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: Lighting & Finish Question

11-10-2017, 01:30 PM
I am new to this forum and am hoping I might get some advice. I am a leather artist. I use acrylic paint diluted with water to paint my pictures that I have carved. I am afraid I am treading in 2 worlds here and the line gets confusing for me sometimes. I know when you reduce acrylics it dulls the color but in leather it needs to be added in layers to remain somewhat transparent to see the leather through it. I paint under daylight bulbs and when you are under regular lights the colors seem dull until you get under the right lighting. Should I not paint under daylight or full spectrum bulbs? Second question is finish. In leather, they do not want a glossy finish but if I use matte, it dulls everything. I use spray Liquitex finish as I am afraid brushing will disturb the paint on the picture. Any suggestions?

11-11-2017, 07:12 AM
Use a traditional canvas .

11-11-2017, 09:20 AM
Thank you for your response. You are quite an accomplished artist. Beautiful work. Canvas and paper do not satisfy the tactile senses for me. Molding, sculpting, and then painting is the icing on the cake. Besides, speaking of traditional, humans were painting on animal skin long before canvas.