I am a beginner. Cheers, Will. Hi Ann, yes of course, just experiment with getting the right consistency of paint, you can also add gels to the paint to give the drips more of a tar-like consistency. 3. Hi Linda, a light sand would help just to give a textured surface for the glue to sink into, it can still work straight onto the varnish but would be more like trying to stick onto glass. I have read that it is possible to paint oil over acrylic, but what I want to know is whether it is ok to paint oil over the acrylic in only selected bits of the painting? I’m able to cover with more black, and it looks good. Hi Amber, No need to panic, you’ll be able to fix it. Would that work or would I need to sand them first? I’m an art student in Edenvale High School, South Africa and I am only in grade ten so this is all very new to me. a matte varnish will give you the softest look to the paint surface but still won’t make a huge difference to the brightness of the colours. Back when we first looked at this house, we were blown away by so many of it’s unique features. Hi Aimee, nice to hear from you and pleased you’ve been finding the website helpful in your paintings. Hi Mae, you can’t mix the acrylic extender with the oil extender due to the different drying rates of each medium, you might be interested in Oleopasto, which is an impasto quick drying medium for oils. Yes, it can be very disheartening when the painting still doesn’t ‘work’ the surface can often make a bigger difference than you would initially think. If it is, the acrylic gesso won’t adhere to the surface. Place a paint liner in the paint tray. You can apply a texture with your brush strokes to simulate painting on canvas or art papers. I have been painting for 18 years now and still feel like a beginner! The problem your having with the yellow is certainly to do with 2 things: 1.Inexpensive student grade paint, therefore not as much coverage as artist quality paints. My question is can I now add an isolation coat as a layer to further work the abstractions, seal off what I have done and then keep working. Use a filler and a filling knife, or scraper, to patch up any visible holes and cracks. ... You can see a better look at how this should work in my Dining Room Wall Art Paint Pour. I know this might sound like a silly question, but are you 100% sure the paints are acrylics? Hi Jimi, Thanks for checking, how strange, as the very nature of acrylics is to dry quickly to an insoluble film, rather than to stay wet, unless the lower application of paint was very thick. Just wondering if I can paint on wood not just canvas. Chris. Hi Kathy, it will cover the painting, but depending on the opacity of the Titanium White it may take a few coats. I am reluctant to do anything as I no longer paint in acrylics, and don’t even know if it’s possible to paint over the varnish. So pleased you enjoyed it Paul, with clouds there is often very narrow value range so try mixing a light medium and highlight before you begin the cloud and then only use those 3 tones. I really appreciate all your advice. Can I gesso certain areas and retone? Just stumbled across your blog. I agree with your point about not to getting too attached to failures, and I see where providence takes me. When you paint Yellow Ochre onto a white canvas (See: How a prepared canvas can drastically improve your painting) the trick is to paint it thick enough to form an opaque layer but thin enough to allow the white from the canvas to shine through and give the colour a glow. Thanks, Hi Dave, you can just continue where you finished on the previous stage, it’s often best to work in stages or colour ranges in one sitting and then when you return to the painting you’re working with a fresh palette. I´ve had some of them for years, but the same thing happens with one I bought a couple of months back. It is an acrylic painting and had already been painted over with several layers of good quality white. Hi Shayla, Nice to hear from you, if it’s a thin application you could paint over white a white gesso and then apply a coloured ground on top. Hi. I have used the liquitex structure titanium white and antique white. Always clear the area and remove all furniture and appliances. End by sanding the filled areas flat to allow even application of the new paint coat. Thanks a lot for the help, it is greatly appreciated! Cheers, Will, Hi there I am fairly new to painting. HDB 5 Room- CCK Street 51 by Dezign Culture. :0). Using a primer is more cost-efficient than covering the wall immediately with a light coloured paint. My latest painting incorporates a scene with clouds but nothing else to reference the depth of field, and my atmospheric perspective was off. incidentally at the range i was looking for paints that stated artists quality but in the galleria range could not find the word artist can you advise once again thank you. I just started painting with acrylic paints, I’m a total novice. Hi Linda, if you feel you can tweak the background without affecting the main subjects I’d probably give it a try. I want to know is whether it is ok to paint oil over the acrylic in only selected bits of the painting? Paint over the original artwork with a few coats of white paint/primer. I’m gathering this will likely create matte/gloss inconsistency over the surface but could that be resolved with some kind of varnish later? I’ll try the sanding and continue