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Acrylic Painting for Beginners Step by Step

Updated on November 28, 2016
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Robie:an artist believing in the power of positive thinking, she paints images intended to bring joy the viewer and loves to share art tips.

How to Paint With Acrylics

To start an acrylic painting you need basically two things:

- Painting supplies

- Ideas for what to paint

Acrylic painting for beginners- all you need to know to get started-   The content of this article is copyrighted by Robie Benve
Acrylic painting for beginners- all you need to know to get started- The content of this article is copyrighted by Robie Benve | Source

Acrylic Painting Supplies

Gather your painting supplies in a well-lit area.
You’ll need:

  • Acrylic Paint. Get the best quality paint you can afford. Aim for artist quality, not student quality. The student quality hues have more fillers, and respond less efficiently to color and media mixing.
    You don’t need many colors; a limited palette of basic colors is great for starters. To start with a very limited palette, you can get four colors: alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, and titanium white. You can obtain black mixing the three primary colors together.
  • Brushes of different shapes and sizes. The rule of thumb for brushes is to use big brushes for big areas and loose painting style, and use small brushes for small areas and details.
  • Painting support: canvas, paper, board, etc. Acrylic paint works on many kinds of surfaces. If you buy pre-primed canvas, make sure it’s primed with acrylic gesso.
    A canvas primed for oil painting is not suitable. Acrylics don’t stick on oily surfaces, and would peel off with time.

  • Water. Get a big jug of water to rinse the brushes when you switch from one color to another. Better yet, you should have two containers of water: one to rinse brushes from the paint, and one with clean water to use to dilute paint and moisten brushes when needed.
  • Cloth rag or paper towel. To dab brushes after rinsing, correct mistakes, etc.
  • Easel. It’s beneficial to keep your support at an angle that is quite perpendicular to your vision. This helps a lot with perspective and proportions. To keep your canvas or board inclined, you can use a stand up easel or a table top one. Easels come in different shapes and prices. You can get a table top easel for less than $10.

There is no substitute for practice. The more acquainted you are with the acrylic medium... the easier it is to express your ideas with more professionalism.

— Joseph Orr

"Painting is damned difficult - you always think you've got it, but you haven't." Paul Cezanne

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Best Light for Painting

The old masters like Leonardo and Botticelli set up their studio in a room with tall windows that would get a Northern light, because that’s the less direct light, it remains pretty stable throughout the day, and it would not alter colors with its warmth or hue.

If you can’t have a nice Northern window in your painting area, or if you need to paint when it’s dark outside, make sure that your artificial lighting has a neutral light scope. Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) are good for this.

Arrange your light source and your canvas so that the light is higher than the canvas, and it’s not coming from behind you. This is to avoid disturbing reflections on the painting surface, and having your shadow cast on the painting surface.

 "Towards the Light" Acrylic on Canvas, by © Robie Benve, all rights reserved.
"Towards the Light" Acrylic on Canvas, by © Robie Benve, all rights reserved. | Source

Decide Your Painting’s Focus

What do you want to paint? What are you trying to represent? Maybe it’s a landscape, but what is it about that landscape that inspired you to paint it? Its light? Its calm? Its liveliness?

Before you get started decide what you are trying to represent in your painting and plan the composition of your painting around it. If you work from a photograph, there is no reason to be 100% faithful to the photo layout and/or colors.

You can alter sizes, positions, and colors of things to suit your artistic goal. You can edit some trees out, add some others, and move a home or a bridge to make your compositionmore balanced.

The quick drying time and incredible flexibility of acrylics allow for 'almost' foolproof experimentation.

— Corrine Loomis-Dietz

Plan Your Layout: It Will Save You From Troubles Later On

You can paint different colors from what you see, in order to stick with a specific color scheme.

Before you jump into your painting, make some preliminary sketches to use as reference. The rule of thirds can help you decide how to plan the layout of your painting and where to place your focal point.

The temptation to start painting right away is huge, but if you jump right into the drawing and painting on your canvas, you may find yourself stuck with a weak painting that needs improvement and you don't know how to "save" it. In many cases this is a sign of poor composition and value structure.

Some planning using value sketches can make a huge difference.

