I'm so excited to have found Mark and "Draw Mix Paint" what an amazing site, and method. I started off painting with acrylics and it was not the experience I had hoped for. Although I was warned about the drying time, I never thought in a million years that the paint would dry THAT fast. I initially was interested in oils, but a few sites had their warnings about toxins, this and that, and it just made me feel that perhaps acrylics would simply be easier...after all, all you need is water. Although later I bought all these different mediums because i didn't like the texture. In any case, I could not achieve realism with acrylics for several reasons... one, i never achieved the correct values... why you may ask... well, because I was always rushing, afraid the paint would dry. I tried to layer, and that was epic fail because acrylics dry darker.... so its really hard to anticipate what the value will be after it dries before hand... last but not least, it was really hard to blend, you have about a 5 min window... so speed is key... and painting is suppose to be fun, patient... it felt like a race against time... anyways, are there any tips one should look out for when transitioning to oils that I should be aware of? I am using non-toxic turpenoid... i am working in a small room and its where i sleep... i used it as the first layer or as the foundational layer, burnt umber+titanium white... I will probably use a few droplets with linseed oil...
Question - can I use acrylics as the foundational layer? only because it dries in 10 mins... while the oils take 48 hours or so to dry... do you guys know if thats possible? will it survive the test of time?
Can you use acrylic brushes for oils?
How often should one clean their brushes? between projects?
Thank you Mark and everyone on the forum