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Acrylic Painting Tips

Acrylic paints offer an artist almost limitless range of flexibility in density, color, finish, and texture properties. However, there are some tried and true acrylic painting tips that might expand one’s creativity with acrylic painting more rapidly and easily than learning these tips on one’s own.

The most noticeable quality of acrylic paints is the quick drying nature of paint. This can become a problem for artists unaware of this factor, but once known, the quick drying properties allow for an artist to truly take of advantage of this quality. For starters, artists should only squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto whatever surface they are using as a palette at a time. The paint will dry just as quickly on the palette as it does on the acrylic painting canvas, and by using more paint on the palette, artists will basically be wasting paint and producing uneven paint density on the canvas itself. Acrylic painting tips like keeping a spray bottle handy to give paint on a palette a slight mist is also helpful when preventing rapid drying of acrylic paints on a palette. Painting with acrylic is made much easier when artists get a firm grasp and feel for the drying properties of acrylic paints.

Aside from the drying properties of acrylic painting tips, advice in regards to mixing, thinning, or retaining the density of acrylic paint is in order. A beautiful aspect of acrylic paints is ability to almost seamlessly mix these paints with all other water based chemicals, water itself, and other acrylic paints. Rich colors can be produced by experimenting on your palette with multiple colors of acrylic paint. Additionally, water can be implemented into an acrylic paint mixture, which will facilitate the thinning of the paint. This thinned appearance will resemble watercolor painting if enough water is used. However, do not go overboard on the water thinning technique, because a mixture of over one-fourth parts water will not retain the insoluble properties acrylic paints produce when placed on canvas. Also, mixing of acrylic paints is necessary at times to retain or obtain the gloss finish that an artist desires. Matte finishes or high gloss finish mixtures can be mixed into acrylic paints and easily implemented on almost a canvas, whether paper or otherwise. Also, the rapid drying properties of acrylic paints allow artists to quickly measure, mix, and test a gloss combination on another canvas prior to applying it on their desired canvas. These acrylic painting tips on drying and visually assessing results are also applicable to any color combination mixture or water and acrylic paint combination.

Some other acrylic painting tips lie in the mediums’ ability to retain color, density, and texture due to the insoluble nature of acrylic paint. By layering paints on top of one another, a noticeable texture can be achieved by artists. Additionally, artists can use the technique of thinly applying layers to reduce the visible gloss of a finish, often times desired in a watercolor style acrylic painting, or apply thicker, heavy layers that will emanate a high, visible gloss or varnished finish, which will mimic those seen in oil paintings.

 

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