Do you have any recommendations on how to get started with acrylic painting?

24 Feb 2009

Q: I'm a retiree and I'm taking up painting, specifically acrylic painting, for the first time. Do you have any recommendations on how to get started?

A: Acrylic is a great medium for beginners because it is the most versatile type of paint. You can paint on a variety of surfaces—paper, canvas, wood, Masonite, and many others—and because acrylic is opaque, you can rework areas of your canvas without ruining your artwork. Your best bet is to register for a beginner-painting course at your local adult-education center or artist workshop. A positive classroom environment is a great place for beginners and instructors will provide both assistance and encouragement.

Check out our free eBook on acrylic painting, and our resources guide to learning how to paint with acrylics as well.

Q: How do I remove varnish from a painting?

A: Without more information I can't answer your question in detail, but in general, some varnishes are permanent while others varnishes can be removed with alcohol. Be careful though, using alcohol to remove varnish may harm your artwork.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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