Acrylics are cool…who knew?


First, I want to say sorry for slacking on the updating!  I have been preoccupied with a trip I am taking this weekend.  I will fill you in on the details another day, so you’ll have to wait in suspense.

Then again, I guess it’s only suspenseful if you:                                                                                                                                                                                                      A) Don’t already know about the trip                                                                                                                                                                                                      B) Care to know about the trip

Moving on! You may know that I am a major snob when it comes to paint variety.  There was a time when I wouldn’t even glance at a tube of acrylic paint.  I thought, “How can painting with acrylics possibly compare to oils?  They are dull and flat-looking, and they dry so fast that it’s hard to make them look smooth.”  It wasn’t until my college professor suggested that I utilize acrylic paint for my under-paintings that I grudgingly acknowledged the existence of this inferior medium.  To my surprise, I discovered that it works well for under-paintings.  Later still, I found that it can act as a complimentary companion to oil paints if used right.

My latest discovery is a technique that I discovered in a moment of pure boredom.  I was sitting in my studio checking my email and I picked up my disposable palette which had some dried acrylic paint on it.  I began to peel the paint off, and that’s when I noticed that the underside of these peelings were fascinating.  They were these swirls of color.


My husband suggested that I make large sheets of this dried acrylic paint, so I did.

It took several hours to dry.   At first, the pattern (pictured above) came out too contrived for my liking.  I tried it again with more success, and was able to come up with some really cool swirly patterns.  I’ll keep you posted on those, and how I incorporated them into my newest painting.

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About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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2 Responses to Acrylics are cool…who knew?

  1. Holly Niphakis says:

    Meli, you forgot to show the painting you incorporated the dried acrylics into!

  2. Melody says:

    nope, I’m not posting that yet.. 🙂

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