If there is one painting that offers many artistic resources to an artist, it is without hesitation acrylic paint! Multiple uses, varied techniques, alla prima or delayed, in thin layers or in opaque application, it’s just an ultra-versatile paint! It adapts to all the artist’s desires! To familiarize you with acrylic painting and have the courage and then the personal satisfaction to start a painting, I have listed few tips to progress quickly in acrylic painting, The choice of material to start acrylic
The immense variety of brushes, the different shapes of knives, the multiple sizes of the supports, and all this panel of material choices sends stars in your eyes! It is sometimes a real test to resist in front of all these instruments at hand, to be able to finally create effects, textures, mixtures! You are just starting out, don’t skip the steps: you will soon have your complete and well-equipped workshop! But to get started in acrylic painting, here’s some tips you can follow
Keep it simple!
Take a small frame, size 20/20 or 30/30. It is certainly a small surface, but for your first creations, it is structuring. You thus have in front of you a small framework of work, well defined, concrete, delimited, in which you will not get lost. Starting on too large a surface may discourage you. You have to be able to fill the whole canvas, which requires an investment and an inspiration which in the beginnings are sometimes still constrained! So start with small canvas.
Beginner’s brush choice tips
Use the spalter as the only brush: a fairly large brush, for a good grip, this is what to familiarize easily and surely with the material and the acrylic paint to acquire the basic gestures. Painting, like any other art, as also the practice of music, requires a perfect mastery of the tools or instruments used; the hand must get used to launching itself on the canvas or on any surface! with flexibility and confidence, until the gestures become automatisms. It is also necessary to find the right posture so that the whole body accompanies these gestures, and that they become fluid.
Painting is a global activity! The spalter is therefore the tool to have first to start your first works. You cover the chassis space extensively, intuitively, without concern for detail yet. Other fine and very fine brushes will be coming very soon!
Creating harmonious blends
You only start with 3 colors: cyan blue, magenta red and primary yellow. With the help of these 3 colors, you have, under your brush, all the possible and unimaginable colors. They are said to be “primary” because they cannot be obtained by any mixture, and are the basis of all the other mixtures. So, give it a try! Take pleasure in discovering the renderings of the mixtures for yourself! The color wheel will help you understand the reactions between the different hues.
The mixture of two primary colors gives a “secondary” color; then combines a primary with this freshly discovered secondary, and you have a tertiary color! There are so many possibilities that can be achieved according to your desires and your intuition.
Use your creative mind
Tame the chromatic circle then listen to your sensitivity: create your tones, those that reflect you, and discover the complementary colors, the one opposite each primary. Once you are familiar with the techniques of mixing colors and their reactions to each other, you will have already acquired a solid foundation of acrylic painting, and its effects. The harmonization of tones in a work is acquired little by little, through training, testing, attempts and success! Composition or the art of distributing the elements
The key is intuition!
The distribution of colors on your support, the arrangement of the elements that will compose your work, must be arranged so as to attract the viewer’s first glance exactly where you want it. It’s an art that you can master through practice!
You should not get stuck on the choice or harmonization of colors, but find a kind of central point, around which your table will revolve. It can be a shape, created from modeling paste, or a particular shade, around which are added different textures, collages of objects, or play of shadows and lights. This subtle balance between the elements will guide the viewer’s gaze to the point in your painting that you want to highlight.
The use of many mediums such as gesso , or precisely modeling paste, are easily used, from the first brushstrokes of the beginner painter . The addition of sand in the gesso, for example, adds a grainy relief, very pleasant to work with.
With molding paste, you play with depth and movement: waves, cavities, prominences or hollows are all ways to give character to acrylic paint .
The techniques of adding various objects, small metal elements, pieces of fabric, foliage etc. also creeps into your work, to give it a very special charm
Add your personal touch!
Do your tests and discover without further delay the reactions of acrylic paint on these different shapes obtained thanks to the texturing agents! You will be pleasantly surprised by this unique experience! Avoiding overabundance of material
Avoid the urge of overbuying
fight against the irresistible urge to own all the tools available in store for acrylic painting from the very start. You risk getting scattered and ultimately getting lost! Keep it simple! A little of each tool is enough, it is not essential to have the best brushes in several copies. The beauty of your painting rests above all on your creativity, which will make all its richness. Daily painting: regular training
Today, try the blends, tomorrow, test the reliefs. It is through this regular practice that the emerging artist tames the art of painting with acrylic.
