10 KEY ACRYLIC PAINT TIPS

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1.  Keep your paint workable …

images (1)aAcrylics are noted for their fast drying time so it is best to squeeze out small amounts as you work. Get hold of a spray bottle if you are using a glass or plastic palette.  You can help to keep the paint wet by spraying the palette with water. Periodically, spray a light mist over the paint to keep it moist and easy to use.  To avoid struggling with the fast drying time of acrylic paint, you can add medium with your paint to slow the drying process. If leaving the paint overnight, cover palette with plastic wrap or plastic bag. It’s amazing how quickly paint will dry with a little help from the sun, So, If you want to work quickly between layers, just set your painting in the sun for a few minutes.

 

2. Accidental drips …

imagesEach time you rinse your brush, blot or wipe it on a cloth/rag or paper towel. Always keep the cloth handy and close to your water jar. By rinsing and wiping your brush you avoid accidental water-drops and accidental splotches on your art work. Always clean out your water jar to avoid bad odors as  acrylic paint remnants left sitting in water can create some really terrible smells. 

 

 3. Blends / Mixing colors …

You’ll need to work at a pace when it comes to blending colors because of the quick-drying time of acrylics. For those of you who work on paper, you can increase your work time by dampening the paper. Mixing paints is a very precise and interesting process. A color wheel is very handy when it comes to mixing specific colors as you work. Be careful not to over-thin acrylics with water. Thin the paint  with no more than about 30 percent water. large glass mason jar is great for holding water. Use a container that can hold a lot of water to avoid  the color of the water affecting the paint you are working with.

 

 

 4. Clean lines …

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Dried acrylic paint can easily handle masking tape on its surface. You can use masking tape for those clean, sharp lines in your painting. As long as the paint is thoroughly dry, you won’t damage the existing layer when you remove the tape. Press tape-edges down firmly.

 

 

5. Painting white over colors …

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When you paint white over darker colors, white can tend to appear slightly blue. If you want your whites to appear whiter, you will need to apply more than one coat to neutralize the bluish effect.

 

 

6. Tips for brushes …

If you do not use your brushes on a regular basis, wash them thoroughly in water with a little soap, rinse well and put them away. Leaving them in water will rot the bristles. If you do a lot of dry brush work in your painting, use the cheaper brushes rather than spend a lot of money on brushes that will be trashed in a relatively short time. I suggest using the cheaper brushes at all times because there is no point spending a lot of money on them unless you are a consummate professional.  Never use solvents like turpentine or white spirits to wash your brushes. Use soapy water and lay your brushes horizontally to dry. Always store brushes with the bristles facing up.

 

 

7. Slow work periods …

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If you are have sections of your painting where you can’t work fast, a tube of acrylic retarder will help to slow down the drying time of your acrylics. Also use plastic covering to preserve paint.

 

 

8. Oil and wax …

 

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Always make sure that any surface you plan to paint on is free of wax or oil so that your paint adheres properly. Canvas is most commonly used as a painting surface. Other surfaces are paper,  cardboard, wood, metal, glass, etc. 

 

 

9. Painting on glass …

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Acrylic paint can be used on varied surfaces. I prefer a glass palette because it is very easy to  clean. If the paint dries on the glass palette I just brush a little water over the dried paint, leave it for a couple of minutes and it wipes  right off. Some painters like to add caseine paste to make the paint hold to the glass. It is excellent for creating the stained-glass window translucent effect but, otherwise, it is an unnecessary step for beginners.

 

10. Paint tubes …

download (1)Keep a pair of pliers or multigrips nearby to unscrew those very difficult to loosen paint tube caps. Soaking the tube in hot water is too time consuming. You might want to use a paint tube holder to protect the paints and keep them within easy reach.

 

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