Art Video Series: Art Tool Basics – Acrylic Paint

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HOW TO USE ACRYLIC PAINT

Acrylic is the paint most of us learned to paint with as kids. It’s water-based so it’s washable, and the colors are bright and vibrant. As a contrast to watercolor, it isn’t transparent when watered down, but still opaque. However, adding water is a good way to stretch out your paint and make it last longer by creating a thinner coat.

Acrylic is much easier to use and cheaper than oil-based paint and I prefer it over the smelly turpentine used in oil painting.

So grab a paintbrush and let me walk you through a few beginner tips and tricks to using acrylic paint!


PAINT TECHNIQUES

Try out a few fun techniques with your brushes:

  1. Solid paint
  2. Watery paint
  3. Dry line
  4. Wet line
  5. Rounded brush
  6. Flat brush
  7. Fan brush
  8. Filbert brush

PAINT COLORS

There are a variety of paint colors to choose from. The basic paint colors are:

YELLOWS

  1. Cadmium Yellow
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Yellow Ochre

REDS

  1. Cadmium Red
  2. Alizarin Crimson
  3. Vermillion

BLUES

  1. Phthalo Blue
  2. Ultramarine Blue
  3. Cobalt Blue
  4. Cerulean Blue

GREENS

  1. Hooker’s Green
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Viridian

BLACK & WHITE

  1. Mars Black
  2. Titanium White

BROWNS

  1. Burnt Sienna
  2. Raw Umber

CREATE A COLOR WHEEL

Here’s my color wheel using red, blue and yellow to create orange, green and violet:

CREATE A COLOR CHART

Assess what you have by creating a paint chart of all your colors and color mixing. Do a few experiments and see what you come up with. You have more colors than you think!

SAMPLE PROJECTS

Testing out materials to create effects with paint is a fun way to get started! Find lids to create a Warhol-type effect or use bubble wrap and scraps of paper to blot paint patterns.

RECOMMENDED ACRYLIC PAINTING TOOLS

Don’t have any supplies? You can shop for all my favorite acrylic painting products here:

ORDER MY ACRYLIC PRINTS AT SHOPAMYSENTER

Here are a few of my acrylic prints you can order in my Etsy shop!

Water Lily Print $10
Red Poppy Print $10

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Thanks for watching and happy painting!

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