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The PDF includes *of course* million mistakes regarding grammar and spelling. I think you´ll understand it anyway so no complaints because you stumble over mistakes, k? I have problems with typing atm (see journal) and I am German, yes, my english is everything but perfect... deal with it :yum:
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Given 2009-01-20
Acrylics Material Introduction by *trenchmaker is not a tutorial as such, yet a clear and helpful guide that explains which tools and materials are used by this talented artist and how they are implemented. This is perfect for those that are just starting out in Acrylics and unsure of what to buy to get themselves started.Thank you for sharing. ( Featured by znow-white )
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windsremix Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*seeing my unique brush an my basic colors* D: omg Thanks for your explanations
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i-am-yaser Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very useful explanations
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GiovyLoCa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ich habe es runtergeladen, aber dann fragt der nach einer Password??? Wieso das? T_T

Ich fang auch grad an mit Acryl und weiß nicht warum, aber habe voll die Panik davor. :S
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
versuche es mal mit einem anderen Browser.... dann geht es ... hoffentlich.
Und keine Panik.. Acryl ist gar nicht so schlimm. So ist es immer bei neuen Sachen, aber Acryl ist relativ zahm, wenn du erstmal rumprobierst. :)
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GiovyLoCa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
uhm, hängt vom Programm ab, denke ich, nicht vom Browser. Wid einfach nicht geöffnet... T_T Ich versuch's dann eben am anderen PC, vielleicht klappt das dann ja. =)
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diogo2850 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Hey i cant find the link to download it
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
"download" ... left side... not that easy to oversee :XD:
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sweet-mary-jane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
this is great! thank you! :)
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Kolinmonk Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
very interesting... I remember watching my aunt painting with these...
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JoanGuardiet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
This will be very helpful, I hope sooner than later. Thanks a lot!
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ImpulsiveLapin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Thank you! This is very helpful :)
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leothejinx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Nettes Material Tutorial ;)
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IreneShpak Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Hi Anne, just a quick one, have you ever tried mixing acrylics with gouche? I'm curious to try but thought I'd ask the Acrylics Guru before I invest in gouche, they're not that cheap ;) By the way, brilliant tutorial :nod: Ah, I need to buy more brushes...
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I never mixed it. o_o Gouache are non-water resistent when applied and dried. Acrylics are. I have no idea what the result will look like. I would say: try gouache although I made some bad experiences when painting with too thick layers (cracked up), but if you want to paint with those: Try them out. The colors are brilliant but I favour the water-resistent thing. What I like is tempera (egg-tempera to be honest).
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IreneShpak Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Thanks very much for advice, Anne :) I'm keen to try gouache but this cracking thing puts me off a bit as I tend to put loads of layers on... will see if I can find cheap ones and try them out. Is tempera a type of acrylics? I've heard that name before but no idea what it is
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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there you can see what you can do with egg-tempera. It was used a lot by the belgian artists of 18something. All those sharp and wonderful realistic still lives were made with egg-tempera. The pigments are very fine and the consistency reminds me always of watercolour-ink-mix
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IreneShpak Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
wow this is amazing :faint:
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AzeriGirl Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
so inspiring! thanks girls for your hard-work!
Even if I don't try myself I wanna recommend to a friend. Is it OK? :)
and dear Anne your english is gut ;)
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havockid Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
haha i actually did quite alot of acrylics in class haha up to the point im quite sick of them XD haha but its been some time so maybe i'd get back.

i din really understand how u use your sponge though @_@ you just mush on the paint? its more waterly right so it would absorb into the sponge? and ur sponge would harden the next day( one-time use?)

and so many different brushes @_@ mine keeps splitting ends.. and brushes are really expensive! my friend says its cuz i wash my brush n leave it inside for some time if i say use another brush.. but i cant help it can i since acrylic would dry if i left my brush out.. any idea how i could solve that? i dun wan all my brushes to split ends T___T its really annoying if i wanna draw like 1 solid line.

mm i use daler rowney and its cryla series is pretty good :) prices r .. ok (for me) maybe you could give it a try if u find it :D
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I use the sponge with watered and non-watered acrylics. The sponge soaks a bit but since I use the sponge for texturing trees and getting a smooth surface color the consistence doesn´t matter. Watered color actually doesn´t work as good as normal color if you use a sponge o_o

For the brushes: Are those synthetic or normal sable/fur brushes?
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havockid Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
o.o so u just smear it on thick @_@ wow. haha i normaly jsut use my brush...

