By complete chance this great video on acrylic painting came to my attention the other day:

Stop ruining your acrylic paintings with water!

Artist Michele Theberge does a fantastic job of explaining exactly what happens when you mix your acrylic paints with too much water.

Basically you compromise the ability of the acrylic molecules to form a strong film on the canvas.  So what you ask? Well if you start with a wash on your canvas and the acrylic film is not solid your painting will flake right off the canvas (sooner or later).

Too much science for you? Don’t worry! Michele makes everything super clear and straightforward in the video.  If you ever work with acrylics this is a must watch.

Have you learned any surprising or valuable painting techniques lately? Share them in the comments!

 

Don’t Ruin Your Acrylic Paintings!
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