Acrylic is a relatively new medium in the world of fine art, and its 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. 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 working with acrylics unique; you can also use other additives to give your painting the final look you want to achieve.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint, acrylic is a great way to get started. In Painting With Acrylics: A Simple Demonstration for Beginners you’ll get an overview on basic art supplies and tools, color basics and a lesson that you can follow along with. When it comes to acrylic painting for beginners, it’s the perfect introduction. Schmitt’s inspiring artwork will leave you wanting to paint for hours!
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In this free tutorial, Carrie Schmitt, author Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flower Art with Mixed Media, teaches us acrylic painting for beginners step by step. Here’s an excerpt of what you’ll see:
“Just as a gardener prepares the soil so that flowers can blossom,” says Schmitt, “we artists need to prepare for the creative process by honoring our own personal landscape—our mind, body and soul. When I began living an artistic life, I was surprised to learn that most of the work that goes into a painting happens before the paintbrush touches the canvas. This is why creating has been a transformative experience for me—it has required a healthy lifestyle that includes self-care on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. I have included these practices in my painting technique book because they are an intrinsic part of my creative process. These are the roots and all the invisible underground nutrients that allow colorful flowers to bloom on my canvas.”
What are you waiting for?
Download this beginner acrylic painting lesson 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 Schmitt’s guidance 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.