- Yes, the Opens are great for use with the gel plate. See this post for a demo. They are also fabulous for dry climates.
- Yes, I use the High Flow Acrylics too. See this post for a demo.
- Here is a tip from Joanne S that I thought I'd share: "this little hint for keeping the paint out of the neck of the tube and cap for easy opening the next time you need it. After you squeeze some paint on the palette, stand the tube upright and tap it a few times on the table top. All the paint will settle down in the tube and won't backfill into the cap so no more stuck caps if a tube has to sit a while."
- Exactly how long do the Opens take to dry? How long is "forever"? Depends on the humidity. Test it in your studio. Golden recommends an application no thicker than a dime.
- Colleen: YES, I will come to California to teach as soon as someone invites me. Anyone out there: please suggest any CA venues you think might be a good fit. Ditto Dallas.
- The Van Dyke Brown is straight up paint, not a glaze and not mixed with any medium.
- I'm not really ambidextrous. Only with some kinds of marks. I write with my left, and do most other things with my right (slice bread, throw, hammer, lift, etc.). In painting and drawing it seems natural to use both the fine motor skill (left) and broad sweeping gestures (right).
Now, some visuals having nothing to do with Open Acrylics. Here a little progression of on of a group of piece I'm working on. They are all 19.5" x 25.5", or Big Fat Art size.
|This is many layers in, but still just a beginning.
|A few layers more found the piece here.
|This piece seemed to call for covering up more and more color.
|See what I mean? And since this photo, I've painted over even more.