Acrylic Painting Guide For Beginners

One of the most rewarding ways to express yourself in the arts is through painting. Acrylic painting is especially rewarding because it is a wonderful medium for the beginner. Acrylic paints are both flexible and durable. Additionally, acrylic paints are more affordable than oil paints, and make for a lower investment on a new painter’s part, which is wise if you are just exploring painting as an option for your artistic endeavours to come.
The First Lesson Is To Understand the Medium

What are acrylic paints? They are a paint made from a pigmented resin binder. What makes them a flexible medium is that they are water soluble. They dry quickly without the use of any additional sprays or solvents to clean brushes or palettes. You can wait until the acrylic paint on a cloth canvas dries and roll that canvas up with no fear of cracking it or damaging it in some way.

Their solubility also makes them easy to mix with water for a different, watercolor paint effect. Oil paints are not as flexible, and must be thinned during use with painting solvents. This means the paint also needs much longer to dry and harden. Oil paintings are not easily transported, either, which makes acrylics easier for a student to move from class to home, if needed.

Mix acrylic paints much the same way as oils, limiting color choices only by the bounds of the imagination. Acrylics also dry a painting to a flat finish. For those times where a semi-matte or matte finish is desired, there are mediums that will help to achieve this.
For a watercolor type wash, add water as indicated above. For a thicker paint, there are additives which can make your brush strokes appear bold, thick and richly textured. Acrylic paints are truly flexible and easy to work with, giving beginners a great way to explore their artistic selves without spending a lot of money.

Get Started Painting

When getting started, be sure to choose a canvas or surface that is free of oil or wax residue. Acrylic will not adhere to an oily or waxy surface.