What is mixing acrylic paint

Painting with Acrylics: The Best Tips for Beginners

Painting with acrylic paints is also easy to do for beginners: Acrylic paints are a very grateful material that is easy to work with.

Equipment for beginners for painting with acrylic paints

You don't need a lot of equipment to start acrylic painting. Usually it is enough

  • a suitable painting surface (cardboard, cardboard, canvas or a wooden board),
  • a small palette of acrylic paints,
  • suitable brush (preferably synthetic hair brush) or - depending on the planned technique - also spatula or painting knife,
  • a palette, an old plate or a plastic, glass or wooden plate for mixing the colors as well
  • a container of water.

The right acrylic paint for beginners

Acrylic paints are available in very different qualities and also in price ranges. Colors that are very cheap and of inferior quality are usually referred to as "hobby colors", "craft colors" or the like. But even for beginners it is worthwhile to start with higher quality colors. You can also work well as a beginner with acrylic paints of study quality, for example from the AKADEMIE series® Acryl color by Schmincke, which is just as suitable for ambitious beginners as it is for students and professionals. Even the budget conscious college® Acrylic colors are tailored to the needs of beginners.

Great variability

Acrylic paints allow a wide range of processing options. The colors can be painted or filled and can be used in thick layers (pasty) or very diluted. The color structure of acrylic paints can be changed at will with various pastes or gels, so that even beginners can fully express their creativity when painting with acrylic paints.

Beginner? These tricks will help when painting with acrylic paints

mix colors

When mixing acrylic paints, always add color slowly and carefully and mix thoroughly before adding new color. And another practical tip: Incidentally, the mixing results are easier to see on a white plate than on a wooden pallet.

Paint from back to front

When painting with acrylic paints, it is a good idea to start with the background first and then work layer by layer forward. This method is particularly helpful for beginners, because minor errors can simply be painted over with the next layer.

Create color gradients

For a perfect color gradient, start with a pure light shade and apply it over the entire area. Gradually more of the second shade is added to the still wet paint and the shades are carefully rubbed into one another (brush) until only the second shade appears pure at the end.

Practical tips for acrylic beginners

  • Wear old clothes - acrylic splashes can hardly be washed out again.
  • Also protect the floor / the painting area well and cover it with newspaper, for example.
  • Always wash the brush well so that the colors do not mix accidentally.
  • Wash tools well immediately after use.

Also read on this topic:

> The best painting techniques for acrylic
> Oil paints or acrylic paints
> Pasty painting in acrylic: spatula technique made easy
> Seal acrylic paint