i think they r synthetic... but they are like $4 each or sumthing.. but i think they r just higher quality synthetic brush? or im getting majorly ripped off. :/
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
um... like I mentioned *over and over again*: Acrylics destroy brushes. Always. The colors splits the brush, the head falls literally apart and just as an example: I think I killed six retouch brushes in four month and even more normal synthetic brushes. So there are two possibilities:
1. You accept it... and buy new ones (mine cost between 1 Euro and 4, _I think 4 is already pretty expensive)
2. You accept it *and* try brush cleanser (Lascaux eg). But to be honest: Accept it. o_o I never had a brush lasting longer than over 1 year. So I wouldn´t count on a longer life-time. And I clean my brushes *always* after using them. Which is a lot (both cleaning AND usage ^^; )
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havockid Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
haha okk
pretty much wad i thought... was just wondering if tat dippin n leaving it in the cup thing was problem...
haha ouch @_@ euros r like x2 for me T_T

i think i'll resort to cheap brushes in the future ahha
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh well, you shouldn´t leave your brushes in the cup. o_O wash them, take a tissue and dry them. This takes like 2 seconds and if you do it regulary you won´t remember doin it since after a while it happens automatically.
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havockid Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
o.o ic.. i actually do the same with rags.. haha but i dun take them out cuz there r always fragments of paint on it XD haha i guess i shld just wash it better :/
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Rhyagelle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
I still see an error when i want to download it and i have a new version of acrobat reader.. :?
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
try Mozilla.... maybe the browser is the problem.
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Rhyagelle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
i did and it worked :D too bad google chrome has some issues:P
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Pandafussel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this instruction! It is very helpful for me :blowkiss:

(And I love that you don't use the expensive things like some do.)
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TwoShadesRou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Student
Hey thanks so much for sharing your knoledge with us, at least for me it was really helpful.
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Nonnetta Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mhm it says there's an error and in fact it opens only blank pages. =(
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
you should try a different browser than. Most people had the same problem.
Try:
Firefox
and... update your Adobe Reader (maybe)
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Nonnetta Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
i tried with internet explorer and google chrome, so i gave up hope with firefox before you suggested it.
it seems really great this 'introduction' of yours, i'm anxious to explore it :clap:
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Madkill Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I think your english is fine and anyone who disagrees is a hypocrite.
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manslaughterer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Tageslichtartiges Licht (mit hohem Blauanteil, wie Sommerhimmelslicht) ist tatsächlich besser zum Wachbleiben! Heute hab ich meine Glühbirne (warm white) gegen eine etwas teurere Tageslicht-ähnliche ausgetauscht, weil mein Desktop mit blauem Photo auf Dauer das einschläfernde warme Licht nicht kompensieren konnte... von der Farbverbesserung ganz zu schweigen :)

Du solltest echt ein Buch schreiben :)
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hm, naja auf Deutsch bekomme ich das sicherlich noch hin, beim English wirds dann klapprig.
XDJe länger ich an meinen Bildern werkel, desto mehr kleinigkeiten fallen mir auf.. mach dies nicht, achte auf das, pass auf, was du mit XY anstellst... wahnsinn.
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manslaughterer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Hm, ich behaupte, ganz gut in Englisch zu sein. Aber falls es mal so weit sein sollte, kannst du dir ja einen Profi an Bord holen.

Die Erfahrung lehrt einen halt immer mehr Dinge, als die, die man so in 'einem' Buch lesen kann. Gilt ja für fast alles...
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Jisse Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Hello! This is very helpful! I'm a beginer in traditional paintings and I want to ask you how to use a retarder? Should I add it to my acrylics or to the water? i don't have idea what to do and they are drying to fast for me :(
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
if ysou have a jar left or a small glass you can put in some color and add appr. 1:10 retarder (like... 10 parts acrylics and one part retarder) or if you´re unsure about add a drop or more and see if you can work with it. Best to keep your colors wet might be to use only as much as you need and work faster (which might not work) or ... try the retarder. Keep in mind that retarder-mixes dry fast as well... up from 5-30 minutes. It´s not like working with oils since acrylics were created to dry fast.
I hop that helps you a bit.
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Jisse Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
yes! thank you very much it helps a lot! ^^
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
you´re welcome. If you have more questions lemme know. :heart:
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mht85 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful paintings I really love em

thank you a lot for the helpful introduction
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snowho148 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Very helpful thanks!
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boxofpeaches Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, this was very helpful! The next time I pull out my acrylics I'll have to keep some of your pointers in mind. Thank you very much for sharing! :)
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic! I'm new to the world of acrylics, and I've been fumbling along trying to figure out how to do things on my own. This is really great, thank you!
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laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
wow that's amazing :0
and don't worry about your english
it's pretty easy to understand :)
but.. anyways
i want to know...
Does the paint that u use smell bad?
just wondering, since i've used acyrilic at school and it STINKS
so i wondered if all of them are like that X0
or something
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
uh... maybe you had old acrylics or verrryy cheap ones. My don´t smell bad. Compared to oils those are not smelling at all.
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laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhh..
it would probably be the very cheap option then
since it is a school....
anyways, thank you :D
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vividheart Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Yay! You just made my day! I went out and got my first acrylic set last weekend and am slightly fustrated by it, but this helps a lot and is very useful! Thank you :heart:
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Reborn-atheist Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, I just thought I should chime in on this.
As a photographer, I know that true Daylight is 5500K, not 65, kodak set the standard.
now most normal "warm Lights" are 3500K so while your 6500K lights are Much closer (and probably close enough) you are on the cool side.

Lots of light bulbs that are on the cool side are marketed as daylight, just as a marketing gimmick.

if you want true daylight, you have to spend alot, but they are out there.

What your using seems to work though!
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