How To Paint With Acrylics - Part One Painting Tutorial

Painting With Acrylics

When painting with Acrylic paint there are a few things you should know first before doing so and they are the first thing, is to not treat them as Watercolors at least at first, the idea is to use them in layers that from a first glaze color you can build upon the layers of Acrylic paint and then build up depth and other areas of light and shadow within the painting. Lets take a look at painting with Acrylics with a few painting demonstrations along the way.

First, it's always a good idea to start off with the obvious questions like, Have you got some decent paint brushes, Acrylic paints and Canvases for to start painting.

Brushes, you can get away with the synthetic brushes, although the Sable hair brushes are of the highest quality and are preferred by most professional artists as they give a softer brush stroke and can absorb the paint and retain it on the brush much better. But, as I said before, a synthetic brush nowadays is just as good and a stiffness in the brush can produce some good brush effects in particular an impasto effect were the layers look like they have been applied in thick strokes of paint that on close inspection look like they've been applied with a pallett knife.

My Acrylic Paint Brushes

My acrylic paint brushes are a mixture of soft and stuff bristle brushes, my preference, yours may differ.
My acrylic paint brushes are a mixture of soft and stuff bristle brushes, my preference, yours may differ.

Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints come in all types from starter sets to large art sets that are usually higher in quality and the pigments are professionally manufactured. It's up to you if you want to go for brand names as they are often high quality, but most artists can go for the budget Acrylic paint sets that set you back $2 - $5 and they are just as good and the ones I found, the colors are just as vibrant and fluid as any high priced paint set.

Some artists say that you only need the basic primary colors for painting as you can mix and match colors to make others, but I always say when you are a beginner, you need those other colors just for experimentation really.

My Acrylic Paints

My very cheap acrylic paint starter kit which cost me £1.99 at Home Bargains in the UK, not sure about the price range of other Countries though.
My very cheap acrylic paint starter kit which cost me £1.99 at Home Bargains in the UK, not sure about the price range of other Countries though.

Acrylic Paints (Always Search Amazon For The Cheapest Paints For A Bargain)

Acrylic Canvases

Canvases today all come Primed and ready to paint and this is an artistic remedy to save time on stretching your own canvases and just to get on with painting almost straight away. Artists Canvas can come in lots of different sizes, but it all comes down to the way you can work either on small work surfaces or on a larger scale. For the Acrylic painting demonstration I have used a smaller 30 x 40cm canvas.


Deciding On A Design Or Drawing

When starting out, it's best to think about what you want to paint and do a few preliminary sketches first and see what might work for you. I worked out what I was going to sketch for the Acrylic painting in the following video to give you an idea and I first sketched on paper and then transferred the design onto the canvas area.

Draw A Demon Idea For Acrylic Painting

Don't Forget A Paint Pallette, Jar Of Water And A Tissue

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Painting Pallette with the Yellow Ocre paint mixed with a dash of water for the glaze!A jar of water to help thin your paint slightly for the glaze and paint layers to come.A tissue or two to wipe your brushes clean.The jar lid comes in handy as a small water container to add to your paints as and when needed.
Painting Pallette with the Yellow Ocre paint mixed with a dash of water for the glaze!
Painting Pallette with the Yellow Ocre paint mixed with a dash of water for the glaze!
A jar of water to help thin your paint slightly for the glaze and paint layers to come.
A jar of water to help thin your paint slightly for the glaze and paint layers to come.
A tissue or two to wipe your brushes clean.
A tissue or two to wipe your brushes clean.
The jar lid comes in handy as a small water container to add to your paints as and when needed.
The jar lid comes in handy as a small water container to add to your paints as and when needed.

Glazing The Entire Canvas With One Color

I chose to use Yellow Ochre as my first color glaze on the entire canvas area as I have plans to paint other Acrylic colors through this glaze and give it a transluscent quality as well as giving the other colors a rich tone to it.( You'll see as the painting progresses!)

As mentioned in the video, try and give it an even coat of color, but don't worry too much if you don't. The secret to painting is experimentation and learning as you go along how to master any medium.

Acrylic Color Paint Glazing

The Red Paint Helps To Show The Idea

In the next video I decided early on that the Red colors would make an ideal choice for a Demonic entity such as this one. The idea behind the red tentacles dragging behind the head becomes quite apparent to me that these will be turned into flames at some point later on in the painting process.

Painting in the Crimson red helps to shape the idea with some quite broad brush strokes with the Acrylic paint and mixing this with thinner strokes helps to identify what shades of Orange and Yellow you could add later on down the line as you explore the painting further.

Painting In The Shape - Exploring The Painting

Painting With Acrylic Paint

This is part one of painting with acrylic paints and in part two we will advance this painting and really try and layer some colors in and go through some Acrylic painting techniques which I hope you'll find quite useful!

Also check out How to paint fantasy concepts for more painting examples.

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Monisa Ahmed 4 years ago from India

good tutorial!

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