With the advent of acrylic paints, artists got new opportunities. Acrylic paints dissolve with water, dry quickly, do not turn yellow over time, and after drying, they no longer wash out with water. Also, acrylic lays down on almost any substrate, be it canvas, cardboard, wood, fabric, glass, and many others.
With the help of acrylic paints, you can paint pictures in completely different techniques. Artists create both realistic canvases and abstract ones. Also, acrylic makes it possible to make pictures in relief.
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The first thing you need to paint with acrylic is acrylic paints. The choice is now simply huge! It all depends on your goals and preferences. Acrylic paints can differ in the type of surface they form after drying: glossy, matte, or velvety; by density; by the number of colors in the palette, and by their saturation. We will soon detail how to navigate the huge range of acrylic paints.
If you are just starting your journey in acrylic painting, it may be easier for you to purchase a ready-made set of paints than to rush between choosing and buying different colors on your own. In any case, it is worth taking the main colors and not chasing their number: White, Black, Light Red, Light Blue, Light Yellow, Brown, Green FC.
But complex colors for beginners are easier to buy ready-made than trying to mix them yourself from several colors.
It is important to know that one of the features of acrylic paints is their fast drying time. For some, this is an important advantage, but for others, it is a disadvantage that reduces the time for creative searches. If so, just use a retarder for acrylic paints. When mixed with acrylic paints, the retarder slows down the drying of the film, which allows you to work longer with paints on the palette and on canvas. It also improves the drivability and slightly brightens the colors.
The next important item is brushed. Round brushes are considered universal for painting. Natural bristles or synthetic bristles are a matter of personal preference for artists. It is worth trying different options and choosing what is more convenient for you to work with. Some people generally prefer working with a palette knife.
Also, if you are not yet confident in your abilities, try to make a few sketches on paper first. It is advisable to take paper rather thick 200-300g / m2. It is advisable to glue the paper with paper tape to a solid base, table, or tablet. Any thick cardboard will work just as well.
You will also need several cans of water for thinning paints and cleaning brushes, napkins, or cotton cloth to wipe brushes, palette. Disposable plates can be used as a palette.
Preparing the workspace
It is best to work on an easel. It allows you to position the canvas so as not to distort the perspective when drawing, as when working at a desk.
Proper lighting is very important. Best of all, if it is the natural light that falls from the left.
The workplace can be secured by laying out old newspapers or unwanted paper on the table. Some kind of protective apron will not hurt so as not to stain clothes with paints in a creative rush.