Start Drawing on a Tinted Canvas

I used to draw first and then apply a tinted background for my painting. The problem with that is that the paint smudges your drawing, and it makes details hard to see.

I learned to tint the canvas first, and then draw my layout. It’s much easier this way.

You can pick any ground color that complements your composition. When in doubt, I usually paint a diluted base of yellow ochre on the whole canvas. It provides the painting a vibrant undertone, and it helps to get over the artist’s block in front of a white canvas.

Paint the Middle Values First

When you are happy with your composition, fill the rough shape of the focal point of your painting with the middle value for that object.

Than move to another object or shape adjacent your focal point and paint its rough shape with the middle value.

Keep working around the whole composition blocking in all the shapes and objects. Don’t bother about shadows and highlights at this stage.

Value Scale
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Adding Details to Your Painting

Once you have blocked off all the shapes in your composition, step back and take a look. Does it make sense? Did you choose good colors for each object?

Then go back and make the needed changes to colors. When you are happy with the colors, is the time to start filling in more details: smaller shapes, and different values. Start with the lighter values, then move to the darker ones.

Paint the shadows. Shadows should be of a cooler color than the rest of the object, they are never black.

Paint the Highlights Last

Last thing you need to do is to add the highlights. Highlights don’t have to be white; they can be a very light value of the main color of the object.

Step back often and look at your painting from a distance. This will help you see the direction your painting is going, evaluate your values and areas that need tweaking or improvement.

"Rich Peonies", 10"x10" Acrylic on Canvas by ©Robie Benve Art, all rights reserved
"Rich Peonies", 10"x10" Acrylic on Canvas by ©Robie Benve Art, all rights reserved | Source

Tell a Story on Canvas

Throughout the all process, keep your focal point in mind. What were you trying to achieve? Does it come through to the viewer?

The goal should not be to represent something, but to tell a story, to convey feelings. To remind yourself of the story that you are trying to depict, it’s a good idea to decide on a title that summarizes it from the beginning, and keep it in mind, or write it in front of you.

When Buying my Acrylic Paint, I Pick a Heavy Body Kind. I Love Buttery Paint Texture.

Painting is like music, harmony and rhythm are very important
Painting is like music, harmony and rhythm are very important | Source

Keep Painting Fun, No Matter What

One of the main challenges for beginner artists is that the painting does not come out looking like what you had in your head. How our imagination envisions the final piece is often very different from the results on canvas.

It’s okay for the painting to take a different turn during execution, and come out different. It takes a lot of practice to be able to plan knowing exactly how to render a certain effect.

Don’t get discouraged, keep painting and don’t forget the most important thing: in painting and art making the fun is in the journey, not the destination.

Enjoy every step of it, even the mistakes, because they teach you a lot.

© 2012 Robie Benve

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      Robie Benve 5 weeks ago from Ohio

      Awesome Lynnie, keep on painting and have as much fun as you can.That's the best way to go, I think. Every painting we do teaches us something; every painting we start has the potential of being our best one yet. And if turns out not so good, oh well, let's start another one, or paint over. It's a wonderful journey no matter what. :)

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      Lynnie 5 weeks ago

      I have no talent but I love to paint with acrylics canvases are inexpensive in bulk packs and make you feel professional it is so much fun - thanks for the tips !

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      Dr Salma Mohsin 5 weeks ago

      I have done a lot of paintings in oil and water colour.Never tried my hand on acrylic.Your tips and suggestions for a beginner in acrylic are very useful and to the point.

      Thanks Robie

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      Robie Benve 6 weeks ago from Ohio

      Hi Jody, you are very welcome, it's great to hear that something I write sharing my passion for painting is inspiring to another artist. Thanks a lot for your comment. Happy Painting!

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      Robie Benve 6 weeks ago from Ohio

      Hi Varun, I saw your pencil portraits, you are very talented! Have fun experimenting with acrylics, I bet you can do amazing things with them!

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      Judy Burchett 7 weeks ago

      I'm trying to figure out a few styles of painting. Your article has given me away to focus on my vision. Thanks for the advice on that.

      Judy Burchett

      Harrisonburg, Virginia

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      Varun N Rao 7 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Robie, that's a wonderful and a very useful article. I am a portrait artist primarily working with pencils but off late, I am working with Acrylics on canvas and kind off struggling a bit with my approach. Your article has given me some direction I was looking for and will build up more on it. Do go through my profile... www.facebook.com/vartoonss when you have time. I will keep following your blogs for more. Thanks again!

