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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #2 Labeling

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Tapas

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Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

Labeling of Acrylic paints

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #2 Labeling from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Tapa –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

 

Nat

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    What an excellent idea! And my mess just goes on up my arms when I’m painting. Still trying to figure out how I got paint on the back of my knees last week!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- I hear you on the mess 😉 I have probably not one single piece of clothing that does not have a spot of paint on it ..the paint on the back of the knees though, I still have to accomplish 😉

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Must-Have Mixed Media Supplies – Acrylic Paint

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Must-Have Mixed Media Supplies

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Hands Down – my absolute favorite and ultimate must-have mixed media supply is: Acrylic Paint! For many years Acrylic Paint is a companion of mine and I feel as if there is never a moment where I feel that this buddy and I might part. If I wasn’t too scared of needles, I might actually get an acrylic paint tube tattoo …maybe 😉

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What I love about Acrylic Paints is:

  • well – they look beautiful
  • they are fast drying
  • if stored and used right they last long
  • they stick to almost anything (yes…that includes your clothes, if you are not careful) – giving lot’s of wonderful possibilities of substrates you can use acrylic paints on
  • they have a plastic like surface (due to the acrylic polymer emulsion)
  • they can be thinned with medium and that can make them almost look like water-color in some cases
  • they can be thickened with medium and that leads to a lot of texture
  • they are permanent once dried
  • they are water-soluble while wet.
  • they cover surfaces if opaque
  • you can use other paint media on top of acrylic paints
  • you can use some fun media with them for amazing backgrounds and textures
  • you can create amazing backgrounds and texture with solely acrylic paints and different techniques and tools
  • they are easy to clean up and off

 

Here are some examples using Acrylic Paint:

Acrylic Paint on Canvas – painted, brayered, stamped, stenciled, scraped

Acrylic Paint on Canvas – abstract background, collage elements and urban elements

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Acrylic Paint in an Art Journal Spread – brushed on, mixed with other acrylic media and stamped

Acrylic Paint used for mono prints

Acrylic Paint used in different viscosities to create texture and dimension

Acrylic Paint on clay revealing stamped texture

Acrylic Paint on canvas used in different viscosities, with different acrylic media

Acrylic Paint used in mark making on art journal spread

Acrylic Paint Skins used in art journal spread – stamping with acrylic paint

Pretty amazing the different things and looks you can achieve with acrylic paints, don’t you think? And there is way more because I only showed examples on how I personally like to use acrylic paint!!! So yes – just because of it’s versatility it knocks me off my socks and is my all time favorite must-have supply.

Which acrylic paints I use:

First off – Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Liquitex so naturally I tend to recommend Liquitex products. But my love for Liquitex Brand paints began long before I began working with the company and it is a genuine love for their products. In fact I was playing with their paints back then in Germany and I was just having the best of times and I shared this with the world. And that is how the relationship with Liquitex many years ago began :)

I used a lot of acrylic paints in my artist endeavors. And over the last couple years I learned what I like and what I do not like. What I like, doesn’t have to be necessary what you like.  So just take it as my thoughts and my preferences, ok?

  • So first of all let’s state that I like good quality artist paints. Because I learned over the years that especially when working in an art journal for example that they aren’t as tacky as a lot of the cheaper non artist ones. I also learned the hard way that good quality paints give your paintings a longer vibrantly colored life. Nothing worse than a wonderful canvas you created where the colors fade significantly after a year or so.
  • I also love good quality artist paints because the color shift between wet and dry is not that high. I love to see how my work might look like when it is dry while I’m still working with my paints. I had many disappointments in the past where I was thinking a nice bright red was rocking my socks and then it was dry and a dark bloody mess as the paint shifted a lot when it dried.
  • Highly pigmented colors go a longer way and they are usually also more beautiful and intense.
  • I love texture and I love to create texture with paints – so especially when painting on a canvas I prefer thicker paints like Liquitex Heavy Body Paints – more about this below
  • I do love thinner paints in my art journals and use Liquitex Soft Body mostly when working in a book – also more below about viscosity

I would start slow with just a couple colors and add up as you go. You can always start with some Liquitex Basics if you want to first play around a bit in your art journals and start stocking up Professional Quality paints as you paint more and more.

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Viscosity:

Acrylic Paints come in different viscosities which means the state of being thick, sticky, and semifluid in consistency. Different Brands sometimes use different ways to label the thickness or thin-ness of their paints. Here are the ones that I use most often:

Soft Body Paints by Liquitex usually have a medium viscosity which means they are creamy and smooth. They cover evenly and they level out so that brushstrokes are rarely visible. I use them in my art journals and most often for the first layers of a painting on a canvas as well as detail work. I use them also whenever I paint on a project where I want an even smooth coating. I use Soft Body Paints when I need a glaze or when I want to stain fabric. I usually use Soft Body Paints instead of Heavy Body Paints for Mono Printing and they are the only paints that I use when I stamp with rubber stamps.

Heavy Body Paints by Liquitex have a thick consistency for traditional art techniques using brushes or knives, as well as for experimental, mixed media, collage and printmaking applications. Impasto applications retain crisp brush stroke and knife marks.  I love to use my brayer with Heavy Body Paints and another favorite of mine is to use Sgraffito-Techniques with Heavy Body Paints (check out the video below). I also love to use Heavy Body to build up texture and dimension on my urban paintings.

 

Here is a video where I use different Heavy Body Paints and the sgraffito technique I mentioned above

I will list the supplies that are still available and everything I mention in this post below in case you want to check it out.