painting. I’m pretty sure they had wall painting in mind when they said it. Hi Will, I wondered if you could give me a hint on the following. I’ve enjoyed your portrait in oil course…learned a lot. Please advise – when I started painting a couple of years ago, I did a portrait of my daughter, without a background first. Hi, i want to repurpose the canvas of the acrylic painting that I did during college. You have to be aware of a few things if you decide to repaint, and to make the decision, is it worth it? Fortunately the background was a simple sky and clouds done only in ultramarine blue and titanium white, easy to match. Thanks in advance! Thanks, Shirley, Hi Shirley, the Golden Titanium white is the highest opacity white acrylic I’ve come across and would be more opaque than gesso. I’m making it hard for myself because I introduced some oil paint as well as acrylic. I have been reading that I can paint over sanded acrylic. I’m using acrylics to paint a fern. The trouble is, I attempted to start this landscape a while back. Am I glad I read this! I also agree it is really odd that the paint aimed at beginners is the hardest to use and performs the worst, so pleased you’ve achieved the results you where after. Cheers, Will. Thanks for your help and expertize. You are so real and down to earth! You can watch a video about it here, with the more subtle ground towards the end of the video being the closest to the background tone I would use for a portrait. Every time I come back to my paintings after a few hours some of the background colour appears to bleed to the surface of the white. Will, what about saving a canvas that has pencil marks ALL over it (thanks to my niece)? Once you’ve taken most of the pencil off with the eraser you’re good to go, you probably wouldn’t need an extra coat of gesso, just apply a tonal coloured ground and you can build your painting from there. I’m worried that the old portrait might start showing through . Is there an agent to unblock the painting? Monika. Great advice Will. Read this extensive guide on how to prep your area before a paint job. The short answer to if you can paint over powder coating is yes you can however you have to do so while paying attention to a few considerations. It’s much too “grassy” and I’d rather it be closer to “earthy” or “olive.” Is there any way to fix that part of the painting? Period. Hi Will, This is interesting. Whew! The first layer you would still be able to see some black showing through, but paint 3 or 4 coats and the wall would be white. some parts can be sanded down, a good section looks fabulous. I’ve watched your tutorial on mixing skin tones and I think it will be prove to be very helpful. Acrylics are fantastic, you can paint over your mistakes easily and completely but having this level of flexibility can lead to you abusing it by never getting past the first canvas. Hi Suzanne, you could try using masking fluid that is usually used for watercolours, here’s an article that goes through a few things to be aware of. Using detergent to increase surfactant action? You can always spray a light fixative in some of the build up layers to secure the underlying layers and then leave the final pastel surface un-fixed. Allow to completely dry … Sanding surface? The colours I’m using are cheap acrylics but the white is artists quality and a lot thicker. So my question is could using acrylic in impasto save this canvas? Please reply. I have a canvas that wasn’t easy to come by; it is a circle with a beveled edge. Paynes grey and Quinacridone colours are both transparent so can be quite hard to cover over dark areas. Take the hit in your wallet and put it down to experience, see it as an artistic progression tax. Good one Noreen, so pleased it helped. Don’t use coarse sand paper or you’ll go right through the canvas itself. I started a painting on a Black Canvas. I stupidly, painted over the whole canvas without prepping or applying anything between the two paintings and now the magenta is bleeding through to my top layer where the colours are lighter (white and cream) . Cheers, Will. Blue turns green, etc. After sanding the walls, vacuum up the debris. Have a look at this painting by Kathryn Townsend where roses have been used in a balanced composition. I mean, when people do landscapes and paint the background sky blue…how do they prevent the blue mixing with the trees and clouds that are being painted on top? Thanks so much. If you have walls that are peeling paint, pick up the scraper and remove the flaking pieces, no matter how long it takes. That’s how I came up with a solution.” Sir James Dyson. Loved the way that oils can be blended to make smooth transitions. Hi Will, I did try what you suggested and the result is extremely satisfying. If you’re really keen on painting on the surface though you can add a coat of acrylic gesso first which will give you a slightly more matte and absorbent surface to paint onto. The water content to acrylic can often be overstated, have a read of this article, specifically the section from Sarah Sands from Golden paints, here’s an excerpt: The cautions against thinning acrylics beyond 30% (or some similar figure) is common to run across and is something we often find ourselves having to correct, at least in regards to our own paints. My question. To paint sections will take longer because you won’t have the coloured ground to fall back