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Q. Acrylic Painting FAQ: How Much Water and/or Medium Can I Add to Acrylic Paint?

Acrylic Painting FAQ

From Marion Boddy-Evans,
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"Are there any guidelines regarding what ratio of acrylic paint from the tube to medium I should use?" -- Diane

A.

When it comes to thinning acrylics, the only 'rule' is to not mix acrylic paint with more than 50 per cent water. Any more than this and it may loose its adhesive qualities and peel off at some stage. You can mix in as much acrylic medium (glazing, texture paste, etc) as you like because it's got the acrylic resin in it that acts as the 'glue' that makes the paint 'stick'. (Golden describe their mediums as 'colorless paint'! )

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