Introduction To Acrylic Painting

By Angela Meijer.

 

Why Acrylic Paint

What's so great about acrylic paints?  The reason we like them is that they clean up with water, but are waterproof when they dry.  This is great, if you want paint in layers.  It's also great if mistakes are made, because they can be painted over once the paint has dried.

What Kind Of Acrylics Do We Use?

Student grade acrylic paints are affordable and available at any craft store.  Here's a great starter set.

What Do you paint on?

Stretched canvas, canvas boards or watercolor paper/multi-media paper that is taped down to a table or drawing board.  If you look at the photo below, acrylics can be applied to any surface.  We've painted flower pots, rocks, found wood, etc.  Here's an affordable set of 8x10 canvases that are ready to hang on the wall.

How Do You Avoid The Mud?

We start with two colors that don't turn brown when they mix together.  We let those colors dry, and then we can introduce new colors.  This keeps the colors looking bright and fresh.  For example:  Use blues and greens first.  Then after those colors dry, bring in reds, yellows and oranges.  Here's a little color chart I saved on pinterest.

We keep a bucket of water to put our brushes in when we aren't using them, so the acrylic paint doesn't dry on on our brushes.  We like having paper towels handy, so we can wipe off our brushes after we wash them.  If we paint on an easel, we put a tarp underneath the working area.  If we paint on the table, we cover it with a vinyl tablecloth.

Here's Some Fun Results

 This canvas was built up over a few painting sessions.  It was large enough to collaborate on, which sparked creativity in both of the girls.

This canvas was built up over a few painting sessions.  It was large enough to collaborate on, which sparked creativity in both of the girls.

 Here you can see the first layer being developed.   All of the details can be added later.

Here you can see the first layer being developed.   All of the details can be added later.

 We found some horse stencils and not only painted them, but used them as stencils in our other paintings, all done on found wood from the shed.

We found some horse stencils and not only painted them, but used them as stencils in our other paintings, all done on found wood from the shed.

Angela Meijer