Acrylic Painting is a contemporary form of Synthetic Painting Medium, and is associated with the bright & the bold style of art forms. An Acrylic Paint can be diluted in water, while becoming water-resistant upon drying. With the right Layering Techniques, Acrylic Paints bring about the subtleness of both, Watercolors and Oil Paints, in a quick drying medium. With the right Acrylic Painting Techniques, Acrylic Paints can adhere to a variety of surfaces and have enormous potential when put to the right, creative uses. An additional quality of Acrylic Paints is their permanence. Acrylic Paintings are not susceptible to Yellowing and Hardening with age. All this makes these Fast Drying Acrylic Paints more alluring than the long drying Oil Paints.
The indispensable seven simple Techniques for Acrylic Paintings are:
o Watercolor Techniques. Identical to Watercolors, Acrylic Paints work as a brilliant transparent medium. However, unlike Watercolors, the advantage with Acrylic Paints is that they do not disturb the existing film of paint.
o Blending of Opaque Colors. As is evident from the name, Opaque Colors make the paint layers non-transparent and therefore, blending these colors well is very tricky. Colors are blended by initially painting each shade side by side on your support. A clean, Soft Brush is used to blend them. For further blending, move the Brush around until the desired hue is mixed.
o Sgraffito. This Acrylic Painting Technique is a Scratching Technique, and the term, Sgraffito, was coined from an Italian word “Graffiare,” which means to scratch. As the meaning of the name suggests, Sgraffito is done by scratching into the surface of Wet Paint to create interesting patterns. Sharp tools, (Knives, Screwdrivers, and Pointed Brush Tips) are used for the purpose.
o Preventing Paint from Drying. To implement this Acrylic Painting Technique, you spray a light mist of water over the layer of Acrylic Paints on the Canvas.
o Creating Fluid in Acrylic Paint. This Acrylic Painting Technique involves adding water to the Acrylic Paints, just as you do with Watercolors. The Water-Acrylic Paint ratio depends upon the thickness and the requirement of the Glaze. Opaque Painting requires more paint and less of water, whereas the transparent Glaze needs more water.
o Using Squeegee. This Acrylic Painting Technique also helps in creating interesting designs. Pour some paint on the support and smear it on to the Canvas with the help of a Squeegee.
o Pouring Paint. This is an innovative Acrylic Painting Technique. In this, the required quantity of paint is poured directly on to the surface of the Canvas. The Canvas is then tilted to mix the paint. Here, blending takes place naturally.