on. I’ve produced several paintings, but the latest of my pet has me in a tizzy. seriously, i now realise that it will be a long hard road ahead, but i fully intend to give it my best shot, i met someone in my local range store, who advised me to. Can I just cover it up using white acrylic paint then use oils for my new painting? Step Five. On the Range website, they stock Winsor and Newton Artist quality Acrylics which are great. I’m doing a painting of large red poppies on a dark background. HDB 5 Room- CCK Street 51 by Dezign Culture. It’s harder to draw onto a canvas that has already been painted with a standard pencil as the acrylic won’t show the graphite, try using a pastel pencil such as the Derwent pastel pencil. Hi Noreen, a thin application would probably still show the texture of the brushmarks underneath, you could try another layer in the opposite direction and if that still hasn’t covered then apply another coat the first direction. What must I do to fix my error? In addition, some spots are more glossy than others. If you have some sandpaper to take the smooth surface off or remove the varnish will give you a better chance of a better ‘grip’ onto the surface below. The sky really has turned out well – again following your ‘Monet’ videos. You can sand down acrylics, but it might need a hand sander depending on the thickness. I just painted over a portrait using black acrylic! Suzanne. Thanks for your advice. If you’re working on a larger scale piece and want a colour consistency in your mixes you would mix larger amounts of paint and store in a stay-wet palette between painting sessions. Usually colours have been mixed with a little bit of white which gives them a good coverage, again, artist quality Titanium white is one of the best investments you can make in your painting. Well worth the time. Mark the centers Thanks! If you can still see the original wall colour after your first layer of primer has dried, apply another coat of primer. If the current wall is smooth, clean and covered with the same type of paint (both are oil-based for example), you can head straight for the paint. However, If it is only the face that has gone wrong it might be worth perservering as it would be a shame to abandon the whole piece because of it. The artist captured our happiness from the day perfectly! The only issue you’ll have is with the acrylic adhering to the varnish layer but if it is only small adjustments you should be okay, also the different in sheen of the finish of the new acrylic painted on top compared to the existing varnish layer. You can just paint with purple acrylics on top of the canvas wall art. Thank you. (burnt umber & cadmium yellow or Black & yellow + white) make sure it is a muted green so it isn’t too harsh. Can it be salvaged and still look good. I’ve been trying to darken yellow for the shadows using yellow and red to make orange, then black to make Brown then blending the Brown with yellow on canvas but just not looking right. So, in case it wasn’t clear: do not paint over flaking old paint! it’s almost too much…. Thanks. Hi Suzanne, nice to hear from you and thanks for your kind comments. – The way its pigmented with a die or the specific magenta colour? I took the textured board and painted over it with a coat of burnt umber, then drew the champagne flutes with black and white acrylic marker, adding in some translucent yellow and carefully masked flecking for the champagne and bubbles. Guess I’ll be taking my work a bit more seriously. I´ve just started learning to paint with acrylics, so I´m really just learning how the paint behaves. Am wondering whether to do the figure in soft pastels and really don’t know what I’m doing. The painting is of a german shepard with various shades of tan and brown, but my problem is that I painted the whole background red and now am not sure I like it. My paintings do look much better without repeated coats to cover mistakes as I learn from those and each one just gets better with experience. When this appearance is no longer desired, you may consider painting the object another color using a different type of paint. Nippon Paint Mobile App – Colour Visualizer, Professional Painting Tips – How To Paint Like a Pro, How Your Wall Conditions Affect Your Painting, How to Paint a Room – Paint Guide – Interior Paint, Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (QEHS) Policy, WELCOME TO NIPPON PAINT SINGAPORE, COLOUR PAINTS & PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES. (Skin tone or other mixed colors would have been a whole other can of worms.) Hi Will, I have just started using acrylics and started off painting your French Cafe (perhaps a bit ambitious of me). If that doesn’t give me the results I want, then I’ll start over. Hi Candace, nice to hear from you, in terms of softening the colours, you can’t really mute them down with changing the surface quality of the painting and repainting, which of course is less than ideal! I like to create an abstract background and then outline shapes – say flowers and fill in the spaces with white or a light neutral. Would varnishing when it was first finished have made any difference? Hi Will. I started to do the background sky in acrylic paint but not knowing any better have overwatered it and don’t like the initial result. From what I read on your page this helps with depth so am hoping I’m on the right track. Mix the primer