I Must Be Doing Something Wrong

2 Dec 2012

That was my first thought when I started to explore acrylic painting. The paints would dry so fast and it drove me crazy because I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Looking back, I realize how many acrylic painting techniques I still had to learn. But I don't regret trying acrylic paints on my own.

Backlit Still Life 1 by Ken Goldman, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14.
Backlit Still Life 1 by Ken Goldman, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14.
Yes, I experienced frustration along the way, but that was a small price to pay to begin painting without any preconceptions. I didn't think about what I should or shouldn't do, and instead let my own response to the medium guide me. I found, as many of us have, that putting just a little water into the pigment gives you so much more control over the medium (although I did go a little crazy adding water and that resulted in uneven color coating). I also discovered that I don't like palettes that are designed to stay wet, and instead prefer to first dip my brush in water and then the acrylic paint and get the consistency right by mixing it on piece of cardboard.

I also learned that if I wanted my painting to have texture, using a brush with stiff bristles was more effective. When I wanted to achieve watercolor-like effects, a soft-bristled brush was more suitable.

Now that I know the basics of acrylic painting, I want to learn how to create amazing color combos that can be achieved with acrylic painting. 500 Acrylic Mixes is the perfect place to start, and right now the 12 Days of Deals is going on, which means featured resources like this one are being offered at great prices. See what is right for you and enjoy!

 

 


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