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      Robie Benve 2 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Katie, keeping it simple is the key, even if you don't have a hand problem. : ) I love that you are learning as much as you can while you can't use your hand, you'll be ready for success when the time comes, hopefully very soon.

      I sent you an email with some useful links. Thanks a lot for reading and your comment! : )

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      Katie.mason10@aol.com 2 months ago

      Ive wanted to paint on canvas forever but just haven't but always in the back of my mind. I've all kinds of creative things through my life time I love it from simple coloring to jewelry

      I'm 69 years old. My hands are giving me different problems now. Recently surgery on my right hand for trigger release of middle finger and trigger thumb. February 20th I was at the ER had cellulitis. My hand swelled to twice its size.

      It turned out to be Staph infection. I've never had any thing hurt so bad. It's been a ordeal. But doing much better now. God is good! I kept my hand and fingers.

      During recovery I've been watching on YouTube painting videos. I've decided on one and that's Clive5Art from Wales in UK

      In the past I had been on Pinterest and saved all different articles of which one is yours.

      I've just started reading this. I know Practice is So Important. Right now I'm handicapped since I'm right handed.

      But want to learn "How ".

      To keep it simple.

      I've been obtaining various items for my wanting to paint. I've chosen Acrylic painting.

      Looking forward too learn much more from your site and you

      Katie and Sheldon

      Williamsburg, Virginia

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      Robie Benve 2 months ago from Ohio

      Yay Mona, that's the attitude I love! Start doodling, sketching, painting, do the things you love, no worries about the final results. The important thing is the process, the fun, and the learning from our own mistakes. :)

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      Jason Mackenzie 2 months ago from 863 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000

      Very informative article - an encouraging too!! I appreciate the time you have spent in researching the information and the positive tone with which you have presented even the most difficult concepts.

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      Robie Benve 2 months ago from Ohio

      Hello Khan, I have seen some artwork with calligraphy on canvas, both Asian and Arabic, and I love it. I have never tried including fancy calligraphy in my paintings, only some basic text when needed, but it can surely be done. I can't really give you any decent tips on how to paint calligraphy, but it sounds like a wonderful thing to learn. Good luck to you, and happy painting! :)

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      Robie Benve 3 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Julie, you comment is very encouraging and made my day! It is truly as you said. It's ok to make mistakes. There would be no masterworks if the great painters didn't accept to make mistakes and then moved on, and kept painting. :) Being creative, and having fun while doing it, that's what it's all about. Happy painting!

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      Julie s 3 months ago

      I've read other articles on beginning painting with acrylics and they were more "clinical" in their approach. Your article suggests that it's okay to try and to make mistakes. To create a feeling, tell a story and aim for that. Excellent article for a beginner like me. Thank you.

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      Rosi. A 3 months ago

      Thanks for all tips.

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      Robie Benve 4 months ago from Ohio

      You are very welcome Vinca Voda. :)

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      Jan Bushey 4 months ago

      I have been trying to learn to paint. Not easy, I have taken lesson from different teacher with different styles. I don't seem to be good at any of them. But I won't give up. Thanks for your help

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      Vinca Voda 4 months ago

      Thank you so much!

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      Tina Whethers 5 months ago

      Thanks for tips

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      Robie Benve 6 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks a lot Magicfive! Receiving some positive feedback never gets old. :) ;)

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      MAGICFIVE 7 months ago from New York

      Great ideas! I love your artwork - mostly your use of white and "light."

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      leonard 8 months ago

      i am a retired 65 year old farmer in the Philippines and was given a bunch of stuff for Acrylliic painting and I don't know what to do with it. I am so happy I found your blog. I don't know how I got to your website and i should say not very computer saavy and am afraid if but I am afraid if shutdown my computer, i can not get your website back.

      just in case here is my email add lzg2k9@gmail.com and maybe give me some tips. Thank you.

