Hope it goes well! Thanks for the suggestion and for taking the time to respond. To achieve a flawless finish, apply two coats of the new paint. I’ll give it a go and see if that solves the problem. Is there a way to fix it so that the megenta won’t bleed through? My teacher said that we cannot paint a lighter colour over a darker colour. Would sanding it help to level the paint? This first step is crucial in achieving your dream look. i had a good strong start and then i went beserk and over did it. I’m gathering this will likely create matte/gloss inconsistency over the surface but could that be resolved with some kind of varnish later? Someone gave me a large canvas 48″ x 60″ on which an oil painting had been started. I´m at a bit of a loss, given that I´m no Joaquin Sorolla to start with, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Your advice to do a test run and figure out the best recipe is a great idea that I will try. Scrape around the area until you … I prefer to do a painting in acrylic on it. The time it takes to paint over, add extra layers, and try to keep a section you were pleased with, it is just not worth it. The answer is absolutely, yes! I’ll try the sanding and continue painting. Will now do this over a largish canvas that has been sitting waiting!!! The four main choices are oils (traditional or water-soluble), watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. This is rubbish to paint on. Cheers, Will. When you paint over an existing painting you lose this glow. Found your website yesterday, and it is brilliant. A primer is a light coat of paint that retains colours well. The first step is deciding what paint you are going to use. Mmm, we’ve all been there! Hi Will I just stumbled upon this website and it’s absolutely fantastic I love all the advice and techniques on here. If you paint a few layers of gesso it will cover over the black, but it depends on if the black paint in oil based. 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. If you apply more coats of Gesso to an already primed canvas it definitely won’t ruin your painting, it will just give is a slightly different surface to paint onto. Hope this helps, Thanks will I was trying to avoid painting over the whole thing again lol lots of detailed fur is there anyway I can post a picture? Is there any chance I could rectify this before varnishing? It is important to let each coat dry thoroughly first before adding another layer. Can it be salvaged and still look good. I have a canvas that wasn’t easy to come by; it is a circle with a beveled edge. I just painted over a portrait using black acrylic! Walking away and coming back later helps to see it through new eyes. Hey Brandon, Yes, for your painting working with thicker impasto acrylic would save the day! I remember watching the old movie about Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel and at one point he got really frustrated with the outcome. Cheers, Will, Hi there I am fairly new to painting. Would be helpful to share via photos to get advice or encouragement sometimes. I can’t seem to find this answer, when working on a painting and due to time need to stop for the day then want to continue the next day. I’m learning not to be so eager to say I’m finished with a painting! What is your advice please? Just read your section on using an isolation coat and can see what you mean. You’re welcome Hillary, I usually use ‘Soft Gel gloss’ for an isolation coat. (Skin tone or other mixed colors would have been a whole other can of worms.) My layers mostly consist of yellow ochre, burnt sienna and raw umber with combinations of white. 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. The colours I’m using are cheap acrylics but the white is artists quality and a lot thicker. Jean, Hope you find the lessons helpful Jean. No, you need an artist quality yellow that is an opaque yellow, Cadmium yellow would be your best choice. This scene is very powerful and very encouraging to all of us, artist and humans alike because in life just as in art, many times we put so much effort in something that is not going well yet we mourn over the efforts, time and emotions invested. Have another experiment, even just squeezing out small blobs of paint (in progressively larger blobs) and timing how long it takes them to dry. Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (called the "matrix" or "support"). Halfway into the painting I realized the boy was in the wrong position and re-drew and re-painted him. The short story is..the acrylic painting that she did for me is far too bright for my home full of neutral colors. The triptych got repainted, it looked better than the first. Just came across your blog. Cheers, Will. Or do I have to stick with using only house paint once I cover the original acrylic painting with house paint? This will make it much easier to either darken a colour towards brown or towards blue (warm or cool). How do you weigh up the time you’ve invested, the cost of materials and all the emotions versus starting again…. I can’t buy a new canvas right now because of the lockdown from the pandemic. Great advice Will. You use the Brush Settings panel to set brush tip options. Can I try again over what I have already painted? 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. 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