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« on: November 21, 2004 01:18:16 PM »

there is this monthly art show in my city, at an art gallery that is for all young artists.  i'd really like to start painting for it.  i know i have to have canvas and stuff, but if any veteran painters could help me out with some other common tools i'll need, that would be awesome.  thnks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2004 01:28:09 PM »

It all depends on what your painting.
A palette or some mixing trays would be good to have. I just take a piece of cardboard and tape some wax paper to it. Works well.
You may need "medium". If you want to add certain effects (mat finish, gloss finish, metallic...).
I think your best bet would be to go to an art store that sells acrylics and supplies and ask them.
Hope I helped a little.  Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2004 01:39:01 PM »

It all depends on what your painting.
A palette or some mixing trays would be good to have. I just take a piece of cardboard and tape some wax paper to it. Works well.
You may need "medium". If you want to add certain effects (mat finish, gloss finish, metallic...).
I think your best bet would be to go to an art store that sells acrylics and supplies and ask them.
Hope I helped a little.  Undecided
yeah it helped a lot! i've always been interested in art, but i woulld like to be more active in it also.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2004 02:01:18 PM »

I <3 my pallete knife.

Also, texture gels and things can be really fun, especially as acrylic paints usually dry flat.  It depends what style you like painting in though.

Gel medium is fun to mix with paints and give them a translucent effect -- excellent for layering.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2004 04:40:21 PM »

Thats what I forgot!!! Pallete knife... those are soooo usefull. I use mine for everything (putting paint on my pallete, mixing paint, applying paint, textures, scraping paint off of things)... I have plastic one and a metal one.

Another thing to consider would be brushes. This will all depend on what your painting as well as style and texture. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2004 03:13:32 PM »

I <3 medium. I'm not a particularly big fan of acrylic as I like things to be "blendy" and acrylic dries really fast. But I use gloss medium in almost everything I paint; it makes it dry more slowly thus allowing my "blendiness" to happen. Smiley Also great if you think "hhhm, I'd like to add a yellow tint to this area". You can just mix the tiniest bit of yellow with medium and go over the area with it. Now go forth and paint, child. Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2005 12:53:30 PM »

i use acrylics n jst 4t id let ya know that instead of using a pallette i use a tile *like bathroom/kitchen??* lolz, sounds kinda random but its much easier 2 clean and if u left it to dry * i nevva do that  ::)hehe* its much easier 2 clean, just pull most of the "blobs" off and then run under hot water n kinda push the bits left off wit ur fingers, hehe!!! hope i helped xxx
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