A blank canvas is a beautiful thing, full of infinite possibilities. What to paint? A snowy mountain landscape with a snow leopard treading over the ice? A soft, glowing profile portrait of an innocent child? Maybe an abstract design that’s inspired by the silhouette of tree branches as the sun comes up behind them? Then there are the details to fill in: what your background will be, what tones and values you want to use and so on. Once you have an inspiration, it’s up to you to choose the medium. Maybe you’re a dedicated pastelist or oil painter; maybe you mix it up with a variety in the same painting. Maybe you’re ready to try something new.
Acrylic is a relatively new medium in the world of fine art, and it’s popularity continues to grow as artists discover the flexibility it offers. It dries fast, so you can work quickly and not have to wait for hours or days for each layer to dry. But if you want to slow down the process, you can simply add a little water to your acrylic paint to keep it workable to your taste. This is just one acrylic painting technique that makes it unique; you can also use other additives to give your painting the final look you want to achieve.
Get Started Painting with Acrylics!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint, acrylic is a great way to get started. In this free download from Acrylic Painting, you’ll learn how to blend acrylic paint with flat, filbert, round and liner brushes for essential shapes that you can use for still life, figure painting and more. You’ll also learn how to create texture with Hammond’s acrylic techniques, as well as study the five elements of shading. Once you’ve reviewed these basics, you’ll have the opportunity to analyze a floral painting to better understand how the different brushes create various textures that come together to make a recognizable image where there was once a blank canvas.
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Beginning Acrylic Painting
Greg Albert, a regular contributor to The Artist’s Magazine, offers these beginner tips for painting with acrylic:
- Don’t over-thin acrylics with water. Over-thinning results in a deposit of pigment without enough acrylic binder to create a stable paint film. Acrylics shouldn’t be thinned with more than about 30 percent water.
- Less expensive grades of acrylics by major manufacturers are good choices when first trying acrylics, but as your skill improves, move on to professional-quality paints. Don’t put high-quality paint on poor-quality surfaces.
- Get to know one manufacturer’s line of acrylic paints and related products well so you know how they work together; then experiment with other brands.
Learn How to Paint With Acrylic
Ready to learn incredible acrylic painting techniques? It’s easy to get started with Lee Hammond’s book, Acrylic Painting, written just for beginners! In this free excerpt, Hammond introduces four types of brushes and how to use them in easy-to-follow lessons. Learn how to use essential brushes to create a variety of textures with each exercise. If learning to paint has been on your New Year resolutions list, take the time to make it happen. Just sign up for this free PDF download of acrylic painting techniques and start today! You’ll feel like Hammond is right there with you, guiding each stroke of your brush as she describes acrylic techniques for painting spheres and details, and for creating textures that you can apply to your own paintings.
What are you waiting for?
Download this free excerpt on acrylic painting techniques so that you can bring your ideas to life. You have the inspiration, now you just need a little guidance and instruction to get started so that you’ll be satisfied with your artwork. You’ll be able to apply Hammond’s acrylic advice to still life, portrait, landscape, wildlife and abstract paintings, and anything in between. The most important thing is to experiment, and make the painting your own so that you can truly express your personal vision.
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