Acrylic: Hugh Greer: Layering Acrylics to Create Three Dimensions

Greerdemo3a_600x472_1In our latest issue of Workshop magazine, Hugh Greer explains basic techniques for manipulating washes of acrylic paint and developing detailed landscapes. Here, we show a step-by-step demonstration of how to use acrylic paint to give objects depth and dimension.

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Step 1: Apply a Thin Wash
Use either a wash or glaze of red oxide combined with a small amount of titanium white and diarylide yellow. Apply one thin wash to the white board to create a few shapes as shown in the picture.
Step 2: Apply a Second Coat
Using the same color as in step one, mix a wash or glaze using slightly less water or gel. This value will be darker because there is more pigment. When the first coat is dry, apply a second coat to the areas as shown
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Final
After the second coat is dry, apply a third one of the same color to the areas as shown in the picture. You will need another coat after this one dries to further delineate the shadowed area on the right under the top brick. All of this was done with the same color.

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4 thoughts on “Acrylic: Hugh Greer: Layering Acrylics to Create Three Dimensions

  1. Using small graphics for the demonstrations was a wonderful concession to those of us who still use a telephone modem. Thank you so much. I know I am going to enjoy and use this feature of your new website very much.

    Thanks again. Will G

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