Loc: boston, ma
|Posted: 5/7/2013 10:05:02 AM|
i'm trying to get big ink splotches onto my page but since i don't have any black mist, i'm using acrylic paint that's been thinned with water. for the first few minutes after mixing it, it looks fine. but then a white layer floats to the top. even after i make the drops on my paper, the liquid on the surface of the drop turns white. any ideas on why this is happening?
Loc: Silverdale, WA
|Posted: 5/7/2013 10:06:56 AM|
That's weird! I'm curious now, I just did this last week with acrylic paint and had no problems. Maybe it's just that brand do paint?
Loc: West Virginia
|Posted: 5/7/2013 10:14:53 AM|
I am wondering if you have an older bottle of paint that could be bad?
I have not had that problem when substituting acrylics for mists.
|Posted: 5/7/2013 11:09:17 AM|It my be due to the quality and or brand of paint you are using. Artist quality paints shouldn't do that, but some cheaper craft quality paints may.
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Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 5/7/2013 11:37:29 AM|
Sounds like a bad binder in the paint, or just an old paint - some of the cheaper brands do that. The acrylic paint you use does not have to be expensive, but a known brand is better - any paints by plaid, folk art, even tubed cotman watercolor with just a very small amount of water works well, these are available at M's, JoAnn's, HL and probably other craft stores like that.
The other thing you could try, is adding about a 1/4 tsp of modpodge to your mix. That might help stop the white from moving out of the paint. Its not a guarantee, but might be worth a try if you have any around
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|Posted: 5/7/2013 11:55:50 AM|what do you have when the paint dries? Black or white?
Choice of paper could also be an issue if it has been coated or "finished" You are seeing the product used in finishing the paper's surface being lifted while it is wet.
Loc: boston, ma
|Posted: 5/7/2013 1:06:21 PM|
thanks for all the suggestions! the paint is a few years old (maybe more than a few...) so that may be it. i went to crazy town and eventually figured out a way to make it dry into in a nice opaque black. i mixed my paint and water and waited for it to settle. then i used squares of toilet paper to wick off the layer of white that had separated to the top. tedious but it worked! it took a few test tries to get right though. my trash can is currently filled with little bits of paper covered in black splotches and globs of wet paper towels!