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How to Paint Acrylic on Ceramic Figurines
Step-by-step example of figurine painting
When I start to paint a figurine for myself, I generally don't have a clear idea of the end product, but I let it evolve. I really liked this figure for her sassy attitude and knowing look, and I wanted to use my favorite colors: purple, green and orange.There's not a wrong way to paint with acrylics.
My usual method is to block in colors, often metallic ones for myself since I like sparkly things, and then overlay with glaze, dry brush or antiquing...a thin wash that is wiped off the high spots to accent the grooves and bring out the highlights.
Most of this is painted straight from the bottle, with the layers creating the mix. I did use some medium in the black glaze to make it transparent without being runny, but the rest was thinned with water.
I use a nylon #2 round for most painting, and a #0 script liner for face details.Generally speaking, it's best to use the largest brush you can manage for more painting time and less loading of brush.
I hope this will give you some ideas for how to paint acrylic on ceramics.