Multilayer acrylic painting on canvas with scratching

The author's technique of acrylic painting on canvas by artist Svetlana Rumak

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video tutorial with english subtitles

Artist Svetlana Rumak

Svetlana is a Russian speaking professional artist with over 30 years of painting experience. Her family has Ukrainian roots and Svetlana was born in 1969 in Ukraine (USSR at that time) in Poltava. Later on Svetlana's family moved to Russia, where Svetlana received an art education and for many years lived in Moscow, actively participating in international exhibitions and art symposia around the world.

Since 2006, Svetlana Rumak has experimented a lot with acrylic paints on paper and canvas and mixed techniques based on acrylic.

During this time, she has accumulated a lot of techniques that formed the basis of her signature techniques. To date, Svetlana has developed 15 signature techniques which are presented in 12 video lessons in this art school.

Over the past 10 years, more than 15000 artists from different countries have studied the signature painting techniques of Svetlana Rumak in live workshops and video lessons.

Now Svetlana Rumak lives in Istanbul, devoting a lot of time to her art and the development of the Rumak Art School and the Rumak Art Gallery

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In this video lesson, we are studying Svetlana's most famous and sought-after, but at the same time, the most time-consuming signature paintingtechnique - multilayer acrylic painting on canvas with scratching.

Svetlana herself has been actively working in this technique, improving and honing her tricks for more than 20 years.

It is without exaggeration that it was the paintings made in this technique that made Svetlana famous both as an artist and as a teacher.

Years of experience gained by Svetlana in the development and improvement of this technique gradually formed several options of its implementation, the study of which is simply impossible to fit into the framework of one lesson.

Thus, she first created 3 masterclasses and then 3 individual video tutorials, all dedicated to this technique.

Each of the tutorial is self-sufficient, showing the entire process of creating a work from a blank canvas to the end result.

The page of each lesson shows examples of Svetlana's work in each technique, which will help you choose the option that is a proper fit for your goal.

If you want to learn more about the technique, we recommend that you purchase all 3 lessons on this technique. This will give you the opportunity to mix techniques from different options at your discretion.

Please note that we have prepared a special offerfor those who want to learn all 3 options of this technique - a set of 3 tutorials, which costs less than 3 separate lessons on this technique.
Create one painting on canvas in this technique and practice all the tricks
Be ready to work hard as the process of creating a painting in this technique takes from 4 to 9 or more hours.

And it is the case for smaller paintings, for example, 30x30, 40x40 cm. As Svetlana herself admits, she works on larger paintings for up to several days.

However, all this effort is worth it!

The works made in this technique by Svetlana as well as by her students look so impressive that they are bound to arouse interest among art lovers.

Svetlana recommends doing this technique on canvas but not every canvas can withstand all the tricks that we use in the work.
Make sure to use only high quality natural and sufficiently thick canvas of 100% linen.

Below you will find all tips on materials and tools that you will need for this technique
Learn basic knowledge and unique tricks
The video lesson is designed for any level of students and will be useful and interesting for both beginners in art and experienced artists

For beginners in art Svetlana will show the basic knowledge for depicting a three-dimensional object.

And, of course, Svetlana will demonstrate some unique tricks to paint a three-dimensional object in this technique, which will be of interest to more experienced artists.


After purchasing the lesson you will immediately receive an automatic email with the link to the private Facebook community where for several years now artists studying this technique have been posting their paintings, discussing techniques, materials and asking questions to Svetlana.

After you hit the submit button, the community administrator will check your payment and grant access.

Please stay in touch — the admin may have questions if you paid for the purchase under a different name than that you have on Facebook.
Please note that when buying several tutorials in different techniques, you get access to several private communities on Facebook as each community is dedicated to a particular lesson. Make sure that you post your work to the respective community.
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We stay in touch for a long time, and you get all the support you need after the lesson!
this tutorial will be useful and interesting...
Even if you recently picked up a brush for the first time, don't worry, you will succeed too!

The lesson program is designed in such a way that even beginners achieve amazing results!

Firstly, the whole technique is divided into several very simple, understandable steps. Secondly, Svetlana will not use complex professional terms.

