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An acrylic view

Part 4 Understand the nature of fluorescents and mediums in your paintbox before following an acrylic demonstration with Tony Paul

Acrylics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Understand the nature of acrylic fluorescent colours

How to choose and use mediums

Turn a watercolour sketch into an acrylic painting

Included in most manufacturers’ acrylic ranges are fluorescent colours. These are useful for signwriting and craft use, but I have also seen them used in fine art work – particularly in abstracts. I understand that their vivid quality can invigorate a painting, but fluorescent colours are not suited to fine art, because they will fade.

Choose your medium

There is also a raft of mediums available for use with acrylic colours. These will extend the possibilities of approach. Besides impasto gels and modelling pastes that bulk out the colour specifically to create density, other texture mediums include pumice, black lava, glass beads, crackle finish and sand.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to a summer of drawing and painting with Leisure Painter. This month we tackle summer landscapes, gardens and flowers, buildings, harbours and boats, animals, local scenes, a moonlit seascape, horses and a flamenco dancer in a variety of your favourite media. If you're ready to try something different, experiment with oil pastel resists with acrylic inks and watercolour, look at coloured grounds for mixed-media work and embrace digital with an app that will help you draw and paint better pictures! From loose and lively to detail, monotone to colour work, and projects from photographs to how to paint from life - enjoy another month of practical tutorials, demonstrations and inspiration.