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How do you bond clear acrylic to wood?

Consider a clear-drying epoxy. Note that not all epoxies are equal. In a general sense they can bond different materials together with ease. Here is an earlier epoxy advertisement where they glued a ...
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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

India ink has only three ingredients: lampblack, water and gelatin or shellac as a binder(in fact, traditional India ink doesn't even contain this), with shellac being much more common. As you've ...
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How to erase visible pencil marks on wood that has been painted over with acrylic paint?

You cannot erase it anymore. The graphite is underneath the paint, slightly mixed up in it. The only way to get rid of the graphite is by painting over it, I'm afraid. But instead of painting layer ...
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Can I use an airbrush inside?

As said by Tom, you should use a mask to spray indoor. It is quite convenient when you are alone but that does not protect your environment. Also don't forget that if you should be wearing a mask in a ...
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Can I use an airbrush inside?

If you would rather use it indoors, that's fine as long as you wear a mask. If you're doing a lot, consider one of the heavy-duty ones: You can generally buy these anywhere you can buy spray paint or ...
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Should I stain wood then use acrylic or vice versa?

DeAngelis, In my personal experience, I have had the most success with this type of project by applying a water-based stain first, followed by the acrylics, and lastly the sealer coat. You must ...
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It is easier to learn to use oil paint or acrylic paint?

Oil paint dries slowly and mixes well on canvas (A thin paint will stick to a thick paint). It also adds texture but shows brush strokes. You are going to want to work in a ventilated area. Acrylic ...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

Dipping your brush into water isn't going to do anything other than get your brush wet. To actually clean a brush, you need physical agitation, and I don't mean "swish it around in the water jar a few ...
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Can I make primer from student grade acrylics?

In short: No, you cannot make an effective primer out of paint. Primer is not just "paint without pigment," and the purpose of it isn't as a base coat; the purpose of primer is to prepare your ...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

Clean them fast. Acryclic paint dries quickly, so it's important to clean your paintbrushes as soon as possible after you've finished using them, so that the paint doesn't get the chance to start ...
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It is easier to learn to use oil paint or acrylic paint?

Generally speaking, acrylic is a cheaper and more forgiving medium to start with. As mentioned by other respondents, acrylic is fast-drying and can be painted over. You can also use acrylic media, ...
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Mixing Acrylic Paint With Water ( And Storing It )

Paint is a chemical with a blend of several characteristics. Two of those characteristics are: - Carrying a pigment (color) - Sticking to a surface (glue) A 50/50 mix would reduce the binder (glue) ...
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What techniques can I use to stop paint getting under masking tape?

There's painters tape designed to seal much better with latex paint (e.g., Frogtape); it has a material that sucks up water and gels on contact so water-based paint can't flow past the edge. However, ...
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Acrylics in the drain?

Yes, that concern is very valid, and it has always been a problem in any school art room I've ever been to (even though we used only water paints in school). You should never wash big amounts of paint ...
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Is there any way to paint with acrylics over oil?

As Catija implied, if your oil painting is less than 6 months old you shouldn’t do this. And if the oil paint is impasto (very thick) you should wait up to 18 months before varnishing. A very bad ...
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Painting from reference - use image as base or start from scratch?

I would personally paint it separately from the original drawing, for a few reasons: I find that if I paint over pencil using acrylics, either the pencil lines become completely obscured by the paint ...
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What techniques can I use to stop paint getting under masking tape?

After applying the masking tape, first apply another layer of your base coat paint. Any bleeding that might occur from this, will be in the same colour as the wall and thus be invisible and will clog ...
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What is the purpose of an underpainting?

The reasons I like to use underpainting when doing art in oil or acrylic are: Sometimes having small/subtle areas where the underpainting shows through can add interest to the painting. Some of the ...
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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

According to Mayer, that is water, shellac and borax. Although @walrus answered your question perfectly, I would like to address the other issue: where to find a painting medium that isn’t a varnish. ...
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Pony hair vs synthetic hair painting brushes

It depends on the synthetic brush that is available. Generally speaking, pony hair brushes are often used in schools since they are inexpensive, yet strong and soft. However, they do not retain the ...
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Can I use the same brush for oil and acrylic painting?

The most important thing is to keep your brushes clean and dry between uses. Use a mild soap and lukewarm water (marseille soap is my favorite) to clean your brushes after you have used them, whether ...
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How can I make my old acrylic paints dissolve and flow freely again?

I suspect that you are encountering a problem with the clumping of additives or fillers, because in a closed tube it is rather impossible to have acrylic dry. You could try to regrind them with a ...
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How to make black paint marks over another colour

That is called a vignette. Basically it is a soft blend of the dark edge that frames the outside of a picture (or any image like a photo or movie frame) into the outer areas of the front face. Here I ...
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How to mix burnt umber with the 3 primaries and black/white

I see several probable problems here: You use the wrong "primary" colors The quality of your paints might be low You try to replicate a certain pigment without actually using this pigment Let's look ...
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Acrylic paint on wood: how to make it "glow" after the painting is already done

I think it's hard to judge the real difference between the paintings your nephew made and the example of the goal he has in mind: the first are taken in what seems a yellowish light, while the second ...
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Direction of light in a dark painting?

The light currently seems to be coming from a diffuse source a little bit above the observer's position (or slightly above the painting's 'window'). If you want the light to come from the halo, ...
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How do you bond clear acrylic to wood?

Look for clear epoxies, sometimes sold for encapsulating. They'll stick fairly well to both materials, though presumably not as well as epoxy sold as glue. You have a lot of contact area so the bond ...
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It is easier to learn to use oil paint or acrylic paint?

I'll have to agree with the others that acrylic is much easier to use. I've done mostly watercolor and acrylic on all my pieces, and have figured out the basic rules to get the best results. But oil, ...
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What are the differences between paper intended for oil painting and acrylic painting?

I am sure it's fine. It is undoubtedly primed with acrylic gesso; or rather, it is highly unlikely it was sized and primed in a traditional oil technique. In the old days, sizing (protecting the ...
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How can I paint consistently coloured lines with acrylic paint?

In my experiments so far I am having to go over each line several times to stop the background colour from showing through the acrylic. Even when the background is only white. This is probably caused ...
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