Techniques I use for acrylic painting

Acrylic painting comes in multiple techniques, which can be very tricky when you are doing it for the first time. I find acrylic painting to be very fun and adventurous and great for high texture materials and produces very high-quality work. With the following techniques you should be able to do paint application, color mixing and more to work effortlessly on your acrylic work.

Here are techniques used for color mixing

One thing I find great about acrylics is that anyone will not have any trouble mixing them, regardless of their level of expertise when painting. Acrylic paints blend together easily which makes it great for the artists. Here are the two main techniques I use for color mixing my acrylic paints

Creating a family of colors – Before setting out to pain, I always ensure I have a family of colors set aside to work this. This helps me streamline the process and allows me to work keenly and with very minimal interruptions. I chose the colors, mix them up and set all the preferred tones aside before I start painting. The idea of the painting should guide you into choosing the right colors. 

Partial color mixing – Learning more about the color wheel and how to mix them to get richer and more unique blend made this very easy for me. Some color combinations work well together, completely mixed, partially mixed to give you great value for your painting.

Here are some techniques is use for building my painting

Underpainting – with this technique, I start off with a sketch of the painting and work my way outwards. This reduces the risk of error and a great way to give your painting a multidimensional effect with contrasting colors.

Glazing – here, I use several mediums to change the texture as well as the finish of my painting. I prefer matter finish over a glossy one but it all comes down to what you like.

Layering – I use this technique to ring out the colors on the painting while making sure I have a consistent application throughout the canvas. My secret is to paint out some locks of color and work my way into finder details before I apply the second layer.

Now, techniques for paint application

Acrylic paint will turn out different depending on the application method as well as the applicator.

Dry brush – For this technique, I use the paint as it is straight from the tube without watering it down. This is perfect for when I’m looking to achieve strong, colourful, uneven effect on the painting. I prefer this technique for intensive painting.

Washing – I also water down the acrylic paint to different consistencies for different kinds of paintings. Different states of dilution allow me to apply different consistencies of coats on different surface. I find that it is a great way to create very soft and thin textures

stippling – This is popular drawing technique used by different artists to create different text ad shapes. With only minor changes in color, I am able to create vibrant finished with this painting technique.

Detailing – This technique involves me using fine brushed to add some details and elements of realism to the picture. It ensures my painting is well put together at the end and is highly detailed.

Splattering – This is a very messy technique but it can be fun.