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Versatile, vibrant and affordable acrylic painting is what you need. definitely need to try!

Acrylic is a quick-drying paint that can be used directly from a tube, like oil paints, or diluted with water, like watercolor. They offer the artist a wide range of textures, colors and techniques. Acrylic is affordable, making these paints ideal for covering large areas (such as posters). Since these paints are opaque and dry quickly, they forgive you for mistakes. They don't smell. After drying, they are not afraid of water. It’s just great to work with them!

Acrylic is oily and smooth, mixes on canvas almost like oil. After drying, you get a plastic surface, the paints do not crack.

Each artist has his own favorite brand of acrylic and other paints, look for what you like to work with.

1. Acrylic brushes

It is important to have a good selection of brushes, from small to large.

Acrylic brushes are usually made from synthetic materials. Do not use oil and watercolor brushes.

These four brushes are one of the most common forms you will come across:

Acrylic brushes are usually longer and strongerthan watercolor brushes, and this is really necessary, since they are more pressed into the work surface during drawing.


Awesome acrylic is from Winsor & Newton. The secret of their production is to use a unique binder, completely transparent in structure. Persistent pigments of the highest quality in combination with a transparent binder give pure, saturated colors, the shades of which do not change and do not fade after drying.

PEBEO offers excellent acrylic, the company was founded in 1919 in France and began with the production of pigments. Today, the company has become a world famous and popular supplier of art materials for hobbies, creativity and needlework thanks to its high quality, rich palette, and ease of use.

Of the Russian manufacturers, pay attention to the Neva palette: the professional series is called Master Class. It is cheaper than foreign analogues.

Good and artistic acrylic paints Vista-Artista (Gamma). They are distinguished by high light resistance, water and heat resistance, as well as tight adhesion to the surface. Do not fade in the sun and do not fade over time.

A relatively inexpensive option is the BRUNO VISCONTI products (owned by Alt). There are several factories. The BV brand is an international brand, products are manufactured in 5 countries (Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, China, India).

Fine acrylics are from Lefranc & Bourgeois in the Louvre series. They are applied to paper, canvas, wood, glass, metal, plastic, leather, fabric, ceramics, even plasticine, clay and are used to create collages, like color glue and the basis for applications.

If you prefer Koh-i-Noor, then they also have acrylic. Differs in brightness and color purity.

3. Mixing

You need to understand your color circle well, and you can mix even very specific colors as you work on the painting. Red and yellow give an orange. Add a little green and you get brown and burnt sienna.

No matter what you want to draw on the palette, it can be useful to have a stroke of each primary color plus black and white. Leave a space around each color for easy mixing.

For mixing paints it is useful to use a palette knife, plastic knife or an extra brush. Mix thoroughly and remember that some paints may become a shade darker when dried.

Gradients are a sophisticated technique for the master of acrylic painting. Start with white, and then use a brush to add blue along the bottom of the blending area. Moving forward and backward, quickly move up and down the area until you get a good gradient from darker blue to white.

Acrylic paints have much greater brightness and high light fastness, but darken, like tempera, after drying. New glaze does not violate the lower layers of paint, this is an indisputable advantage.

Acrylic dries quickly, sometimes too fast. One way to keep paints moist is to easily irrigate them with water, a spray bottle is useful for this. Depending on the surface on which you are painting, you can water and dilute the acrylic strongly enough to almost resemble watercolor. This can be a valuable trick.

5. Primer

Paper, canvas, fabric, skim leather, drywall, wood, brick, plastered surfaces. everything is possible with acrylic!

What type of surface are you using? If you want to end up painting on canvas, canvas effect paper is a great starting point, it is cheaper and has a texture similar to a stretched canvas. Board, wood - also a great choice. Depending on the working surface, it may be more difficult or easier to mount the surface on an easel.

The primer will provide a smoother and denser paint finish. It is not necessary to use it with acrylic, but it is possible.

6. If you need to interrupt.

Acrylic paint cannot be “revived” after drying, so if you need to take a break, seal the paint in an airtight container so that it stays moist. For a short break, you can simply cover the palette with plastic film, for a long break - put the entire palette in an airtight container or use a spatula to transfer individual colors to an airtight container.

Let the painting dry completely!

After your picture is ready, give it to her dry completelybefore moving. There is no greater horror for the artist than the creation of a masterpiece, and then the accidental hit of the thumb in wet paint.