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How to Make Acrylics Look Like Watercolors

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Watercolor paintings are known for having vibrant colors and an expressive style. Since acrylics are water-based, you may be wondering how you can make them behave more like watercolors. How do you make acrylics look like watercolors? To make acrylics look like watercolor, it’s important to begin with an acrylic paint that has a thin consistency. Soft body acrylics, fluid …

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Does Acrylic Paint Come Out in the Wash?

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It happens every artist. You decide to work on a painting without changing into old clothes. Of course, this is when you accidentally get paint on yourself. Does acrylic paint come out in the wash? Once acrylic paint dries on clothing it’s very difficult to remove. Your best option is to wash it while the paint is still wet. First, …

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Does Acrylic Paint Have an Odor?

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I prefer to work with art materials that don’t have any odors. Even non toxic odors can deter me from working in my studio because I find them irritating to my nose and throat. Do acrylic paints have an odor? Most acrylic paints have very little or no detectable odors. If a tube of acrylic paint has a strong odor, …

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Yellow and Black Makes Green

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You may find it perplexing that yellow turns green when you mix it with black. Some artists use this to their advantage when painting with a limited palette, but it can catch you by surprise if you aren’t expecting it. So, why does yellow turn green when you add black to it? Dull olive green is an accurate representation of …

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Acrylic Color Mixing Chart: Free PDF Download

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My free color mixing chart contains 29 color mixing recipes for mixing the most common colors used in painting. You can download it by subscribing to my email newsletter. Once the signup is complete, you will receive a welcome email that contains a link to the PDF. Please read the section on acceptable uses for the chart (basically, you can’t …

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9 Acrylic Blending Techniques

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There are a number of blending techniques that you can use with acrylics. In this post, I demonstrate 9 ways to blend acrylics using a different brands of regular and slow drying acrylics. I demonstrate each blending technique by creating a simple gradient on a canvas panel. Throughout the post, I also provide a few examples of my paintings that …

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Magenta Is the Secret to Mixing Purple

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If you’re having trouble mixing purple, it’s probably because you’re mixing red with blue. For reasons explained in this post, mixing red and blue creates brown. So how do you mix purple? The key to mixing a brilliant purple is using magenta instead of red. You can mix purple from Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue. Other blues, such as Ultramarine …