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      Robie Benve 8 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Inga, that's right , getting the painting supplies is only the beginning, then there is the "and now what?" stage. Glad to be of help! :) I hope your make great use of those supplies by paintings squared miles of canvas and enjoying every minute of it! Best wishes :)

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      Inga 8 months ago

      Thank you for the checklist. I just picked up supplies on a whim from our local dollar store and brought them home wondering what the hell was I thinking. Your article really helped me to focus on the next steps.

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      Eduardo 11 months ago

      Excelente el artículo, de esta manera podremos pintar mejor nuestros cuadros...muchas gracias y bendiciones...

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      Robie Benve 15 months ago from Ohio

      Hello Rae, thanks a lot for your kind words and comments! Happy you found the article helpful. Blessings to you too, and Happy Painting!

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      Rae 15 months ago

      This is perfect! You're a great teacher. Thanks for taking the time to break painting down in this way -- it makes perfect sense and is so helpful! God Bless!

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      Robie Benve 15 months ago from Ohio

      Great! That's exactly how I started: with a beginners' set received for Christmas, including an easel. How wonderful! Enjoy! :)

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      Jennifer Kessner 15 months ago from Pennsylvania

      I've always wanted to learn to paint! For this Christmas, I was given a beginners set, and then I found an easel for $15! This article is great, thanks so much!

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      Dolores Monet 16 months ago from East Coast, United States

      I used to paint with acrylics but have not done so for way too long. Just trying to get back into it, I really appreciated this article.

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      Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome Robie. It sounds like fun.

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      Robie Benve 19 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Kristen, glad you found the hub informative! Thanks a lot!

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      Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Robie. This was very informative on how to get starters with easy steps from prep to doing the painting.

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      Robie Benve 19 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Scribenet, I found that doing the first layer of shape-painting using mid values helped me quite a bit. I usually leave the lightest highlights for the last fancy touches, I learned that less is better for strong highlights. You are right, looking for the perfect reference photo is very important. A good starting composition is the needed foundation for a good painting. Once you find one you like, dive in and have fun! Happy painting!

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      Scribenet 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the idea of doing the shapes in the middle values of the final acrylic colors and then detailing with the shadows and highlights. I think I will start looking for a composition with colors that appeal to me. I am going to have to go through all the photos I have taken!

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      Robie Benve 22 months ago from Ohio

      Hello Jonas, painting daily is a wonderful way to improve one's skills. One way to start is to create a painting challenge for yourself, like 30 paintings in 30 days. There is one going on every September, check the blog of artist Leslie Saeta, she organizes a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge every year. The fact that thousands of painters participate really gives me the incentinve and commitment to paint daily, you may want to check that out. Thanks a lot for your feedback and Happy Painting!

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      Jonas Rodrigo 22 months ago

      I resolved to myself a while back to make painting a daily habit, but I've never really gotten around to doing it. Thank you for this very useful hub. Cheers!

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Sebrina, I call them happy accidents: when you make a mistake ad you have the chance to use your creativity to turn it into something else and make it work. Art is full of happy accidents. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sebrina 2 years ago

      Love the advice but I can NEVER draw out my paintings and this bothers me. If I make a mistake I'll just make it into something else.

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Great to hear you enjoyed and found my hub useful, Gclightning! Happy painting!

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      Gclightning 2 years ago

      Awesome!☺️ totally useful

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      That's great Sal Enmad, have fun with your painting! Glad you found my info helpful. :)

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      Sal enmad 2 years ago

      thanks for tips just starting to paint with acrylics . So really helpful

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Yes MonkeyShine, acrylics are kind of in the middle between watercolors and oils, hope you like them when you try, you can do all kind of art with acrylics. thanks!

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      So kewl, this is a great. I've used water colors which I didn't like, and oil that I did like, but its too expensive. This should be just right. Thank you for sharing

      I voted it up

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      No problem, I did :)

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi jacob9205, thanks a lot for reading and I'm very happy you liked the content. Happy painting!

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Wow great guide and suggestions, thank you!

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by amazaving! Happy hubbing to you!

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      Amazaving 2 years ago

      I hadn't thought of a lot of this before. I'm glad I stopped to take a look!

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks deepthiveera for your nice comment! I'm happy you find my hub useful for those who want to learn acrylic painting, that means I must have done something right because that was exactly the direction I tried to go. Thanks! :)))

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks a lot for your supportive comment deborahmorrison1!! Big hugs to you!

