Painting With Acrylics

Those wonderful acrylics are very fast drying, neat and relatively easy to use. Painting with acrylics is a little different than working with watercolors, pastels or oil paints but when you want to get right at it, there is nothing like painting with acrylics.

Painting with acrylics is easy, easy to learn and neat to work with. Acrylic paints are based on water which allows the artist to mix them in water for thinning purposes. The artist’s brushes can also be cleaned in water.

Acrylic paints are made from the pigment and mixed with emulsion and acrylic resin. As the fastest drying paint, they can be used in impasto, or thin, watery glazes. The effect is powerful and instantaneous.

Most artists who opt to paint with acrylics are influenced by the drying time and the fact that the only solvent necessary is water. The artist will need stiff-bristled brushes for thick acrylic paints and soft-bristled brushes for watercolor type effects. The brushes come in many diverse shape and sizes and in many different handle lengths.

To learn all the nuances of acrylic painting techniques, try one of the new-age DVD acrylic oil painting courses. There are several reviewed on the Internet. The most revered, Learn and Master Painting, is composed of 20 DVDs, a reference book and accompanying CDs. The DVD instructor is a talented artist and instructor who has helped design the course and has a great gift for instruction and explains clearly how to avoid brush marks. She will even have you completing three paintings before the course is finished.

Each DVD represents a class. Students love this learning tool because there is absolutely no pressure. You learn at your own pace, in your own studio or home and can re-visit material whenever you need a refresher. This study book is a handy tool, filled with a review of the lessons but also with helpful tips, a handy glossary of painting terms and concepts.

Acrylics require their own, distinct techniques. Learn why so many artists have converted to acrylic painting. Save money, learn the right way and learn how to oil paint in the privacy of your home on your own schedule. That’s the way to do it, enjoy it and remember it. To learn more about painting with water-based Enamel paint, check out this post.

Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic painting is a fairly new medium. The use of acrylic paints was introduced in the 1950s and has been a work in progress ever since. The three most distinctive features of acrylic paints are that they are versatile, have a sense of permanence and acrylics dry quicker than other mediums. If you want to paint, for example, the ornaments that you’ve made from cardboard or clothespins (see one of my earlier posts), acrylic painting techniques comes in very handy but bear in mind that the paint dries rather quickly.

The artist does not have to worry about the order the paints are applied so many artists like the freedom and readiness of acrylics compared to oils. Because the acrylics dry so quickly, the artist can apply overlay colors more quickly and easier. This versatility helps to create an immediate scene.

As the acrylics dry so quickly, the beginning artist will have to work rapidly and the artist’s paintbrushes require almost immediate cleaning or they will be unusable. Brushes are cleaned with water. Artists that are working outdoors may choose another medium because the acrylics can dry up quickly on the palette.

An interesting technique that artists employ with acrylics is the use of a squeegee. Put a blob of acrylic paint on your canvas and spread with a rigid edged squeegee. Acrylics are the perfect medium for this smear and mix technique. Use one fluid motion for the best results. Beginning artists especially enjoy this technique, a fine tool for painting your hat pins and stickpins decorations.

If you are interested in learning more about acrylic painting, why not try one of the new painting DVD art courses offered on the Internet? The leading online course provider has recently launched a 20 DVD course that includes lessons in acrylic painting and oil painting.

Art students can now learn how to work with acrylics in their own home, on their own schedule, and at their own pace. The course is designed by the accomplished artist and teacher while each DVD is professionally produced.  Each DVD represents one lesson and begins with the fundamentals and takes new students through the paces of three new paintings.

A handy reference book accompanies the DVDs. This guide will serve as a valuable resource for years to come. This is the way to learn oil painting and acrylic painting techniques. It is fun, inexpensive and flexible, just like painting with acrylics. There is no reason to hesitate. If you have considered painting with acrylics or oil, this new DVD course is the opportunity you have been waiting for. There’s a little artist in all of us. Take the course and watch it all come out. For those of you that prefer to do something different over the coming holidays, check out this post about knitting. It is filled with useful tips to keep you busy before, during, and even after Christmas.

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