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Handy Tips for Acrylic Painters

All paint is a combination of a ‘glue’ and pigment. The glue in acrylic paint is a plastic consisting of microscopic spheres of polymer suspended in water. When the wa-ter evaporates as the paint dries the spheres come to-gether to bind the pigment. Make sure you use only a little water to thin your paints so the ratio of spheres to water is not diluted. This dilution can affect the paint’s bonding ability. Use Polymer Medium as a thinner in-stead.
Polymer Medium is available in Matte and Gloss and may also be used for glazes. Matte Medium is dull be-cause it contains a powder made of ground crustacea. The microscopic particles of the powder have jagged edges which hinder light refraction, thus giving a flat finish. Gloss Medium is clear and therefore shiny. Don’t use Matte Medium for thick or multi-layered glazes. The effect of the powder clouds the layers thus dulling the colours and forming a ’fogged’ appearance..

Tips for Removing Stuck Paint Tube Caps

Keep a small pair of pliers or some nutcrackers handy for easing off stuck caps. Or place a clothes pin around the cap, hold firmly and twist.
 Use a small piece of non-slip rubber shelf liner to get a grip on the top of the tube. It works better than pliers and doesn’t damage the cap.
 If you can’t get the cap off, snip off the bottom of the tube to get the paint then close it again with a bulldog clip.
 Invert the tube and soak it for a few minutes in a cup of hot water.
 Apply Vaseline around the top of the tube or inside the threads of the cap before you put it back on to prevent sticking.

What is Broken Colour?

Broken colour is a technique which was introduced by the NeoImpressionists), whereby colours on the canvas are made up of small flecks and dashes of paint.   The development of colour theory by the late 19th century played a pivotal role in shaping the Neo-Impressionists’ style. They acknowledged the different behaviors exhibited by coloured light and coloured pigment. While the mixture of the former created a white or gray colour, that of the latter produced a dark, murky colour. As painters, NeoImpressionists had to deal with coloured pigments, so to avoid the dullness, they devised a system of pure-colour juxtaposition. Mixing of colours was not necessary. The effective use of pointillism produced a luminous effect, and from a distance, the dots came together as a whole displaying maximum brilliance and conformity to actual light conditions.


What Is Gouache?

Before the advent of computer-generated design, gouache (the word is French and is pronounced ‘gwash’ or ’goowash’) was the most popular painting medium in professional design studios, where it was widely used to create crisp visuals and illustrations in solid colour that reproduced well in print.  Gouache is, in fact, a refinement of the more familiar poster paints, but the quality and permanence of pigments used in good brands are far superior.  Also known as body colour, gouache is a water-based paint with chalk or blanc fixe added to create opaque colour with good covering power, which can be further enhanced with the addition of Permanent White. It dries to a matt, chalky finish and can be used on its own or with transparent watercolour.  Considering it is so versatile, gouache is an underrated medium. Use it in dilute washes to achieve attractive misty effects. Thicker gouache creates a more rugged finish, ideal for bold, energetic paintings. A starter palette might include Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, French Blue, Raw Umber and Yellow Ochre, plus Permanent White. 

Georgina’s Tips on Acrylic Paint


A by-product of the then new plastics industry, acrylics were invented in the 1950s. They are as versatile as oil paints and have some unique qualities of their own.

One of these—vital from the beginners’ point of view—is that they dry very quickly, so that you can overpaint as much as you like. You can, of course, overpaint with oils but, because they are slow-drying, there is always a risk of churning up the colours and creating a muddy mess. Acrylics, once dry, are immovable, so that each new layer completely covers the one below without picking up any colour from it. Another advantage is that you can paint on more or less anything, from paper and board to canvas, and the surface needs no preparation or “priming”. 

The disadvantages of acrylics are that changes to the picture can only be made by overpainting, and the paint dries so fast that it cannot be moved around on the surface to the degree that oil paints can. Also, brushes must always be left in a container of water or washed regularly, otherwise they will be ruined. However, the virtues of acrylics far outweigh these minor vices, and those new to painting could find them the perfect medium with which to begin. Continue reading Georgina’s Tips on Acrylic Paint

Did You KNow

Did you know..?

These fun facts have nothing to do with art but are interesting anyway:-

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t deteriorate, even if its buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached only at one end.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in our ear.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450 F.

Nine out of ten living things live in the ocean.

The commercially grown banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Strawberries are the only fruits that grow their seeds on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

Due to Earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

If you could get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you would see stars, even in the middle of the day.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times when knights in armour raised their visors to reveal their identity.

Do you have a special tip that you’d like to share?

Sometimes there’ll be something not quite right about a painting I’m working on and I can’t figure out what it is. I find if I look at its reflection in a mirror, nine times out of ten the problem will jump right out—maybe the ellipse at the top of a cup is uneven, the composition is not balanced or the perspective is off. Taking a photo of the painting with my cell phone and looking at it in isolation also can help reveal a problem.