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Acrylic can be used thick or thin

By Justin Cooke, Dec 16 2014 05:04PM

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is one of the most versatile of the paints we use. Here are just a few tips...of which there are many!

Using thick paint

For this picture thick paint was used.

Tip: Use water only for cleaning brushes (which are then dried before being used again). The brush marks and the actual texture of the paint will then show.

Thin underneath, thicker on top.

Tip: Use thick paint over thinner layers to create this look. Water was used sparingly only on the under layers

Acrylic thinned with water.

Tip:You can use acrylic paint much like watercolour, as in this demonstration painting by Nicola. Here she shows how acrylic paint can be used in a delicate and luminous way; qualities usually expected from watercolour.

Building up layers without water

Tip: You can build up thin layers using a technique known as scumbling For this it is essential to keep brushes clean and make sure the paint is dry before working on top.

In this demonstration painting I showed how acrylic paint (because it dries quickly) can be built up in this way. I also showed that a particular brush is needed for this. See the tip on scumbling to see how it's done.

Painting in layers with water

Tip: Do not be afraid to use too much water but let the layers dry.

Layers can also be built up in thin washes of paint. As in this demonstration by Nicola.

Jan 14 2017 05:16PM by William Dickson

How do you use washes to paint a portrait. Do you wash the whole area or just the small part you wish to effect?

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