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      deepthiveera 2 years ago from Cumbum, Tamil Nadu, India

      Very nice Hub! It could be really a great guide for those who want to learn this Acrylic painting. Model paintings look great that may induce any one learn this kind of art. Thanks a lot for this useful and interesting Hub! Best wishes Robie Benve!

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      Deborah Morrison 2 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Clear, useful, step by step tips for beginners on how to paint with acrylic. Well organized hub, and the fabulous pictures add that special touch.

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      A painting set for Christmas, just the kind of gift I LOVE ML Morgan! That's wonderful and I am thrilled that you are going to use my hub as reference to get started. Cheers to a happy and long artistic journey! :)

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      M L Morgan 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your info, I just bought my daughter a set of acrylics for Christmas. I will be using this info to get us started :)

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks a lot Melissa for your wonderful comment! I'm happy to hear that you found my hub so helpful, and you are right even experienced painters can learn a thing or two every day, I know I can't ever run out of things to learn! That's part of what keeps painting fun though. :) Thank you and happy painting!

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      Melissa Sewell 2 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an awesome Hub! I have been painting with acrylics for years and this would have helped me out a lot when I began. Shoot, who am I kidding? It still helped me out. This definitely teaches even the most experienced painters how to get back to their roots. Start fresh with new ideas. Great job! :)

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi LADINardi, try it out, since when I started toning the canvas before I start painting or drawing I can't do without! :) Thanks for stopping by and your feedback. :)

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Andy, I cover the paint with plastic too, after spaying some water on it to keep it wet. It works for a while, but if you want to keep it fresh for days you should try refrigerator or freezer (or outdoors in winter). Thanks for your feedback! :)

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      L.A. DiNardi 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I never though of painting the canvas before I draw, or paint! This is great! Thank you for such a great article.

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      Andy Morris 2 years ago

      Great tips on how to get started, I've never frozen my paints. I just cover them with plastic wrap and the stay fresh a long time.

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks a lot eilval. Happy painting!

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Excellent suggestion Maggie42! Though I personally don't like putting paint in the freezer with food, I've heard of artists that freeze both oil and acrylic paint, and it stays "fresh" between sections. I've actually been considering to buy a small freezer for my studio to be used only for paint and such.

      I need to add this to the article text, don't I? :) Thanks!

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      Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Interesting hub and great suggestions !

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      Maggie42 2 years ago

      When I used to paint with oils we used to put the paints in the freezer between classes it stops you wasting paint as well as trying to remix the perfect colour. I haven't tried with acrylics but I can't see why it wouldn't work. Put a sheet of baking paper around your paint palate so you can easily detach it for freezing. I didn't see it mentioned so I thought I'd share.

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi aesta1, the way your painting surface is primed can make a huge difference. I like it smoother rather than textured or coarse, but the main thing for acrylics is that it can't be greasy.

      Thanks a lot for your comment. :)

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Tricia, fantasy portraits sound like the perfect subject to paint with acrylic paints, I'd love to see them :)

      I recently have started painting very colorful portraits with acrylics and love it! They dry quickly so colors don't get muddy, and as you said I can use them thin as watercolors or thick like oils. Great medium!

      Thanks a lot for your comment :)

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I started acrylic last year but did not progress much. I primed my canvas but I was not sure that I was doing the right thing. Your distinction between oil and acrylic canvas is useful.

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      Tricia Deed 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I like painting fantasy portraits with acrylic paints. The acrylics are great when you wish to stay away from the toxic fumes found in oils. With a few changes one can paint and have a finished product look like watercolor, acrylic, and oils. I find acrylics much more versatile.

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Connie, thanks for stopping by! Have a fun and creative day! :)

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      Connie's House 2 years ago from The Wild, Wild West, Arizona

      I agree, keeping it fun is one of the most important aspects of painting!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

      Hi torrilynn, acrylic painting did not exist before the 70s, so if you are studying the classic masters they did not have it available. I wonder if they would have used it if it was created already? :) Thanks for you comment and vote!

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      I'm currently taking a Humanities class, where we have started off learning about art. So far I've learned mostly about oil paintings. I've never heard of acrylic paintings before. I guess you learn something new everyday. thanks for this hub. voted up.

