In May I switched from painting in watercolor to painting acrylic seascapes. I painted ten 12” x 12” canvases – intent on getting comfortable with the different medium. It was so frustrating in the beginning, but with each painting I learned something. I’ve pulled out the acrylics again – this time with bigger canvases, and I’m reminded of what I learned so far.
What I’ve learned about acrylics:
- A coat of gesso makes the paint go on easier
- When your brush starts to split – you need more water
- When your brush is drippy – that’s too much water
- Blend the colors next to each other for a more natural look
- Blending works best when both colors are wet
- It is better to work when the paint on the canvas is wet and you have plenty of your colors mixed and ready
- Add highlights by adding white paint (or lighter paint) to your brush and blending it with the wet paint on the canvas
- To thin the paint and overlay colors use acrylic gel medium.
- Use little canvases (or a canvas pad) to test color mixes
- Painting in acrylic involves more set up and prep than watercolor. And more clean up.
- Using a sheet from a palette pad – taped to your palette – makes clean up easier!
- It is not as easy with acrylics to make a quick fix or change
- Using painter’s tape for a straight horizon line presents some challenges. The paint can accumulate at the tape creating an edge.
Click here to view my collection of watercolor and acrylic seascapes.
This post contains affiliate links to products/brands I use and recommend. I earn a small commission whenever you buy using these links, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!