How to Paint with Acrylics: A Step-by-Step Guide?

You will need to practice a lot and learn slowly, just like any other craft. They can take as long as a day or more to dry. Therefore, it's very appealing for beginners.

You'll find everything you need to know about acrylic paints. Before we start to discuss how to paint using acrylics, it's important that we first define acrylic paint and explain how it differs from other media. Acrylics offer many benefits over other media types, including the fact that they dry quickly, are easy to clean, are low in odor and can be vibrant.

Also, they don't spread like watercolors and gouache.

Acrylic Paints: To begin an acrylic paint you will need the following:

  • Seven essential painting supplies 
  • Ideas on what to paint.
  • You have many options to transform your idea into something artful.
  • Best lighting
  • Deciding on the subject and focal point
  • Your painting's layout plan
  • Tinting your canvas
  • Draw your first idea
  • Prioritizing middle values
  • Highlights and more
  • Let's get started!

7 Acrylic Painting Supplies

I have listed the seven items you need to get started. Read on for more details.

  • Acrylic paint
  • A wide range of brushes
  • Canvas and gesso boards as painting support
  • Palette
  • Water
  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Easel

Pay Attention to Quality Materials

Particularly when using paint, it is essential to ensure that the materials are of high quality. There are professional paints, brushes, and canvasses available for students.

Student’s quality acrylic binder has a lower percentage of pigment than other fillers. It is hard to tell the difference until it's time to start painting with it. The paint behaves in less efficient and more challenging ways. Do not hesitate to choose professional quality if you are unsure. It will cost you time and effort to achieve the results you want.

The general rule of thumb is to buy the best tools possible. Liquitex, as well as Golden Paints, is a good brand to use for paint. Pay attention and steer clear of paints that are labeled "student" or ‘studio". You should choose "artist quality".