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  • Easel
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on: February 25, 2012, 04:36:49 PM

A question to Nolan in reference to a previous question:,406.msg2929.html#msg2929

When you say "as watercolour and acrylics paints generally go a shade lighter or darker when dry."

In my short experience I've noticed that acrylics definitely dry darker. When you say "a shade" do you mean one tonal value or do you just mean a bit darker (ie could be anything)?

Because if it were as simple as one tonal value, then one could always just mix one value lighter than what you want it to dry to.

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Reply #1 on: July 13, 2012, 09:08:31 PM
Batman it depends on the colour and the brand of paint. Some paints will dry many shades darker, others will dry to almost the same colour. The only way is to test your colours before you start painting by making colour swatches on a scrap board and drying them


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Reply #2 on: July 13, 2012, 09:41:22 PM
Winsor and Newton claims that Artists`acrylic keep the same color when they dray. I`v tried it and I can`t se any diference.


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