Tips For Painting With Acrylic Paints

by denisesanger on March 12, 2012

Are you looking for a water based paint which emerges as beautiful as oil paint, as dense as impasto and as thin as water color? Well, acrylic paint has the ability and capability of meeting all the three requirements. Being extremely versatile, it is suitable for all the expressive paintings and detailed paintings on any and every type of canvasses – Fine texture canvas or coarse texture canvas.

Below are a few tips for painting with acrylic paints:

Acrylic paints are made from polyethylene. They can be easily diluted with water so they tend to dry very fast. However, once dried they become water resistant. A quick drying paint, it can be over painted without actually affecting the initial layer. Here are some of the basic as well as conventional acrylic painting techniques for you to consider while using acrylics.

Prevent from drying – As acrylics has the tendency of drying quickly, try to squirt only a small quantity out of the tube. The most effective method is to squeeze the color gently with some amount of water. This will keep the color moist and you can easily modify the paint. Alternately, you can also use a spray to keep the painting moist. Using pallets which maintains wetness is another way of preventing fast drying. If you do not have this pallet, you can comfortably use acrylics on wet color paper or grease proof paper for your painting.

Create Textures – No matter what your taste or preference is, you can easily create textures by using acrylics. For a liquid texture, you can dilute it by adding water and form a transparent glaze just like the water colors. If you desire a solid texture, you can use the paint as it is and form an opaque glaze. And since it has a tendency of drying quickly, you can easily paint over it without causing any damage to the basic layer. ┬áIf you need help with creating textures, be sure to check out ArtApprenticeOnline.com store for our popular online art classes.

Acrylic Painting Technique - Blending Methods 1

Acrylic Painting Technique - Blending Methods 1

While you Blend – Acrylics do not stay wet for a longer time and so it is very important for you to work as fast as you can while blending colors. You can use retarders to reduce the drying process and increase your working time for good blending. You can also use flow improver besides water to boost the flow of the color to accentuate the strength of the color while you blend. If you want to decrease the viscosity of acrylics, you can use suitable extenders that are reliable enough.

Post Drying – Once they are dried, it is very difficult to remove acrylic paint. However, toulene, acetone and isopropyl alcohol can lift some of the paints which water or other solvents aren’t capable of.

Innovative Acrylic painting – With acrylic paint you can easily do “Put Painting”. It is the method where paint is initially watered down with water and then elegantly put forward on to the canvas. An innovative method, it works best if you are looking for clear and transparent painting.

Brush – No matter what type of texture you prefer, always take immense care of your brush. Timely wipe it with cloth after you immerse it in water so that the water droplet does not fall on your painting.

Adding textures and blending colors is not only easy with acrylic paints but also fun. So if you want a versatile color for your most awaited painting, acrylic paint is the most suitable choice!

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