Painting techniques

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  • Kelsey, I've worked with both oil and acrylic paints for almost forty years. Oil takes days to dry, sometimes longer. It is acrylic paints that dry in minutes. I just finished a painting in acrylic, I know what I am talking about. It is oil that can be worked for quite a long time... the down side with oil is that one must clean an oil brush continuously, with acrylic, one must clean it out quickly so it won't dry and ruin your brush. Like I said I've worked with both oil and acrylic for almost forty years.... you have it backwards dear. An Administrative Assistant's title maybe impressive but you have it wrong about paint.
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  • Not that I intend to downtalk what you've done here but you have your facts backwards. Acrylic takes a long time to dry and oil dries very quickly. Oil is not forgiving and easily corrected whereas with acrylic you can fix and repaint practically anything over and over...
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Painting techniques

  1. 1. Hello and welcome to Learning To Paint podcast, episode 3.
  2. 2. In today's podcast we'll talk about different painting techniques.
  3. 3. We all know what painting is:
  4. 4. A practice of applying paint to a surface.
  5. 5. But there are different ways of doing that.
  6. 6. There are different materials and different techniques.
  7. 7. Each technique is challenging in its own way.
  8. 8. Which one is for you?
  9. 9. Oil Painting
  10. 10. Oil painting is one of the most popular styles of painting.
  11. 11. In western world, it's the best known technique.
  12. 12. Oil paints are very versatile.
  13. 13. You can do almost anything with them and they last practically forever.
  14. 14. One of their main characteristics is that they take much longer to dry than acrylics or watercolor paints.
  15. 15. This gives you more time.
  16. 16. You can remove what you don't like while it is still wet, re-work existing paint, add more paint, or just paint over it when it's dry.
  17. 17. Oil painting is much more forgiving than other techniques and a good choice for beginners.
  18. 18. Acrylic Painting
  19. 19. Acrylics came on the scene relatively late, in the 1950s, but quickly became popular.
  20. 20. They are very adaptable and versatile, and are capable of producing effects similar to oil paints or watercolors.
  21. 21. They are water-based and water soluble.
  22. 22. Because they dry very fast, you need to work fast, especially if you wish to blend colors.
  23. 23. Fast drying time can be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you look at it.
  24. 24. Another great thing about acrylics is that you don't have to worry about odors or allergies, which are common in oil painting.
  25. 25. Watercolors
  26. 26. Watercolors can be quite tricky to master.
  27. 27. They dry very quickly and mistakes are difficult to correct.
  28. 28. They can be used in a variety of ways to get a variety of effects.
  29. 29. They are not so forgiving as oil paints.
  30. 30. Watercolors are one of the cheapest and cleanest mediums that you can use in art.
  31. 31. They are water-based and water-soluble, and easy to clean up with just water.
  32. 32. Pastels
  33. 33. Pastels are a unique painting medium and a big change from oils, acrylics, or watercolors.
  34. 34. They are round or rectangular sticks made from pure powdered pigment and a binder.
  35. 35. There are different types of pastels - from hard, semi-soft, to soft, and each gives a slightly different result.
  36. 36. Pastels are a wonderful medium and can be applied in a number of ways.

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