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« on: June 16, 2007 04:18:52 AM »

Having decided life is too short to wish I was doing something like oil painting, I'm diving in and giving it a try. I just have one tiny question.

I've googled this, but am still not sure of the answer. If I slap down a base coat of acrylic paint on my surface, will that be okay or do I need to use gesso?
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 05:58:59 AM »

I am not sure what you mean. If you are covering a raw surface I would stick with the gesso. Gesso can be tinted, if it is the color your concerned with. I have never just used acrylic at this stage- it is not recommended if you want a painting that will stand the test of time.

If you are tinting  or coloring a canvas I use oil paint diluted with terp- but you can also use  alkyd- which dries faster than oil and slower than acrylic and all the colors dry about the same rate.

I have never just oiled over an acrylic base, but it would probably work because oil sticks to acrylic, but acrylic will not stick to oil
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007 06:14:28 AM »

Nope, clear as.. something that's clear.

I managed to pick up some gesso, so the question got moot, but thank you very much for your reply  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2007 12:08:51 AM »

From what I understand, gesso works for all mediums of paint, but waterbased (such as acrylic) and oil based paints do not mix. If by some chance you get a decent painting by mixing water and oil based paints, the painting will not be archival... meaning it will only look that way temporarily, and the paint will begin to flake off.
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007 05:44:16 PM »

well, gesso is better but you can paint over acrylic with oils... acrylic over oils is really tricky... not completely impossible though. I use gesso on my acrylic paintings because it makes a nice base.

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007 06:09:13 AM »

i would suggest putting a layer of gesso on the canvas and a tone coat in oils. i tried once to paint oils over an acrylic tone coat and it was super difficult! i wouldn't suggest it to someone just getting started.

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