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post #11 of Old 04-22-2015, 03:21 PM
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Some excellent advice here... Only thing I can add is..

Be careful when buying sets. In other words.. don't make your final decision on if you like a medium or not with what you bought. The reason I say this is (and I am mainly speaking for watercolor now since that is the medium I use.. but it is equally valid for the other mediums as well) is that the quality of the paints greatly varies. You can buy watercolor paints for $1.00 at the local Dollar Store.. or you can spend $8-10 / tube (or more) at a specialty store. The color, application, longevity, texture, etc will not be the same.

So use what you have to find what is comfortable to you and suits your taste.. But don't necessarily look at the quality of the finished works and say "This medium will never do for me"

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post #12 of Old 04-23-2015, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Some excellent advice here... Only thing I can add is..

Be careful when buying sets. In other words.. don't make your final decision on if you like a medium or not with what you bought. The reason I say this is (and I am mainly speaking for watercolor now since that is the medium I use.. but it is equally valid for the other mediums as well) is that the quality of the paints greatly varies. You can buy watercolor paints for $1.00 at the local Dollar Store.. or you can spend $8-10 / tube (or more) at a specialty store. The color, application, longevity, texture, etc will not be the same.

So use what you have to find what is comfortable to you and suits your taste.. But don't necessarily look at the quality of the finished works and say "This medium will never do for me"

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A valid opinion it is!

When I purchase anything I go for middle ground, if I were selling my stuff I am sure that would change. The set I found is a great tryout. I am learning that I really like watercolor and acrylic, it will be a tough choice but I don't need to make it until I need to restock. I am realizing oil paints won't work so well with my RV lifestyle. (Kind of afraid to start playing with them because, knowing me, I would like the most impracticable the best!)

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Thanks also for some good information about painting for starters...I've used poster paints back in high school in making a landscape background for our class play..good thing the background turned out good 'cause we were in such a hurry for everything...and so today, my mother wants me to paint a flower on a canvas ..and a beach scenery that has the sunset look...still not starting it 'cause I want to earn the supplies I'm going to use..I'm still not sure if acrylic or oil...I'm also scared 'cause there's no 'UNDO' in life if ever I make a mistake....so uhm..can I do painting trials on papers first?
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Thanks also for some good information about painting for starters...I've used poster paints back in high school in making a landscape background for our class play..good thing the background turned out good 'cause we were in such a hurry for everything...and so today, my mother wants me to paint a flower on a canvas ..and a beach scenery that has the sunset look...still not starting it 'cause I want to earn the supplies I'm going to use..I'm still not sure if acrylic or oil...I'm also scared 'cause there's no 'UNDO' in life if ever I make a mistake....so uhm..can I do painting trials on papers first?
So far, I am liking the boldness and coverage of acrylic, but the watercolors don't dry out as quickly which I prefer, (I am talking middle ground tubes).

You can buy small pads of watercolor paper fairly inexpensively for your test paintings which are always a good idea.

Good luck and let us see how it comes out.
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[email protected][email protected] never knew there would be such papers for watercolors..but avast! I shall do it for such challenge..I will be posting my trial and error with acrylic or oil works here and seek for advice from professionals..
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So far, I am liking the boldness and coverage of acrylic, but the watercolors don't dry out as quickly which I prefer, (I am talking middle ground tubes).
Do you mean that you prefer the paint not to dry as quickly Susan? Or do you mean that you prefer the paint not to dry out in the tubes? Or do you mean that you want the paint to dry more quickly?

I use a hairdryer to dry my waters between each layer.. and it only takes a moment or two.. And as for the paint drying tube wise.. I actually put my waters in a palette.. and purposely dry them. This makes them easier to use in my experience.. and you can use as much (or as little) as you like with each application (Thus not wasting resources).

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That isn't very clear is it? What I meant was the acrylics dry out in a palette too quickly for me. If watercolor dries it is easy enough to re-vitalize, acrylics not so much. (unless of course, there is a trick to bring dry acrylics back to life?)
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I'm new, so not even sure if I'm doing this right. As for painting...I love watercolors, and even using watercolor pencils. I plan to try acrylics, but doubt I will advance to oils. I still have a lot to learn about watercolors! 😁
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Welcome Leighann, you did fine, thanks for the input.

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