to stretch acrylic paper before painting on it. Do you need to stretch acrylic paper? You don’t have to stretch the acrylic papers that I mention in this post. You can begin painting on them without any preparation because they’re extra thick and contain enough sizing to prevent …

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How to Make Acrylics Look Like Oils

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Many artists want to use acrylics because they don’t require solvents. Making the switch to acrylics can be a challenge though, because they behave differently than oils. In this post, I give away my secrets to making acrylics look like oils. How do you make acrylics look like oils? The smooth blending that you can achieve with oils is the …

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The Top 8 Uses for Acrylic Glazing Medium

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There are numerous acrylic mediums on the market and it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. In this post, I explain the top 8 uses for acrylic glazing medium. It includes a glazing color chart, and I answer some of the common questions related to using glazing medium. Click the following link to download the free …

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How Long Does It Take for Acrylic Paint to Dry?

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Acrylics have a reputation for drying quickly, but exactly how long does it take for them to dry? This can be difficult to determine because there are so many variables to account for. The humidity, temperature, airflow, absorbency of the substrate, and the brand of the paint will affect the drying times of acrylic paint. So, how long does it …