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      Veenoo 3 years ago from India

      Acrylics gives a good start to beginners. Great hub and really helpful.

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      Samantha Adams 3 years ago from Auburn, GA

      Great article! Very informative.

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      Robie Benve 3 years ago from Ohio

      Starstream, That's the toughest challenge with acrylics: mixing a large amount of color and keeping it workable. A few things that I do to keep acrylics moist are:

      - spray water on them

      - cover the colors I am not using with an upside-down plastic cup

      - store extra paint (for large amounts of color) in an empty lotion container with lid.

      Or the alternative would be switching to Golden Open, the acrylic paint with longer drying time.

      I hope this helps. Happy painting! :)

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed reading your tips about keeping the design in mind. I am having troubles keeping my acrylic paints usable for a longer time once I mix them on the palette. Any tips for that?

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Virginia Lynn, how exciting! It makes me feel very proud to know that my hub inspired you to paint. :)

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi summerberrie, I am a self taught artist, and I don't know were I picked up the hint of painting the middle value first, maybe a book, or an artist I admire, but it works out pretty well. Thanks for the comment and compliments!

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      I haven't painted in acrylics on canvas for a while. Your hub is making me want to put some of those pictures out of my head and onto a place other people can see them. Thanks! voted up and pinned.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      I was an art history major but took painting courses. I never knew the hint about painting the middle value first. Nice hint! I love your hubs!

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi allieb, I can definitely see how learning how to paint will help you in the tattoo business, and I bet you are going to enjoy it very much. Birthdays are great opportunities to get art supplies, I got my first ones for Christmas one year, the best present ever! :) Thanks for your comment. :)

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      allieb 4 years ago from Texas

      I really enjoyed this! I am an artist with a tattoo apprenticeship right now. I have mostly done artwork in pencil, art markers, and colored pencils. I have been told to learn to paint to help me with tattooing, as they are similar. I will be asking for these materials for my birthday coming up in June. Thanks again for this Hub :)

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi faithef, I see from your profile that you are very creative, I'm pretty sure you'd enjoy painting too. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. :)

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      I so want to learn to paint..thank you for sharing

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      I love how acrylic paint is a great for beginner artists because of its very forgiving nature. You can always paint over, and even sandpaper off. Thanks for all the positive comments, I was hoping you'd find my hub encouraging to try this amazing medium!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much for this helpful look at beginning to paint with acrylics. Your tips and encouragement will be helpful to young and old alike.

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great hub! I've always wanted to try painting, but it seems so expensive! I went to a painting class which went step by step and it gave me faith that I can do it! Your hub reiterates that!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      My main focus has always been watercolor, though I've floundered around with acrylics on and off for years. I found your hub very helpful as it filled in some gaps in my knowledge that help me understand the cause of some of my problems. Thanks for a very useful hub and some great advice!

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      Susan Clare 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I am a compete beginner, I know I can draw pretty well but have never had the courage to pick up a paintbrush ... Until now ....

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      Susan Clare 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I am a compete beginner, I know I can draw pretty well but have never had the courage to pick up a paintbrush ... Until now ....

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Marcy, finding the time to make art and paint can be challenging, but it can be a wonderful therapy anti-stress. It's always relaxing to do something you love and enjoy. If my hubs can get few more people to paint, that would bring me enormous happiness. :) Thanks for your comment. :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Your hubs about art are making me long to start painting again. It's been years, but I used to enjoy it so much. Thanks! Voted up and up!

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Robie, for writing such a great hub! I would love to learn to paint. Graphic art is my favorite, but I never had the confidence to express myself on canvas.

      I may just try it thanks to your hub. Great job! Up and sharing :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I will remember that and I appreciate the suggestions and ideas.

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Carol, working with limited color choices is not only less expensive, but it can be a lot of fun mixing colors. It's very rewarding to be able to come up with the perfect lilac or shade of green on your own. The tricky part is when you have to mix it again later.... ;)

      Thanks a lot for your kind comment.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is a great hub on acrylics. I am going to bookmark. I love the idea of a limited palate. I tend to go crazy with too many colors. Makes it simpler and you have to be more creative in your color mixing. I love your hubs. Keep writing. THUMBS UP

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