Acrylic Techniques You Really Need to Try

Over time, acrylic paints have become one of the most popular and loved painting media in the world. They are fast-drying, water-based and can be used on a huge variety of surfaces. And there are so many different things they can be used for. If you love to paint, then you’ll definitely enjoy learning some new interactive ways of using your acrylics. 

This being said, we've prepared this interesting article for you, displaying a couple of great examples that will help you stay innovative and will guide you step by step through your journey of trying new acrylic painting techniques. Have fun putting them in practice!

Painting Using a Palette Knife

A palette knife is more than just a tool we use for mixing the paint on our palettes. We can actually use it as well in order to create some pretty spectacular effects in our paintings, the type of effects we are not able to design by using a paint brush. 

All you need to do is to take a few different colors and gently mix them together on your palette. Right after, take your palette knife and start creating thick strokes of color with it. Surprise - your artwork is completed!

Mix in Some Textured Materials

By essence, acrylic paints have a more gluey and gummy texture than other paining mediums we use. And this is great because you can be sure they will be able to hold any type of materials you mix into them. How about taking some small pieces of aluminum foil and apply them on your painted canvas?

I would say that’s a pretty awesome idea for you to create some unique paintings that will definitely stand out!

Paint by Using a Sponge

The sponge techniques are ideal when you are looking for a way to broaden your repertoire of acrylic painting. While your painting is still wet, add some acrylics to your sponge and, by using short little strokes, start highlighting the desired areas. 

This is so easy to do, right? It's such a quick and simple way to add some interesting details to your paintings. You really have to try it!

Use Tape for Your Paintings

Tired to see the paint bleeding all over the edges of your artworks? Those days will be long gone once you start using painter’s tape! It’s a great tool for all acrylic painters and it is really easy to find. Before starting a new project, make sure you apply tape over the edges of your painting surface. After applying it, you can start adding the desired colors in your taped shape area.

Right after you finish painting, while the paint is still wet (because otherwise it becomes harder to remove without damaging your work), you can start detaching the tape. Amazing! 

Add Great Details to Your Acrylic Works

Every time you find yourself just one step away from completing your work, remember the importance of adding the last details to it. Since this process requires great control and precision, it's best to be done by using a small, fine brush.

This technique is most often performed in order to add certain uniqueness to your artworks and it requires a huge dose of attention. But it's really worth it, right?

Mix Your Acrylic Colors Before Painting

This is a fantastic method to use in order to be able to create a huge range of tone variations for the colors in your paintings. 

It’s not rocket science, all you need to do is to mix some colors on your palette and to start expressing your true artistic spirit on your canvas. Just release your imagination and you will definitely find yourself creating unique works of art!

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