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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!
Try out a few fun techniques with your brushes:
- Solid paint
- Watery paint
- Dry line
- Wet line
- Rounded brush
- Flat brush
- Fan brush
- Filbert brush
There are a variety of paint colors to choose from. The basic paint colors are:
- Cadmium Yellow
- Lemon Yellow
- Yellow Ochre
- Cadmium Red
- Alizarin Crimson
- Phthalo Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Cerulean Blue
- Hooker’s Green
- Emerald Green
BLACK & WHITE
- Mars Black
- Titanium White
- Burnt Sienna
- 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!
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!
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