5 Easy Acrylic Painting Techniques
- Start by applying gesso to your painting surface if you're using acrylics. This is a critical step whether you are working on a panel, canvas, or art journal. Gesso gives your surface tooth, or roughness. This improves the paint's adhesion to the surface.
- It is critical to begin painting with the proper brush. When learning to paint, most people begin with a series of small brushes. To begin, I recommend having at least a 1" or 2" brush. This will assist you in quickly and evenly covering large areas.
- Learning to create layers with acrylic paints is one of the most important acrylic painting techniques. When you first start painting, you may be tempted to cover your surface with just one coat of paint.
- When I first started painting, I would apply a large blob of paint to the surface with my brush. As my painting skills have improved, I now thin and mix my paint before applying it to the surface.
Start with one color, black and white, as a basic color mixing exercise. Learn how to darken and lighten the color and experiment with different shades.
You can also begin with colors that are adjacent on the color wheel, such as red and blue or yellow and red. These simple color mixes can be a good place to start learning about color mixing.
We'll start by introducing four key brush shapes that will be useful in your acrylic painting journey, and then we'll go over what each shape can be used for. Acrylic brushes are typically made of synthetic materials and can be used with a wide range of mediums. Acrylic painting should not be done with oil or watercolour brushes.
It's critical to have a wide range of brushes, from small to large. You'll quickly discover which shapes are more comfortable for you, but these four are some of the most common. The Filbert brush is an excellent all-purpose brush with a straight or rounded shape.
We're using golden acrylics here, which have a buttery texture and can withstand a lot of water. These are known as 'Heavy Body Acrylics.' We recommend trying out different brands to see which one you prefer for acrylic painting - everyone has a favorite type and brand. Acrylic paint is primarily made of plastic; specifically, pigment suspended in a polymer emulsion. Too much water can cause the emulsion to break, so use caution when thinning it out.
The acrylic painting techniques described in this article can be used with any heavy body acrylic paint, whether student or professional grade.