Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Acrylic experiment

Hi Everyone!

I wish for all of you to have the very best day that you can have. 
I am excited about this experiment that I did with acrylics. 
 I have been wanting to create something like this for a long time and until I saw a Bob Ross video I had an idea. Most everyone knows Bob Ross and that he is an oil painter. I paint both but for this I want to see if I could take his techniques and apply them to acrylics. A few years ago I made my own clear flow medium for acrylics and soooo this is what I created.

Scroll down to see how I painted this.

 I started with a 12x16" black gallery canvas

 Using white acrylic paint I dabbed in the background
and allowed to dry. Bob Ross used gesso but I am out of gesso.

 Using black acrylic paint I put in the trees and fore ground 
        and allowed to dry. Again Bob used black gesso. 
                                 Then I applied a coating of my acrylic flow medium.                            

Now for the fun part. What I basically did was put a glaze over the black and white.
I started at the corners and worked down the canvas with Phthalo blue. I went back over the
corners with Prussian blue. I painted the fore ground with Indian yellow and then blended in
a mix of Sap green and Crimson for a darker appearance.
I did find that I had to add a bit of the flow medium 
to my brush to get the right effect.
With the white paint I added the light and rays.
I think it turned out pretty well and I will use this effect in the future.
Note I did use the colors of paint that Bob Ross did.

Recipe for the acrylic flow medium. I mixed these because I didn't find either one work very well on it's own.
Mix about 40% of a slow drying medium to 60% of a flow medium then add
some airbrush medium until you get a smooth texture. You can actually make this as thick or loose as you like. Keep it in a tightly covered jar. It will last forever.

Have a creative day today.

 Honor and integrity in art, in life.


  1. Wow, wonderful creation and thanks for sharing how you did it.

  2. Fantastic piece Nicole, kudos! Valerie

  3. A beautiful painting Nicole! Thanks for sharing your steps.
    Alison xx

  4. This is absolutely incredible. I have a friend who tried to follow the instructions by Bob Ross and never got his style right, even though she bought all the same oils and such. So glad to see you took on the challenge and got it right. This is beautiful.

  5. This is stunning, Nicole! ๐Ÿ’—

  6. This is fantastic, and thank you for sharing your steps.

    All the best Jan

  7. It's a beautiful painting! Plus those trees look pretty happy to me.

  8. Stunning to see the whole process and how nicely it developed. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป While I love the final version, I really enjoyed the previous one... Blue vs grey, I like both! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  9. wow, I like every step of this one. A pity you can´t save them all. But a camera is a good substitut :) Love it!


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