Thank you everyone for your kind support with the last posting.
A lot of the questions I am asking seem inappropriate to acrylics: masking fluid for example. So I had better try to explain what I am trying to do.
I bought a book about six top acrylic painters and their techniques. The book is in the studio and I'm upstairs and too lazy to go all the way down to get the book ... and I forget the artists names! Nevertheless, there's this woman who is a famous American who painted in watercolors and one day she ran out of a colour right in the middle a a big painting. In desperation she used an acrylic which she watered down to give a watercolour type wash. She was amazed at the result. It seems that acrylic stands up to many washes in a better way than watercolours - she said.
Okay, so I used a gesso board and tried to replicate her technique, using only Rose Madder for the many tints of 'red' in the samovar: the more washes the deeper the tone.
|Samovar with the background kicked about!|
You get a rough idea from this miserable photograph!
She paints fantastic watercolor paintings on paper using only acrylics. Rather than water down the acrylics she now uses Golden Fluid Acrylics exclusively ... her work knocks me out.
.......... Celeste Bergin (see the Celeste Bergin blog here) gave a link that showed me the work of Nicolai Fechin. It blew my socks (sox) off. That is the way I want to paint; obviously not as well as him (that could take weeks :0))) ), but that's the direction that inspires me! Time will tell ... but first I want to try the watercolour technique with the Golden Fluid Acrylics that arrived today. I used watered down acrylics for this samovar and want to see how her system works out for me with the Golden stuff.
Great fun isn't it?