7 Tips for Working With Acrylic

Acrylic paint is a good option that beginners can go for, they dry quickly and it is very easy to clean them when compared to Oil-Based paint.

The major benefit of acrylic paints is that they are non-toxic. You can use soapy water to clean them up.

Anne Hevener, the editor of the summer special issue of ‘Acrylic Artists Magazine’, compares acrylic painters to Lewis and Clark in the world of art.

You can make beautiful acrylic paintings on every surface with acrylic paints, but ensure that the surface is not in contact with oil and wax.

It is always ideal to start painting using Acrylic paint, and later start using watercolours and oil paints.

It is true that the experts and popular painters used oil for painting. But, acrylic painting is a perfect medium, where many artists depend on them to showcase their works.

Here are the top 7 acrylic painting tips for beginners to start making beautiful paintings:

Tip #1: Be Careful about the Strokes Used

There are different types of brushes to choose from. You may make use of a flat brush which can make bold and clear strokes and can fill large areas.

Tiny brush strokes cannot be used because acrylic paint gets easily dried. You can try using a medium that will slow down the process of drying.

If you are painting the backgrounds, you may be continuously doing it on a wider canvas. And if the brush dries out in between, you can either add water or take more paint to complete it.

The paint will remain wet only for a short span of time. However, layer by layer painting is quick and easy due to the quick-drying property. And every stroke must be taken into account while painting.

Tip #2: Handle The Colours With Care

It is important to keep the surface wet while blending the colours. Be alert and introduce the brush to water to make the paint wet and allow it to easily spread. Sometimes, the paint may dry out before the blending process. In this case, you may apply a coat of paint quickly on the top or bottom part of where the blending is needed.

Professional artists generally find more engaged in using their palettes to mix the colours. In painting, colour mixing plays a very important role.

A good artist has the picture and the colours in mind before painting. Don’t use your canvas to experiment with colours, because they dry fast. Make all the necessary mixing in the palette. Also, make sure, there is no excess paint used for mixing.

Tip #3: Apply Layer After The Paint Dries

If you wish to apply a layer of paint, then it is always advised to let the paint dry. You need not wait too long for the paint to dry, it just takes some minutes.

A layer of paint applied this way, enables you to make glazes, and also you are capable of giving more layers of colours as you wish over the other colours. Many acrylic artists follow this method and let every layer dry before they go for adding the next layer.

Also, after the paint dries, the colour thickens. So, it is better to wait before trying a layer. Don’t apply a lot of colour to a particular area, so it is better to let them dry.

Another alternative you can go for is an acrylic gouache. This is a matte type and opaque model acrylic paint. The acrylic binder makes it exhibit waterproof nature after dried, this makes painting over layers to give a matte appearance. Acrylic gouache is similar to acrylic in terms of its good adhesive properties.

Tip #4: Keep an Eye on Your Brushes

Unless and until you take care of your paintbrushes, they get damaged. It is true that you cannot go for cleaning every brush after each job is done if you are regular with this job.

Now, there are some simple acrylic tips to make this easy. You can immerse the brush tips in a container with water. Ensure that you don’t completely dip the brush, and place them flat. Don’t fold the bristles.

After some days, when you are again about to work on an entire project or a work, then you may pick the brushes from water and let them dry with the help of a rag before use.

If you don’t take good care of the brushes, the paint will get dried on the paintbrushes. So, it is advised that after every use, make sure you clean the brushes well with the help of water and soap.

Tip #5: Treat the Stains Properly

The paint is hard to remove if the stained cloth is not treated in the beginning. There are chances of the stain to remain permanently if not taken care of. The best time to get the stain off your clothing is when it is wet.

You should understand that if the paint is caught by the clothes, you need to keep the cloth wet. If you want the paint away from clothes, brushes and even hands, you may use a Murphy soap.

However, the best and ideal way of treating the paint on your clothes is by keeping them wet. This way, you can simply use your finger or a paper towel dipped in water to remove the paint. Otherwise, try to apply paint over the area of mistakes and cover them.

Tip #6: Use the Top Quality Materials

Good quality materials can always help you produce good results. To produce artworks that are of the highest quality you will require quality materials. Especially when you look for a sales point of view and professional purpose, then looking into quality is a must factor.

Acrylic resin is a good option that makes your painting look professional. The epoxy resin gives your paintings a glossy finish where the colours look pretty and well detailed.

High-quality brushes are very important requisites. Also, good quality canvas and paints give you benefit in the long term point of view.

Tip #7: Paint on Stained Canvas

It is always recommended to use a stained canvas for painting, rather than using white canvas. But, make sure that you don't use vibrant colours to stain, instead, you can use a toned colour.

With stained canvas, it is easy to analyze the tones of the painting. On a white canvas, you might find it difficult to paint dark colours. This is made easier in a stained canvas.


Acrylic painting is fun and comes out as the best when you apply all the above principles carefully. The tips above can make your paintings look good, and grab more attraction. Be specific about what you wish to paint, and how you need to take things ahead to get a better idea and implement it effectively.

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