The information is presented in an accessible form, Svetlana shows each technique and stage several times with detailed comments.
For beginners and non-professional artists
Many of those who used oil on canvas or watercolor on paper and then decided to switch to acrylic find out that acrylic is significantly different from other paints.

Svetlana will make you fall in love with acrylic and 'make friends' with it without spending much time, materials and, most importantly, nerves!

And those artists who have already used acrylic paints will be pleasantly surprised by the new tricks.
For those who want
to study acrylic painting
Creative crisis, fear of a 'blank sheet', 'forced' works or 'zero ideas' in mind... Problems like these are familiar to both amateurs and experienced artists.

All this begets fears and takes away lightness and pleasure from the creative process.

It's high time to change it!

For 10 years, we have received hundreds of reviews that Svetlana's techniques magically excite imagination and give lots of pleasure and thrill from the process and the result!

For those who seek inspiration and ease in creativity
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The set of lessons is 730 days.

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Watch a snippet of the lesson. We filmed this tutorial with 2 cameras to show you as many nuances of the technique as possible and create an atmosphere of real-life communication with Svetlana.
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I love a canvas with thin threads and dense weaving — a canvas like this is called fine-grained.

At the same time, this technique looks great on other types of natural linen canvas, so choose the texture of the canvas to your taste.

For this technique, canvases with an admixture of synthetic materials are not the best fit as they are too elastic and it often interferes when doing some tricks.

I do not recommend using cotton canvases either —they are very thin and may simply not withstand this technique and wash out or even tear.

Sometimes my students use canvas on cardboard or medium density fibreboard for this technique. It can work for experimental or educational works, but creative works always look less professional in my opinion.

Primed cardboard will not work for this technique either, even for educational works. In this technique, we soak the surface of the painting greatly, and the cardboard can be severely deformed by water in the process.

For the lesson, I recommend that you prepare a canvas on a small stretcher 40x40 or 50x50, or another of your choice, so that the large format does not prevent you from focusing on studying the nuances of the technique.

In the technique, I use a special knife with which I scrape off layers of paint to get the effects I need.
I will tell you about the knife (pictured) in detail in the lesson.

Here is what Svetlana has to say about the canvas she uses in this technique:
Svetlana`s Rumak recommendations

* Acrylic varnish

I always use only matte acrylic varnish, which is diluted with water. You can use spray varnish if you like, but make sure it doesn't give a too shiny finish.

* Container with water to wash the brushes.

* Napkins or paper towels.

* Apron.

* Tablecloth, film or a sheet of paper — to protect the surface of the table from paint.

* Paper and pen for notes.

* Palette.

I often use a white plastic or glass plate to work with acrylic, it washes off easily with water and can be used for many years. A piece of white plastic will also work, but the 'classic' wooden palettes, familiar to oil painters, are not the most rational solution for acrylic — they are difficult to clean.

Choose only titanium white, not zinc acrylic white.

Try not to use cheap paints (acrylic for decorative or interior work) for this technique. The quality of this acrylic is not good enough for this technique and some tricks may not work.

I do not recommend using glossy acrylic either.

For this technique, you need fairly thick acrylic (like toothpaste, for example, this is very important for some of the tricks of this technique).

That why I use acrylic in jars. If the acrylic in the jar is not thick enough, then I dry it slightly, and in this way I can change the density of the acrylic (I will tell you more about this in the lesson).

A few words on choosing acrylic:

You will need good quality synthetic brushes.

I use wide flat brushes for the first layer and when I
varnish the work at the end.

You will also need thin round ones for the main work No.1,2,3.

To work with tiny details, I use the thinnest brushes, for example, No.0/3.

When choosing brushes, make sure that the fiber of the brush is not too long. For example, there are brushes with long fibers for painting or calligraphy, and they will not work for us.

Also, the fiber of the brush should be elastic, not soft, this is very important for some tricks.

Small flat brushes No.0 or No.1 are well suited for some of the tricks of this technique( depending on the brand. Unfortunately, different brands indicate brush numbers differently, so brush sizes with the same number can vary significantly between brands).

How to choose the palette knife and what kind of brushes you will need for this technique:
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