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Acrylic Painting Tips

Storing and Using Leftover Acrylic Paint for an Underpainting

When you get to the end of a painting session, don’t go and throw away your excess acrylic paint that has been left over. Instead, remove any skin  from your paint and scrape all the remaining acrylic colors into a seal able jar. That’s right, all colures together.

You can add white if you wish to change the color strength for your under paintings that will harmonize well with your particular color palette. You can also use your initial color to cover of your canvas or board as sometimes you wont always want a white coverage for all your paintings.

How you can Extend the Working Time of Acrylic Paints

If you are painting with acrylic paints in hot weather, you know that this paint tends to dry even faster than normal. And that’s pretty quick in general. So the trick is to have a pump spray handy, so that you can lightly spray your paint board every now and again so that your paint keeps moist to stop the hot dry weather taking the moisture out of your acrylic paints.

If you don’t, your paint could start to turn into the consistency of thick yoghurt within ten minutes.

Another way you could extend your drying time of your acrylic paint when it already on the canvas is to spray the back of the canvas, this way the paint won’t be applied to a dry surface, thus promoting the drying time even more quickly. As when you apply a paint more thinly onto a surface, the less time it will stay wet, as the hot climate acts as a heater.

The denser the thickness of your paint, the harder it is for the climate to penetrate and dry your paints out more quickly.

Acrylic Painting Tips

Using Off-White to Create the Illusion of Distance

Here is a great tip for you, when painting with acrylics, you can mix a glaze with an off white and then coat the whole of your painting with it. In turn, this creates the illusion of distance. If you want certain objects to appear closer, then you re-paint these objects with their intended colures once again. This also works well with much bigger painting, not just small ones.

Distant objects should also not have shadows darker than mid tones.

Here is another way you can achieve this. By adding a pale blue paint instead of off-white to distant objects, such a background scenery such as hills etc… by doing this, you get an effect of lightening your colures as things that are quite far away don’t have that much contrast and seem to look a little bluish. The further away, the bluer they seem.

Underpaint your Oil paints with Acrylics

I know it sounds strange….. yet this can be done. If you paint your base coat of your canvas with acrylic paints and as they are so fast drying. You can easily follow up with beginning to paint your oil paints on top not soon after; filling out as you go, particularly concentration on the shadows and the highlights of your painting.

Dealing with Stuck Paint Tube Caps

When I am faced with the dreaded stuck paint tube, I have often used a pair of pliers to turn that stubborn top. If that does not work, you can be liable to twist the paint tube to much. And if it is a metal tube it can crack.

So if all else fails, it is probably best to put the top into hot water for a time, thus with the eventual seeping in of hot water, the trapped between the top and the tube should come off with a little persuasion.

If this does not work, by this time you might as well accept that the top and tube are not going to separate, so cut off the bottom of the tube and then you can roll the bottom of the tube with a bulldog clip or similar when not in use.

Keeping Acrylic Paint pure in Color

I find that when I place all my acrylic paints on my board, it is not  long  when I am mixing them, that the paint colures start to protrude into the other clean paints. And you also start to run out of room as your mixed paints seem to get bigger and bigger on your board, you are left with a bit of a mess.

One way of avoiding this is to put your pure colure paints on your color board, and get an ice-cream lid and use this separate for your color mixing. This way your color palette stays clean, and the shiny surface of the ice-cream lid is also very easy to clean and dry so you can get straight back to your painting.