Introduction To Acrylic Painting

Introduction to acrylic painting

What is Acrylic Paint?

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistantwhen dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted with water, or modified with acrylic gels, mediums, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media. Acrylic paint is typically used for crafting, or in art classes in schools because it does not require any chemicals, and rinses away with just water. It also is less likely to leave a stain on clothes than oil paint.

In this lesson, you will learn the materials use on starting acrylic painting like brushes, acrylic paints, canvasses and other needed materials. 


Materials needed:

  • Acrylic Paints - 5 limited colors
  • Artist Brushes - Different brushes
  • Stretched Canvas - You can also use card board or thicker than a paper
  • Water - in a small jar to thin the paint
  • Color Palette - where you mix the paints, you can use paper plate or paper palette
  • Patience - you need more patience to start, since it's not always easy at the beginning but you can do it!
Acrylic Paints And Color Selections
Acrylic paints and color selectionsBrands I am not really strict on the brands I used but for beginners I recommend student grade acrylics since it's cheaper and you really need more of that for practice. I even used student grades today because of its price and really need many for my tutorials on Youtube. I remember before when I was still starting I used household paints like latex boysen because it's way cheaper and the only paints accessible to my place.  On the brands, I recommend Liquitex Basics, Reeves and Pebeo Studio Opague. On this three Pebeo is better but more expensive. You can also used other brands that you liked. You just have to experiment and find the best for you. You can find some of my recommended materials on AMAZON.  Color Selection I used limited 5 colors on my palette because I encourage...

Artist Brushes For Acrylics
Artist brushes for acrylicsI only used few brushes when I painted landscape paintings both in oils and acrylics. I am a self-taught artist and no one taught me to used specific brushes for a specific medium. Sometimes I used watercolor brushes in acrylic painting and still works for me and even in oil but not too often. I am not also picky when it comes with brands and prices. Cheap or expensive it's all the same for me. As long as I am comfortable and it works. Below are the most common brushes I used in my paintings, acrylic, oil or watercolor, I just choose which one will fit on my needs. Flat Brush Use this 2 inches flat brush for bigger surface or when you paint the sky because it can make painting faster. You can also use this brush for painting bushes, tree leaves and grasses on medium and large size canvass...

Stretched Canvas
stretched canvasYou can always buy canvas on your local art store, galleries and online. Most of the canvas they sell are pre-primed, meaning it's primed with gesso. You can distinguish it by touching the surface and you feel the smoothness. You can choose any size but mostly on my tutorial I choose smaller like 12x16 inches and 10x12 inches. You can find some on my AMAZON page at very low price. You can also create your own canvas by following my tutorial found above. You just have to prepare this materials. First you need a stretcher like a 12x16 plywood or you can build a stretcher. Second you need to buy canvas clothe found also on most art store and even on stores that sell garments. Third you need a gun tucker to mount the canvas on plywood. Make sure that the plywood is thick enough. Forth, ...