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Can you rewet paper with dried acrylic paint on it?

I want to print a block of color in acrylic paint on a sheet of printmaking paper. Later I would print oil based inks on top of the acrylic, but both kinds of printmaking require the paper to be wet. ...
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How can I secure my 4ft by 4ft canvas to the wall so that I can work on it?

I have a 4ft by 4ft canvas that I need to finish in 3-4months. My working space is not ideal and unfortunately I have no where else to work. I have to make do with this limited working area and I'm ...
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What kind of inexpensive paper/material is suitable for acrylic paint?

What kind of paper/material is suitable for acrylic paint? The question arose in the context of children switching from drawing with watercolors to acrylic. For watercolors they simply used white ...
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Can "dry" acrylic paint be safely mixed with oil paints?

I'm working on a new painting and prepared the canvas with several thin layers of acrylic paint to create a solid black background which I then let dry for a couple of days. I then began painting over ...
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Techniques for Achieving Texture Variation with NumeralPaint Kits?

I have been exploring the world of paint by numbers through NumeralPaint kits and am quite fascinated by the potential for artistic expression. I am currently on a quest to discover ways to achieve ...
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Technique to make acrylic paint dry faster?

My studio is in the basement of my house which is quite humid and there's no sunshine. As a result, it takes a long time for me to wait for my acrylic paintings to dry (one hour plus). Any suggestions ...
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How to stop dust, dirt and dry paint sticking onto my paintings when drying?

As an amatueur artist, dry paint and dust keeps getting caught up in my acrylic paintings when they are still wet. Any help on what to do to avoid this? Click for a larger image
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Opaque purple paint options

I’m making a large oil painting and want to use a violet hue to flood the background. I usually paint with cobalt violet and Dioxazine purple, both of which are frustratingly transparent and require ...
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colour mixing for a still life with apples

As a beginner hobbyist painter (using acrylics at the moment), I am trying to learn the basics and do some practice, and found the videos made by a US guy ('Paint Coach') very instructive. I have 2 ...
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is priming really necessary for heavy acrylic or watercolour paper, and should it help blending acrylics?

The theory, as far as I am told, is that paper is too absorbent for acrylic paint, so it makes it dry too fast and prevents blending. But is it so? I'll explain how this question came up. Anyone who's ...
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Is it safe to spray paint a canvas?

Instead of buying a black canvas, I'm going to buy a white canvas and spray paint the whole thing black. Painting the whole thing with acrylic would not be wise. And I think the spraypaint is going to ...
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Method to fix charcoal to an oil painting

I often work with the specular properties of my paintings. Since charcoal gives me a more matte black than almost any (combination of something with) black oil paint could, I at times want to use it ...
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Direction of light in a dark painting?

I have been working on this piece for several days now. With this specific piece, I am looking for a mix of both renaissance halo and a expressionist feel. It has been problematic because I think the ...
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Which chemical/ substance could help make fractals in acrylic paint on glass?

I'm doing an art project which involves a chemical reaction (ideally available easily like alcohol, bleach, acetone etc). I'm using acrylic paint/ ink on glass. I want my painting to have fractals, ...
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Can I paint with acrylics over household gloss paint (oil-based)?

My daughter decided she wanted to making something out of wood, and the resulting wagon for toys is being painted with leftover household gloss paint in various colours (mainly by me as it's "...
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How do you paint a plastic miniature to look like polished mahogany?

I have a miniature trophy made out of plastic (3D printed from PLA) and I want to paint the base to look like polished mahogany. It's about 2" across. Is there any guidance on which colors to use,...
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Methods for removing acrylic paint from PET or PLA model kits?

Are there any recommended ways to remove acrylic model paint from a PET or PLA model kit that has not been varnished. For example, to allow old kits to be stripped down and repainted once your skill ...
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How to erase visible pencil marks on wood that has been painted over with acrylic paint?

I'm painting acrylic on smooth-sanded birch plywood, painting along over some pencil marks I made as guidelines. Some pencil marks are now painted over with yellow acrylic and the pencil marks still ...
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Conservation of painting on cardboard

Last week I bought a painting on cardboard. The problem is that some divisions of my home have a LOT of humidity. This artwork is intended for my future home, so I need to store it for some months. ...
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Airbrush is spitting, uneven droplets of paint, can hear the air spluttering?

I'm a new airbrush user with my first generic brand airbrush for practicing with before I commit to a more expensive model. Recently my airbrush has started making a spluttering sound when I apply ...
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Detergent residue on the surface before painting - how bad is it?

Before painting a small item (think of a plastic model), I wash it in soapy water to remove oily fingerprints etc. Most commonly I use diluted dishwashing liquid. From experience, washing is important,...
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Can I use Aquadur PU or Camlin Picture Varnish Oil color as a varnish for my acrylic paintings?

I have heard of Aquadur PU by Asian Paints and Camlin Picture Varnish Oil colors. Can I use them to seal my acrylic paintings?
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Varnish for Acrylic Painting [duplicate]

I was using the yellow wood varnishes, which are easily available in hardware stores, to seal my acrylic painting. They are cheap but the problem with them is that they leave yellowish shine which ...
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Varnish for acrylic painting

I was using a yellow wood varnish which is readily available in hardware stores to seal my acrylic painting. They are cheap and good varnishes, but the problem with them is that they leave a yellowish ...
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What brand/type of acrylic paints is recommended to paint ceramic pots without leaving brush marks?

