Easy Painting Styles for Beginners

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The basic materials– an acrylic brush, a piece of paper and acrylic paint are the essential elements that can be mixed to create an unbelievable painting. Let’s go over a few techniques that will provide a variety of styles of creating your desired creation.

1. Dry brushing

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Acrylic paints come in very strong pigmented tones and unless diluted by water, the tones you will obtain on canvas or paper will be rather strong. When using the dry brushing technique, the effect will be one of uneven brush. You could use water to smooth the edges and soften the touches but if you are looking for texture and direction, choose this simple basic technique.

2. adding water

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Acrylic paint can be used in a similar manner to watercolor when enough water is added to the mixture and offers a translucent coat to the used paper. Take into account though that unlike watercolors which can be diluted again on paper after having dried, acrylics dry and set on the paper or canvas forever, mistakes cannot be erased, tones cannot be changed.

3. Stippling

This techniques consists of applying layers of various tiny paint dots to create  depth in an imagery as well as texture.Imagine creating an autumn forest out of an array of lovely coppery tones using this technique.

4. Flicking

Take a rather large brush, get it fairly wet and flick paint onto your surface. This is how the lovely splattery effect creations are made, adding texture and somehow delicacy to your painting. You can even use this technique to ensemble an abstract piece in an array of complementary tones.

5. Dabbing

Dabbing involves applying paint by using a corner of a sponge or a piece o paper towel. It is often used to add accents and movement in cinematic creations.

6. Detailing

When trying to detail an eye or the strands of a feather a very small delicate brush should be used. White acrylic is preferred to add light and reflections to the creation, as well as pure black and grays for shadowing.Delicacy and patience are essentials for perfect results.

7. Using a Palette knife

If you have always wondered what the exact role of a palette knife was, you will now know that it is commonly used to apply thick layers of paint and create texture and volume.It is a very easy technique, accessible to everyone and can result in very artistic creations.The difficulty lies in having the patience of allowing the first layer to dry before using the palette knife to add more paint, in order to avoid scrapping involuntarily your base.

Basic techniques for building a painting

Every art creation requires time, dedication and commitment. Acrylic painting is no different and requires a mixture of techniques and layers to obtain that complex intricate final effect. Mastering all of them takes time but each one will add a new depth to your art piece.

The under-painting technique

No matter what you might think, every painting starts with a sketch of the final image, you must trace some boundaries that will help you in your painting process.It is common to use a color in contrast with the ones you will actually use for the piece. In the end you can opt to cover the lines up and mask any trace of the sketch or to make use of it and actually emphasize it, it is only up to you and your style.

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