7 Acrylic Painting Techniques for Beginners

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If you are just starting out with acrylic painting or used them previously, learning a few new acrylic painting techniques for beginners never caused anyone any harm.

In fact, the more techniques you have under your belt, the better it will be for you and the final piece of your work.

Sometimes the lack of knowledge of a particular technique can cause your artwork to suffer.

This is why my team and I have put together a list of 7 most essential acrylic painting techniques for beginners that will allow you to reach your artistic and creative potential.

1. DRYBRUSH

This is a great acrylic painting technique if you are looking to add some texture to your artwork. It can give you a hand if you are painting landscapes.

In order to do this acrylic technique for beginner, you just need to load up your dry brush with paint and lay it on canvas.

First build up your confidence on a separate piece of paper before putting it on your artwork. 

2. WASH TECHNIQUE

This technique will need some help from flow aid medium.

The aim is to build up the layers and create a watercolor look. Those layers can really help you create a very realistic result if done right.

Rule of thumb is to go with 30% water consistency.

3. STIPPLING

I think that this is a really fun and beginner friendly technique that you can experiment with to add some interesting dimension to your work. 

In order to do this technique, you will need a stiff brush that will apply paint across the surface. 

As you layer different colors, you will see light colors mixing, that will add dimension to your masterpiece.

4. POURING

This is the most fun acrylic painting technique is pouring. You can get a finished and ready to hang on a wall piece in 30 minutes or less.

You will need fluid acrylics and a space that is covered well as it may be a little messy.

This is the ultimate guide to acrylic pouring here.

5. SPLATTERING

This is another fun yet messy acrylic technique that you can do if you are feeling like being a little more expressive.

For the best results it is recommended to use fluid acrylics and thin them with water or flow medium.

Then it is up to you how you will apply the paint. You can either flick your loaded brush or drip the paint from above. 

BONUS TIP: let colors dry in between so that when you are applying paint, they do not smudge all together.

6. SPONGING

If you are after that special texture or effect, then you can simply grab a sponge to create the desired texture. 

The brush simply won’t give you that effect. 

That being said, investing in a good sponge can make a difference. 

When you work in layers, you can create very fun textures that you can play with and bring

7. IMPASTO:

For this you will need a palette knife and heavy body acrylics with gel medium. It is sort of like frosting a cake. 

The results can be so epic and artistic, especially when you will layer in different colors.

If you are a beginner or intermediate artist in acrylic painting then you must check out this course: The Acrylic Painting Academy. 

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Designed for beginners, this course lays the foundation required for success with acrylics and painting in general.

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