For all your tests, canson paper lends itself perfectly to the exercise: its structure resembles that of canvas, for a lower cost and easier storage. You will not have any restrictions to train daily.
Don’t wait! Start now!
You want to start your first attempts at acrylic painting tomorrow? Oh, and then no, it will be the day after tomorrow, because, what you are missing? A brush? Talent ? Artistic gifts? Inspiration? You have no excuse to delay the moment to take out your brush, your canvas or paper and your 3 tubes of primary colors! Get started today and take this wonderful chance to thrill as you witness your innate skills, and the prowess of acrylic painting!
Open up to art to welcome new emotions, visit museums, browse exhibitions, appreciate architecture, meet artists. It is not a question of plagiarizing or copying works, nor of stealing the techniques of other creators, but simply of sharpening one’s perception of colors, shapes, and becoming aware of the different artistic fields. Your gaze will discover other things, will perceive new atmospheres within the works, unknown techniques that you will want to experiment in your own way, with your own feelings.
Organize your workshop
Bet on a perfect organization of your workspace Whether you have a workshop dedicated to painting, or you paint on a corner of a table, it doesn’t matter: maintain your countertop . Not to mention that in addition the acrylic paint dries quickly at the end of the tubes, on a table, and makes uncleaned brushes unusable, you will lose your motivation the next day when painting, if everything is upside down. Don’t break your inspiration by having to tidy up first. Prepare a functional and available space as soon as the urge to create catches you!
Invigorate your creativity while painting
It is up to each artist to find what will stimulate their creativity during the painting job. For some it will be listening to music , a fine melody or, on the contrary, rap! Others will prefer total silence but will appreciate the smell of incense . For still others, it will simply be a small light nearby, or the presence of an object that is dear to them. No matter. Above all, your work atmosphere must be like you, and be in perfect harmony with your emotions: this will invigorate your creativity!
Visualization as a common thread
It is not always easy to have a very precise idea of what is going to be painted. However, having in mind, during the creation, a mentalization of the desired objective, allows to structure the elements on the canvas. It is also a reassuring factor for the beginner artist who can rely on this visualization of the desired final rendering. Sometimes, as the painting progresses, the desires (and the brushstrokes) slide towards other things, which differ from the initial idea, for a positive result or not. But visualizing upstream of the creation, the colors, the composition, the different layers of paint, allows to apprehend the progress of the work serenely.
Get an Idea beforehand
The preparatory work works closely with the visualization. Experiment beforehand, on Canson paper , to bring out ideas of colors, reliefs, shading, composition. This step is structuring and reassuring to start then on canvas. This sketch is in the middle between the emerging idea of departure, and the final painting. The passage on canvas will be only facilitated and the fear of the first shot of spalter gone!
Learn to play down! Art is a joyful discipline! When rushing rhymes with failure It’s a little too diluted, so we add paint, which is ultimately too thick: a little water will solve the problem, but ultimately leads to a mixture of colors which was not expected, and which is unsightly. We then cover a little with the initial color, with a knife this time, and everything will be solved! Except that in the end, the rendering is absolutely not the one hoped for at the start. The result of all your investment is wasted with dull tones, mediocre blends and dullness. Welcome, you have just touched on the perfect method to demotivate yourself! Only one thing to remember: Painting in acrylic is a particular technique.
The paint is applied layer by layer (except in alla prima ). Let it dry, come back to it later, whether it is to resume an effect that does not entirely satisfy you, or simply to continue your painting. To achieve very subtle undertones or to change the appearance of certain colors, consider resorting to the use of glaze. Patience overcomes everything
By dint of practice, unsuccessful attempts but above all splendid successes, with regular training, perseverance and daring to try new things, you will find your own style. Or rather, your own style will find you and invade you naturally and gradually!
Listen to your emotions. Free yourself from reality and let your sensitivity express itself. Open up to your emotions, they are your inner language and your source of inspiration. Look around you, the environment is full of inventiveness and it offers it to you: capture, without tension, the richness of colors, the diversity of textures, the multiplicity of objects!
Give meaning to your feelings, welcome them: they will help you renew your inspiration and transcribe your own perception of the world! Outings in nature, meditation, work on breathing … Take a step back. All these moments of serenity regenerate your psyche and fuel your creativity. And remember to write down your ideas!