3 Techniques To Master With Acrylic Paints


Artists have been creating masterpieces using acrylic paints for years. A popular medium because of its versatility and vibrancy, acrylic paints can be used on almost any surface from canvas to a variety of artist papers. These three techniques are perfect for artists of all skill levels and, once mastered, may even help advance you two the next level.

  • Detailing
Detailing is an important technique to master because it has a large variety of applications. Use a small brush with a fine point or tip to create outlines, illusions and precise edges. This technique can also help budding and experienced artist alike form clean lines that define shapes and add definition.
  • Blending
Blending takes time to master, but is well worth it. Start by laying down a thin layer of acrylic paint. While that layer is still wet, stroke another layer on top of it with a back and forth motion. This technique can be used to create lovely gradients.
  • Scumbling
Layer a thin, broken layer of acrylic paint over an existing layer of acrylic paint. This technique, called scumbling, allows a bit of the original layer of paint to peek through the new layer. Use this technique on canvas or paper to create gorgeous backgrounds for landscapes or a beautiful starry atmosphere. There you have it. You’re only limited by your own imagination and muse. Practice these three techniques for working with acrylic paints to create artistic masterpieces. 

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