Friday, January 9, 2009

Day 9

Joanne suggested I paint the blind contour drawing that I did yesterday. So on my drawing board the painting is started. I will hopefully finish it later (dang day job). I grabbed a yellow, a red, and a blue plus white, titan buff and black acrylic paints. It's a good exercise to mix colors out of whatever you grab. Depending on the color, say a cool blue vs a warm blue and so on, you get to know what your colors will do. Using a palette knife to mix colors keeps your brushes from getting too gunked up with paint. You can make a great stay wet palette by taking a styrofoam plate, wet a few paper towels so they're goodly wet, soaked and dripping, cover the paper towels with a piece of tracing paper as you mix your colors on your palette, mist them with water to keep them moist. When you're finished painting, mist with water and cover with plastic wrap. This should keep your paints from drying out for a couple of days. Slick huh? .....and if you add gel medium to your paints as you mix them, it acts as an extender so you get more bang from your buck...your paints will go further. Until later........

1 comment:

joanne said...

oooo...i can't wait to's like a cliff hanger :)

thank you for the tips with the paint..very helpful!