well, then fill the … Any ideas? It can be easy to become engrossed up close to the painting when you’re creating it by everyone that sees the painting will first see if from afar. No matter how many thin coats of white are applied to a dry surface the colour comes through. I have been painting on my own for awhile and learning more all the time, but I just recently came across your information. With standard acrylics, the blue underneath will definitely be dry and would never re-wett and mix together with a new layer of paint on top to make a new colour, in essence it forms a plastic layer. I must not have used a smooth enough brush. There a numerous canvasses in my stock (early works) which I would like to re-use but some of them have a final varnish coating. I think the movie was called Agony and Ecstasy with Charton Heston and Rex Harrison. Hope this helps, Hi Will, Great advice. Have I ruined the canvas – would I be able to go over the overwatered background with soft pastels? If you would be kind enough to offer advice please email. This first step is crucial in achieving your dream look. Good luck and let me know how you get on. Will. peace! Hi, I just wanted to say that I have sanded down acrylic paintings before successfully. Can I try again over what I have already painted? The problem is you’ll have lost the absorbency of the canvas and gained another layer of unwanted texture. Hi Tamara, yes acrylic will adhere to a paint that has a glossy medium. Now it looks messy. So start with one strong light source and go from there. What about coating it with a leveling medium? Being a beginner, I have purchased inexpensive paints. Staff were quick to paint over the obscene graffiti on the side of the gymnasium. I’m working on an varnish application video which should be on the blog soon. Hope this helps. I am afraid to try and fix it! Apply thicker paint over the areas you want to repaint, making sure to use artist quality paints or you won’t get the coverage. To avoid sanding you can, however, use a liquid deglosser such as Krudd Kutter or M1. It is not expensive…bought at TJ MAXX. Hi Sue, not at all, if you’ve diluted the paint with water it will be very easy to then paint over the surface with thicker paint, or pastel. I had a question, there is a cotton fabric that has something written on it with acrylic paint. I tend to dilute the acrylic layer with water so it has an ‘open’ surface for the oil to grab onto when painted onto. SO SO I mixed Quick drying extender gel with acrylic medium and oil paint, big mistake, so now I would like to take it off ], as it has all all kind of balled together. Do you think it could be the quality? Hi Will, I wonder if you have any sage advice re the fact that I have been asked to paint a 6ft x 4ft picture of an espalier tree. Cheers, Will. Cheers, Will. Would be grateful for your advice. This is mostly up to personal preference. It’s a pretty big canvas and I don’t want to buy a new one… Can I apply a cover of acrylic gesso over the painted canvas, and then coat it again with yellow ocre and start painting again? One question that I hope you could help me with. No dramatic clouds, no subtle glazing, just one big problem. Painting over glossy paint is not that different from painting over flat or semi-gloss paint. Hi Esther, sometimes the less expensive man-made pigments are created using dyes which aren’t as permanent, bright magenta/purples are often man-made colours and can be more susceptible to bleeding through. What a great story Julia, you’re so right‘Sometimes it might not end up like you planned, but it can still work.’ Looking back on abandoned pieces with fresh eyes can be an education in itself. The shocked Michelangelo looked at the scene and the tavern keeper who kept repeating.. “when it is sour, throw it out”.. I believe I varnished it with acrylic emulsion (was this a bad idea?). If you’re up for the challenge, here is how to properly paint over a painted wall yourself. Moments later Michelangelo went right back to the chapel, up his scaffolding and he started destroying the whole work he did so far. It is hard to cover such a large area. Once it was dry and I had a good nights sleep, I saw some things I wanted to touch up. Also for an entirely different work, can I paint over a varnished acrylic painting? Scrape off all loose, peeling and flaking paint with a paint scraper. Just discovered your site, its great, Cheers Rosemary, Hi Rosemary, if you’re using standard acrylic, once it’s dried you won’t be able to wash or scrub it off with water. Next, line your floors with either newspapers or a canvas sheet for protection. I thought I’d paint on printed textiles. So add a touch of cadmium red into your yellow ochre and then test a swatch of that colour next to your existing portrait, you can then add a little bit more red if you feel it needs it and then paint a thin layer over the top. The varnish will accentuate the sheen that is underneath so its best to have an even tone to start with. Hi Jamilah, You can paint a lighter colour over a darker colour, it just might take a couple of goes. Tinting of herculiner is not recommended. I can’t buy a new canvas right now because of the lockdown from the pandemic. Hi Christine, you can very gently sand the edges and then work over the line with more impasto paint. The thing is I don’t know how to base it properly so that the texture would still