THE OTHER WATER MEDIUM
Acrylics offer most of the positive attributes that
watercolor painters admire and enjoy, while outperforming watercolor
in a number of important areas. This demonstration will focus on three
of these areas.
Acrylics allow multiple glazes to be applied with less risk of
compromising previous applications. This minimizes the muddy effect
that often results when consecutive applications of watercolor are
applied over each other.
Acrylics accommodate the use of a masking medium over painted areas
without lifting pigment from previous applications. To those of
us who use a masking medium, this offers a significant advantage.
Acrylics offer a comfortable merging of transparent, translucent,
and opaque passages within the same painting. This is a liberating
attribute to watercolorists since opaque passages in an otherwise
transparent watercolor painting usually appear to be an uncomfortable
I have chosen a subject that will allow a simple demonstration of
the three attributes listed. I will use a limited palette consisting
of Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White.
In addition, I will use matte acrylic medium for mixing washes and
glazes and Miskit as a masking medium. My painting surface will be
a full sheet of Arches 300#, CP watercolor paper.