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8 Acrylic Painting Techniques

Learn eight acrylic painting techniques from painter Linda Rhea in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville and New York.

How to Paint with Acrylic Paint:

Acrylic Painting Techniques

We're going to talk about some painting techniques. Let's start with putting our paint out on our palette. Basically, all you have to do is take your paint, squeeze it out of your bottle or your tube onto your palette. Separate the colors with a little bit of space so that you'll have room to blend in between your colors. I also like to set them out sort of like they appear on the color wheel. And just start with a small amount of paint, each color.

The next thing we're going to talk about is how to load your brushes and how to apply the paint to the canvas. I'm going to start by using a 1/2 inch flat brush. These are great for mixing colors with. I'm going to take some of my red paint and blend it into my yellow paint to come up with an orange shade. Make sure that you get a quite a good amount of paint into your brush depending on the technique and the subject that your going to be working on. You simply take the brush and you press into the canvas. Going back and forth will spread the paint and it will also fill in all the little pieces and parts of the canvas.

The next brush I'd like to demonstrate is the liner brush. This brush is used to get a lot of details in your subject. So you're just going to take your brush and you're going to load it up with the paint. If you use a very heavy pressure, it will give you a very wide line because the bristles splay out. If you use a very light pressure and stay on the tip of the brush, you'll get a very thin and delicate line.

Another brush I'd like to tell you about is the 1 inch flat brush. This brush is good for covering large spaces. You can mix a little bit of water with your paint and your paint will go further. That way you can cover large areas very quickly.

You can go to the store and get all types of easels. You can get standing easels. You can get table easels as well. I prefer to use a small table easel and these take up very little space. And I can take them with me anywhere I go.

I also like to keep my palette very close to my painting. That way I can reach it very easily. I can replenish the colors anytime I want to.

And those are just some basic techniques for setting up your workstation.

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