|Painting with 4 preliminary sketches|
The secret to making acrylics feel like oils as you paint and dry with thick texture is to add a medium.The medium I use in the video is Golden Paint's Extra Thick Gel because of its extremely thick yet creamy texture. In some mixtures to further increase the thickness of the gel I add chalk. I demonstrate the process in the video below, available gratis exclusively on Gbox.
The extra thick gel added a very oil-like feel to the acrylic paint. Plus it didn't take much pigment to tint the gel. Since the gel is much cheaper than most pigments (like Cadmium Red for example) it's a good way to paint thickly yet conserve expensive pigments.
Another cool paint from Golden is High Flow acrylics. I used Raw Umber pigment in my Liquitex Acrylic marker to do the drawing on the canvas. It has an ink-like consistency and in conjunction with the marker is a great addition to any acrylic painter's tool kit.
In the photo at the top of the page you will see four 5" x 7" paintings I did as preliminary sketches previous to the larger painting. In a future blog I will outline how I used these roughs in a deliberate practice routine.
Brad Teare–February 2015