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My personal favorite colors:

Often times I get asked which are my absolute favorite acrylic paint colors  -that is a hard one – because it is like asking me which of my children I like the most. But of course there are a couple colors that I tend to grab all the time –

Art Tapas – Bite Size Tips for the Mixed Media Artist

Here are some bite sized tips and tricks around Acrylic Paint for the Mixed Media and Hobby Artist. They are part of a video series that I am putting together and I will update this post as I go along and there may be more tips relating to Acrylic Paints.

How to Store Acrylic Paint

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #1 Storage from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

How I label my paint and why

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #2 Labeling from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

You want to learn some fun things using Acrylic Paints?

Sign up for an In- Person Workshop with me or join me for a fun Online Workshop. I love talking about the Why and How I use my art supplies and my workshops. Most of my workshops are not so much about a specific project than more about enabling you to know your supplies, techniques and craft in order to dive full in into your own style to create your own amazing art! Not convinced yet? Read some testimonials from other students that have taken my classes and come and join me :)

Here are the supplies that I have mentioned throughout this Must-Have Mixed Media Supplies – Acrylic Paints post 

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I hope you enjoyed the first installation of my Must-Have Mixed Media Supplies. See you next month for the second part!
Happy Creating

Nat

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  • Kathy P

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    Wonderful tips, Nat! And love those videos! Going to re-organize my paint storage for sure!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      So glad you liked it Kathy and awesome that you are re-organizing your paint storage. Let me know how it went!

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  • Maggie M

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    Great tips, Nat. Following last year’s Creative Jumpstart, I purchased a large set of the Liquitex soft body acrylic paints and their acrylic ink and I love them. I don’t think I’d use any other brand now. I also love their mediums, ie. gels etc. They are a real quality product. I’ll be looking forward to your acrylic paint workshop:) Hugs, Maggie

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Maggie! So glad you enjoyed the post and yeah for liking the your new products! So cool you were part of Creative Jumpstart! huge hugs, Nat

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  • Joi@RR

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    SUPER FINE videos Nat. Loved the sgraffito one – of course because I love watching you create. Great way to start me day! Thanks bunches. j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Joi, thank you – so glad you liked them :) Thank you so much for your support!

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  • Barb

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    I have been following you for a long time now. I found your work while you were living in Germany.
    Your work goes way beyond art journaling. When you moved here, your artistic talent just exploded.
    The buildings you paint are just amazing. I enjoyed the video and your use of paint. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Barb, thank you so much for your wonderful words! that makes me happy!

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  • Barb

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    Nathalie,
    I forgot to ask you a question. In the first video, do you happen to remember who sings the song and the name of the song. It really is enjoyable to listen to with the artistic work you were painting.
    Thanks

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Barb the artist is Jose Gonzalez – The album is called “In Our Nature” and the song is called Cycling Trivialities. I love the whole album – it is very relaxing :)

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  • Leadonna Fritts

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    Nat, I could watch you create all day! You make it all look so easy and so doable! Thanks for the great tips. I’m going to paint the tops of my bottles and add my little squares as you have suggested. Thank you for the continued inspiration and I hope to someday take a workshop of yours!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Leadonna, so glad you enjoyed this post. Hope I will see you soon again – either in a workshop or else ! Have a wonderful day!

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  • Rebecca Buchanan

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    Thank you Natalie! Add my voice to all those above. Learned something great from each of your videos. Also glad someone asked about the music and that you shared the source–I liked that too. Thank you for having this great series of tips and techniques!!!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Rebecca, so glad you liked it and it was helpful!

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  • Bea savellano

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    helpful. Thank u..B

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #1 Storage

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Tapas

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I am starting a new Web-Video-Series called – Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist.

Art Tapas are short videos (1- 3 mins) that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate. Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media.

But without further ado – here is your first Art Tapa

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How do you store your acrylic paints? For some this might be obvious but, let’s talk about it, shall we? :)

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #1 Storage from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this Art Tapa –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on :)

Happy Creating !

Nat

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  • Kathy P

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    Clean and simple for sure, Nat! And a great tip. I also found this out the hard way, and since storing my paints in an opaque plastic storage tub kept INSIDE my closet, no more dried up paints! Can’t wait to see what other tips you will have for us—-thank you for taking the time to share with us!!!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kathy! That is a great idea too to store them in plastic tubs in a closet- that way you can get the whole thing out when painting. Have a wonderful day!

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  • Caroline Leplat

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    Hi Nat,
    This is a great concept! Love it. It’s a great first tip.

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  • Gunvor

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    Love the formate! And a great first tip. I don’t have a craft room or craft space so I store everything – including the acrylic paints – in my walk in craft storage. Never had a problem with paints drying up before they’re used up.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Perfect storage Gunvor! A walk in craft storage …that sounds like a dream :)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Hehehehh – you left me laughing Nat with your clean and simple ending – you are such a delight. This was so interesting. I had no idea sunlight would dry up paints. Mine are fine but hubby has his setting right in front of a huge window… dear me. Wait until I show him your video!!!! Thanks bunches. j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- Joi – hope this is not causing a mayor uproar at home 😉 Have a gorgeous weekend!Nat

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Love this concept of “Art Tapas”, Nat! Great tip! As artists we can appreciate form over function, but if our supplies cannot function we cannot create the form! 😉

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Lisa – yes – agreed – no form without function – great thinking!

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