Painting is a wonderful way to express yourself, share art with the world around you, and capture your emotions on paper, but if you haven’t ever painted before, then it can be difficult to get started. If you are interested in painting with acrylics, then these acrylic painting tips will help you make the most out of your time painting and ensure that you do not feel like you are wasting your time or your supplies.
When you use high-quality paints, brushes, and canvases, you are going to set yourself up for painting success. These other tips will help as well.
How Do You Keep Your Paint Wet?
One problem that many beginning painters run into is that their acrylics dry out before they can be used. If you are not careful, your palette will quickly become hard with dry acrylic paint that is now wasted and will need to be thrown away.
This not only wastes your paint, but it can also make it very difficult to mix the exact same color that you did before, causing you to waste time and paint.
The artists at ThoughtCo. have a few suggestions on how you can make sure that your paint will last for as long as possible before you use it. It’s a good idea to first use larger amounts of paint that you need for the background before putting out smaller amounts of paint for detail work.
Additionally, occasionally spraying your palette with a mist of water will keep your paints from drying out, as will making sure that you are not sitting in front of a draft.
Try To Using Different Techniques
To make sure that you get the most out of your time painting, you will likely want to employ a few different techniques, as this can take your final painting from boring to very impressive.
At Art Instruction Blog, the painters there outline a few different techniques that you can try to add visual interest to your painting and to keep it from becoming monotonous.
While every artist will have their own techniques that they want to use when they are painting, especially as they fine-tune how they want their art to turn out, some of the most popular techniques that you can try when painting with acrylics include:
- Watercolor effects
- Dripping and pouring for a splatter effect
- Scratching wet paint to reveal colors beneath
- Using a squeegee to create a fluid line of paint on the canvas
Be Careful with the Amount of Water You Use
The artist Katie Jobling posted a YouTube video that explains, in detail, some amazing tips for getting the most out of your time spent painting with acrylics. One of the things that she discusses in detail is knowing how much water you need to use to be able to smoothly paint without allowing a lot of the canvas to show through.
This can be difficult for beginners to learn, as too much water will create a watercolor effect, while too little will make it difficult for you to draw the paint across the canvas evenly and fluidly.
Take Your Time When Building Texture
While it is very easy to get overly excited when you are painting with acrylics, no matter whether you are a beginner, or you have been painting for a while, you do want to make sure that you take your time and allow your paint to dry if you want to be able to build texture and layer colors.
While wet on wet is a great way to blend your colors and ensure that the transition between colors is smooth, adding wet paint over dry paint will help you create more texture.
Load up your brush with paint and carefully brush it onto a dry area of your canvas or dried paint. You can then feather it out into the shape that you want or leave it in a more 3D pile for an interesting look.
The best way to learn how to paint with acrylic paints is to take time with a canvas and start practicing. Remember that you can easily adjust your paint colors both on the canvas and on your palette and that it is easier to thin out your paints than to make them thicker again.