Not sure if it's the brushes or the brand of acrylic paints (DecoArt or Martha Stewart Satin Finish) I use, but I'd like to achieve a smooth finish when I paint my ceramic pots.
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Can I mix acrylic paint into liquid latex rubber?

I have an issue similar to outlined in Can I mix acrylic paints into resin? I have a bottle of natural liquid latex rubber, the kind that dries in the air. Can I add acrylic paint to make coats with ...
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Acrylics in the drain?

In an imaginary scenario, I paint with acrylics, let's say on canvas board or similar. I don't use any fancy techniques, like impasto. Just the "normal" amount of paint and commonly used ...
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How do I get a perfect finish to hair clips painted with acrylic paint?

I painted on top of a hair clip using acrylic paints. It looks nice but not as nice as store bought hair clips. I'm looking for a glossy finish that would make it look nice and also protect from ...
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How to remove oven baked acrylic paint from glass used for drinking?

I have a clear glass mug that I painted several years ago with Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint. I would like to remove the paint as I am no longer in love with the design I made and might ...
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Acrylic paint on wood: how to make it "glow" after the painting is already done

My cousin has already used acrylic paint on wood to produce paintings such as these: But his paintings are not "glowing", i.e. they don't have bright colors. He asked me how to make them ...
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Preparing Canvas to Prevent Yellowing Over Time?

What coat can I apply on a gallery canvas (before painting on top of it) to prevent it from yellowing over time? I'm planning to leave some parts of the canvas unpainted.
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Can I mix acrylic paints into resin?

I use resin a lot and have pigments for them as well. These are extremely expensive though. Is it a good idea to mix acrylic with resin? Has anyone done this? If yes I'd like to know how it turned out ...
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What techniques can I use to stop paint getting under masking tape?

Issue: When painting on rough surfaces like concrete, paint has been bleeding through the edges of masking tape (painter's tape). The bleed makes edges of the objects appear fuzzy. Workflow: I clean ...
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Which technique was used to paint the picture? [closed]

Recently I saw the following drawing on Etsy and I was wondering if I could do a similar one in acrylic: Do you have any idea/tips how the background was done? At first I thought it was achieved ...
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Can white gesso be diluted to make it translucent?

I cannot get a hold of clear gesso. It is not available for delivery from Amazon to my country and, given the pandemic, all art supply stores are still closed. However, I found several sites that can ...
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Painting from reference - use image as base or start from scratch?

I want to create a painting in acrylic using the pencil drawing attached as reference. Is this a good idea, or is it better to start painting in the drawing to improve my skill? And how would I start ...
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Can I make primer from student grade acrylics?

I want to start painting board game miniatures. I do not want to take it to some crazy level with expensive setups, paints and tools. I have seen some tutorials involving basic acrylic paints which I ...
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Masking out non-linear shapes on canvas

I'm painting geometric stuff (in acrylic) and know how to mask out straight-lined shapes using tape on canvas (image on the left). However, have always wondered what would be a clean effective way, or ...
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How to mix burnt umber with the 3 primaries and black/white

For the last 2 sessions I have been trying really hard to create a deep brown/deep red fur. I have gone back and forth many times trying to create this colour but feel I am just mixing something so ...
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How to reproduce faux tortoise shell material

I'd like to mimic this faux tortoise shell material: Ideally I need the material to be like a thin layer of plastic (probably less than 2mm). I tried using clear epoxy resin + colors, and I almost ...
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Acrylics and model building: is a gloss layer a must-have before line detailing and washing?

In the past, I've disassembled models just to add electronics and lights. Now, I've decided to learn how to paint miniatures to expand my hobby and to get a better look on the finished models. My ...
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Mixing Acrylic Paint With Water ( And Storing It )

A few weeks ago I asked a question about Alternatives to Citadel / Games Workshop Paints, and the feedback suggested that I could simple use tubes of Acrylic paints from local hobby type shops as an ...
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Alternatives to Citadel / Games Workshop Paints

I haven't been into it for the past 20 years or so, but after finding one of their shops a few weeks back I decided to look at painting Warhammer / Citadel Miniatures again as a hobby. I was really ...
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What can I use to clear coat tempera or acrylic paintings for a strong glossy look?

I presume the suggested coating might vary between tempera and acrylic paint? So two different products is fine by me. I just need something to give my paintings an extremely glossy surface. The ...
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Acrylic paint is becoming oily when drying

I am using Liquitex basic Black acrylic. I’m simply pressing the tube and draw thick lines directly on the canvas. No brushing, no palette. I let it dry but after a few days the result is very shiny ...
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How can the colour scheme of this painting be described (in technical terms)?

How can the colour scheme of this painting be described in technical terms? For instance: Grayscale Low saturation Or something else? I don't have a background in art; I find that I'm unsuccessful ...
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Should I stain wood then use acrylic or vice versa?

I am creating a wooden gaming board and would like to stain the wood as well as paint an acrylic decoration on it. Can I stain the wood first, paint with acrylics, then put a sealer coat on it or will ...
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How do I get a punchy acrylic paint colour?

I am diving in abstract painting but my acrylic colors are not alive. My reds are sleeping, my blue and green vivacity are even worse. The only one that do it are my black and white. Mmm. I know I ...
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How to make black paint marks over another colour

How can I make the black paint marks on the side of this sign as shown in the photo? I can't seem to make them identical to the photo. I have tried using a foam paintbrush, a rag, and a sponge.
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Does the risk of lumps and clots reduces when moving from acrylic to oil paints?

I had this negative experience with (El Greco) acrylic paints as described in my previous question How can I make my old acrylic paints dissolve and flow freely again? I tried once more to carefully ...
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