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Abstract Acrylic Painting

For many artists, especially those wishing to implement acrylic painting as a fun, recreational activity, abstract acrylic painting is a great way to explore creativity. For teachers encouraging students, especially school age children, acrylic painting is a great way to embrace the arts on their own terms. Given the involved and versatile process of preparing acrylic paint mixtures and the techniques teachers can suggest students try when painting, the process of learning about abstract art by doing abstract acyclic painting is a truly an enjoyable lesson for everyone to learn. For the older crowd, producing abstract art is one of the most creative, relaxing, and pensive activities one can undertake, which when done with acrylic paints, is essentially a low-hassle, cleanup free project that dries quickly on any available canvas.

When using acrylic paints, artists have free range in implementing a limitless number of colors for their abstract art piece. Mixing of colors of acrylic paints is simple if done on an acrylic paint palette. Artists or teachers should keep in mind that acrylic paint is one of fastest drying art mediums available, therefore, when mixing colors on a palette some caution should be taken. A fine mist of water from a spray bottle will delay the drying of acrylic paints on a palette, however, the paints on a palette for an abstract acrylic painting will experience noticeable drying in time periods of less than a half hour at times. Keeping the quick dry time in mind, artists or teachers can expand their creativity and fun with abstract acrylic painting by implementing a layering technique that can produce texture within the abstract acrylic painting. By using various shades of light and dark of a color when layering the acrylic paint brushstrokes, a truly textured look is easily achieved and in a relatively brief period of time due to the rapidly drying nature of acrylic paints in general.

In addition to colors, the density and gloss of an abstract acrylic painting can be quickly manipulated to an artist’s tastes. Gloss elements, matte finishes, or a varnish can be accentuated in an abstract acrylic painting by mixing acrylic paints with one of these finishes while still on the palette. Additionally, techniques used when applying the acrylic paint to an acrylic art canvas will enhance of decrease the gloss finish of a piece of abstract art. For example, lightly applied brush strokes will reduce colors to a matte-like finish, but heavy applications of acrylic paints will produce an effect similar to that of a higher gloss painting. Depending on whether students or artists are trying to mimic other mediums or paint styles, such as oil paintings or watercolors, a heavy brush stroke would more effectively produce similar appearances to that of an oil painting, while light, easy applications of acrylic paints will produce a finish similar to those desired in watercolors. Experimenting in these methods is all part of the creative and unpredictable fun found in abstract acrylic painting.

 

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