Acrylic painting techniques for beginners revolves around laying down the basic foundation of an image, such as painting in a background and foreground wash before adding in the focal point details. Start your first acrylic painting with art instruction from a professional artist in this free video on painting techniques.
Hello, my name is Ralph Papa of papagallery.com and today we're learning about acrylic painting. In this clip we're going to be doing acrylic painting for beginners. And I just going to start off with just a sketch of a tree. Well, I'm trying to do a tree and focus on getting the tree done and then painting in some leaves on it. Now with the tree I'm going to put it off to the side here just an outline of how that tree would look and we're going to just sort of just branch up some of the branches of how it would form, maybe a typical oak tree and I'm just going to sketch in the branches the way they are. Now I'm using in my hand just a piece of pastel chalk just to sketch the outline and I'm just putting in a minimum of information 'cause we're going to wind a painting over it anyway. So I establish our horizon line and basically where the tree's going to stand. Alright, right now I'm doing the background; the farthest background first and I'm doing a blue sky and it's not a problem covering any of the charcoal that I put down there already. So I'm just getting a more or less the background wash. So here I've got my sky in behind the tree and I could still make out where the lines off of my tree. Now I'm leaving a little bit of white popping through it which is not a problem; you know it's going to give us some texture. Next thing I'm going to do is just paint the little bit of the grass; so we have that coming down on the fore, the foreground and then I'm going to paint the tree. Here's the grass and we just sort of letting it bleed through and we've put it on really loose; you'll get that nice dripping effect which sometimes edge a lot of character and a feeling of texture to the painting, you know. If it's dripping too much, we just cover it up a little bit or wipe the brush across it a little dry stroke. What we're going to do now is just paint the accent of the tree where we highlighted it with the, with the pastel paint and just suggest some of those branches coming out and it's okay to break the line up so that it's not a continuous line, noting that the branches get thinner as they get toward the out of the perimeter of the tree. And we'll leave it broken like that. I'm Ralph Papa and thank you for watching.