Acrylic: Secret Techniques to Expand Your Creativity
Acrylic is an extremely flexible painting medium, unlike oil paint which takes years of patience, and watercolor, where you live or die by each brush stroke. Acrylic is versatile for layering color, creating texture, and reproducing interesting effects, and it dries quickly. This flexibility affords for great experimentation, and that's what we're exploring here.
To get the most from this great medium, here are a few foundations to remember:
1. Keep brushes wet and paint moist while painting. Acrylic, as we mentioned above, dries quickly, so save your paint and brushes by keeping them wet when exposed - a squirt bottle is an easy way to do this, spraying the paint periodically. Also, to save paint, squeeze out a little at a time.
2. Thin the acrylics with a medium or with water. You can use water to thin acrylics, but if you use too much, the colors are less saturated. Acrylic mediums are a great way to retain the color fidelity of the paint, as well as the glossy finish.
3. Mix acrylics with a palette knife or painting knife. Because they dry so quickly, it is best to mix acrylics with a painting knife instead of a brush. This is especially important if you're using them in mixed media projects.
4. Use mediums for a number of things: matte medium lessens the look of acrylic's gloss; texture gels change the dimension and feel; primers prepare a surface for acrylic.