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: Hello!! I am new here and need advice. TIA

08-09-2016, 10:05 AM
Good Morning! My name is Annette. I am a nail artist. I have recently jumped to canvas. I just painted my first oil paint, using a palette knife and a small brush. I loved how it came out but it needs more. Can I use acrylic paint to paint on an oil canvas? Or would I need to use oil on oil?

Susan Mulno
08-09-2016, 11:01 AM
Hello Annette! Welcome to the forum!

Nice painting for a first try!

I learned from others here, because I do not paint with oils, that you can paint on acrylic with oil but you cannot paint on oil with acrylic.

08-11-2016, 03:31 PM
Yes Susan got it right, it's fine to paint oil over acrylic but not acrylic over oil.

Your painting is an excellent painting for a first try. If you want to work on it more I would suggest getting some movement in the water. Making small lines of dark blue and small lines of white will make it look like ripples in the water. Below is a sample of what I'm talking about. This water is a little rough, but you get the idea. I'm just one step above novice myself when it comes to painting -- been at for 2 years. Important thing is you do what pleases you, we all have different styles.

M Winther
08-11-2016, 11:35 PM
One should also paint fat over lean, that is, the upper layer should be more oily. This is because the lower layer must dry faster than the upper. Otherwise cracks will occur. /Mats