Wednesday, February 16, 2011

tip for aceo or miniature/small format painting

Want a cheap easy clean up tip for when you are painting with watercolour or acrylics? I imagine it works with oils too. Just purchase a flexible chopping mat. You know....those thin plastic mats that you use a few times and then toss.
I'm messy when I paint and have to have something under my canvas. I like these because I can blend paint, smoosh it around and play with it right on the mat.

Clean up is a breeze. Just wipe with a damp paper towl. Even if the acrylic is dried on you can still get it off with a little "hand sanitizer" (great for cleaning your acrylic filled brushes too) I finally gave in an threw out the mat I've been using for a couple of years, I swear. Paid $1.69 for a package of 2. I figure I shouldn't have to buy again for 4 or 5 years LOL

Ship in a Bottle - aceo seascape

Ship in a Bottle 2.5" x 3.5" acrylic

Still painting bottled ships. Only I can paint using two hands now. Don't have the full use of my left arm yet, but at least I can hang onto the canvas! This is my rendition of what is going on under the water while a storm approaches. The ships are being tossed around, but the orca can swim without a care in the world!

You will find this painting Listed on Ebay here