3 Easy Steps to Begin Painting with Acrylic

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3 Easy Steps to Begin Painting with Acrylic

If you’re looking to begin your artistic journey with painting, and wondering where to start, acrylic paint could be your new best friend.

With many characteristic, from being versatile, vibrant and the having ability to work with almost any surface, acrylics are a great place to start getting in touch with the artist in you.

3 Easy Steps to Begin your Artistic Journey With Acrylics

After choosing the brushes, canvas size, colour palate, and the overall artistic direction you will be following, which could be a challenging step on its own, now you find yourself staring at the canvas, wondering how to begin. You’re not alone. One of the most challenging steps of creating a piece of artwork is the beginning, once the creative juices begin flowing, it’s a smoother sailing from then onwards, sometimes even stopping could be a challenge (which is a topic for another post). Today, let’s cover some tips that can help you start creating an acrylic masterpiece.

1. Mixing

It is very important to have an understanding of the overall shades and the colour pallets that you will use prior to starting this step.

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Acrylic paint is generally easy to work with when it comes to mixing. Its vibrant colours allow you to continue adding colours, until you reach the desired shade. Try this online mixing tool before you begin, to get an idea of what colours can look like combined.

Tip: some paints can dry a slight shade darker.

2. Misting

One of the qualities of acrylic paint is that it dries quickly, which make it easy to maneuver. At the same time, sometimes this could mean that the paint is one step ahead of you. An easy way to control the dryness, and thickness of acrylic paint is water misting. This could be done by  simply using a water spray.

Tip: too much water can resemble acrylic paint into watercolour.

brush with paint on canvas

3. Gesso

Gesso is very similar to white acrylic paint, only thinner, similar to glue. Gesso primes the surface for painting, in order to avoid paint soaking into the weave of the canvas. This allows for a better control and texture of the acrylic paint.

Now that you’ve completed these three steps, you’re ready to begin creating! Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on using acrylic paint for the best results, and different painting techniques.

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