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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Amigone » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:18 am

I find that when I use oil techiniques (like multiple glazes) I get a more oil like finish. Nothing else moves like oil on the canvas but you can add things to acrylic to make it better. Also, don't use cheap acrylics. I find that working with paint that is more "higher end" really helps mimic the feel and look of oil.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Janet Harvey » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:53 pm

I prefer to use oils you can blend them together, use them lean or thin. When it drys it has a nice sheen, using a half and half linseed and low oder turps. If you change you mind about the painting, go over it till you get the effect you want. It drys slower, not like acrylic. Have fun with them.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby ehoeveler » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:05 pm

I prefer oil over acrylic because of the nice, 'buttery'
look to the colors. However, unless one has an airy,
ventilated space to work in, it can be dangerous to
breath in those paint fumes.
I use acrylics for that reason - with practice, one can
achieve the depth and richness of oil color - just use thin
layers and blending mediums. After the picture is done,
always use a matte or gloss varnish - your colors will
jump off the canvas!
Amigone is correct - don't use cheap-o acrylics. My
favorite brands of acrylic are Liquitex or Golden - a little
more expensive but worth the cost.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby johncee » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:35 am

Both have their uses and place whilst both broaden our expressions and capabilities. Acrylics developed because of a broad need for additional mediums; just as oil paints did at an earlier period in mankinds continuing development. They should be seen as additional materials of expression, (or an additional tool in the toolbox) useful over a wide climatic temperature range, snow, desert, and in between.
I too love the lush rich vibrant colours oils produce, brought to life by contrasting against a relative opposite or gray, dark, hot and or cold colours; including glazing and thick scumbles. But other times I appreciate the drying time and qualities of acrylic.
You should try both and start to get a feel on what is pleasing to you.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby ivo55 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:17 pm

Well oil is the most comprehensive.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Amigone » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:43 pm

What do you mean by comprehensive?
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby The Artist X » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:43 pm

I love oil, feels so rich and more versatile! I read that one shouldn't use oils as under paint because if it dries faster than the upper layers it will cause cracks? I did a painting with a oil under paint 2 years ago before I knew this and it did not crack, could if still crack I wonder? And about vanishing, should one wait 6 months drying time? And what do you do if your artwork is sold before then? Also I find that oils on stretched canvas dries so much faster than canvas on board, does this effect color?
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby ivo55 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:03 am

Amigone wrote:What do you mean by comprehensive?

Comprehensive I mean you con do more techniques with the oil then the acrylic.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Amigone » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:27 pm

ivo55 wrote:Comprehensive I mean you con do more techniques with the oil then the acrylic.


I don't really agree with that. I am hardpressed to think of one technique that you can do with oils that you can't do with acrylics given practice. It's true that straight out of the tube they are not even close to the same but with some work, you can get them pretty easily matched.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby johnlobbs » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:36 am

The reason most people varnish oil paintings is to 'lift' the color. The drying time also influences other aspects of painting.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Menolly » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:43 am

I do paint primarily with acrylics, but also mainly for practical reasons... I just don't have adequate ventilation or safe drying space for oil work... the vibrancy and opacity variations between different acrylic colors is a bit frustrating, especially since I strive to use vivid, high-contrast colors in my art... Usually it does come down to a lot of layering with the transparent colors, or i keep the transparent colors in the background, and favor the most vibrant colors, such as the cadmiums, for the parts of the painting that need to 'pop'.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby ehoeveler » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:46 pm

Thanks, Menolly - good tip!
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby SteveJacky » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:37 am

Oil painters has a equal medium of merits and de-merits.it gives realistic look to the picture and it looks quite real than other paintings.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby ehoeveler » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:24 pm

The nice thing about a good 'oil' is, that when you put that color down,
you know it's the color that will show when dry and added to that, the
color somehow has depth! I wanted to add, there are water-soluble oils
out there and they look really good on canvas.
You don't have to worry about paint or varnish fumes. Admittedly, they
take longer to dry - be sure to use the 'fat over lean' method when painting
your layers or you'll be blowing air over your canvas for days if not weeks!
I've tried the drying enhancement formulas but they can be tricky - might
affect the colors of the canvas. 'Best, E
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Phil_B » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:15 am

i prefer oil over acrylic as i like to work wet on wet and in thick layers. if i use acrylics i have to use a retarder but the problem with that is it makes the paint transparent, so i use heavy body acrylic with a palette knife, then blend as quick as i can with a dry brush or my fingers. pretty much a similar technique when painting with oils actually. sometimes i use acrylic to distinguish tonal value in monotone on my 1st layer and then paint over with oil.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby doc688 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:27 pm

I have never painted with Oils, with the exception of house paint, and I've only been painting with acrylics for a couple of years. I guess my lack of formal training has been an asset, because I use any kind of acrylic I can find and I am able to get great color and depth with the paint I use. By the way I can't stand the smell of turpintine. But, I do enjoy the paintings I have seen done in oils.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Artshedonline » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:34 am

I think both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Oil take long time to dry where Acrylics dry on the palette very quickly unless we keep them wet with water. I prefer acrylics because they dry very quickly on the canvas.

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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby ehoeveler » Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:40 pm

I think I'm going to get back into water-soluble oils - wish me luck!
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby rhknigh » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:19 pm

ehoeveler wrote:I think I'm going to get back into water-soluble oils - wish me luck!


You got it, E. Plus a massive amount of talent to boot. Great thread, I am glad it has come back up - Right on time! Tanya and I were just discussing how to make more from the colors we have in our acrylic supply. She is doing a "skintone" on a vinyl toy. The layering is going to be the route we take. Liquitex is what she buys also, so it is what went on my Theta One. I hope to have more time soon to try my next little theta munny. It is crazybusy days of summer.
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Re: Acrylic or Oil

Postby Zeke » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:18 pm

There are many in the world of art who believe that Oil paintings are superior or somehow worth more than those painted using acrylics. This belief is borne out of the fact that oils have been around longer and are the medium of choice for many well-known professional fine artists. As well, many universities and art schools tout oils as being the best choice for an artist to paint with and incorrectly tell their students that oil paintings have a much longer archival life than acrylics.
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