How To Paint With Acrylic
Learning how to paint with acrylic is a process that will require much practice on your part. You will need the right supplies and some experience using these paints before you will be a great artist using this medium. The following is some basic advice for learning how to paint with acrylic.
How to Paint with Acrylic: Materials
- Acrylic paints
- Water cup
- Board or canvas
How to Paint with Acrylic:
- First, buy everything that you will need to paint. Any arts and crafts store will have what you need.
- Prepare your pallet. Squeeze bits of acrylic paint into sections, and mix them, if necessary, to get colors that you want. These paints may be diluted (only slightly) with water, but they will not work with water after they have begun to harden. Water is mainly used to make this thick paint more runny, as it is very viscous fresh out of the tube.
- Next, begin painting. Paint using outlines first to designate spaces. Then, fill in spaces with color. Mix white and brown, gray, or black into paints to adjust it to help you represent light and shadow. Apply this to edges of the subjects of your paintings, which will make the work look natural, and help people differentiate between shapes. Use varying, but similar tones for skin when painting portraits, and use light effects to outline features.
- Work carefully when using acrylic. It is not as good for abstract work as oil paint, and it is generally a great type of paint for realistic landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. If you make a mistake, wait for the paint to dry, and then use the right colors to go over the dried blemishes.
- Keep working until you are done. Acrylic paintings generally look best when there is no empty, unpainted space, so paint white over blank areas if necessary, and ensure that the entire board or canvas has been painted before you deem your painting done. Keep practicing your painting, and eventually, you will be great at using these paints.
Learning how to paint with acrylic takes time. Work carefully, and paint often, and eventually, you will develop your own unique style and you will be able to produce great works of art.