Acrylic Painting Techniques

There are many, many acrylic painting techniques. To learn more, I suggest you

1. experiment and play

2. follow some of my step by step tutorials

3. consider some of these techniques

  • Direct Painting apply paint thickly, straight from tube or tub (opaque)
  • Washes use paint diluted to create washes of colour (transparent)
  • Overpainting once dry, your acrylic paints are permanent. You can paint over the top of them, or work with pastels
  • Color Mixing work quickly and color mix directly on your painting. Otherwise, mix colors in your palette.
  • Masking Fluid This can be used in the initial stages of your painting to preserve the background color of your paper or canvas.
  • Painterly Effects use simple, and carefully placed brush marks to capture the essence of your subject
  • Flicking Using acrylics in a diluted form, you can flick the paint to create a splattered effect
  • Sponging Use a natural sponge to apply the paint, creating a patterned effect
  • Stippling Using the tip of a coarse-haired brush and reasonably undiluted paint, stipple the paint on. This is a good effect to use to create foliage.

To understand more about relevant techniques, follow my step by step tutorials.

Also, follow this link to understand more about the different materials used in acrylic painting techniques