Acrylic Painting Techniques

When people search for a fun hobby, they often test out painting. Many start out with oil painting and quickly get discouraged because oil painting is messy and the results take several days, weeks or months to be achieved. diamond painting hobby is a better choice if you are like me and don’t prefer to wait for results. Once you understand the versatility and flexibility, you will most probably choose this medium for the hobby needs. Painting techniques come as you practice and follow the suggestions in this post.

If you are taking on painting for the very first time or looking to switch to an easy-to-use medium, acrylic painting is a wonderful choice with a lot of flexibility. Faster-drying than oil paints, acrylics are easy to use and even easier to tidy up, requiring only soap and water. There is special soap however, you could purchase if you choose to.

Techniques For A Quick-Drying Medium

Because acrylic paints have a tendency to dry more quickly than oil paints, an entire painting can usually be completed in short order. If you need your paint to stay wet longer, they are often blended with “extenders” that prevent them from drying prematurely. Acrylic paints can be purchased either in tubes of a thick paste or bottles which are thinner than the paste, based on your desired consistency.

The versatility of acrylic paints enable you to add mediums like floaters and glazes to gain a watercolor-style look or texture to accomplish an oil-painted look and never have to invest in the more costly and more difficult to use oil-based paints. (Oil paints should be cleaned using paint thinner and may take as long as six months to finish drying!)

Because acrylics do dry more quickly, you should only put a small amount of paint on the palette at the same time. Close the container when you’re not using it. Tupperware along with other plastic storage containers work well for storing the paint. I always use a mist or spray bottle and wet the paints before storage.

If you discover that you work too slowly for the paint to stay workable, you can choose “stay-wet” palette to lengthen enough time that the paint remains in workable condition or work with a palette that has a lid that closes to protect the paint. I also sometimes use a large seal-able gallon size bag and slide my paper plate with paint inside for storage.

Painting Surfaces For Acrylic Paints

The versatility of acrylic paints allows them to be utilized on a variety of surfaces, from the traditional artist canvas to unique surfaces like wood, saw blades, or slate. Canvases can be purchased already stretched on a frame or in rolls or sheets. Avoid being afraid to utilize your imagination – acrylic paints could even be blended with a fabric medium and used on fabrics (browse the directions; they could require heat to set the paint).

If you choose to paint on porous surfaces like wood, prime it first. Every art supply store posesses variety of primers that you can choose. While you can use acrylic paints on an un-primed canvas, they do come pre-primed and if you ask me, this is preferred.

Acrylic painting is an excellent medium. You might hear people complain concerning the paints drying prematurely, but I discover that to be an advantage because I could finish paintings much more quickly and have more artwork out on the market or on display faster than easily used oils or watercolors.