be nice. I do thank you for the advice, but you did not answer the “how to” at all. A primer is a light coat of paint that retains colours well. Cheers, Will. Thanks. Or will it be ruined because I varnished it with acrylic emulsion? I just finished a realistic, acrylic painting of a chimpanzee, I’m thrilled with the results so I applied the first coat of gloss sealant (so it looks more like an “oil” painting). “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ― Oscar Wilde, … You can start with the areas just around the main objects and see how it looks on the canvas, and then paint back the first cloth colour or continue on with the new. Because oils get more transparent with age, this will be the reason that the blue shape is now visible. Hi Will, I hope I’m not repeating what you’ve already answered – all fingers crossed you have time to answer this one as I’m totally stumped. Started painting again at 72 years of age. thanks for your time…. Here is a demonstration of the process: Oil Paint Safety. Is there anyway I can start over? Has really motivated me to get back into painting. He went to dine at the local tavern where he was served a wine that went sour. I want the bright yellow that I am painting on the canvas to be…bright yellow. What would be your opinion on that topic? Will it help just adding more layers of white or do I need to do something else first? Yes, the same principles apply, you can repaint with black to start over, alternatively just repaint around the ferns as tweaking the length of the leaves is easily remedied. My art assignment is to paint my portrait but I have no idea of what to do if I have a mistake. Crackled paint is a popular paint effect used to create an aged appearance. Thank you…thank you! This topic of ‘repainting, I have a still life. Enjoyed the video .. if I may, still curious whether I can cover the portrait with some masking emulsion to be able to have a better go of doing the background around it without messing up the subject. For example, if you set … Cheers, Will, Hi Will, I am by no means a professional artist. Is it better to do the sides first for an even finish because sometimes the paint finds it way over to the picture – just a little bit but still it should not be there. I am experimenting with Hardy Plank (fiber cement sheet) How do i best prime this for acrylics? I’ve put a bit of time into a portrait, I’m a few layers in and I’ve realised the skin tone is far too yellow. I wish you all the best. Thanks mate, That’s great to hear Michael, so pleased you’ve been seeing improvements in your paintings. Hope this helps, Brilliant, thanks so much for the tips. It will add a sheen to the surface and can lose some of the subtle colour shifts, the best way to try is to use some on a small sample piece and see how you feel about the change in aesthetic. Hi David, nice to hear from you, and so pleased to hear you’ve been enjoying the lessons. Mmm, we’ve all been there! Sure can, I would just gently wipe a damp cloth over the surface first and then you’re good to go. Hi Val, Great to hear you’re enjoying it. Do you have a solution? Sam :). I painted a night lake/sky scene for my bedroom in greens and browns, but I don’t like the hue of the green paint I chose. Hi Will I just stumbled upon this website and it’s absolutely fantastic I love all the advice and techniques on here. Repeat the wiping process with clean water. Hope this helps, Will, Hi Will. Hi Lee, you won’t have ruined the paintings, you’ll still be able to paint ontop. The first thing to note is that our Fluids and Heavy Body acrylics can easily be thinned up to one part paint to one part water, or a 1:1 ratio, and maintain excellent adhesion onto absorbent surfaces. Hi De, pleased you’ve been finding the site helpful, if your painting with acrylics it will be very simple just to paint back over those areas again so they blend in more with the existing painting, if its with oils, sometimes the difference between dry oil paint and wet oil paint will make the colours appear different, but they just need time to dry to match in together. Please help me! I’m a beginner, trying to do a canvas picture with an image of Jesus on the cross against a night sky. Hi Will, I have an acrylic painting from a few years back and now I want to cover the entire thing up. Thanks very much for the help. Cheers, Will, Good Morning Will. 1. Hey Brandon, Yes, for your painting working with thicker impasto acrylic would save the day! Ideas: Painting gesso over areas that are beading? The colors to use, the shades to restrain, and the strokes to play with… are what defines the art and his artwork. I do run very occasional classes in Cheshire. You’re welcome Linda, it would only have to be a light sand say a 240 grit, but even the slightest texture would help. Yes you can. The painting is turning out very well (so far – fingers crossed). Fifteen minutes later she came down, all the canvases were now white. Is it possible to repaint the area I want to fix directly over the sealant with acrylic paint and then apply my final coat of gloss sealant over the fix?! paint over To cover something up with paint so as to hide or obscure it. I have a dilemma. I can’t quite see the answer to my problem. You can read a post on using Gesso here. I need to completely repaint a painting I just “finished”. So, thanks again. 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