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Meadow Lake

Rylarryb 19 Jan 2020

I really enjoy painting the mountains. The water is what is killing me. bob using acrylic gesso as his top coat? By the time I get to the water the acrylic is dry.


Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Very nice colour hopping! Regarding your question, Bob never uses gesso as his top coat. He only uses liquid white or liquid clear. As undercoat, so BEFORE applying any of the liquids, he often uses black, grey or white gesso and every now and then some acrylic colour. But before starting the actual painting, he needs to make it wet so uses Liquid white or clear and that will keep your canvas wet for many hours. Hope that helped you! :)

Yes. So is white gesso (which is an acrylic) the same thing as liquid white?

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

No, both are different. White gesso is indeed an acrylic and to be used as undercoating or primer. Liquid white is mostly a mixture of Titanic white oil paint and some linseed oil and paint thinner. It serves as a surface for immediate wet-on-wet painting. For painting wet-on-wet style, like Bob Ross, it is essential you use such liquid coating (liquid white or liquid clear). By the way, liquid black also exists but is less common used.

You supposed to have all acrylic layers completely dry before proceeding with oil paint. It is like if you try to mix oil and water if you dont let it dry.

To help drying acrylic you can use hairdryer and in 10 min it will be dry and you are ready to paint with oil.

Mountain looks wonderful. Water is supposed to be darker than the sky, like in the nature. You are on the right path!

Thank you

bob_ross_watercolors Watercolor Virtuoso

This is such a beautiful painting!! I love the light on the mountain and clouds. The mountain looks extremely 3-D because of the great shadowing.

Thank you for your kind words. I love your paintings and your water color spin on them as well.

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