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Acrylic Painting Technique

The truly flexible and easily manipulated nature of acrylic painting allows artists, whether private or commercial, to implement a host of acrylic painting techniques to suit their individual needs and requirements. The choice to use an acrylic painting technique begins when an artist assesses what type of canvas he or she will be using. Often times, a canvas will be a commercial painting job that artists have no choice in selecting and, in turn, must implement the ideal acrylic painting technique to address the given canvas. Other times, as often seen in private or personal acrylic painting endeavors, the canvas can built on one’s own acrylic paint canvas through a virtually limitless number of materials possible for the canvas, but a strict procedure in stretching and preparing a given acrylic paint canvas itself.

Once a canvas is selected or directed to an artist, the creative process begins mentally as well as in selecting the right acrylic paints. Part of using acrylic paints in the first place is the ability of artists to change, alter, or enhance the paint in a tailor-made manner to fit their personal desires or a job requirement. Acrylic paints are frequently mixed with, or thinned, using water. By experimenting with the appropriate amount of water to mix with acrylic painting, artists can render a final product that resembles the paint qualities similar to watercolor, while a lack of water in the acrylic paint mixture can produce a work with a visual appearance and color density similar to oil painting.

In addition to the makeup of acrylic paint mixture as base, artists must decide what kind of finish their acrylic painting will display. When finalizing the base density and water content of the acrylic paint, artists will also implement the use of chemicals to create a number of desire varnishes, glosses, mattes, or sheen. Depending on personal preference or a job order, artists can also enjoy the fast drying nature of acrylic paint mixtures that will allow the true appearance of a painting glazes to be seen with a brief sample test. Varnishing your painting also begins when mixing your acrylic paints prior to placing them on a canvas through adding, or mixing, desired varnishes in with the acrylic paints.

Aside from altering the paint’s qualities of sheen, glaze, color, density, and varnish, the texture of an acrylic painting is also very easily changed dynamically by an artists using acrylic paints. By layering dried acrylic paint, a relief appearance is easily attained, which will produce texture that other paints are not capable of doing. In fact, even texture as rich and beautiful as seen in traditional Sgraffito techniques is easily attained with acrylic paint layering. By mixing colors of varying density of acrylic paint, then layering these colors of paint in an application process allowing for the first layer to dry prior to applying the successive layer, the traditionally ceramic Sgraffito appearance, scratched on top of a canvas medium, is possible with a host of vibrant colors that acrylic paint offers both artists and commercial painters.



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