Since their introduction in the art world, acrylic paints have come a long way. This medium was commercially introduced to the art world of painting in 1950. Since then, it has become one of the most favored mediums by eminent artists, because of its distinct characteristics which are not attainable with other mediums. Out of all, it has one feature that makes it preferable over others and that is the solubility of these fast-drying paints in water and that these paints become water-resistant as they dry. This paint can act as a watercolor or oil paint when diluted, modified or mixed with acrylic gels, water, media, or pastes, depending on their proportion. It can be as thick as impasto or as thin as watercolor. In fact, traditional painting techniques that have been associated with oils are now possible with acrylics without any difficulty.
Though, using acrylic paints have its own benefits like versatility, permanence, but it is definitely challenging to work with this paint like a pro as this paint dries fast. A lot of practice and patience is required to learn acrylic painting.
Here in this blog, we’ll explore some easy techniques for applying paint to build an acrylic painting so that one can paint like a pro in no time.
There are a variety of tools used in putting acrylic paint on paper or canvas like dry brushes, spatula, and rollers. Each gives a different texture to the painting.
- DRY BRUSH: In Drybrush technique, paints are applied on the canvas or paper with a dry brush that leaves a highly viscous layer of color on the surface. The resulting brush strokes give abrasive look that lacks the smooth appearance that paints commonly have. Thus, lending texture, patterns and uneven lines to the acrylic painting.
- WASHING: Acrylic paints can be treated like watercolors when diluted with right amount of water. After dilution, these paints act like water colors, but leave a translucent surface once they dry. However, unlike watercolor, acrylic paints will set permanently.
- STIPPLING: This technique of working with abstracts is also known as ‘pointillism’. This method is practiced in mostly those forms of drawing which demand detailing. In this technique, patterns or shapes are created by the accumulation of big dots, while the small ones are used for shading and to create a captivating scene with subtle variations in color.
- SPLATTERING: Splattering is a technique which doesn’t restrict one’s creativity. This technique does not involve coloring in a fixed boundary. With a quick whipping motion of hands towards the canvas, a fairly wet brush, paint, and flicking wrist one can bring a fantastic uneven splatter effect to his acrylic painting.
- DABBING: Can anyone think of using a sponge or a paper towel to get a great texture while making an acrylic painting? Dabbing is a technique with which you can dab on accents of colors and great textures to your painting.
- DETAILING: Detailing in vivid acrylic painting is like giving expressions to a human face. This can be achieved with charcoal, ink or even with a fine art brush of paint. It’s a technique which not only adds to the painting but also repairs the defects in the painting caused by reckless use of colors and paint brushes.
- PALETTE KNIFE: Palette knife is an intimidating technique preferred by perfectionists. If a beginner can work with this technique, then he can work with any other medium because palette knife technique involves the use of thick colors and various spatulas. This technique is similar to spreading butter on bread or frosting on cake. In this, small chunks of paint are applied in a pattern on the hard surface. Thus, it provides an acrylic painting with bright, vivid textures on it.