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Painting
with
Acrylics
-
For
Beginners
Landscapes
Articles
by
Julie
Shoemaker
http
://www.IamPainting.
org
 
Howto
Know
if
Acrylic
Paints
are
Rightfor
you
-
Learning
to
paint
Every
artist
has
theirown likes
and
dislikes.
Most
artist
have
a
chosen
mediumthat
theyprefer
to
use.
You
shouldexperiment
and
try
a
variety
so
you
knowwhich
ones
suit
yourlikes
and
dislikes.I
have
listed pros
andcons
foracrylic
paint.
.
Acrylics
are
easily
diluted
withwater.Unlikeoil
paints,
which
need
thinners
and
sometimes
solvents.This
makesclean
up
easierbecause
you
canuse
simply
soap and
water.
.
Acrylics
dry
fast.Acrylic
paint
dries
withinminutes.
If
you
don't
wantthatfast
of
dryingtime,
simple
add
a
paintretarder
to
slowthe
dry
time.
Oil
paintactually
goes
through
a
chemicalreaction
which
in
effect
takes
weeki
ormonths
to
"dry".
.
Blending
with
acrylics
canbedone
through
layering
due
to
the fast
dry time.Painting lighter
colorsupondarker
creates
highlights.
.
Thereis almostnothingthatyou
can'tpaint
on
with
acrylic
paint.
You
can
paint
on
canvases,paper,
wood,metal,
walls,cloth,
orplastic.
.
When
acrylicpaint
dries,
it
is
easy
to
add
layers
on
top
of layers.
This
is
nice
if
you
are
trying
to
coversomethingthatyou
are
nothuppy
with
or
justtrying
to
create
a
darker,
deeper
effect.
.
There
are
no odor or
harmful
fumes
with
acrylic
paint.
Acrylics
are
totally
safe
to
use
without ventilation,unlike
oil
paint.
Likeall
good
things,acrylics
do
have
their
cons.
.
Acrylic
do
dry
quickly.
For
some
artistthey
find
that
blendingis
difficult.
If
you
are an
oil
painter, you
would
have
to
learn
newblendingtechniques
if
you
were
to
use
acrylic
paint.
.
Since
acrylicpaint
iswatersoluble
and has
a
fastdry
time,
it's
veryimportantto
constantly
keep
yourpaintpalette
andbrushes
wet.
Dry
paint
on
brushescan
ruin
them.
.
There
are several
other
disadvarfiage
to thefast
drytime
withacrylics.I
have
had
to
put
several tubes
of
paint
inziplock
bags
because
the
paint
on
the
end
of
the tube dried
up.
Do
not forget
to
replace
thetops!
.
One
of
the
fasted
way
to ruin
clothes is
to
get
acrylic paint
on
them.
When
you
paintmake
sure
to
use
anapron
or
other
oldclothes.
Unless
you
notice
and
removethestain
immediately,
you
will
ruin
clothesthatcome
in
contact
withauylic
paint.Go
ahead and
experiment
with
acrylic
paint.
Inmy opinion,
the
advantages
outweigh
thedisadvantages.
Which
every
medium
you
choose,have
fun
and
enjoy
learningtopaint.To
read
more articles
and
learn
free
painting
techniques
to
create
yourown paintings
please
visit
Http://www.IamPainting.org
 
Acrylic
Painting
Techniques
-
Most
UsedJust
as
there
are
thousands
of
artists,
so are
there
acrylicpaintingtechniques.
No
onecan
tell
you
exactly
howyou
are supposed
to
paint.
You
can
howeverlearn
a
lot
of
painting
techniques that
will
help
you
as
you
learn.
Some
of
these
techniquesyou
will
find
useful
and
othersyoumay
chose
notto
use.
I've
listed
a
fewof
themostgeneral
acrylicpainting
techniquesStudy
yoursubject.
Whenyou
are
painting
a
landscape
for
exampleyou
really
want
tolook
at
the
variety
of
subjects. Look
at
the clouds,
are
they
soft
and
fluffy,
do
they
overlap
and
run into
each
other
or
are
they
several
individualclouds.
Look
at
the
treesand
foliage.
Notice
the
overall
shape.
Notice
the
spaces
where
you
can
see
through the
trees, branches and
leaves.Look
at
the
hills
and
mountains.Notice
the
variety
of
colors
and
highlights.
Notice how
the objects
in
the distance
appear
dullerin
color.
Dothis
with
all
the
subjects
in
the
landscape.
Under
paintyourcanvas.
Under
painting
is
done
so
thatyou
don't
have
to
worry
about
white
specs
showing up
in
your
work.
You
will
use
a
wafin
color
like
burnt
sienna.
Coverthe entire
canvas
with
easy
free
strokes,even
the sky
area.
Under
painting
the
beginning
canvas
is
one
of
the
basic
techniquesthatyoumay feel helps
you
a
lot.
Others maynot
use
thistechnique.
I
use
the
techniqueoccasionallybut notevery
time
I
paint.
Start
with
the furthest
objects.
Starting
at
the
top
of
the
canvasand
working
downward
helpsyou
to
applythefurthestobjects
first.
Thesky is
obviously
the
fuithest
object.Paint
in
the sky
and
then
work
on
the mostdistant land,
hills,
trees
etc.
These
objects
will
be
paintingin
while
continuallyworking
downward
on
the
canvas.
The closestobjects
will
be
lowest
on
the
canvasand
will
be
largest.
Remember
closest
objects
canand
should overlap distant
ones.
For example
trees
in
theforeground
will
be
painting
over
and
in
front
of
otherthings
like
hills
and
trees.
Work in layers.
Working in
layers is
how
I
achieve
my
under
painting.
The
first
layerin
the under
painting
is
usually
dark.
You
add
a
lighter
color tothe
paint
andadd
the
next
layer but
don't
cover
up
the entire
firstlayer.
Continue
to
do
this
until
youhave
severalshades, shadowsand
highlightsin
your
work.
Thismethod
works
well
whenpainting
seas,
land, or
even snow.These
are
just
a
fewacrylicpainting
techniques that may help
you
along
as
youpaint.There
are
hundreds
of
methods
ofpainting
so
youshouldn't
get
frustrated
if
something
does
not
seem
to
be
working
for
you.
Just keep
it
simple
and have
fun
learning
to
paint.
To
read
morearticles
and
learn
free
painting
techniques
to
create
yourownpaintings
pleasevisit
Http://www.IamPainting.org

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