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Author Topic: Oil to Watercolors  (Read 1179 times)


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Reply #15 on: December 04, 2017, 02:48:19 AM
Woa Liz,
Thank you so much for taking the time to check my gallery...and for your so so kind comment.  You have just lift my spirits to an ever high level.

Like you my time is divided... but this is life.  We all need to give to others and cannot only focus on ourselves.

I read somewhere that you will be busy this month playing guitare in nursing homes.  I just hope you know how very much joy this will bring to the residents.  You are not likely to know, but for a number of them you will be the only visitors they will have this holiday season.

I thank you for them from the bottom of my heart.  What you do will bring some joy and make their life more bearable for a day or so. 



  • Easel
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Reply #16 on: January 30, 2018, 03:43:55 PM
Hi Pat,
I went from oil to acrylic and can go back and forth with relative ease.  But when I think about water color I really don't think I can switch because I like thicker paint layers and the blending and overlapping of colors.  Maybe the real reason is that I don't have a steady hand and patience to work carefully with water colors.

If you want to try water colors, using water color pencils would be a good start.  I've tried that and found it relaxing and having more control over what happens with a damp brush applied to the colored lines. ~Liz

Interesting.  I never got the hang of painting in thick layers (pesky edges and such).  I paint in thin layers.  They're dry in time for the next class.  There are times when I do need to paint 'wet on wet' and have no problem doing so.

A few times, I've tried a palette knife.  There I'll mix a bit of Lucas #5 into the paint (it also gives you more paint to work with).  The medium dries from the inside out in three days.  It does lend a bit of a rubbery texture.

There may be times this could be a help.

The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.


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Reply #17 on: January 30, 2018, 04:12:04 PM
The more I think about it, the more I have fear...and maybe best just to stick to what i know best already and keep trying to improve on that one..oil.

Keep in mind it's just canvas and oil paint.  The cost of materials and paint is just a few dollars.

Don't know if this is a worthwhile idea.  Get mat board drop outs at your local art/photo framing shop.  I can get them here for the asking.  Another place might charge you a couple of bucks.

Spray them with Krylon Clear for a couple of coats.

Perhaps you could give yourself a time limit of 2-3 hours?  When time's up, time's up.  If it's not done, it's not done and you go on to something else.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.