How to Acrylic Paint Easy steps

Learn to Acrylic Paint
If you want to learn how to acrylic paint, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about acrylic paint. Acrylics are extremely versatile, fast-drying paints, and can be used straight from the tube like oils or thinned with water or a medium and used like watercolors. And a lot in-between. Here are a few tips to help you get started painting with acrylics.

  1. Pick out the good and the right materials. Look and buy the best available material that you will need,
    like brushes. Pick out brushes that are suitable for acrylic paint, the brushes should be either flat or round. If you can buy it choose brushes with natural hair. Take a look around in art supply stores and ask for professional advice or search for bargains, you might be more lucky to find a good quality set brushes for little money.
    Purchase acrylic paint. You can pick out for two types of acrylic paints, artist's quality or student's quality. If you have a enough budget you can take for the artist's quality, if you have small to spend then take for the student's quality. The difference between both is that there is more color pigment in the artist's quality the paint has a more vibrant color and is from a better quality.
    Pick out for the right colors. When you decide start to paint it is better to use some primary colors: blue (cobalt/ultramarine), yellow (cadmium yellow/"true" yellow) and red (vermilion/carmine) other colors that might be handy to use are: brown, black and white. When you will be more experienced you can purchase more extra colors. To get different kinds of colors you can mix your basic ones:
    white and red = pink
    red and yellow = orange
    yellow and blue = green
    blue and red= purple
    brown and blue = black
    green and red = brown
    white and black = grey
  2. Take a canvas. All kind of thick paper will work and you can even use printer paper for practices, and If you're ready to make a complete work of art then you can just purchase canvas at a craft store, or you can learn to stretch your own canvas and prime it.
  3. Determine what to paint. You can choose and paint whatever you desire. Trees, flowers, kittens, a mountain range. You can paint from a photograph or use something around you as a model.
  4. Look for a bright place and set up water, paper plate with paint, paper towels, brushes, and your canvas/paper.
  5. Take a paper plate or a palette, if you have one. Press a little bit of each color you know you're going to utilise. Acrylic paint dries quickly, so you will need only put out colors you're going to utilise within 15 minutes.
  6. Gently sketch basic main parts. Lay out the basic shape and composition, and don't go into detail at this stage.
  7. The work should be from back to front.
    Paint in the background. Grasses, Trees, skies, wood, dirt. These will likely mostly be solid colors or textures at this stage.
    Fill in some background detail, such as trees, grasses, clouds.
    Paint background shadows (gently scrub a little bit of black along the bottom of the object in the direction opposite of the light source).
    Add middle ground detail: a lake, a house, a crowd, a bowl of fruit. Try to do their cast shadows.
    Paint the foreground: kittens, a tree, individual flowers. Finish up their shadows. And don't be afraid to mix colors over and over and over again until you get it just right.
  8. Now clean out your brushes right away. If paint dries into them, they will be ruined. Paint brushes are very expensive and should be taken care of. Throw away paper towels, dump out water, throw away your paper plate, put down work in a safe place to dry, cap all bottles. Wipe down table. Store everything in one designated spot.
Practice makes perfect, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to acrylic paint.

How to Acrylic Paint Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Acrylic Paint.

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